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Lemon cake is always a crowd favorite and this lemon drizzle cake is not only a fail-safe, easy recipe but also results in the most delicious, tangy and moist cake you will make.

Easy lemon drizzle cake

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know me that lemon cake is by far my favorite type of cake. I mean, lemon-anything is my favorite. If I don’t have a large quantity of fresh lemons in my kitchen at all times I get a bit panicky because I just can’t live without that bright, zingy, freshness it adds to everything. Sweet or savory, lemon brings everything to life. And this lemon drizzle cake is no different.

Easy lemon drizzle cake

I make this easy lemon drizzle cake recipe all the time because it doesn’t involve any creaming of butter and sugar or sifting or any of that stuff that makes baking seem difficult, you know? The key to this cake being so soft and tender is the use of plain yoghurt and oil in the cake. The lemon zest in the batter infuses its delicious perfume through the entire loaf and the zingy lemon icing finishes everything off perfectly.

I made a relatively runny icing because I wanted it to sink into the cake a little but you can always use less water if you want a thicker icing. Which would you prefer?
Serve generous slices of this sunshine-in-cake-form with coffee/tea for the ultimate afternoon snack.

Have you tried this recipe? Please comment and rate the recipe below.

4.64 from 19 votes
Easy lemon drizzle cake
Easy lemon drizzle cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Lemon cake is always a crowd favorite and this lemon drizzle cake is not only a fail-safe, easy recipe but also results in the most delicious, tangy and moist cake you will make.

Course: Baking, Cake, Dessert, Easter
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cake/all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt (I used Greek)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
For the icing
  • 2 cups icing/powdered sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºc and grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper. 

  2. Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. 

  3. In a jug, mix together the sugar, yoghurt, oil, lemon zest, vanilla and eggs. 

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well. 

  5. Transfer to the loaf pan and place in the oven. 

  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 

  7. To make the icing, whisk together the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth. 

  8. Pour the icing over the cooled cake and serve. 

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Showing 17 comments
  • Zwivhuya Shikwambana
    Reply

    HI Alida,

    Can i use this Recipe to make a two or three layer cake ?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      You could make a two layer but I would double the recipe for more layers than that.

  • Cat
    Reply

    Hi Alida, What size of loaf tin did you use?
    Will my 20cm X10.5cm loaf tin be ok?

  • manival
    Reply

    Unbelievable that I made it so perfectly I guess.It really is easy to make and delicious.My own can’t family it since I am a regular baker.Thanks for this recipe.Love from India

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Reply

    Such a lovely cake, I adore the lemon drizzle!

  • Christine
    Reply

    Loved this recipe. Easy to make, very little washing up to do and an absolutely delicious cake. Two thumbs up.

  • Mary
    Reply

    Loved this cake. Too minutes to make the batter and the cake was so light and delicious.

  • Christine
    Reply

    This looks fantastic. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Reply

    Lemon desserts are my favorite Alida! Can’t wait to give this loaf a go!

  • Thando
    Reply

    I made it this evening & to its name it is really simple & not fussy. Simple in the sense that I had all the ingredients on hand (I’m not even a regular baker) and easy to execute in an hour.
    It’s delicious! Delivers on taste & texture as it’s moist, zesty and light with a firm crumb. That lemon drizzle on top is everything.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so impressed you made it so quickly! That lemon drizzle makes the whole thing. 😉

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