The EASIEST Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle cake ever. Best ever recipe.

Welcome to my blog. First post, yay! I thought I would set this up because people have been asking me for 2 years since my diagnosis to do this. I’m still a bit of a newcomer to the gluten-free community, so please be kind!

When I was first diagnosed coeliac, my baking skills just vanished. This was my favourite cake, based off a recipe from my late mum, and I was determined to make it gluten free. So with her help, we accomplished this – TA-DA!

IMG_7443 copy

So I thought I would share my favourite cake recipe. In my eyes, this is the most delicious, juicy lemon drizzle cake that is a winner every time (yes, even for the non-gluten free folk). I make this all of the time at home, and it comes out great every time. It’s really popular with my friends and family and they all fight over it whenever I bake it. So I have to make twice as much.

I have included cooking and oven times for both a traybake and a loaf recipe, the choice is completely yours!

IMG_7443 gcopy


For the cake:

225g Caster Sugar
225g Softened Butter
4 Medium eggs
275g Gluten free self-raising flour
1tsp xanthan gum
1tsp Gluten free baking powder
4tbsp milk
The zest of 2 lemons

For the Drizzle:

175g Granulated sugar
Juice of the 2 lemons


1. Line your baking tins. For a traybake preheat oven to 180*c/ 160*c Fan/ Gas 4 – For a loaf tin, preheat the oven to 170*c/ 160* Fan / Gas 3.

2. Mix together the caster sugar and butter until it becomes a soft creamy consistency.

3. One at a time, beat in the eggs, and mix well.

4. Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients, the milk, and the lemon zest until the cake batter is formed.

5. Pour into the traybake tin, and then proceed to bake in the oven. For a Traybake, 35 minutes, For a loaf, 40 minutes. If you are making a loaf, check on it half way through baking, if the top looks like it’s going browner than desired, loosely cover it with tin foil.  When the cake is done, it will spring back if you press it gently. or you pop a skewer in the middle, and it should come out clean.

6. Pour yourself a cup of tea and wait for it to cool down. (I put that one in there for fun #selfcare)

7.Mix together the ingredients for the drizzle, poke holes in the cake with a skewer, spread the drizzle evenly all over the cake, and serve.

I prefer to sprinkle more granulated sugar on the top of the cake, to give it a satisfying crunch.
The recipe can also be adapted to be dairy free by using a dairy free alternative to the butter and soya milk.
You could use the base recipe for lemon cupcakes.
Don’t worry if your cake batter is a little lumpy. You’re not Mary Berry and it honestly will still be great.

Thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget to follow me on here and Instagram @theglutenfreesloth for more recipes and favourites.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


9 thoughts on “The EASIEST Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle cake ever. Best ever recipe.

  1. Great post! Gluten intolerance and coeliac disease are quite common today unfortunately. But what a relief there’s ways to work round it. Great recipe, I made a lemon drizzle not to long ago myself, I’ve posted it in a blog post so you can check that out if you want, but it’s not gluten free, I’m still figuring gluten free out and finding out what works best etc 😊


  2. Is the amount of GF flour correct? Was expecting equal amounts of flour, butter and sugar. Only just started experimenting with GF baking, please help.


    1. Hi Anne,
      I found that this method works best for me. The milk in the recipe helps the cake to rise, and it makes the cake less dense and have a lighter fluffy texture. Because of the addition of milk, that’s why there is a little bit more flour than you’d expect. I hope that helped – G 🙂 x


  3. I’ve been a diagnosed coeliac for 25 years and have now been diagnosed with dairy intolerance as well, apparently not uncommon in long term coeliacs.
    This is hands down one of the best cakes I’ve baked, ever, am going to try a version with vanilla instead of lemon and then one with coconut essence. The texture is superb, thank you!


    1. Hi, it will work, just lower the temperature to 160* and cook for around 40 mins. I normally check the cake is cooked with a skewer every 5 minutes after this amount of time. If the cake looks like it’s going darker than you want, then just loosely cover the top with aluminium foil to prevent it from catching.
      I keep meaning to update this recipe with cooking times and temp for a loaf tin.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.