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Easy Lemon Cake Recipe

This lemon cake is perfectly lemony, tender, and is so refreshing! It’s always nice to have an easy lemon cake recipe in go to recipes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 slices or 12 larger slices
Calories 202 kcal
Author Lisa


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature (1 stick)*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 6 tbs buttermilk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Lemon Frosting*

  • ½ cup butter softened*
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs heavy cream
  • Lemon zest optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour* a loaf pan*. (8.5x 4.25x2.5)
  2. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. (1.5 cups flour, ¼ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt)
  3. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream together butter with sugar until fluffy. (1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar)
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is fully incorporated. Then stir in the lemon zest, 2 tbs lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. (2 large eggs, zest from 2 lemons, 2 tbs lemon juice, 6 tbs buttermilk, ½ tsp vanilla extract)
  5. Stir in the flour mixture until combined. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool before frosting.

How to make lemon frosting:

  1. Whip butter until fluffy, then mix in the lemon juice, vanilla, salt. (1.2 cup softened butter, 2 tbs lemon juice, 1 ½ tsp vanilla, pinch of salt)
  2. Alternate mixing in the heavy cream and powdered sugar (3 cups powdered sugar, 3 tbs heavy cream).
  3. Frost the cake and then sprinkle with lemon zest

Recipe Notes

Lisa’s Tips

*You can swipe the sides and bottom of the pan with butter or shortening and then dust with flour or use a baking spray with flour in it- I like Baker’s Joy spray found in the baking isle.
*Cold butter can be softened in the microwave by heating for 15-30 seconds on 30% power.
*You can also bake this in one 9-inch cake pan for 25 minutes or until done. Then top with a lemon frosting, vanilla buttercream, almond buttercream, or a chocolate frosting!
*You can easily double this recipe for 2 loaves or 2 9-inch cakes.
*If you’d prefer a glaze simply combine 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbs lemon juice.
* The frosting recipe is supposed to be slightly looser than a stiff buttercream- if you would like the frosting to be a little stiffer simply stir in a little more powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.