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The Best Darn Lemon Cake

  • Author: Lisa Keys
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8 to 10 1x


So much better and less expensive than that coffee shop.



1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup sugar

grated zest of 2 large lemons

2 eggs

½ cup milk

2 tablespoons lemon extract

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup almond flour


¼ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup sugar


1 tablespoon soft unsalted butter

½ cup powdered sugar

pinch of fine sea salt

3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Heat oven to 350F. Butter an 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a strip of parchment paper leaving a 1-inch overhang. Butter the parchment or use a no-stick spray.
  2. In small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add zest and eggs; blend well.
  4. Add 1/3 of flour mixture, alternating with half the milk, blending well after each addition and scraping bottom of the bowl.
  5. Add lemon extract and lemon juice; blend well.
  6. Stir in almond flour.
  7. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 65 to 70 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. The cake should have cracks in the top.
  8. Transfer cake in pan to a cooling rack.
  9. For glaze: heat lemon juice and sugar together in small saucepan, stirring, just until sugar is dissolved.
  10. While cake is still hot in pan slowly brush the glaze over top of cake until it is absorbed. The cracks in the cake are a gateway to the inside, so no need to poke holes all over it unless you are in a hurry.
  11. Let cake cool completely before lifting it from the pan using the parchment paper as handles.


Adapted from Maida Heatter New Book of Great Desserts.

If you like icing just mix the butter, powdered sugar and salt together and then add enough lemon juice to create the desired consistency. Spread over the top and let set.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 65 minutes
  • Category: quick breads
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemon bread, coffee shop, sweet treat, baking