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Air Fryer Lemon Drizzle Cake

Like other air fryer cake recipes, lemon drizzle cake is easy to adapt from oven to air fryer.

Read on to see how easy it is to cook this full of flavour, moist lemon drizzle cake in any model of air fryer.

slice of lemon drizzle cake on a plate

What You Need To Make Lemon Drizzle Cake In An Air Fryer

The exact quantities of ingredients needed for making a lemon drizzle cake will depend on the size tin you are using.

I have made this cake in both a Cosori air fryer and a Ninja Dual Air Fryer. I had to adjust cooking times as the Ninja dual cooked much quicker than the larger Cosori, details further on.

Ninja Dual Air Fryer

Air Fryer Capacity: 9.5L (4.75L each basket)
Tin Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 6.6cm (1lb loaf)
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Cosori Air Fryer

Air Fryer Capacity: 6.4L
Tin Dimensions: 18cm round tin
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Ingredients

For The Batter

  • 200g self raising flour
  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 lemons
  • 30ml milk (approx, adjust based on batter consistency)

For The Drizzle

  • 75g caster sugar
  • Lemon juice (from the lemons above)

Preparing The Batter

Cream the butter and sugar together until it is light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.

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Mix in the lemon zest from the two lemons and 2 tbsp juice, reserving the rest for the drizzle.

Sift the flour into the mixture, folding gently to combine without overmixing.

Stir the milk in to reach a smooth pourable batter consistency.

Prepare the baking tin by greasing it or lining with baking paper. Pour the batter into the tin and smooth the top.

Place the tin into the air fryer basket and if your air fryer has a bake function, use that, if not, use the air fryer function. I cooked the lemon drizzle cake in the larger Cosori at 150°C for 40 minutes and at 150°C for 30 to 35 minutes in the Ninja Dual.

Remember every air fryer model cooks at a different rate so it is important to keep an eye on the cake, if you find the top is browning up too quickly, wrap some foil over the top, making sure it is secured down around the tin.

The cake is ready when the top is browned and a skewer comes out clean. If the inside is still uncooked, cook for a little longer.

Both cakes browned up more than I would normally like them, but they were still super tasty, and deliciously moist on the inside.

When the cake is ready carefully remove the tin from the air fryer basket and place on a wire rack. Using a skewer, poke holes across the top.

Mix the remaining juice from the lemons with 50g of caster sugar and pour over the top of the cake so that it drizzles down the holes.

The lemon drizzle cake can be served like this, or you can decorate with some icing.

I hope you enjoy this lemon drizzle cake, if you are looking for more air fryer cake recipes you might also enjoy my carrot cake, banana bread or scones.

slice of lemon drizzle cake

Air Fryer Lemon Drizzle Cake

By Liana Green
Lemon drizzle cake is easy to cook in an air fryer. The result is a moist and full of flavour lemon sponge, with tasty icing across the top.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8 slices
Calories

Ingredients
  

For The Batter

  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 200 g butter
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 lemons
  • 30 ml milk approx, adjust based on batter consistency

For The Drizzle

  • 75 g caster sugar
  • lemon juice from the lemons above

Instructions
 

  • Cream the butter and sugar together until it is light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.
  • Mix in the lemon zest from the two lemons and 2 tbsp juice, reserving the rest for the drizzle.
  • Sift the flour into the mixture, folding gently to combine without overmixing.
  • Stir the milk in to reach a smooth pourable batter consistency.
  • Prepare the baking tin by greasing it or lining with baking paper. Pour the batter into the tin and smooth the top.
  • Place the tin into the air fryer basket and if your air fryer has a bake function, use that, if not, use the air fryer function. I cooked the lemon drizzle cake in the larger Cosori at 150°C for 40 minutes and at 150°C for 30 to 35 minutes in the Ninja Dual.
  • If you find the top is browning up too quickly, wrap some foil over the top, making sure it is secured down around the tin.
  • The cake is ready when the top is browned and a skewer comes out clean. If the inside is still uncooked, cook for a little longer.
  • When the cake is ready carefully remove the tin from the air fryer basket and place on a wire rack. Using a skewer, poke holes across the top.
  • Mix the remaining juice from the lemons with 50g of caster sugar and pour over the top of the cake so that it drizzles down the holes.
  • The lemon drizzle cake can be served like this, or you can decorate with some icing.

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