Lemon drizzle cake

A royal treat for me and my family today. I wanted a cake that should have been not so sweet, not so heavy and with a sour flavor. Lemon was the first ingredient that have crossed my mind and I have found a recipe in Princess Margareta's book. The initial recipe was asking for 400g of sugar in total. Sorry guys, that is way too much sugar to put in a cake for me, so I have used only half of quantity and I could have even cut more. The result was delicious. My daughter loved it very much ... and for me this what counts.

  • 225g butter + 25g to grease the pans (room temperature)
  • 100g sugar
  • 225g flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
For syrup:
  • 100ml water
  • 100g sugar
  • the juice of 2 big lemons

  1. Mix the butter with sugar.
  2. Add eggs one by one and mix.
  3. Add lemon zest and mix.
  4. Separately, mix the flour with baking powder and poppy seeds.
  5. Add this into the butter composition and mix until well combined. It will look in the end more or less like a dough.
  6. Pour this composition into 2 small baking pans, after they have been oiled with butter.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven at 180ÂșC for 40 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, make the syrup by combining water, sugar and lemon juice. Boil it for 5-10 minutes and keep it warm until the cake is ready.
  9. Take out the cake from the oven without removing it from the pan. take a fork or a skewer stick and sting the cake well on the surface.
  10. Pour the syrup over the cake and let everything cool completely before you take them out of the pan.
Recipe inspired from Royal Cook Book - Principesa Margareta a Romaniei, page 44.


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