Lemonly loveliness – lemon drizzle cake

I don’t know why but lemons really make me thing of summer. Maybe its the yellow colour and because they taste so fresh. Either way I have always been made on lemons, when my parents cooked with lemons my brother and I used to ask for the remaining lemons to suck; something I didn’t realise not many people did until adulthood.

Anyway, this makes an absolutely huge loaf cake, like take to a party and still have a little bit to take home and have as a midnight snack huge. I took a huge chunk of this into work and it was pretty popular. One of my friends described it as “lemony, but not too lemony” which pretty much describes it to a T. I made this on a hot evening, and managed to cream my butter and sugar in half the time in normally takes because my butter really didn’t take much softening.

To make this cake you will need:

For the loaf cake

225g unsalted butter, softened

225g caster sugar

4 eggs

The finely grated zest of 1 lemon (unwaxed is best)

225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle topping

The juice of 2 lemons

110g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a loaf tin – I got some liners that look like giant cupcake cases because they look lovely and make lining your tin a bit easier.

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It’s like a giant loaf shaped fairy cake

Cream your butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

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Creamy butter

Add your eggs one at a time.

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After the eggs are added it should look like this

Sieve in your flour and the lemon zest and beat until well combined.

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Floury
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Lemon zest should make your kitchen smell amazing
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Possibly the quickest I’ve made cake mix ever

Put your cake mix into your tin, making sure that it is even. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out of the cake clean when pierced.

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Bye bye cake – see you in just under an hour
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Cakey goodness

While your cake is still hot make your drizzle topping by combining the lemon juice and icing sugar. You can get extra juice out of your lemons by microwaving them for 20 seconds.

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I took this picture out of sheer excitement of my housemate buying a juicer

Add your drizzle topping to the cake while it is still warm. I dusted my cake with a little more icing sugar to make the topping crispier.

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Lemon based excitement
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Icing sugar dusting makes everything a tiny bit more sophisticated looking

Serve this cake. I like this cake with a cup of tea. It’s very cheering on a grey summer day when you are hoping for a bit of sun.

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Enjoy!
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3 thoughts on “Lemonly loveliness – lemon drizzle cake

  1. Lemons to suck as a treat! That’s just your dad being a tightwad.

    Dad

    ps I’m sure that you’ll let me have some

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