Friday, 15 November 2019

Lemon and orange drizzle cake

Chez Maximka, easy cakes and bakes

As mentioned many times, when I'm stressed, I bake to let off steam.
Today I had to deal with the clinic, which has lost my prescription request, submitted 12 days ago. It's for my son's meds, which is available only on prescription, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered with them.
It's not the first time they did it, and as our supply at home is running very low, I'm upset about their cavalier approach.
I was fuming after an exchange of phone calls, and went to the kitchen to bake. I baked a passion fruit drizzle cake last week, and decided I'd make another drizzle cake, this time a more traditional one, with citrus fruit.
You can make it with either lemons or oranges, or a mix of both.
Gorgeously moist, this cake is a lovely dessert for any tea party.

Chez Maximka, easy lemon drizzle cake

Lemon and orange drizzle cake
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange
180g caster sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 orange
3 medium eggs
20g polenta (optional)
200g self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
2tbsp orange gin (optional)
120g butter, melted
for the icing:
5 heaped tbsp icing sugar mixed with orange juice

In a medium sized bowl zest a lemon and an orange. Add the caster sugar and juice of half a lemon and half an orange, mix together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add polenta and sift in the flour. Add a teaspoon of baking powder, orange gin and melted (but not hot) butter. Mix well.

Oil a cake tin and pour in the cake batter. Place the cake tin in the oven preheated to 180C. Bake for 50+ minutes. Check with a wooden toothpick if it's ready, once it comes clean, the cake is baked.

Let the cake cool a bit before taking it out of the tin.
Mix the icing sugar with enough freshly squeezed orange juice to make a runny icing, and drizzle over the cake.
Decorate with jelly diamonds or any other sweets.

The polenta is optional in this recipe, it just adds a nice texture. The gin is also optional, it adds a more concentrated flavour.
I have a bottle of Tanqueray orange gin which I got as a present for my birthday back in February, but I rarely have a gin and tonic, and the bottle is almost full. If you don't have the orange gin, a limoncello could be a nice substitute. Or skip the alcohol altogether. You can't actually taste the alcohol, as it evaporates during the baking, yet it gives a more intense flavour.

Chez Maximka, easy lemon drizzle cake

Chez Maximka, easy lemon drizzle cake


  1. This looks gorgeous, just like the cakes my nan used to bake so a lovely hint of nostalgia in there :) I hope you managed to get the meds sorted - what a nightmare ! :/

    1. Thank you, Cheryl! A lemon drizzle cake is a lovely traditional cake, which will never get out of fashion, I think. The prescription has been authorised, so hopefully the pharmacy has ordered it, as they need to source it. At the best, we'll get it in a week's time.

  2. So annoying about the meds. I have had that happen before and its a nightmare - but at least you got a lovely cake out of it! It does look fabulous

  3. Aww, so sorry to hear you have issue with the medication. The cake looks amazing and hopefully you are feeling better now. Hugs xx