Double Decker Lemon Drizzle Birthday Cake

That’s quite the title!

Say it three times fast…

Ok, you officially deserve a slice.

Lemon drizzle cake is my jam.

After much consideration and a good deal of deliberation I’ve decided that it is in fact the king of cakes.

Sweet but not too sweet, fresh, zingy, fluffy and light but with pockets of dense soaked sponge.

It just can’t be beaten.

You can find my Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe right here, it’s so easy you’ll probably never need it again.

It’s the perfect cake for tea time, but for a birthday it feels somewhat… underdressed. So this year we stepped things up a bit.

Two fluffy lemon drizzle cake, sandwiching homemade lemon curd and topped with lemon cream cheese frosting.


Here’s what you’ll need: (Spoiler: A ton of lemons)


Two 8in round cake tins

4 large eggs

8oz (226g) self raising flour

8oz (226g) caster sugar

8oz (226g) unsalted butter (room temp)

Zest of 2 lemons


Juice of 2 lemons (the ones you zested)

4oz (110g) powdered/icing sugar


4 lemons, zest and juice

7oz (200g) unrefined caster sugar

3½oz (100g) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

3 free-range eggs, plus 1 free-range egg yolk


250g cream cheese

50g butter (room temp)

100g Icing/powdered sugar

Juice + zest one lemon

Start by making your cakes. Cream together your cake ingredients until you’re left with a nice smooth batter. Grease your cake tins and divide your batter between the two. Bake for about 30-35mins.

While you’re waiting, mix together your icing sugar & lemon juice until totally smooth, pop it to one side.

After 30mins check the cakes by inserting a skewer into the middle, if it comes out clean they’re done. If not, give them a few mins more.

When it’s ready and still piping hot, use a skewer to poke holes all over the cake, all the way down to the bottom. Pour over half of your lemon glaze and repeat with the second cake.

Leave to cool while you make your curd and frosting.

To make the lemon curd, pop a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add the lemon, sugar and butter. Lightly whisk the eggs and egg yolk and stir them into the warm lemon mixture. Keep stirring gently for about 10mins, until thick and creamy. Pop into a jar and use every morning on hot buttered toast. 

To make the frosting, beat together the ingredients until smooth. If you use cold butter your frosting will be lumpy (like ours, I left someone else in charge of the frosting…)

Now assemble!

Smear one cake in lemon curd, top with second cake, heap frosting on top and pat over giving it a nice textured finish. Pop a few blooms in the top if you’re feeling fancy, and you’re done!

Serve with champagne, pressies and *fingers crossed* a drop of sunshine.

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  • Everything just looks so parfait and beautiful … Happy Birthday Gorgeous! 🙂

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  • amelia

    OMG this looks like heaven! I was also looking on Pinterest just last night for lemon desserts for my husband’s birthday, great timing!

  • Liz Stark

    Stunning celebration cake!

  • Sandra Guerin

    Lemon cake is my favourite too!!
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  • Peppermint Dolly

    I LOVE lemon drizzle cake – it’s just the business – on any occasion! 🙂

    Happy Birthday!


  • This looks heavenly, Only way to beat a lemon drizzle cake is to double it up! Have a lovely day 🙂 Laura x

  • I love any cake that involves lemons, presents, and sunshine!

  • This looks absolutely delicious!

  • I love lemon drizzle and love homemade lemon curd – I usually add some passionfruit into the curd if I can too. Delicious!!

  • Kate

    I don’t even like lemon drizzle cake, but I’m still drooling! Maybe this one could change my mind?! x

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  • ninegrandstudent

    Oh Rosie, this looks like the perfect celebration cake!

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  • That cake looks so AMAZING! I love a lemon cake 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  • Emmalisa Tilli

    Ooooo can’t wait to try this one day!

  • Yumm!! okay I have a birthday coming up this month and I might actually be trying this :O exciting! <3

  • Kathryn

    Wedding cake idea?? Looks scrumptious!!! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing, Rosie!

  • robyn

    what is the north american version of castor sugar? thanks!

    • Cynthia

      good ole white sugar. What’s already in your pantry.

  • Lisaemmerton

    Rosie I love ALL things lemon! It’s always my go to on any dessert menu! I think this would make a fabulous Easter pudding, and I’m lucky enough to have two lemon trees that are simply bursting with fruit!

  • Joules

    I love the amount of cream cheesy frosting there is on this. I’ll have a slice or two, please! 🙂

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  • Roxanne

    This cake looks sooooo delicious! I need to try it out 😉

  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    This looks SO BLOODY GOOD Rosie!! Gorgeous birthday spread, hope you had a wonderful day celebrating 🙂

  • That cake must be so delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I hope mine looks that good 😉

  • Sounds and looks delicious x


  • This looks gorgeous and delicious! Happy Birthday!

  • Goodness me, may need to make this for my birthday this year – lovely and fresh but super indulgent 😉

    Lauren x
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  • Kelsey

    OOOOHHHHH that is the China I am in love with! do you know the maker and pattern name?

  • Julie

    Looks absolutely beautiful!

  • This cake looks heavenly – who does not love lemon drizzle cake 🙂 Happy Birthday!


  • Yvonne

    Yummy! This drizzle lemon cake looks so delicious!
    xo Yvonne

  • I’m soooo trying this recipe – and love the china! I own the entire Spode collection! LOL! #obsessed

  • hot damn that’s a birthday cake! Who am I to have not tried your original lemon drizzle copycat starbs cake, when I have tried a dozen other recipes of yours? One dainty recipe at a time lol. I think I might give your simple lemon drizzle a try to see if I like it before conquering this bad boy of a b’day cake 🙂
    Happy belated birthday!

  • This recipe….omg. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Definitely adding this to my “recipes I need to try” list!


  • There’s something about a homemade cake for your birthday that’s always the best! I love when my Mum makes me her chocolate sandwich cake for my birthday now; it always reminds me of being 6 years olf and “helping” her make the cake in the kitchen licking the caje batter off the spoon after she put the cake in the oven! This is such a delicious looking lemon drizzle cake!

    Ellie |

  • This cake looks & sounds super delicious. Love the staging of the photos too. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Lucy Birchall

    YUM! Most of the time, if it’s not chocolate then I’m not interested, but lemon is the next thing I’ll turn to so this looks delightfully different! Now to convince someone to whip one up for me on my birthday in a few weeks….

    Lucy xx – She’s So Lucy // Health, beauty & lifestyle

  • mariel

    this looks so good and inviting Rosie <3

  • I am literally just in awe of these pictures so I had to check this post out. I can appreciate amazing and captivating photos.

    HettyAsh xx

  • The only thing better than lemon drizzle is double decker lemon drizzle! <3

  • Leanne

    This has me drooling!!! Yum! Tea and champagne look so complimentary too!

    Arum Lilea

  • Haha that is a lot of lemons, but it looks incredible, and I also agree with you about lemon drizzle being the king of cakes, so I will be making this soon.

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

  • Judy Lepore

    What oven temperature to bake? It doesn’t say.

  • Eleanor Donaldson

    Hi Rosie,

    Your recipes again look scrumptious! I am dying to know where you got your tea set from, I adore that pattern and have been scouring the internet recently looking for a good blue and white set like yours!

  • Jo

    I have been searching for an ‘inspirational’ lemon drizzle recipe – as my son has asked for one for his birthday! Your cake sounds and looks delicious…so am going to give this a try! His birthday is on Friday….he’ll be 11, so will feedback again then. Thank you for sharing x 🙂

  • Brooke

    This looks amazing! Rose, I need your advice! My bf is from London and his grandmother always made him a Victoria Sponge Cake for his bday, which is coming up the first week of May. I’m American and haven’t even had that! What’s your go-to, trusted recipe?!

  • Brooke

    Rose, I need your help! My boyfriend is from London and his grandma used to make Victoria Sponge Cake for his birthday every near. Now it is fast-approaching in early May and, as an American, I’ve never made it or had it before! Do you have a good recipe, or one you trust?!