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Lucious Lemon Cake

This Lemon Cake Recipe is so luscious and fluffy. It's the perfect lemon cake full of lemon flavor. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Cake
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 678kcal



  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract optional
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Lemon Frosting

  • 1 cups softened butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar


  • Grease three 9-inch pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together. 
  • Use a fork to combine the eggs, buttermilk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon extract together in a bowl or 2 cup liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add ⅓ of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix in until just combined. Add in half of the milk mixture and combine. Add in another ⅓ of the dry ingredients until combined followed by the remainder of the buttermilk mixture. Add in the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix with the hand mixer until just combined, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom to make sure everything is mixed in. Gently fold in lemon zest.
  • Divide the batter among the three prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before layering and frosting.



Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 198mg | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 1150IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1.6mg