Double Lemon Drizzle Cake with Poppy Seeds

40 minutes
to cook

This is the definitive Lemon Drizzle cake, and we have used four lemons.

There’s almost as much drizzle as cake, so after you bite through the crunchy crust it is very lemony and syrupy inside.

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Start off by sifting the flour and baking powder into a roomy mixing bowl, holding the sieve quite high to give the flour a good airing as it goes down.

Then add the butter, sugar, eggs, lemon zest and juice and finally the poppy seeds. Now, using an electric hand whisk, mix to a smooth creamy consistency for about one minute. Spoon the mixture into the tin, levelling it with the back of the spoon, and bake near the centre of the oven for 40 minutes or until the centre feels springy.

When the cake is ready, remove the tin from the oven to a board, then straight away mix together the syrup ingredients. Next stab the cake all over with a skewer and spoon the syrup evenly over the hot cake.  Mix the rounded teaspoon of golden granulated sugar and the poppy sees together and finally sprinkle on the top of the cake. After that the cake needs to cool in its tin before it can be removed and stored in an airtight container.

Note: this is equally good made without the poppy seeds if you prefer.


To finish:
1 rounded teaspoon golden granulated sugar
1 rounded teaspoon poppy seeds


Pre-heat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3

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You will also need a Delia Online 20cm Round Loose-based Cake Tin, or similar, greased and base lined. The Delia Online bakeware range is now available online, and you can purchase our 20cm Round Loose-based Cake Tin plus washable and reusable liner direct from Silverwood.
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