Super yummy, light lemon taste. A different thing to try is to put the cake mixture into large muffin tins to make a bunch of little cakes, you just need to reduce the baking time. Let cake cool before frosting or glaze while still slightly warm.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans, tapping out excess flour.

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  • Whisk flour, lemon zest, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl.

  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, into creamed butter mixture on low speed, beating well after each addition before adding the next. Beat lemon juice into butter mixture. Beat flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, into butter mixture until batter is just combined. Divide batter between the prepared cake pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cake pulls away from sides of pan, 32 to 35 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of pan and invert cake onto a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

217 calories; 10.6 g total fat; 74 mg cholesterol; 183 mg sodium. 27.9 g carbohydrates; 3.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2015
This. Cake! Ohmigoodness, this is a cake recipe I've been needing. First off, I wanted a recipe that actually used lemons, not lemon cake mix. I followed the directions mostly except I used cake flour, didn't have a full cup of butter, I used a bit less and I used the zest and juice of one large lemon. I did 12 cupcakes and one 8" square pan for roughly 33 mins, they turned out flawless. They are dense yet light all at the same time. This could be enjoyed without an icing or frosting, but I made a whipped vanilla pudding with lemon topping and ate with fresh blueberries. Would make for an amazing trifle with any sort of berry. Secondly, this is a great base cake, in the fact I think you could keep out anything lemonly and use vanilla or almond extract to make a different flavored cake...which I will try sometime in the near future! Thank you for posting this recipe! I use to frequent a now closed cupcake shop that had cupcakes at this denseness and moisture, and I've been trying to recreate them ever since. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/15/2015
I was very pleased with this cake initially. It rose nicely and released from the pan easily. It baked to a beautiful golden color and when cut, revealed a moist and tender crumb. On the basis of these characteristics I was prepared to write a 5-star review - until I tasted it. I have just one criticism, but in my view it's a biggie. The cake just isn't sweet enough. A powdered sugar glaze helped, but it didn't make up for the insufficient amount of sugar, which affected not only the sweetness factor of course, but the flavor factor as well. The cake could use at least another 1/2 cup of sugar, and even another full cup wouldn't be too much. Read More
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128 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 97
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2015
This. Cake! Ohmigoodness, this is a cake recipe I've been needing. First off, I wanted a recipe that actually used lemons, not lemon cake mix. I followed the directions mostly except I used cake flour, didn't have a full cup of butter, I used a bit less and I used the zest and juice of one large lemon. I did 12 cupcakes and one 8" square pan for roughly 33 mins, they turned out flawless. They are dense yet light all at the same time. This could be enjoyed without an icing or frosting, but I made a whipped vanilla pudding with lemon topping and ate with fresh blueberries. Would make for an amazing trifle with any sort of berry. Secondly, this is a great base cake, in the fact I think you could keep out anything lemonly and use vanilla or almond extract to make a different flavored cake...which I will try sometime in the near future! Thank you for posting this recipe! I use to frequent a now closed cupcake shop that had cupcakes at this denseness and moisture, and I've been trying to recreate them ever since. Read More
(61)
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2015
This. Cake! Ohmigoodness, this is a cake recipe I've been needing. First off, I wanted a recipe that actually used lemons, not lemon cake mix. I followed the directions mostly except I used cake flour, didn't have a full cup of butter, I used a bit less and I used the zest and juice of one large lemon. I did 12 cupcakes and one 8" square pan for roughly 33 mins, they turned out flawless. They are dense yet light all at the same time. This could be enjoyed without an icing or frosting, but I made a whipped vanilla pudding with lemon topping and ate with fresh blueberries. Would make for an amazing trifle with any sort of berry. Secondly, this is a great base cake, in the fact I think you could keep out anything lemonly and use vanilla or almond extract to make a different flavored cake...which I will try sometime in the near future! Thank you for posting this recipe! I use to frequent a now closed cupcake shop that had cupcakes at this denseness and moisture, and I've been trying to recreate them ever since. Read More
(61)
Rating: 3 stars
07/15/2015
I was very pleased with this cake initially. It rose nicely and released from the pan easily. It baked to a beautiful golden color and when cut, revealed a moist and tender crumb. On the basis of these characteristics I was prepared to write a 5-star review - until I tasted it. I have just one criticism, but in my view it's a biggie. The cake just isn't sweet enough. A powdered sugar glaze helped, but it didn't make up for the insufficient amount of sugar, which affected not only the sweetness factor of course, but the flavor factor as well. The cake could use at least another 1/2 cup of sugar, and even another full cup wouldn't be too much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2015
Very nice gentle lemon cake that I made into mini cup cakes for Easter treats, topped with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting from this site. The recipe needs to include that you should cream the sugar into the butter in the first step, prior to adding the eggs, and don't be concerned that the batter is pretty thick, I put it into a small plastic zip lock bag, cut off the corner, and piped it into the mini cup cake paper cups. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2016
Delicious! I like a strong lemon flavor and added 1extra tblsp of lemon juice 1 extra teaspoon of zest and 1/4 cup extra sugar. Cake was Devine! Paired it with lemon buttercream frosting on this site. Stacked some lemon slices on top and got amazing comments from family! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2016
This cake is wonderful! I COMPLETELY DISAGREE with the reviewer who said it needed more sugar. It's perfect as is. I cooked it in a Bundt pan finished with a zesty lemon glaze while it was still warm! I put it in the middle of the table after a family dinner it was GONE in less than 15 mins. Keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2015
Yes I love this recipe. Very light and wonderfully lemony. I did say to cream the butter and sugar together but when I submitted it for Kitchen Approval they must have changed it... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2015
This is a very nice recipe. Mine was a gluten free version, cup-for-cup. I left out the salt and baking soda and for me, it turned out very nice. It has a wonderfully fresh sweet lemon flavour that tastes like your eating lemonade. I used a creamy lemon frosting from this website but chose to wait for it to cool completely to frost so it wouldn't melt. Thank you Bakers Dozen for this keeper recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2017
Didn't want to mess with 3 egg yolks and the leftover whites, so I just used a total of 3 eggs and added more lemon juice. I doubled the lemon zest and juice and it was super lemon-y, just how we like it. The consistency of the crumb is tender but not soggy. So, so good. I needed some baking therapy and this was just what the doctor ordered. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2016
I love lemon. I had a lemon in my fridge and I really wanted lemon... something. I love mini-muffins/cupcakes. I hate box recipes. THIS was what I needed! I made it as above - only I used my mini-muffin pan. I came out with about 4 dozen mini-cupcakes with a cook time of about 20 minutes. Made up some lemon buttercream frosting and I'm in heaven! Read More
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