Lemon drizzle cake

Preparation time
15 mins
Cooking Time
45 mins

Serves
10 slices

By Tana Ramsay

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon

For the drizzle topping

  • juice 1½ lemons
  • 85g caster sugar

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  2. Beat together 225g softened unsalted butter and 225g caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add 4 eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through.
  3. Sift in 225g self-raising flour, then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon 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. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the juice of 1 ½ lemons and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle.
  7. Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping.
  8. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve.
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