Sir Terry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

Sir Terry Wogan, BBC Children in Need’s Life President and host of the BBC Children in Need Appeal Night TV Show since 1980, couldn’t wait to share his favourite Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe with Lakeland’s customers…


For the cake

  • 5 eggs
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 140ml double cream
  • Butter, for greasing
  • Zest of 2 lemons (finely grated)
  • 240g plain flour
  • 2g baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the glaze

  • 40g apricot jelly (heated in a saucepan)
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Zest of ½ lemon (finely grated)
  • 165g icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream and lemon zest.
  3. Sieve together the flour and baking powder twice, add to the bowl followed by the salt. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Grease your loaf tin with a little softened butter and line with greaseproof paper. Fill the tin with the mixture and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, turning halfway.
  5. To check if it’s cooked insert a small knife blade into the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is done. Turn it out onto a baking rack and leave to cool.
  6. To finish brush the cake all over with the hot apricot glaze.
  7. In a small saucepan gently warm the lemon juice, zest and icing sugar to form the glaze. Brush the glaze over the cake and leave for a few minutes.