This cake right here is summer on a plate! It looks like summer, it tastes like summer and I made this for a lemon cake fanatic who told me it was the best lemon cake he had ever had. PROUD!

That must mean it’s worth a try!

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 11This recipe is an adaptation of one of Delia’s Cakes – adapted to make it lighter and easier to rise!

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All you need for this recipe is:

For the cake:

  • 175g plain flour
  • 2 and 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 175g soft butter
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 90g soft golden sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • grated zest of 3 large lemons
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 20g poppy seeds (if you struggle to find them in Switzerland, Globus is one of the only places I have found them)

For the syrup:

  • juice of 3 large lemons
  • grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 75g soft golden sugar
  • 75g caster sugar

For the topping:

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar and a sprinkle of poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 175°C and line the bottom of a 20cm diameter baking tin with baking paper.

First of all, sift your flour and baking powder twice (it’s worth sifting to get a light texture). Then sift the two types of sugars, add the butter, lemon juice & zest, eggs and poppy seeds and whisk for a minute or two until creamy.

Sofia Clara - lemon drizzle

Your mix should look like this:

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 1Use a spatula to fill the tin and flatten the top.

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 2Pop it in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Once it’s cooked, take it out of the over and quickly whisk together the ingredients for the syrup.

Use a metal skewer to poke holes in the cake where the syrup will sink in.

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 4Start by spooning the syrup over…

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 5And make sure you cover the whole surface of the cake with the syrup.

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 6Finish with a sprinkle of sieved caster sugar and a few more poppy seeds.

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And there you have it, the most beautiful AND utterly delicious lemon and poppy-seed drizzle cake.

lemon & poppy seed drizzle
I’m not going to lie, my mouth is watering just thinking about diving into this slice.

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 12The ultimate lemon drizzle cake by sofiaclara.comJust look at this little slice of heaven:

Sofia Clara - Lemon drizzle - 14If there’s one cake to make this summer, it’s this one!

What are your favourite summer cakes? xS