Lemon Drizzle Iced Traybake

Easy to make, just as easy to ice.

This was originally just a lemon drizzle recipe, minus the icing, but I hate how boring plain cake looks.

Tip: Still tasty without the icing for a lower sugar option, but won’t look as good.

Makes 12-16 squares



  • Cake tin, Approx 20cm x 20cm
  • Baking paper


  • 70g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 140g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp lemon flavouring
  • 1 small lemon
  • 30g plain white sugar
  • 300 icing sugar
  • few drops of yellow food colouring
  • few tbsp tap water



  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees c and line the tin with baking paper
  2. Tip the butter and  caster sugar into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, followed by the flour, and baking powder.
  4. Add the milk and 1 and 1/2 tsp of the lemon flavouring and beat again.
  5. Finely grate the lemon’s zest into the mixture and stir in with a wooden spoon.
  6. Squeeze the lemon’s juice into a cereal bowl and set aside
  7. Spoon the cake mix into the prepared tin and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer, when inserted comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven when golden, and prick all over with a fork.
  9. Mix the 30g white sugar with the lemon juice and spoon evenly over the hot cake.
  10. When the cake has fully cooled, remove from the tin.
  11. In bowl, mix the icing sugar (leaving a few tbsp of it aside) with a little water until it is smooth but thick.  Spread evenly over the cake.
  12. Add  the yellow food colouring and the remaining lemon flavouring to the set aside icing sugar.
  13. Keep it a thick consistency. Use a piping bag/food bag with a hole in the corner to pipe in straight lines across the iced cake.
  14. Use a cocktail stick to drag lines through the cake, alternating between top to bottom and bottom to top, this will give a feathered look.
  15. Allow the icing to set before cutting.

1 thought on “Lemon Drizzle Iced Traybake

  1. I love lemon drizzle cake. Thank you for the recipe. 🌼


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