Moist & Fluffy Lemon Cake Recipe

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For all the tea-time or high-tea lovers, a moist and fluffy lemon cake never disappoints. It is delicious, tangy, zesty, and soft. Every bite of this rich and creamy cake bursts with a fresh lemon flavor and hooks you after one bite. It has a delicate crumb that enchants your palate and makes your tea-time even better.

What is a Lemon Cake?

A lemon cake is dense, tasty, and a famous cake. Lemon adds a unique zest to a plethora of cakes, like bundt, white cakes, or angel food. However, this cake is a loaf cake that is grainy and has more crumbs, similar to a pound cake. It is a favorite amongst tea-lovers and a bestseller in coffee shops and bakeries. Since it is a shortened cake, the topping is a glaze, light icing, or a syrup.

This cake evolved from a pound cake, which was baked in England around 1700. A pound of each ingredient underwent into making a comfortable and decadent cake to feed large groups of people.

Lemon pound cake on rustic wooden background with lemon

Freshly baked lemon cake is ideal for afternoon tea. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Lemon Cake Recipe

A lemon cake is made with lemon zest or juice, seldom both. When you begin making the cake, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature. Besides the texture and flavor, it is noteworthy how easy this cake is to make. It includes essential ingredients like butter, sugar, eggs, lemon, and flour. Now, let’s talk about the recipe!

Lemon pound cake on rustic wooden background with lemon

Simple & Moist Lemon Cake

Enveloped in a luscious fluffy base and garnished with rich cream, this lemon cake beauty stands up to its other counterparts with finesse!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Cake
Appliance: 9x9" Baking Pan, Mixing Bowl, Electric Hand Mixer, spatula
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Sakina Kheriwala

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 175ºC. Take a 9-inch square baking pan and grease it with butter.
  • In a bowl, beat butter and sugar together using an electric mixer. Beat in some eggs and vanilla extract until the batter is light and fluffy. 
  • In a separate bowl, sift all-purpose flour and baking powder together, and add to the creamy mixture. 
  • Now, pour in lemon zest, milk, and lemon juice, and whisk until you achieve a rich consistency. With a spatula, empty the mixture into the greased pan. 
  • Put in the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let it cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the cake onto a cooling rack. Garnish with icing and let dry before serving.
    Two lemon cake pieces stacked together on a small white plate

Notes

  • You can use buttermilk by combining 1/2 cup milk with 1.5 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes until it starts to curdle.
  • It is good to beat the sugar and butter for long as it incorporates air into the batter, making it fluffier and tender.
  • The cake will also taste great with orange juice or lime juice. 
  • How can you store the cake?

This cake can be stored overnight at room temperature in a covered container. It is essential to do so as butter-based cakes harden at cold temperatures. Moreover, you can freeze them as long as they are wrapped well.

  • How to make the cake dairy-free?

You can use almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk. Instead of butter, margarine is a good choice. Also, instead of white sugar, opting for coconut sugar or brown sugar works well. The darker the sugar you use, the darker your lemon cake is likely to be.

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A journalism postgraduate from Macquarie University, Sydney, Sakina Kheriwala is a content writer at Organic Facts and an avid blogger who is passionate about health and wellness. Her blog “One in A Millennial” portrays her incomparable passion for writing, particularly on mental health. She believes that reading and writing is free and useful therapy. In her spare time, she is to be found reading books, socializing, and listening to soulful music. Sakina has completed an online e-certificate course on “Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health” from The University of Sydney, Australia.

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