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The Ultimate Easy Bake Orange & Lemon Drizzle Cake

Being able to bake a decent cake is something that I pride myself on. I wouldn’t dare set foot in the bake off tent, but being able to competently create delicious treats for my family and friends is rather lovely. Having my kids, my other half and our various guests bite into a piece of cake and tell me how good it tastes is a very nice feeling!

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I’ve been baking with Luke since he was very young. We’ve made all sorts of yummy treats over the years, from our first ever adventure in the kitchen together making apple and cinnamon cake to going blackberry picking and making blackberry and apple crumble together. We read through the Tickle Fingers Cookbook* (both 1 & 2) and we’ve worked our way through many a recipe, both sweet and savoury. We started nice and easy with Shortbread Biscuits which are perfect for little helpers and now I’m also rather proud to be able to say that Luke is also an excellent baker! 

Luke and I are usually pretty big buttercream fans, but when it’s hot or we’ve just had too much sweetness in our lives, we try to come up with different cake ideas that will still taste amazing but won’t melt or send us into a sugar high. My other half isn’t such a fan of the frosting either and so we have slowly ditched the idea of buttercream topped cakes for something we can all enjoy. 

The orange and lemon drizzle cake recipe is bought you by Luke, who randomly decided one day that he wanted to make one. The ingredients are easy to come by, the recipe itself is really easy to follow and the finished cake is packed full of tangy citrus flavours. 

Our easy bake orange and lemon drizzle cake is light, moist, juicy and incredibly moreish.

With flecks of citrus zest decorating it, the orange and lemon Drizzle Cake makes a wonderful showstopper, birthday cake or even a dried fruit/alcohol free alternative to the traditional Christmas cake. 

Here’s the orange and lemon drizzle cake recipe. If you make it yourself at home, please do feel free to tag in on Instagram or Twitter and let me know what you think. Luke and I would love to hear your thoughts! 

aerial view of an orange and lemon drizzle cake. The top of the cake has white icing drizzled over it with flecks of lemon and orange zest.

Easy Bake Orange and Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

You will need:



  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Orange
  • 175g Flour
  • 175g Sugar 
  • 175g Butter 
  • 2 eggs
  • A splash of milk {3 or 4 tbsp} 


  • Icing sugar
  • Lemon juice
A orange and lemon drizzle cake has been cut into to show the inside of the cake is light and fluffy. Icing is drizzled over the top of the cake and flecks of orange and lemon zest decorate the cake.

Orange and Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Before you start to make the cake, zest and juice the orange and lemon. Heat oven to 180°C/Gas 4.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add almost all of the orange and lemon zest and mix until creamy and smooth. Leave enough zest to garnish the cake with once it has baked. 

Add the eggs one at a time with a small amount of flour. Add the milk and the rest of the flour and mix well. 

Pour the mixture into your lined/greased cake tin and level off the surface. Place in the middle shelf of the oven for 40-45 minutes. 


Pour the orange and lemon juice into a sauce pan and boil until it has reduced. You want about 3 or 4 tablespoons worth of juice left. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool slightly before adding in 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar,stirring to dissolve. 

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, prick lots of holes in the top with a skewer, fork or a knife and evenly pour over the orange and lemon drizzle mixture. 

Wait until the cake has cooled and mix together icing sugar and lemon juice until you have a good consistency. Drizzle over the cake and sprinkle with the remaining orange and lemon zest. 


This is a great cake to make with children as it’s got lots of fun things to do – juicing lemons is especially fun! It teaches children how to use different kitchen gadgets they may not have come across yet and is great for building up those hand muscles which help with handwriting and other useful skills.

If you’re looking for more activities to keep little ones happy and engaged, check out my Activities and Crafts section.

aerial view of an orange and lemon drizzle cake. The top of the cake has white icing drizzled over it with flecks of lemon and orange zest.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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