This lemon drizzle cake is something I’ve been meaning to make for aaaaages. It is, you see, the top rated recipe on the essential and wonderful Goodfood website. Tana Ramsey’s recipe, this cake, has more five-star ratings than you could shake a stick at.
*225g unsalted butter *225g caster sugar *225g self-raising flour *4 eggs *finely grated zest of 1 lemon *the juice of 1/2 lemons for the drizzle as well as *85g caster sugar.
1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. and beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through.
2. Sift in the flour, then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined.
3. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.
4. Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
5. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the lemon juice and sugar to make the drizzle. 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.
6. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve.
7. It will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.
So there it is! I found the amount of lemon going into the cake to be utterly mind-boggling and the sharp juice made m fingers burn like billio whilst I was preparing the drizzle. But then I am clearly an utter wuss. The cake itself didn’t come out looking especially pretty (certainly not as nice as the one in the photo on the goodfood website, for shame…) but it sure was moist. I thought maybe too moist. I shared it with a big bunch of friends and family though and the response was amazing. They were giddy for it. (Shows just what I know, huh!) so I think I shall have to make it again and see if I can embrace the zingy-lemony goodness. Fresh and zippy it tasted lots like pancake day, surely a good thing.
Has anyone else made this? What did you think of it? And did you manage to get a crispy drizzle on top?