Lemon Cake

Crystal ~


This is a delicious lemon cake! Moist and lemony. Even the non-lemon lovers will like this cake. It is important to have all the ingredients at room temperature. For the BEST lemon flavor,use only fresh squeezed lemon juice, not the bottled stuff.

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15 Min
35 Min


2 sticks butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6-8 lemons)
3 cups cake flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ cup buttermilk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
lemon buttercream frosting:
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup crisco
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

How to Make Lemon Cake


  • 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Grease and flour two, 8 or 9 inch pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  • 3In a large bowl, cream the butter and 2 cups sugar for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add eggs and lemon zest. Mix well.
  • 4Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in another bowl; set aside.
  • 5In a large measuring cup, combine ¼ cup lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  • 6Add the dry ingredients and liquid ingredients alternately to butter-sugar mixture. Mix for two minutes. Divide batter between pans.
  • 7Bake for 30-35 minutes or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove to racks and cool completely. Ice cake with lemon butter cream frosting.
  • 8Lemon buttercream Frosting:
  • 9With mixer, beat butter and Crisco until well blended. Add powdered sugar and lemon juice and beat until smooth and fluffy. Frost cake. This frosting can be doubled if you like lots of frosting and want to decorate the cake.

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About Lemon Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American