Rosemary Conley's lemon drizzle cake recipe

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Looking for a cheeky treat to go with that cuppa you're making? Try Rosemary Conley's diet lemon drizzle cake recipe - it's only 144 cals per slice!

  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time1 hours
Total Time1 hours 15 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories144 Kcal7%

This low fat lemon drizzle cake by Rosemary Conley contains just 144 cals per slice.

Unlike Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle cake (opens in new tab), this low fat lemon drizzle cake uses low-fat spread instead of standard butter and lower measurements of sugar and flour than traditional lemon drizzle cakes, making it the perfect choice for those counting their fat and calorie intake. Rosemary Conley (opens in new tab) has over 50 years of experience in the diet and exercise industry, after she created a low-fat diet programme in the 1980s called The Hip & Thigh Diet. It’s still popular today with millions of people and this low fat lemon drizzle cake is just one of her recipes.


  • 180g low-fat spread
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 180g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp Demerara sugar




  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2. Beat the low-fat spread with the caster sugar, gradually adding the egg. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and beat again adding the finely grated zest of both lemons.
  2. Pour into a loaf mould, lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven for 60 mins until a skewer inserted into the thickest part comes out clean.
  3. When the cake is cooked - remove from the oven and pour over the juice from the 2 lemons and sprinkle with sugar, allow to cool and then serve cold.

Tips for making Rosemary Conley's lemon drizzle cake:

Line the bottom of the loaf mould with a strip of parchment paper to make it easier to lift out when cooked.

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Rosemary Conley
Celebrity author and broadcaster

Rosemary Conley CBE was born in Leicestershire and is now one of the most successful diets and fitness experts with 50 years of experience in helping people lose weight and get fitter. Conley began her career after her own weight loss journey in 1972, and shortly after started running evening classes for local women wanting to lose weight and established her company: Slimming & Grooming Club, which became a franchise with 80,000 members and 180 clubs across the UK. After her franchise, she became internationally famous for her exercise programme, The Hip and Thigh diet, which was centered around a low-fat diet regime. She believes it is essential for your diet to be healthy in order to live a healthy, long life. If you like the sound of Rosemary's outlook and way of cooking, why not try our favourite Rosemary Conley recipes.  (opens in new tab)