St. Clement’s Drizzle Cake

by Joanne on October 1, 2009

This is a recipe round up baking event from Sweet & Simple Bakes. 


St. Clement’s Drizzle Cake packs a citrusy punch of orange and lemons.  It’s a very easy cake to make and even easier to eat.  Eat TOO much of that is.  It’s so good with the vibrant taste of orange and lemon coming together in a moist, firm cake.  Perfect for an afternoon tea or a refreshing after dinner dessert.  

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The history behind this cake is a little disturbing and is expressed in a poem called “Oranges and Lemons”. You wouldn’t guess after reading it that it was a nursery rhyme!

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • Grated zest and the juice of 1 large lemon (or 2 small ones)

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  • Grated zest and the juice of 1 large orange
  • 4 TBS milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Self Rising Flour (I used all purpose, did NOT add baking powder and my cake was flat. If you use All Purpose flour, I would suggest adding baking powder, about 1 tsp).
  • 3 TBS granulated sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Coat a loaf pan or a 9 x 9 square pan with a piece of parchment and/or spray with BAKING non-stick spray.

Beat the 1 c sugar, butter, zests in a bowl until pale and creamy.  Add the milk.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, with a spoon full of flour after each egg addition.  Add remaining flour and mix. 


Spoon the batter into the prepared baking dishes.  Bake 30 minutes for the 9 x 9 square or 45 for the loaf pan. 


While the cake is baking, place the lemon and orange juices in a pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and add the 3 TBS sugar. Continue to boil about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.  


When the cake is removed from the oven, let cool slightly then pour the sugar citrus wash over the cake, letting it soak in. Leave it too cool and decorate as you wish.

I had some problems.  As I said, my cake didn’t rise and it looked a sorry site when I removed it from the pan about 1/4 inch thick.


I decided to turn it into a rectangular loaf cake and make it a double layer.  I sliced the cake down the middle, length wise and added whip cream to the top of one layer.


I topped the whipped cream with mandarin orange sections and put the other half of the cake on top.  It didn’t look very pretty so I made a colored glaze in orange and yellow to pour over the top and added a little design.


This cake was SO good. Ted said “You CAN’T make this again!”  Our healthy eating habits would be completely shot down if this cake made a frequent appearance in our home.  When it comes to the flavors of lemon and orange, we fall completely at the mercy of our passions and forget any gluttonous rule restrictions. 


This was a great pick by Rosie and Maria.  Make sure to visit Sweet & Simple Bakes to see what everyone else did with their St. Clement’s Cake.

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  • At 2009.10.01 19:05, cheffresco said:

    How creative! Pretty pics too 🙂

    • At 2009.10.02 02:27, Liz said:

      You are pretty much appealing to me on every level with this recipe. Any time I can get my hands on some sort of citrusy dessert, trouble is to be had. Looks delicious!

      • At 2009.10.02 05:14, The Girl said:

        Excellent work. You managed to turn a bit of a crisis into something rather scrummy. If it had been me I’d have probably had a fit and thrown it all out in a temper! Well done!

        • At 2009.10.02 07:02, Julie said:

          Very creative! I had some challlenges with mine as well. Only was able to salvage two good pieces!

          • At 2009.10.02 08:40, edith said:

            What a brilliant idea!

            • At 2009.10.02 10:44, Lynn said:

              So creative! your cake looks great and yummy!!

              • At 2009.10.02 10:57, Joanne said:

                Thanks everyone. It was such an easy cake and really refreshing. All bakers did a bang up job!

                • At 2009.10.02 11:07, Maria said:

                  Wow oh wow, I just love how you transformed your cake into a delectable dessert!!

                  Thanks for taking part and hope you will join us in our next bake.


                  • At 2009.10.02 12:31, usha said:

                    Lovely cake!

                    • At 2009.10.02 13:18, Chele said:

                      Yum yum yum! I want to come to your house!

                      • At 2009.10.02 14:00, rekha said:

                        Lovely cake.Like the idea of whipped cream and orange sections looks great.

                        • At 2009.10.02 17:17, Helen said:

                          Wow your cake looks so great with that filling – I might have to try that next time : )

                          • At 2009.10.02 18:02, Joanne said:

                            Thanks again. I really wanted to stay the loaf cake route but when it didn’t rise, I had no other options than to make it a layer cake to give it some height. It really turned out good with the cream, oranges and the drizzle.

                            • At 2009.10.02 21:05, Gera @ SweetsFoods said:

                              Wow you changed the blog to your own domain, great! like this brilliant cake OMG!!



                              • At 2009.10.03 04:39, Jeena said:

                                Wow this is a beautiful cake Joanne! I love the flavours especially with it being autumn now. The creamy filling looks lovely.

                                • At 2009.10.03 21:34, Dips said:

                                  Wow..the mandarin orange layer over the whipped cream just killed me !! Cant imagine keeping my hand off that delish concoction !!!

                                  • At 2009.10.04 05:48, Rhyleysgranny said:

                                    You made a lovely job of decorating this cake. It’s a great recipe isn’t it?

                                    • At 2009.10.04 10:53, Rosie of BooksAndBakes said:

                                      It looks absolutely wonderful, and it bet it tasted fantastic as well – well done!

                                      Rosie of BooksAndBakes

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