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20 Best Lemon Cake Recipes (All Types)

Portrait of sliced spring cherry blossom lemon cake.

Lemon is tangy and citrusy. It adds a pop of flavor to just about any meal. It is a fantastic addition to any baked good, especially cake.

Lemon cake is a delicious option for dessert. Lemon can significantly change the way your cake tastes. Do not take my word for it; check out all of these amazing lemon cake recipes and taste for yourself. 

1. Cherry Blossom Lemon Cake Perfect for Spring

Beautiful and sweet spring cherry blossom lemon cake.

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This lemon cake is perfect for springtime. It has buttercream frosting and uses cherry blossoms. This cake uses cherry blossoms.

They are bitter on their own, so you do not want to eat them without curing them first. You must be gentle with them when you blot them because they are fragile. You do not want to cure them for longer than three days.

This cake takes time and patience, but it is worth every second it takes. This cake also calls for lemon curd and buttermilk. This cake has a lot of steps that take time.

You can bake the cake in stages to make it easier to construct. 

2. The Perfect Fluffy Lemon Cake For Any Dessert

Pieces of lemon cake with lemon zest topping.

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This double-layer cake is moist and lemony and topped with a cream cheese frosting. Both the cake and frosting contain lemon, giving this cake a tangy flavor. It has the perfect balance between tart and sweet.

This lemon cake is easy to bake in just a few steps. This recipe contains buttermilk and vanilla. You want to use unsalted butter for this recipe to help control the amount of salt that goes into the cake.

Only fresh lemons should be used for this cake. It is critical that you measure your flour properly. If you use too much flour, it makes your cake dry.

You want to make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature when you use them. 

3. The Moistest Lemon Pound Cake Ever

Appetizing homemade moist lemon pound cake.

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This lemon cake is a pound cake that is made from scratch in about 10 minutes. This cake is super moist, popping full of lemon flavor. This cake is great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

The batter of this cake uses fresh lemon juice and grated lemon zest. It is infused with lemon syrup and topped with a lemon glaze. This recipe calls for buttermilk, and you can make your own if you do not have any on hand.

You should beat the butter and sugar as long as possible to incorporate air into the batter. This makes the cake tender and fluffy. 

4. Easy Lemony Layer Cake

Lemon cheese cake on the table.

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This lemon cake is full of texture and flavor. Not only does it taste amazing, but it is super easy to make. This cake uses basic ingredients that you most likely already have on hand in your kitchen.

This recipe does not include brown sugar but has a higher amount of granulated sugar. This cake uses about two to three lemons. You use the zest and the juice.

You can make this lemon cake ahead of time. The cake can be baked, cooled, and stored at room temperature overnight when stored tightly. If you enjoy cupcakes more than cake, this recipe bakes up perfect cupcakes. 

5. Lovely Lemon Pound Cake

A fresh lemon pound cake.

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This lemon cake takes about 30 minutes to prepare but takes an hour to bake. This recipe yields two loaves of pound cake. This cake has a glaze that includes confectioners’ sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

It is important to use fresh lemon juice. In addition, this recipe calls for kosher salt, buttermilk, and unsalted butter.

6.  Absolute Best Lemon Cake

Lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting.

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This absolute best lemon cake is so sweet and tender that it melts in your mouth. This lemon cake has a creamy and delicious cream cheese frosting. It is not super sweet and has cream cheese to provide balance.

This cake bursts in your mouth with lemon flavor. This lemon cake is made from scratch. This recipe calls for cake flour because it is lighter and airier.

This gives your cake the best texture. It also requires lemon extract. If you cannot find extract, use lemon zest and not lemon juice.

This lemon cake should be stored at room temperature to bring out the best lemon flavor. When storing the cake in the refrigerator, you want to take the cake out in enough time to bring it to room temperature before serving.

7. Shiny and Zesty Lemon Cake

Sunny lemon cake with flower and fresh cut of lemon.

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This two-layer lemon cake is sunshine on a plate. This cake uses both lemon zest and lemon juice. In addition, it calls for eggs, sugar, vanilla, and butter.

These ingredients make the cake rich with a hint of sweetness. This recipe also uses olive oil to give the cake tender crumb and a moist finished cake. This recipe suggests optional ingredients such as edible flowers and white chocolate curls.

It also suggests using yellow food coloring to make the cake even more yellow. You will also see nonstick baking spray on the ingredient list. You want your cold ingredients should be at room temperature before using them. 

8. Velvety Lemon Cake

Lemon velvet cake on a white wood background.

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This velvet cake is not only moist and fluffy but is impressive to see with three layers. This cake uses whipped cream and lemon curd and is topped with homemade buttercream infused with lemon. This is a great cake for a special occasion but also can be an everyday cake.

For that extra special homemade touch, this recipe has you making your own lemon curd instead of purchasing it. The whipped cream is also homemade, ensuring this is a cake you are proud to serve. Each layer of this cake contains lemon curd, buttercream, and whipped cream.

It is a pure delight. After assembling the cake layers, you should consider putting it in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm. After that, the decorating can begin.

9. Simple to Make But Delicious to Eat Lemon Cake

Lemon cake and fresh sliced of lemon.

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This lemon cake is perfect for bringing cheer to any occasion. The best topping for this cake is a light and fluffy whipped topping. The cake is incredibly moist; it will soon become your favorite.

This recipe uses slices of candied lemon, which is not typical in most lemon cakes. You will make your own candied lemon slices as a delicious topping. This cake calls for two eggs and three more egg yolks.

10. Zesty Lemony Cake to Make Your Day

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This lemon cake is zesty and tangy while remaining light and fluffy. This recipe does not shy away from adding lemon juice to the mix. You will use freshly squeezed lemon juice in the cake batter and the cream cheese frosting.

Then, you will add lemon zest to the batter for even more lemon flavor. In this recipe, you will use oil. Be careful not to add more lemon juice than the recipe calls for.

This can change the texture of your batter. You can choose canola or vegetable oil. You use both granulated and powdered sugar.

The recipe suggests garnishing with lemon slices, but you can leave the cake without them. This recipe provides ways to adjust the recipe to make a three-layer cake or a 9 x 13 cake. 

11. Scratch Made Lemon Cake in No Time

Lemon cake with sugar powder.

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This fluffy lemon cake is plush and moist. You will fill it with lemon curd that adds a touch of tartness and top it with whipped cream cheese frosting. This cake will be a refreshing treat on a summer day.

There are no fancy ingredients, just kitchen staples. This lemon cake is the perfect balance between tart and sweet. This is the ideal cake for those that love the lemon flavor.

In this recipe, you will whip the egg whites to make them fluffy and incredibly soft. If you have never whipped eggs to stiff peaks, this recipe gives you all the details you need. It is super important that you do not get even one drop of egg yolks in your egg whites.

It is critical that your oven is set to the correct temperature. You want to bake your cake on the center rack.

12. Tasty Lemon Cake on Your Table in Less Than an Hour

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This lemon cake is so simple to make and only uses a few ingredients. The only ingredient you might not already have in your kitchen is lemon. You only need one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of lemon zest.

One large lemon should be enough. It only takes four steps before you are ready to put this delicious and simple cake in the oven. Before you know it, you will have a zesty and tasty dessert or afternoon snack. 

13. Is It a Lemon Cake Or a Lemon Cookie?

Mini lemon pie cakes isolated on white.

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This recipe makes small lemon cakes. They are the size of a cookie and can be easily considered a cookie. This recipe gives you the best of both worlds with a cake that is small enough to hold in your hands, and no fork needed.

They are easy to make with a few simple ingredients. You need butter, eggs, lemons, flour, and sugar. After combining all the ingredients, you roll them into balls and place them on a cookie sheet.

Once baked, you can top them with lemon icing to complete the cookie. Even if you cannot make them look pretty with the icing, they will taste amazing. 

14. Lemon Plus Pound Cake Equals a Delicious Dessert

Homemade lemon pound cake with vanilla and organic lemons.

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This lemon pound cake will be your go-to when you want the best dessert for those who love lemon. You will add lemon juice and zest to the cake batter, giving it a light lemon scent. You also completely cover the cake with lemon syrup and then drizzle it with a tart lemon glaze.

Your cake will have a pop of intense lemon flavor in every bite. It is important to remember to zest the lemons before you juice them. With this recipe, you make two 8½ x 4½-inch loaves.

You can leave them on your counter at room temperature for a few days. In the event the loaves are not eaten right away, they freeze well. If you plan to freeze the loaves, consider doing so before you add the glaze.

You can store them for as long as three months this way.

15. Luscious Layers of Lovely Lemon Cake

A multi-layered luscious lemon cake.

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This recipe is for a classic lemon cake that is full of flavor and layers. This recipe calls for homemade lemon curd with fresh lemon zest and lemon juice. You should try to find Meyer lemons, but if you cannot, regular lemons work just fine.

When zesting the lemons, stay away from the white part, called the pith. This bitter part of the lemon skin will give your cake a funny taste. Instead, consider using a microplane to zest your cake.

After you zest it, cream the zest with butter and sugar to release the oils and flavor of the lemon. Feel free to use any kind of frosting you would like for this cake, but it recommends a vanilla frosting. 

16. Bliss in a Cake

Homemade lemon bliss lemon cake.

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This lemon bliss cake is a little more tart than sweet. It is full of zest from the lemon. If you love lemons, then this is the cake for you.

This recipe calls for lemon extract, lemon zest, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. If you want to use an electric mixer for this cake, do so carefully. The lemon zest often gets wrapped around the beaters.

It would be best if you considered using a small spatula to stir the zest into the batter lightly. This cake is made as a bundt cake, but you can use any cake pan you have as long as it has a 10 or 12-cup capacity. 

17. The Best Lemon Bundt Cake Ever

Close-up of glazed, Bundt lemon cake.

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This lemon bundt cake recipe is one that everyone will love. It is ideal for a summer barbecue or party. This cake is buttery, rich, and has a fluffy texture.

The cake is topped with a tart and sweet glaze full of lemon flavor. This recipe uses all the traditional kitchen staples you would expect, like lemon, flour, eggs, unsalted butter, and sugar. It also calls for full fat sour cream for the cake batter.

When you make the glaze, it thickens as it sits. However, you can allow it to sit until it reaches your desired consistency. 

18. Lemon Buttercream and Raspberry Cake…Oh My

A beautiful lemon cake with buttercream and raspberries.

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This is not your typical lemon cake. In fact, it is an old-fashioned type of cake that is not too sweet. Instead, it is bursting with fruit flavor.

It starts with raspberries and lemon mixed together to bring a unique and delicious taste to the cake. The cake batter also includes greek yogurt. Greek yogurt helps make the cake even more tender and yummy.

The lemon buttercream icing is a little sweeter to give your cake a pleasant taste. In addition to unsalted butter, confectioner’s sugar, and lemon, it also uses a drop of yellow gel food coloring. 

19. Lemony and Velvety Cake

Portrait of lemon velvet layer cake.

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This lemon cake is velvety smooth and full of flavor. It uses homemade lemon curd, lemon cream cheese frosting, and a lemon ganache drip. This cake is so tender that it will melt in your mouth.

It also uses lemon extract, lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice. You will need about eight large lemons for this recipe. In this recipe, you will use a method called reverse creaming.

This is when you coat the dry ingredients with butter before adding liquid. The butter shortened the gluten strands, giving the cake its velvet crumb.

20. Lemony Layers of Cake

Simple and delicious lemon layer cake.

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This cake is full of citrus flavor and has a luscious cream cheese frosting. It is sweet and tangy and full of flavor. You will make the cake, the syrup, and the frosting with this recipe.

This recipe makes a cream cheese frosting with cream cheese, butter, sugar, and lemon juice. It suggests using edible flowers or lemon slices as an optional topping.