Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford
16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

This is a namesake because Nathan Coulon's mom baked it for his birthday every year. We've adapted this lemon cake recipe to trim the fat and calories, and it's still a moist, lemony treat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms of pans with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray. Dust pans with 2 tablespoons flour, and set aside.

Step 3

Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Step 4

Place granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and nonfat buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat in 2 tablespoons lemon rind and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

Step 5

Pour batter into prepared pans; sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack; remove wax paper from cake layers.

Step 6

To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar and the remaining ingredients (except lemon rind strips) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread half of icing on top of cake. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining half of icing over top of cake. Garnish with lemon rind strips, if desired. Store cake loosely covered in the refrigerator.

Ratings & Reviews

JNBank's Review

August 12, 2013
This was delicious and perfect for a summer night get together. I used one deep pan instead of 2 and cooked it 45 mins then cut it in half. Saved one pan of cleaning! I thought it had plenty of lemon flavor to it. Everyone loved it and I added raspberries on top. Nex time I may put some raspberry filling inside between the layers.

September 05, 2015
Is it enough batter for a 9x13?

September 17, 2017
I really love this cake!! 😋 Can I make this cake eggless or dairy-free?

Easy & Delicious

August 12, 2015
i made this cake for my Daughters birthday, she loves all things lemon, and it was a hit. I followed the recipe exactly. The one thing different I did, was make a lemon curd filling for the center and make extra frosting to frost the entire cake. My Daughter loved it as well as the whole family. My Husband said the cake tasted even better the next day and to be sure and save the recipe. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I will be making it again and again.

Easy tasty recipe

July 31, 2017
I am not a very good cook and this was an easy recipe. My mother wanted a lemon cake for her birthday. The frosting is so delicious and lemony. The cake was moist and not too lemony so it was a perfect balance. The frosting is very glaze-like and would have liked a thicker frosting...however it tasted so good....that I dont' care now. I overcooked the cake a bit and set it at 32 minutes so I would check the cake a few minutes early. It really depends on your oven. 

Rajiv Kumar

September 12, 2017
wow it is really superb!!! One thing is also i take only eggless cake and It is also eggless so i love it very much.


March 15, 2018
Hey guys! Do you have any recommendation for helping the cake to rise better (I saw some of the comments saying it had some rising trouble)? Also, what will happen if I use regular buttermilk? I am having a hard time finding nonfat buttermilk. I am super excited for this recipe I want it to be perfect!! Thanks 


May 25, 2018
Just made this cake tonight and the whole family loved it. I made the recipe exactly as specified and I highly recommend it. For some reason, I had been under the impression that the icing was supposed to be more of a glaze or something thinner... and I was delighted to find that it's a nice, thick frosting- just the way I like it. And the lemon taste of the cake and the frosting... oh my! I love this cake and will definitely make it again!!


October 07, 2018
I followed the directions exactly as written. This cake is totally flat and dry with only a hint of lemon. It was a huge disappointment for all of the effort.I even added extra zest and lemon extract.

Perfect Lemon Cake!

February 09, 2019
Made this cake for a baby shower.  Everybody asked where I bought it... it was AMAZING!!  Thanks for sharing the recipe.  I will definitely make it again!