Lemon drizzle tray bake

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You might have noticed a sudden influx of zippy flavours in my recipes – spring is such a transforming time of year, its difficult to not pay homage to it in your cooking – moving to fresh, bright and zingy flavours and away from comforting, warming stodge!

Lemon drizzle cake must be the freshest cake around – I don’t know anyone who would turn down a slice of this sweet sherbety delight. This is a friendly version of a Mary Berry recipe which gives an unsurprisingly traditional finish – a light fluffy sponge with a crisp, sugary top layer.

Lemon Drizzle Tray Bake (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 150 ml oat milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon essence (optional)
  • Zest of 1 lemon

for the drizzle:

  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 40g caster sugar

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade/gas mark 4
– Line a square cake tin with parchment
– In a large bowl sift together the flour, bicarbonate and salt. Stir in the sugar and lemon zest.
– In a separate bowl, combine the oil, milk, lemon juice and lemon essence (if using)
– Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix to form a smooth batter
– Pour into the tin and level off the top.
– Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Cool in the tin.
– While the cake is baking, combine the sugar and lemon juice, it should make a thick liquid
– Drizzle the lemon and sugar mix over the cake whilst it is still hot. When cool, cut into squares.

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12 thoughts on “Lemon drizzle tray bake

  1. Lemon drizzle cake is just the best and this looks like a fantastic recipe – I love the fact there are no awkward-to-find ingredients in it too so it could be made on a whim (although that’s also a more dangerous element!)

  2. Tastes delicious but when I took it out of the tin it cracked and fell apart… can I do something to stop this happening next time

    1. So pleased you enjoyed the taste – I’d suggest leaving it to cool in the tin for a few minutes before moving it. That should help x

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