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Paul Hollywood’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

8 to 10 Slices
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This is my favorite cake of all time. I love it when we have to judge this round on The Great British Bake Off! The perfect lemon drizzle has a light and airy sponge and a sharp, zesty crunchy topping. My version has quite an intense lemony flavor, but other than that it’s a total classic and I don’t think you should mess with those classics. The only thing to remember is to pour over the drizzle while the cake is still warm.

Excerpt from BAKE: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics by Paul Hollywood.


  • 1

    stick plus 4 tbsp (175g) butter, softened, plus extra to grease the pan

  • ¾

    cup plus 2 tbsp (175g) superfine sugar


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Pat T.
August 14, 2022
inexact measurements
inexact measurements and the loaf pan size is uncommon in the states. Its nice with cardamom and sumac though.
Jonathan M.
July 26, 2022
Excellent cake
This is a solid recipe. My guests loved it. The combination of tart and sweet really works, especially because it's not evenly distributed through the cake, so each bite is a surprise. It's a bit too rich for my taste. Next time I might swap out 1/3 of the butter for oil.
Thomas F.
January 12, 2023
I have a 1 lb loaf pan. I wonder, if I half the measurements, will it turn out right? I might try it and report on the results, unless Milk Street has a better suggestion.
Michael G.
December 18, 2022
It looks as if there is sugar sprinkled on top, instead of a glaze, is that right?