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Lemon Syrup Loaf

By Chelsea Sugar
Lemon Syrup Loaf
8 servings
  • 111 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 45 mins
  • Serves

    2 eggs
    100g Tararua Butter, melted
    2 Tbsp grated lemon rind
    1 cup Chelsea Caster Sugar or Chelsea Raw Caster Sugar
    1 3/4 cups Edmonds Standard Grade Flour
    1 1/2 tsp Edmonds Baking Powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup Meadow Fresh Original Milk

    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup Chelsea Caster Sugar or Chelsea Raw Caster Sugar 


    Preheat oven to 180°C bake. Grease or line the bottom of a loaf tin measuring approximately 21cm x 9cm.

    Using either a food processor or electric mixer, beat eggs and Tararua Butter together.  Add the lemon rind and Chelsea Caster Sugar or Chelsea Raw Caster Sugar and beat until creamy. Mix in the Edmonds Standard Grade Flour, Edmonds Baking Powder, salt and Meadow Fresh Original Milk.  Process until combined.

    Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 45-55 minutes until golden and cooked through.   

    Mix together the syrup ingredients and pour over the loaf as soon as it comes out of the oven. Leave to cool in the tin.

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Average Rating
(111 reviews)

I've lost count of how many times I've made this, it's delicious. Perfect with a bit of yoghurt on the side.

How long does it keep?? (Can I make it a day in advance?)

Not enough flavour.

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My favourite go to bake, everybody loves this loaf.

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Lovely great taste super easy to bake 10/10 would recommend

I’ve made a couple of lemon loaves this has to
top it so yummy!

amazing taste

This is a delicious recipe for anytime. It’s so moist and fluffy. Amazing all round!

Easy to use recipe. Thank you, from one who seldom bakes these days but has an excess of fresh lemons on our tree. Lovely simple recipe.

An absolute firm favourite in this household, ,especially with the lemon tree in full fruit. I tweaked the syrup in my latest lot as my lemons were just short of 1/4 cup juice, so I topped it up with Gin. What's a girl to do?? Absolute favourite and please never remove the recipe from the website

Lovely recipe, done a few times and I love it.
The syrup just elevates the taste.
Thank you for sharing

Great recipe-easy to follow and makes up in a jiffy, to give a delicious loaf.
Worth all the stars you can give it.

Fantastic. Doubles beautifully.

This did not disappoint it was fabulous.
First time making this recipe and will definitely make this again

too good!

Super easy to make and sooo yum - I heat mine up and have with a side of plain yoghurt

So so easy and delicious
I'd give it 6 stars if I could :)

Very easy and tastes great

Absolutely delicious! As a 14 year old and novice baker, this recipe was super easy and quick - my family really liked it. The loaf tastes great with whipped cream too.

This is such a delicious recipe thank you!

I halved the recipe as a single, used spelt flour for low FODMAP, didn’t make the syrup as keeping a low sugar diet, absolutely delicious and very much like a Madeira cake (baked for 30mins, could have reduced to 25mins).

Made beautiful muffins.

It’s become a family favourite! My family become excited to see lemons growing on the lemon tree because it means we will have this amazing loaf. I double the recipie for a lemon cake and put a cream cheese icing when cooled

Love this recipe and so does everyone I make it for.
I use more lemon juice and zest as we like very strong flavour. It’s one of my go to recipes. Always gets eaten very quickly.

It was fab for sure, love it, new favourite

This is the best lemon loaf with syrup drizzle out there. It's easy and it uses ordinary ingredients that most people have in their cupboard. I often add some rosewater to the syrup and some vanilla for a slightly Persian flavour. Everyone loves it so I keep making it. 5/5

Good recipe - I added poppy seeds and after putting half mix into pan, scattered raspberries on to batter before adding remaining mix. The cake is smallish which suits now there’s only two of us, as sometimes I get tired of what I’ve baked before it’s eaten! I notice cake in picture and my own cake split while cooking - usually an indication oven temperature too hot - I’d lower the temp and cook longer next time I make it.

I used this recipe just for an idea of how to make the syrup and I recommend heating it up a bit to make the sugar dissolve, that way it gives the top an inviting moist look. :)

Yummy however mine was slightly overcooked. Everyone loved it.
I used fan bake.

Is this recipe for a normal oven ?

CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, glad you enjoyed this loaf! Yes 180ºC bake is just regular bake. For fan bake, you should lower the temperature to 160ºC.

This is one of my favs.....every time I make it everyone wants to know the secret!!!

“Easy peasy lemon squeeze(y)” !!
I made one yesterday for my husband’s bridge party.....and had to make another one today for the weekend!

Super easy and so light.....delicious.

Made this today and it was true to recipe and delicious. This is definitely a keeper!

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This is an excellent recipe. The texture & flavour was perfect. Best served with yogurt!

It was perfect. Texture, flavour. Beautiful

Love this recipe, used it several times always a joy to eat.

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Made this today. Turned out just like in the photo, perhaps even taller! I did add about 3 Tbsp lemon juice to the cake batter as well as the rind, as I love cakes to be 'super lemony'. This is a light cake with the added sweetness / tartness of lemon. Perfect for morning / afternoon tea. Very yummy recipe.

This cake is so good. It was gone in 1 hour shared between 4 people.

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Delicious and so easy to do.

easy to make and delicious to eat.



Very good tasting


Awesome recipe. I make it all the time! It's definitely a favorite. The syrup at the end is nice but not necessary. I make mine with 3/4 cup of natural yoghurt and a splash of milk instead. It's so moist and delightful. Thanks Chelsea

This is one of my favourite recipes,I love the delicious lemony flavour and the beautiful texture,I've had this for a desert with French Vanilla ice cream,yummy and easy to make in the food processor,great for busy people like me :)

Such a great recipe!! The flavour is super and the loaf had a light texture. Yum (:

Good flavour but dense and somewhat dry, despite a double dose of syrup.

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This is an awesome recipe and so easy to make. My husband doesn't like lemon so made it with oranges, just as nice and yummy. Thank you Chelsea.

I am not a baker. Mine turned out perfect. Moist, delicious and light.

I love this recipe. ❤

I just made this loaf and omg was it delicious. Thankyou for this recipe. I'll make another one for my grandchildren.

I added raisins and chopped apple along with cinnamon and nutmeg and it was amazing!! super moist

Easy and yummy

Easy and very tasty. Lots of compliments at morning tea.

It was tasty

Nice and lemony, plus it freezes well

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delicious though heavy

HI Chelsea team / baking lovers. Please advise what would be the substitute of 2 eggs in this recipe. Thank you.
CHELSEA: you can use 1/2 cup of apple sauce or mashed banana instead.

Worked beautifully although perhaps there is a better way to grate lemon rind than with a grater! Tasted delicious and will do again.

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It was delicious but I think I beat it for to long when I was supposed to only combine it so it was a bit dense although it still tasted delicious. Instead of using the syrup I made lemon icing with icing sugar, water and lemon juice. When I iced it I left it the pan so the icing didn't run down the side. This worked well and I will definitely make it again

Lovely recipe simple and yummy

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my favorite thing to make

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Love this, so simple and delicious!

So good...

love this loaf so easy to put together and people love it have never had a flop


Works everytime! New family favorite for all occasions

Light and fluffy textured, easy to make and very tasty loaf.. got the big thumbs up from the man of the house who loves lemony things...

great recipe

I baked this in a hurry for friends who had come to help with the garden, but I made it in mini loaf tin makes 8,[ like a friand tin], baked for less time 12-15 mins, then spooned syrup over , they loved it !!!! Then I repeated the recipe in the mini loaf for Staff at school, they disappeared quickly!! Always great to make something that everyone does eat when taking food to work .
I have tried Lime juice for syrup also and it is a lovely " Bells of St Clements" variation.[ although not oranges haha]

I always double the recipe as I have 2 loaf tins and why waste power? 1 loaf for my work and 1 for my husband's work - everybody raves about it - it is like a Madeira cake with lemon flavouring - absolute bliss !!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!!!

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Nice, easy and tastes good everytime!!

Amazing fail-proof recipe. I have thoroughly enjoyed baking this loaf. I have tried switching up the lemons with limes and oranges and it turned out each time.

Amazing! This is the best lemon loaf I have ever eaten.

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Nice and Easy....... super yummy as well, never lasts long in my house

I think this lemon syrup loaf was delicious! So good for parties or special occasions!

super amazing lemon syrup loaf recipe..loved it !!

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Fabulous, easy and tasty.

An easy recipe but a mighty tasty one. Will not last long in the tin.

I'd like to try it but - how much is a cup? The butter is in metric but the flour and sugar is in - something else. (I'm in UK so don't know what measurement a cup is).
CHELSEA: In NZ we use 250ml metric cup. Happy Baking!

loved this loaf, made it many times.. so easy to do.

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Delicious and the 2nd one frozen well for later eating.

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Beautiful, I didn't have any lemons so used Oranges, my other have is asking for it to made again. We both thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the crunchy ends.

This recipe was very simple to follow and easy to make. The end result was a delicious loaf that myself and my family loves.

Delicious! I replaced the milk with lemon juice to try and use up more of the many lemons I have at the moment - worked out just fine and had a very lemony tang!

DELICIOUS !! ...tip... (I have made this using limes when my tree was full of them (and the lemons had run out.), and weather using limes or lemons.. it is equally delicious!!

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Love it !!

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Super easy and delicious!

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i loveeeeeee lemonnnnnnnnnnn

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So good so easy delicious. Please do try

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Fantastic result and lovely texture. Easy to make in loaf, cake or muffins. This is a keeper!!

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I doubled the recipe and made 2 loaves - double thumbs up from everyone at work!! Great consistancy and flavour with the syrup. Definately make this again :)

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i made this for my daughter and students they love it!!!! awesome loaf have added this one to my cookbook, love it:)

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Yummmm! I loved this recipe. I doubled it and made it into a cake instead. Also made muffins and topped them with a passionfruit icing.

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Great recipe!! =)

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i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lemonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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I've been making this for years and it's still amazing!!!

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this was moist and very fulling, tried it as a cake and was yummy, note : dont leave syrup on element 2 cool like we did hehe it turned into a chewy lemon lollie, was still yum though

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Love this recipe, works every time..

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Delish! family loved it, defiantly bake again

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I baked this today as soon as i read the recipe and it turned out so good! i like the tang! I now have two loaves recipes under my sleeve.

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Very yummy cake and very popular

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Great recipe, love it as cupcakes, with the drizzle it doesn't need icing so a bit healthier as well!

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love making this so so yummy

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Absolutely scrummie!

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Whipped this up at 10.45pm for school lunches the next day, took couple of mins of prep. Tastes fab. Great rescuer when cupboards starting to look bare and the kids loved it too!

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Fantastic with orange too

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love this yummo mind you im a new baker had two attempts before was right

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Miss 2 and master 4 loved it, my grandmother enjoyed it as well great recipe!

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I Love this lemon loaf, My family love it warm and straight out of the oven.

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