16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

This lemon buttermilk cake is great with a cup of morning coffee or mixed berries and a scoop of sorbet for dessert. Use a whole teaspoon of lemon extract for more intense lemon flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, combine rind and 3 tablespoons juice in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 3

Coat a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray; dust with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Step 4

Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Step 5

Place butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, rind mixture, and extract, beating until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and 1 cup buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beating at low speed, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Step 6

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Step 7

To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons juice, and 1 tablespoon buttermilk in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. Garnish with grated lemon rind once glaze is set, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews


August 01, 2016
I have made this several times now.  Always comes out perfectly (though I do add 5 minutes to the bake time).  My only recommendation is to serve the glaze with the slices.  Glazing the cake, the glaze becomes translucent and most of it winds up on the platter, not the cake.

Kathies Review

April 03, 2015
The flavors in this cake were good, but it was a bit on the dry side for my taste.

DoctorT's Review

August 08, 2014
Didn't have lemons to hand and needed something for company at short notice so used limes instead and used the glaze from the margarita angel cake. Absolutely delicious and very glad I made this for company. Will definitely make again and again. Husband loved this too.

SunnyeT's Review

July 04, 2013

BrooklynBaker's Review

April 30, 2013
Delicious. I LOVE lemon- so I used lemon oil instead of extract and added in about 1/3 cup lemon juice instead of the 3T called for. I did use a different glaze - 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/3 cup of lemon juice- got the idea from King Arthur's Flour Recipe for Lemon Bliss Cake. Pulled it out at 50 mins and it released nicely from the pan after cooling for 10 mins. Will definitely make again!

Wyoming11's Review

December 02, 2012

dsturla's Review

January 05, 2012
Very good, I had no trouble with the cake sticking to my nonstick pan which I sprayed rather generously with PAM and sprinkled with sugar. I didn't have any lemon extract so I substituted limoncello. I would definitely make again and probably give as a gift or bring as a dessert to a potluck.

hppychstn's Review

December 05, 2011
This will be my new go to cake recipe! I made it with White Whole Wheat Flour and you wouldn't even know it! The lemon flavor was great...even without the lemon extract (I did not have it so added a bit extra fresh juice instead). I had no sticking problems, sprayed pan with EVOO, dusted with flour AND sugar and it plopped right out onto the plate! I may have given it 15 min cooling tiime.

Tawanna's Review

November 03, 2011

cupcake27's Review

October 22, 2011
i didn't have any lemons so i used orange marmelade instead. I used a orange marmelade glaze to tie it in as well. The cake was very moist, and not to sweet. I will make again!