Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake

Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake

So Grrat British Bake Off has come to an end – what will I do on a Wednesday evening now?! I was pleased that Nadiya won, I thought her bakes in the final were excellent especially her three wedding cakes with sari decoration. Her iced buns also looked perfect to me.

Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake from BakingQueen74

As well as the end of GBBO for this year, this means it is also the last week of the Great Bloggers Bake Off. For my final bake, I’ve taken inspiration from the showstopper round, and made a cake based on my favourite British cake. I can’t think of anything better than sitting down to a cup of tea and a slice of a lemon drizzle loaf. So my layers are made of lemon drizzle. Since I didn’t think my family of four would require three actual cakes as they made in the final round on TV (though one of those stands would be marvellous!), I’ve gone for three layers instead.

Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake from BakingQueen74

Whipped white chocolate ganache was used to fill and top the cake, and lemon Chantilly cream. I wanted to continue the classic flavours and colours of a lemon drizzle cake so there is plenty of lemon zest and also some lime zest curls used for decoration in my lemon drizzle layer cake.

Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake from BakingQueen74

It tasted delicious, very zingy with all the lemon zest, and the white chocolate ganache gave it an extra level of sweetness. The family loved this one!


Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins

A beautiful cake perfect for a special occasion

Course: Baking
Author: bakingqueen74
For the cake:
  • 300 g butter/spread I used Stork with butter
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 5 medium free-range eggs
  • 300 g self-raising flour
  • Zest of 2 lemons
For the drizzle:
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 30 g caster sugar
For the ganache:
  • 200 g white chocolate
  • 70 ml single cream
For the Chantilly cream:
  • 250 ml double cream
  • 1.5 tbsp icing sugar
  • Zest of half a lemon
To decorate:
  • Lemon and lime zest
  1. Cream the sugar into the butter or spread until it is light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs one by one, mixing well after each.
  3. Sift in the flour and fold in.
  4. Zest the lemons and fold in.
  5. If you have three 20 cm tins, prepare them and put one third of the mixture into each. I only have two so I made two layers first, then the third one afterwards.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees for approx 20 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Leave the cakes to cool for a few minutes, remove from the tins and then leave the, to cool completely.
  8. Make the lemon drizzle by mixing together the lemon juice and caster sugar. Make holes in the cakes using a skewer or cake tester, and spoon the drizzle over each layer. I did this when my cakes were almost cool, as I didn't want them to go to soft when warm in case they broke.
  9. Make the ganache: break the chocolate up and place the chocolate and cream in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir well, then heat for ten seconds at a time, stirring afterwards, until smooth. Place the ganache in the fridge to cool. After about thirty minutes, whip using a handheld mixer for a few minutes, until thick.
  10. Make your Chantilly cream: put the double cream, icing sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Whip using a handheld mixer until it has firm peaks.
  11. To assemble, level the bottom layer, spoon on some white chocolate ganache. Pipe the cream around the edges. Add the next levelled layer and repeat. Add the final layer, pipe cream in the centre, spoon the ganache on, and decorate with lime zest curls and lemon zest.

Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake from BakingQueen74

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I’m sending this cake over to Jenny at Mummy Mishaps for the final round of the Great Bloggers Bake Off of course, pop over and see all the other bakes.

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That looks beautiful Lucy – so simple and stylish. I am hungry again now! Thanks for linking to my bake too – I am going to miss the Bake Off …

Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

Ooh that cake looks so stylish and inviting! I love lemon drizzle cake – great choice of bake
Angela x


such as beautiful cake Lucy – i love lemon cake and all that icing and chantilly cream too – well just yummy!!!
thank you for supporting the bake along and good luck with the final xx

Dominic Franks (@belleaukitchen)

wowzers, 5 eggs! That’s a tribute the power of the egg and is there anything finer than the lemon drizzle cake. It’s a stunner and an absolute legend of a cake. Thanks for linking with Simply Eggcellent xx

Heidi Roberts

The one thing better than a lemon drizzle loaf cake is a lemon drizzle iced layer cake!!


What a seriously delicious looking cake. Those pools of icing – YUM! I have had my fair share of sugar for the day but I could happily take a piece of this right now.

Nayna Kanabar (@citrusspiceuk)

This cakes looks fantastic and I can’t stop drooling over it.

Jo's Kitchen (@Jos_Kitchen)

I love lemon drizzle and yours looks one of the best out there. Very showstopping!

Mandy Mazliah

What an incredible looking cake – adding that extra layer just makes it look so impressive. Lemon cake is my favourite (I think) – really wish I had a slice right now…

Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

What a beautiful cake Lucy, definitely a showstopper! I love the idea of using a white chocolate ganache, delicious.


What a stunner Lucy. The lime twists on top really make the whole thing stand out. I love a good citrus cake and of course I approve of the ganache filling 🙂


Your cakes looks stunning and delicious Lucy! Yum! Love this kind of cake .. And I’m really glad Nadiya won too! 🙂

Sarah Trivuncic, Maison Cupcake

I love a good lemon cake and this looks positively dripping with loveliness. I was pleased Nadiya won too although actually I thought all of the contestants were a nice bunch of people this year – and I rarely think that of any reality show!!


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Ooh this is a delicious take on a lemon drizzle that I absolutely love. 3 layers just feels more like a party/celebration cake. Utterly scrummy. Sammie x


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