Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

I absolutely love giving and receiving homemade gifts. I find it’s so much more personal and I always really appreciate the thought and effort that has gone into it. I’m a really keen baker and therefore love making baked goods to give to others. Today I’m sharing my lemon drizzle loaf cake recipe which would make a lovely gift for Mothers Day.

I have made this lemon drizzle cake countless times before and it never lasts long because it’s seriously tasty. I always think that a lemon drizzle is very appropriate for Spring and it would be the perfect addition to a Mothers Day afternoon tea spread. If you really want to impress then you can top the loaf with lashings of cream cheese frosting, lots of fresh blueberries and a dusting of icing sugar.

This recipe works just as well when doubled and baked in a round bundt tin if you have more mouths to feed or alternatively you can bake lots of mini loafs using cases like these which I have done previously and they were a big hit especially with the little ones!


  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Finely grated zest & juice of 1 large lemon
  • Juice 1 1/2 lemons
  • 85g caster sugar for the drizzle topping


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. I use my Kenwood K mixer for this but can be done with a hand mixer or even just by hand. Add in the 4 eggs one at a time, slowly mixing through.
  3. Sift in the flour then add the lemon zest and juice and mix until well combined.
  4. Either grease and line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) or us a loaf tin liner. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top with a spoon.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Set the cake aside to cool in the tin.
  6. Mix together the lemon juice with the 85g of caster sugar to make the drizzle topping.
  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 enjoy served in thick slices with a dollop of cream or natural yoghurt and some fresh berries.

*NOTE* – The loaf will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days (I doubt it will still be around then 😉 ), or you can freeze it for up to 1 month.











This recipe is my suggestion as part of the Cotton Traders Mother’s Day Inspiration Guide. You can see some other ideas here.


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  • Mother Under Measure

    Lemon drizzle cake is my absolute favourite!! I make a beautiful one if I say so myself, my mum and boyfriends mum both love it, I may take your advice and make them for mother’s day xx

    February 24, 2016 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      It’s one of mine too! Yes do it, i’m sure they would appreciate the effort! 🙂 xo

      February 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Emma “Skull Mad Mama” Tait

    Mmmmm this looks sooo yummy!! We love a lemon drizzle loaf cake in this house, it really doesn’t last long at all! Lovely photos too xx

    February 24, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      The same in our house! My husband’s favourite. Thanks for you comment! xo

      February 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Sarah Cantwell

    I love lemon drizzle cake. It’s my go to cake recipe! You’ve inspired me to get baking x

    February 24, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Yay glad I’ve inspired you! Enjoy baking xo

      February 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Tori Gabriel

    Lemon is my favourite flavour ever! I even prefer it to chocolate. This sounds really delicious!

    February 24, 2016 at 5:03 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      I think I almost prefer it to chocolate too as it’s much less sickly! Thanks for your comment xo

      February 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Rebecca | AAUBlog

    lemon drizzle is one of my favourites – this looks lush!

    February 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm Reply
  • Rebecca | AAUBlog

    don’t know if my previous comment went through?! this looks lush though!

    February 24, 2016 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Polly Williams

    Yum!! Another lovely recipe – thank you, I love giving away homemade things too – it’s that extra personal touch xx

    February 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks lovely. I totally agree, I always really appreciate something handmade! xo

      February 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • lifewithpinkprincesses

    That loaf cake looks delicious but I am in love with your dishes and bits. So beautiful!!!

    February 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Ah thank you so much Jodie. I’m a little bit kitchenware obsessed I have to admit! 😉 xo

      February 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm Reply
  • Michaela Britton

    I love lemon drizzle cake and always make it as it’s a favourite of my kids too. This one sounds delightful!

    February 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you. You just can’t beat a lemon drizzle I think, it’s such a classic! xo

      February 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • jenny paulin

    your sponge looks so fluffy and it would def make my mum happy on mothers day as she loves lemon cake x

    August 30, 2016 at 10:31 am Reply
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