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Zesty Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Updated: Aug 14, 2023


Picture the scene; it’s a bright summer day and you’re getting ready for a weekend picnic or garden party. A sunny day deserves a sunny cake – and we’ve got just the thing! Here, Sarah at talks us through her zesty lemon drizzle cake recipe, for the perfect zingy treat.

While the summer vibes are strong, lemon is one of the most popular cake flavours for any time of year. So, this is a great recipe to keep in your cupboard for any special occasion.

Pssst... you can watch Sarah make this cake herself over on Youtube - just click here!

Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe - what you need:

For the Sponge, you'll need...

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened

  • 225g sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 225g self-raising flour

  • 1 lemon, zested

And for the buttercream, you'll need...



The day before you make your buttercream, combine 1kg of icing sugar with one sachet of our Lemon Drizzle Ultra Concentrated Flavoured Icing Sugar. Transfer the sugar into a large ziplock bag to let the flavour develop!

  1. Heat the oven to 170C fan.

  2. Beat together the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through.

  3. Sift in the self-raising flour, then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined.

  4. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.

  5. Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  6. To make your buttercream, beat 500g of room temperature butter in a large bowl until pale (approx. 5 min). Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

  7. Add the remaining icing sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of milk. Beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.

  8. Once everything is combined, mix on the lowest mixer setting for about 5 min to remove air bubbles.

  9. Transfer the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe the buttercream over your cake.


Thanks so much to Sarah for sharing this fruity lemon drizzle cake recipe with us. Now it's over to you!

Credit for all images, recipe and instructions goes to Sarah at

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