Sure, here’s a basic recipe for a delicious lemon cake:


For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or line them with parchment paper.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Add the softened butter to the dry mixture and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Combine Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix Batter: Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry mixture while mixing on low speed. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the batter is smooth and well combined.

  1. Divide Batter: Divide the batter equally between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops with a spatula.
  2. Bake: Place the pans in the preheated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  3. Cool: Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Then, remove the cakes from the pans and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Prepare Lemon Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest until you have a smooth glaze.
  5. Glaze the Cakes: Place the cooled cakes on a serving platter. Drizzle the lemon glaze over the cakes, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  6. Serve: Let the glaze set for a few minutes before slicing and serving your delicious homemade lemon cake!


Enjoy your homemade lemon cake! You can also get creative by adding a layer of lemon curd between the cake layers or decorating the top with additional lemon zest or candied lemon slices.

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