Lemon Drizzle Cake

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Prep 30minBake 40-45minMakes 10-12 serves

Lemon buttercake is something from heaven – rich, tart and mor-ish all at the same time… And when teamed with coconut it becomes sublime! This cake is particularly good for afternoon tea or dessert when teamed with vanilla ice-cream.


150g salted butter, softened
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
3 eggs
300g (2 cups) self-raising flour
45g (½ cup) desiccated coconut
125ml (½ cup) milk

Candied Lemon Strips

1 lemon
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
250ml (1 cup) water

    Lemon Drizzle Icing

    125g (1 cup) pure icing sugar
    4-5 teaspoons strained fresh lemon juice


      1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced). Grease a 24cm (top measurement) or 2.5 litre (10 cup) capacity fluted ring tin with the melted butter and dust with flour to lightly coat, tapping out any excess.
      2. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and lemon rind in a large mixing bowl, scraping down the sides when necessary, until very pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until well combined.
      3. Combine the flour and coconut. Add half of the flour mix to the butter mixture and mix on lowest speed possible until just combined. Add the milk and mix on lowest possible speed until just combined. Add the remaining flour mix and beat on lowest possible speed until just combined.
      4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand the cake in the tin for 5 minutes to cool slightly before turning onto a wire rack sitting over a tray or plate.
      5. While the cake is cooling make the Candied Lemon Strips. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the rind in wide strips from the lemon. Use a small sharp knife to remove any white pith from the rind and then cut the rind into thin strips. Combine the sugar, water and lemon rind strips in small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes or until translucent. Use a fork to transfer the rind from the syrup to a plate, separating the strands. Set aside.
      6. When the cake is cool, make the Lemon Drizzle Icing. Sift the icing sugar into a medium bowl. Add 4 teaspoons of the lemon juice and stir until smooth and is a heavy coating consistency, adding a little more lemon juice,  ¼ teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. Use a spoon to drizzle the icing over the cake allowing it to run down the sides. Set aside for 10 minutes or until the icing sets.
      7. Transfer the cake to a serving plate, decorate with the Candied Lemon Strips and serve in wedges.

      Baker's Tip

      • This cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days. 
      Photography by Julie Renouf.
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