Lemon Drizzle Cakes

by | Mar 4, 2015 | Recipes | 0 comments


WP_20150304_11_14_20_ProInspired by an ex-colleague’s Facebook posting this morning saying she did her first bake since giving birth in January, I decided to bake some Lemon Drizzle muffin sized cakes, instead of the planned Lemon Drizzle slab cake made with lemons left over from Pancake Day.

I used a recipe from BBC Good Food website, modified slightly at the end.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Makes 16 (although the BBC website says 12)


250g pack of butter
400g caster sugar (250g for cake, 150g for frosting)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
250g self-raising flour
zest and juice 3 lemons

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases.
With an electric whisk, whisk the butter, 250g of the sugar, eggs, flour, zest of 2 lemons and juice from 1 lemon until just combined – don’t over-whisk.
Fill the cases two thirds full, then bake on a middle shelf for 30 mins, until a skewer poked in comes out clean.
Cool for 10 mins, then transfer cakes to a cooling rack on a tray and poke each a few times with a skewer.
Pour remaining lemon juice over remaining 150g sugar and zest 1 lemon, and immediately spoon over the cakes.
Leave to cool.

Notes to self:-

I used my Kenwood Chef, not a whisk.

There was really too much cake mix to 2/3 fill 12 muffin cases. It would have been better if I had made 16, or reduced the quantity of mix.

I found that there was too much sugary juice to pour over the cakes, they were starting to look a little soggy, so I left about half of the juice and then dusted the cakes with icing sugar instead.

The cakes stayed fresh and light for 2-3 days. I froze some which were still very light after defrosting.

Overall marks out of 10 = 9


I tried this recipe again – still too much mix for 12 muffin cases, so some overflowed. The lemon sugar mix was not so runny this time, came out more like icing, but I had used small lemons. 30 mins was not long enough and I had to carry on baking for another 5 mins before icing. I prefer the look of the frosting on this batch and they tasted awesome.