Best Ever Lemon Drizzle Cake

adsense 336x280 I love a good slice of cake and a cup of tea, particularly when it's warm and sunny outside. And nothing says sunshine like bright yellow, zesty lemons! This is one of my favorite, easy recipes for a light, fluffy lemon drizzle cake. This is also my boyfriend's absolute favorite; he exclaimed it was the best cake he's ever had, which is certainly saying something! Serve with a cup of tea and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. When life give you lemons, make lemon cake!


Best Ever Lemon Drizzle Cake
Ingredients


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 lemon, zested  
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced  
  • 7 tablespoons white sugar

Instructions
 Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Measure ingredients into bowls. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

 Step 2
Combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy and pale. Add 1 egg at a time, beating until the batter returns to a uniform pale color before adding the next. Sift in flour gradually. Fold with a wooden spoon to be sure flour is combined. Add baking powder and lemon zest.

 Step 3
Pour batter into the prepared pan, being careful not to press it down.

 Step 4
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Try not to open the oven door early to avoid collapsing the fluffy cake.

 Step 5
Juice the zested lemon into a small bowl. Add the zest and juice of the second lemon. Stir in 7 tablespoons sugar until dissolved. Pour glaze over the warm cake and leave to cool in the pan; glaze will harden as the cake cools.



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