Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

taking a slice of Mary Berry's Lemon Drizzle Cake

Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake is an easy tea cake with a distinctive  crunchy lemon glaze. You only need a few basic ingredients and 35 minutes to bake this lovely bundt cake. 

removing a slice of lemon bundt cake

How many times can you reinvent the perfect lemon dessert?

Endless times if you ask me. And good thing, because lemon desserts are the best, and I never want to run out of new ways to indulge. The unique crunchy glaze on this lemon bundt makes it especially delicious.

lemon drizzle cake, sliced, with lavender flowers

When it comes to cakes of all kinds, I’m all about the texture. This one has a delicate crumb that stays nice and moist thanks to the glaze. It acts as a barrier to keep the cake from drying out, so I recommend you don’t slice the cake until you’re ready to serve.

Lemon bundt cake, sliced, with knive

I love to embellish desserts, I admit, but this one doesn’t need anything.

The cake is a lovely golden color, and every time the knife goes through that crunchy lemon glaze it creates a beautiful crackled texture, so there’s no need for any bells and whistles.

If you’re serving it for a special occasions like Easter brunch or a wedding shower you might surround it with simple edible flowers like pansies, or lavender sprigs. You can also place a very small glass or vial into the center of the cake and fill it with delicate flowers for a beautiful effect.

kitchen tool spotlight: a great basic bundt pan

wilston bundt pan

Bundt pans come in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes, which is great, except that you never know how your pan is going to work with a specific recipe. I like to use this one from Wilton which is a basic, all purpose pan that’s sturdy, nonstick, and a standard size, with a 10 cup capacity.

There’s a time and place for intricate shapes, but the streamlined design of this pan will never let you down, and always releases the cake perfectly.

lemon drizzle cake batter in a bundt pan

Pan prep is key to a perfectly released bundt cake

  • always use a nonstick pan
  • butter the pan, making sure to get all the nooks and crannies
  • then add a thin dusting of flour.
  • let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes after baking.
  • run a thin offset spatula or other flexible knife along all the edges to loosen before flipping the pan over to release the cake.
bundt cake on a cooling rack

This cake is on the smaller side as bundts go, but that works well because it’s got the perfect cake to glaze ratio. The cake has a gentle lemon flavor from the zest in the batter, and the glaze gives it that one two punch from the juice.

Every lemon dessert exploits the flavor of the fruit in a unique way. My Lemon Layer Cake and Raspberry Lemon Cake feature a super tangy lemon frosting. My Whole Meyer Lemon Bars and Flourless Whole Meyer Lemon Cake recipes actually use the entire fruit!

removing a slice of lemon bundt cake

How to make your own self-rising flour

Just multiply the basic formula for the amount of flour you need. I like to make a larger batch just to keep on hand. An airtight container or heavy duty zip lock bag works great for storage. Blend together:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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taking a slice of Mary Berry's Lemon Drizzle Cake
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4.52 from 75 votes

Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

Mary Berry's Lemon Drizzle Cake is an easy tea cake with a distinctive  crunchy lemon glaze.  You only need a few basic ingredients and 35 minutes to bake this lovely bundt cake. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Calories 291kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • a standard bundt pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 cup sugar (225 grams)
  • rind of 2 small or 1 large lemon, peeled with a vegetable peeler, yellow part only
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (225 grams) at room temperature
  • 4 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups self rising flour (275 grams) See below to make your own self rising flour.

crunchy glaze

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • juice of 2 lemons

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F Grease and flour a standard 9 or 10 cup bundt pan
  • First make the lemon sugar: put the sugar and lemon peels in a food processor and process until the zest is completely incorporated in to the sugar. It will be pale yellow, moist, and fragrant. Note: if you don't have a food processor, the finely grate the zest of two lemons and mix into the sugar by hand.
  • Put the sugar and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer, or you can mix by hand with electric beaters. Cream them together for 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary. It should be pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Blend in the milk, then the baking powder, and finally fold in the flour. Don't over mix, but make sure everything is evenly incorporated.
  • Spoon the batter into your prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 35 minutes, or until risen, golden, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter on it. The top should spring back when lightly touched.
  • Let the cake cool for 12 minutes, then run a thin offset spreading knife around the edges to gently loosen them. Loosen the cake around the center neck of the pan, soo. Gently flip the cake over onto a cooling rack.
  • Meanwhile, mix the sugar with enough lemon juice to make a loose paste, about the consistency of a runny honey. Brush the glaze liberally over the entire surface of the cake (while it is still warm!) going over it more than once if necessary. You'll want a thick even coating. Let the icing dry before slicing.

Cook’s notes

How to make your own self-rising flour

Just multiply the basic formula for the amount of flour you need.  I like to make a larger batch to keep on hand.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
*Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe slightly adapted from Mary Berry

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Gemma Phillips
    May 21, 2022 at 9:32 am

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, super easy to make and comes out perfect every time. It’s popular with the whole family, even those who don’t like lemon.

  • Reply
    Lydia Jasso
    April 18, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    3 stars
    i baked this cake for Easter dinner. I was disappointed in the texture of the cake. I had hoped it would be light. The taste was good but not what I had expected. I might of over baked it. After 35 minutes I checked it and it was still not done so I baked it for 10 minutes longer.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      April 19, 2022 at 6:55 am

      Sorry this didn’t work out for you Lydia. The texture is more of a lemon bread or lemon pound cake style, so it isn’t super light like a boxed cake mix, for instance.

  • Reply
    Carol L
    June 15, 2021 at 1:07 am

    5 stars
    This cake is so deliciously moist and tangy encased in a crunchy exterior that looks like shiny crystals. This is definitely going on my list of favourite ‘go to’ cakes!

  • Reply
    C Taylor
    March 20, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Do you have any idea if this cake freezes well? I need a few good recipes I can bake ahead for to bring for a family event. Do you have any other suggestions? I love your site and your recipes.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      March 20, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      The cake itself should freeze well, but of course you’d want to glaze it before serving. You might think about one of the crumble bars or tarts, the shortbread dough freezes well. The rhubarb crumble tart is really good.

  • Reply
    Jonathan
    January 16, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Hi. Am I reading the recipe correctly that it requires baking powder in two places — first, to make the self-raising flour and second, as a separate ingredient for this Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe? Thanks for clarifying!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 16, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Yes, the recipe calls for baking powder and self rising flour.

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