How to make the perfect Sticky Lemon Syrup Cake

About two years ago, I went through what I like to call my “Lemon Syrup Cake” phase. What is this, you ask? Let me explain.

The “Lemon Syrup Cake” phase is a sudden, inexplicable obsession with Lemon Syrup Cake that lasts approximately 9 months. Symptoms including baking this cake constantly, eating it constantly and staring at this recipe longingly for several hours.

As I said, I eventually managed to move on (cinnamon is my new fascination), but during this time I did manage to perfect my “Lemon Syrup Cake” recipe. Of course, I had to share it with you guys and I wish you all luck as you embark on you “Lemon Syrup Cake” phases!



for the cake

  • 150g / 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 175g/ 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 175g/ 1 1/2 self raising flour (sifted)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon

for the syrup

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 180’C (375’F) and line a 5 x 9 inch rectangular baking tin with parchment paper .
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter.
  3. Add eggs and flour. Mix well.
  4. Stir in vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  5. Empty mixture into tin and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  6. While your cake is baking, make the lemon syrup. Heat sugar, lemon juice, zest and water over a low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved (about 10 minutes).
  7. When the cake is ready, remove from oven. Using a fork or skewer, poke holes all over the cake (this helps the cake absorb the syrup).
  8. Pour syrup over cake and leave to cool.




  1. atkokosplace · April 27, 2016

    Lemon anything is a win in my book! 🙂


  2. speciallearninghouse · March 13, 2016

    My husband will love this – will have to make it for him! 🙂

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  3. fatmanlive · February 28, 2016

    My favorite cake.. I blogged it to facebook where I have a lot of avid foodies..

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    • maya · February 28, 2016

      Thank you 🙂


  4. musingsondinner · February 27, 2016

    The photos for this are really lovely – I like the coolness of the lighting. What makes this recipe the ultimate lemon drizzle cake for you?

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    • maya · February 27, 2016

      Thank you! Honestly, the only way to understand how good this cake tastes is to try it 😉 But personally, I think it’s the perfect combination of sweet, sticky and sour goodness that makes this the ultimate recipe!


  5. naelany · February 24, 2016

    sounds yummy!


  6. mliae · February 18, 2016

    OMG that looks sooooo good!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. the happiest pixel · February 16, 2016

    Hey happy pixel!! Your cake is awesome!! Thanks for sharing.
    I have a great lemon cake too:

    Love, thp

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  8. hitandrun1964 · February 14, 2016

    Looks so delicious. Thank you.


  9. sailology · February 13, 2016

    Wow, this looks divine! I’m making this the new cake for after workshop snacks aboard Aquila! Yum yum! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Lori · February 12, 2016

    Sounds super delicious. Lemon is a favorite of mine. And thanks for the like at lorinotes–

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Kei · February 11, 2016

    Looks delicious! Ill give it a try this weekend 😍👌🏼

    Liked by 1 person

  12. parkartist · February 10, 2016

    MMMM. I’ve made this many times, lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Johanna Rosberg · February 7, 2016

    I’ll have to try this! Looks delicious! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Devpurna Talapatra · February 6, 2016


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