Lemon Drizzle Pound Cake

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Prep 20min (+ cooling time)Bake 50-55minMakes 10 serves

Simple yet sublime. This pound cake is infused with a tangy lemon syrup and is perfect to serve on its own with a cuppa or used as a base for a more elaborate celebration cake. This recipe was originally published in BakeClass.


  • Melted butter, to grease
    250g unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed
    220g (1 cup) caster sugar
    Finely grated lemon zest of 1 lemon
    4 eggs, at room temperature
    250g (1⅔ cups) plain flour
    2½ teaspoons baking powder
    2 tablespoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon Syrup

55g (¼ cup) caster sugar
2 tablespoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice


    1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease a 20cm (base measurement) round cake tin or springform pan with melted butter and line the base with baking paper.
    2. Using an electric mixer beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl until pale and creamy.
    3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    4. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Use a spatula to fold half of the flour mixture through the batter mixture. Fold in the lemon juice and then the remaining flour mixture until just combined.
    5. Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
    6. Meanwhile, to make the Lemon Syrup, combine the caster sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and set aside until the cake is cooked.
    7. Immediately after removing the cake from the oven, brush the top with a little of the syrup. Leave the cake to stand in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Brush the top of the cake with the remaining syrup and set aside to cool.

    Baker's Tips

    • This cake will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.