Lemon Cake Recipe

My lemon cake recipe is really easy to make and tastes amazing. I bake it in a loaf shape to make it easier for slicing. Enjoy with a lovely cup of tea or coffee or simply grab a slice as a snack throughout the day. The cake is both satisfying and refreshing without being too tart from the lemon.

Lemon cake is also a favorite dessert of many people. It is light, fluffy, and has the right amount of sweetness. The cake is may be served with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

Lemon cake has been around for centuries and has been a mainstay in English cuisine since the 18th century as a recipe for pound cake with butter, eggs, and lemons. The first American cookbook, American Cookery (1796), by Amelia Simmons, included a recipe for “Lemon and Cream Cake”. In 1846 William Kitchiner published “A Guide to the Art of Dining”, which includes a Lemon Cake recipe.

Lemon cake recipe

My amazing lemon cake recipe which is baked in a loaf pan. Just the right balance of sweet and tart.
Lemon Cake
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cake


  • 1 Loaf Pan
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 Mixing bowl


  • 280 gr Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 200 gr Sugar
  • 2 Extra Lrg Eggs
  • 150 ml Milk
  • 50 ml Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 150 ml Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 Lemon Zest from 1 lemon

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  • Preheat your oven to 180°C
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until the mixture is pale. Add the milk, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla essence and mix well.
  • Combine flour, salt, baking powder and lemon zest. Add this to teh wet mixture and mix together.
  • Pour mixture into a greased baking pan (I use a loaf pan approx 26 x 15cm)
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes
  • Allow to cool and enjoy.

I usually bake my lemon cake in a loaf shape and serve it in slices. I find that it is more convenient to serve and eat this way. It is also convenient should you wish to serve it with a cream or ice cream topping as the topping does not slide off as it would if the slice was in a wedge shape.

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