Best Lemon Sheet Cake with Lemon Glaze


This is my go-to sheet cake recipe whenever I am baking for a lot of people and when there are any kids involved. It is also our standard cake for any kid's birthday. Really easy to make and everybody loves it.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
24 servings


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 ¾ cups unsalted butter

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar

  • 6 large eggs

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 2 lemons, zested

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon butter.

  2. Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition until well combined. Mix in flour and baking powder on low speed until well combined; mix in lemon zest.

  3. Spread dough on the prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula as dough is very sticky.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until set, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  5. Mix confectioner's sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and brush glaze onto the cooled cake. Allow to dry, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Instead of glazing the cooled cake, you can mix 5 tablespoons lemon juice with 5 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, poke cake with a fork all over, and drizzle lemon syrup over the cake when you take it out of the oven.

This recipe is originally in metric - if you have a scale the measurements are 400 g unsalted butter, 400 g sugar, and 400 g flour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

271 Calories
13g Fat
36g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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