Lemon Cake Recipes

I call this the Lemon Everything cake because it encompasses all types of lemon desserts all in one dish. The bottom is like the center of a lemon meringue; custardy and dense. The middle is lighter but still dense, like a standard lemon cake. The top is airy and super light, like lemon angel food cake. The icing on top is thin and crisp. This is a lemon lover's dream dessert!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Yield: 9 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Separate the eggs.
  2. Beat the egg whites until they become stiff. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add the butter and vanilla. Continue beating for a couple minutes.
  5. Add the flour and mix well.
  6. Stir in the lemon juice and zest.
  7. Add the milk and beat until everything is mixed together well.
  8. Gently fold in the egg whites a bit at a time.
  9. When it's all folded in, you should still see little bits of the whites floating about.
  10. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 in. (or similar) baking dish. Pour in the batter.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the top and edges are golden and it's firm to the touch.
  12. Let the cake cook completely, then sprinkle with about 1 or 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar.
  13. Mix the remaining powdered sugar with the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of zest.
  14. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. I like mine as is so I can really enjoy all the layers!
  15. Drizzle on top of the cake. Allow to sit for 10 minutes so the icing goes crisp.
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October 15, 2011

Perfect way to end a delicious meal. Creamy pudding with a cake topping.

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This is the best lemon cake I have ever tasted!

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June 25, 2008

A great summer treat is lemonade. With this recipe, you can "Have your cake and eat it too". . . Lemon Aide Cake, that is. This is the treat for the "Lemon Loves".

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February 1, 2006

You can enhance a lemon cake mix with pudding for a delightful, yummy dessert.

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Sift well the cake flour. Beat the eggs, baking powder and salt until thick. place bowl in a pan of hot water and beat until thick like whipped cream. Gradually add sugar and beat well. Remove the bowl from the water.

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So yummy and easy to make. Great dessert if you need something quick!

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Cream flour, sugar and margarine together in bowl. Add egg yolks, milk and lemon juice, mixing well. Fold in egg whites. Pour into 8 inch baking dish. Place in large pan of hot water. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes.

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Bake a ready-mix lemon cake according to box directions in a 9x13 inch pan. Puncture warm cake with long fork tines and pour powdered sugar, lemon juice, and oil, which has been combined, over top of cake.

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May 25, 2007

I took this recipe from the internet and made it yesterday. Served it to friends with the lemon sauce, and we all agreed that it's delicious! Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, and salt; beat until thick and a light lemon color.

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Cream the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and flavorings and beat well. Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately to the creamed mixture with the buttermilk.

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February 25, 2009

I need an easy lemon birthday cake recipe using a box mix, but I am not sure just using a cake mix will make it lemony enough. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to alter it to give it more of a lemon flavor?

Debbie from Detroit, MI


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February 25, 20090 found this helpful

Hello, try adding a bit of lemon koolaid powder, I don't remember how much so you'll need to experiment in increments. Also please add one pkg of vanilla pudding and one pkg of dream whip powder, you'll be enthralled at how moist it is.

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By Candy (Guest Post)
February 25, 20090 found this helpful

I use a lemon cake mix with a can of lemon pie filling. I add a couple of eggs, but no water. I cook mine in a bundt pan.

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I do this with every lemon cake mix for extra lemon....use lemon flavoring and if you are like me taste the mix and it is usually milder before cooked.

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By RK (Guest Post)
February 25, 20090 found this helpful

Take a fine grater (teensy little holes, not like you use for cheese or carrots) and grate off the yellow part of a fresh lemon's peel--not the white part of the peel as it's too bitter. Add that yellow lemon zest to the mix. THEN, cut the lemon itself in half, squeeze out as much juice as you can, and use that juice for the liquid in the recipe (add water to make the total amount if there's not enough juice).

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March 30, 2012

This is for tippinspielady if you are still here! Tippin's used to make, once a year, a lemon layer cake. That was the best lemon cake ever! Can you share that recipe?

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August 30, 2017

This page contains lemon loaf recipes. Lemon loaf is easy to make and is full of flavor. It makes a delicious breakfast, snack, or even dessert.

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