Craving comfort?

Recipe : Lemon drizzle cake

This lockdown finds us craving comfort food and that includes cake. This is a French Rooms favourite with our customers. The recipe is adapted from one of our heroes, the charming Raymond Blanc. Lemon drizzle is served at his beautiful Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire as part of their delicious afternoon tea selection and is really easy to make.

We are not encouraging anyone to dash to the shops, so improvise where possible or note down these ingredients for the next time you are planning to do your shopping. We used Bushmills Whiskey this week which worked equally as well as the Rum.

For the lemon cake


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Lightly butter a loaf tray, we serve this as individual cakes in The French Rooms so a muffin tray will work just as well.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, lemon zest, rum, salt and butter.
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl then whisk it into the egg mixture until you have a smooth batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. The cake is cooked when a knife blade inserted into the middle comes out clean. It takes approx. 12-15 minutes if baking individual muffins.
  5. Remove the cake from the tin, turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Brush the cake with the warmed apricot glaze and leave for five minutes while you make the lemon glaze.
  7. For the lemon glaze, mix together the lemon juice, zest and icing sugar.
  8. Heat the mixture in a small pan, until the sugar has dissolved and you have a syrup.
  9. Brush the lemon glaze all over the cake and leave for a few minutes to set.
  10. Decorate with lemon zest if you have some (not essential).

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Chef owner of The French Rooms restaurant in Bushmills which is a French inspired experience soon to be offering six luxury guest suites.

2 thoughts on “Craving comfort?

  1. Congratulations on getting the blog up and going. The online course obviously went well. Love the lemon drizzle cake recipe. We can feature this on the Taste Causeway u tube series if you fancy having a go at video. Well done and I will feature it on the social media platforms. Have a lovely weekend . Sharon x

  2. What an exciting new blog to follow. The lemon drizzle cake looks delicious and I can’t wait to try the recipe. Looking forward to all the future French Rooms flavours. Congratulations Stella and Roy. Gary 🤙

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