A moist and zesty lemon cake is a delightful treat that brings a burst of citrus flavor to any occasion. Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious homemade Lemon Cake:


For the Cake:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional, for garnish)


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

2. Sift Dry Ingredients:

  • In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. Cream Butter and Sugar:

  • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Add Eggs and Vanilla:

  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

5. Incorporate Dry Ingredients:

  • Gradually add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

6. Add Lemon Zest and Juice:

  • Fold in the lemon zest and fresh lemon juice until evenly distributed in the batter.

7. Divide and Bake:

  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Smooth the tops with a spatula.

8. Bake in the Oven:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

9. Make Lemon Glaze:

  • While the cakes are baking, prepare the lemon glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice until smooth.

10. Cool and Glaze: – Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle the lemon glaze over the cooled cakes.

11. Garnish (Optional): – Garnish with additional lemon zest if desired.

12. Serve and Enjoy: – Slice and serve the delicious Lemon Cake. Enjoy the bright and citrusy flavors!


  • Fresh Lemons: Use fresh lemons for the zest and juice to enhance the natural citrus flavor.
  • Buttermilk Substitute: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using.
  • Add Blueberries: For an extra burst of flavor and color, consider adding a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries to the batter.

This Lemon Cake is perfect for various occasions, from casual gatherings to special celebrations. The refreshing lemon flavor and moist texture make it a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or coffee for a delightful treat!


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