Lemon Drizzle Cake

When life (or your mom) gives you lemons, make lemon cakes! Obviously, you already knew this. It is just the circle of life. This scientist decided to look for a recipe in her favourite recipe book with that terrible scone recipe that she keeps forgetting is terrible, so she keeps making the scones and then she’s like “these scones are terrible”. The lemon drizzle cake, however, is actually really good!

Lemon Drizzle Cake

You will need for the cake

  • butter, for greasing
  • 200 g/7 oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 200 g/7 oz caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 ml/5 fl oz soured cream
  • grated rind of 1 large lemon
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 150 ml/5 fl oz sunflower oil

You will need for the drizzle

  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease a 20-cm/8-inch loose-bottom round cake tin and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl and stir in the caster sugar. (Be cautious here though, flour explosion is a real possibility!)
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, lemon rind, lemon juice and oil together.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well until evenly combined.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated over for 60 minutes until risen and golden brown.
  6. Meanwhile, to make the drizzle, mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir over a low heat until just beginning to bubble and turn syrupy. Add more sugar or more lemon juice if you think the consistency is not right, or if you think you will need more of this syrup.
  7. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, prick the surface wih a fine skewer, then brush the syrup over the top. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin before turning out and serving.

(Or eat while piping hot straight out of the oven. But that is not recommended for the well being of your tongue.)


This scientist always ends up with cracked volcano cakes (WHYYYYY). To fix this you can push the back of a plate on top of it, right after it comes out of the oven. You will end up with just a small dome instead of a mountain! Do this before drizzling the lemon syrup on top, or it will get sticky.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

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