When Life Gives You Lemons... Lemon Drizzle Cake

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Lemon Drizzle Cake is one of my favourite cakes to make and to eat. It's fresh, zingy and moist - perfect with a cup of tea on a grey spring afternoon! It also helps, that even though this cake is made in three stages, it is very easy to make and comes out perfect every time. If you haven't had homemade lemon drizzle cake yet, drop everything, get yourself some lemons and get baking - you don't know what you're missing!

So without any further rambling, here is the recipe:

The Cake

125g soft unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
zest of 1 lemon (you can add more if you want!)
175g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons milk
23x13x7cm loaf tin buttered and lined

Preheat your oven to 180 C and grease and line the bottom and the sides of the loaf tin. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add the lemon zest and eggs, adding egg one at a time then mix.

If the mixture starts to curdle, add a tablespoon of flour and mix. Add the flour and salt and mix in with a spatula or wooden spoon - do not over-mix the batter - just enough until flour is well combined. Add milk and stir well to combine. Pour your batter into the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

The Syrup

juice of 1 and a half lemons
100g icing sugar ~ I used 80g

Put the lemon juice and icing sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. As soon as the cake is out of the oven, puncture it all over with a skewer/cocktail stick and pour over the hot syrup. Leave your cake to cool completely before removing it from the tin.

The Glaze

juice of 1/2 a lemon
150g icing sugar

Combine the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and white. Once the cake is completely cool, drizzle the glaze over the cake. I like to also add a final sprinkle of fresh lemon zest.

This is how easy it is! Even though there are stages to this recipe, you are using the same ingredients over and over again. If you have never made this cake, make sure to give it a go!

What is your favourite cake?