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Homemade Lemon Cake

Homemade Lemon Cake

This is the best Homemade Lemon Cake. It is moist, fluffy, and full of flavor. Better than a box mix!

Homemade Lemon Cake
Homemade Lemon Cake

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Homemade Lemon Cake Recipe

Homemade Lemon Cake

Homemade Lemon Cake

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

The best lemon homemade cake: moist, fluffy, full of flavor. Better than a box mix!


Lemon Cake

  • 10 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced (juice is for the frosting)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1 1/4 cup whole-fat buttermilk

Lemon Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • sprinkles, optional


Lemon Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using baking spray, coat two 9-inch round cake pans. Cut out parchment paper circles to fit inside the bottom of the pan. To get a circle that will fit your pan, trace the bottom of your pan onto the parchment.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs, oil, lemon zest, vanilla extract, lemon extract and beat well to combine.
  6. Scrape the bowl again. Turn the mixer back on low and alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk until both are well combined. Once the batter is smooth, turn the mixer off.
  7. Pour the batter evenly into the two prepared pans. Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes.
  8. Check to ensure the cake is done. Insert a toothpick into the center and if it is clean, remove the cake from the oven. If batter comes out on the toothpick, bake for another five minutes and check again.
  9. Cool the cakes in the pan for 10 minutes, then flip them out onto a cooling rack and remove the parchment paper. Cool completely before applying simple syrup and frosting.

Lemon Simple Syrup

  1. Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

  1. Prepare the frosting just before you plan to frost the cake.
  2. Place the softened butter in a clean stand mixer bowl and beat until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the buttermilk and lemon juice. Turn the mixer on low and mix until combined. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating each time to incorporate.
  3. Once the sugar has been incorporated, turn the mixer up and beat until smooth.
  4. If the frosting is not yet thick enough, add a bit more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time and repeat beating until smooth and the consistency you are looking for to frost the cake.

Assemble the Cake

  1. Brush each cake layer with lemon simple syrup.
  2. Set one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Add frosting to the top of the cake layer. Frost evenly to the edges.
  3. Set the second cake on top of the frosting, being careful to center the cake. Gently press the cake a little to level the top. 
  4. Spoon the frosting on the cake and using a spatula frost the top and sides of the cake.
  5. Add sprinkles around the top of the cake if desired.
  6. Cover and keep at room temperature for up to 4 days.


If desired, the frosted cake can be refrigerated for up to a week. It is recommended not to add sprinkles when planning to refrigerate. Bring the cake to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1396Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 406mgCarbohydrates: 285gFiber: 1gSugar: 262gProtein: 5g

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Homemade Lemon Cake
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  1. This is such a good-looking lemon cake! Love how moist, fluffy, and refreshing this cake is with the fresh lemon flavor!

  2. Kathleen says:

    Love those swirls, so inviting and sounds so lemony and fluffy!

  3. This is one of the prettiest cakes I have ever seen.

  4. How pretty is this cake? I love lemon!

  5. The swirl on top is perfection and the sprinkles just add that extra wow factor!

  6. Such a beautiful cake! I wish I had your icing skills!

  7. Yum! Love me a good lemon cake!

  8. This cake looks amazing. I love how beautifully you decorated it!

  9. Lemon cake! Count me in for a couple of slices!

  10. The icing on this looks perfect for a summer birthday or bridal shower!

  11. This looks so good–and a perfect summer flavor!

  12. Rebecca says:

    I always love a slice of lemon cake.

  13. Grace says:

    Fun idea for a simple easy recipe.

  14. Lovely lemon cake! The sprinkles in the decoration is fantastic! This sake sounds yum.

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