Simple Lemon Cake


This best lemon cake recipe is perfect for picnics and parties. It's moist and soft.

close up view of a slice of Simple Lemon Cake garnished with whipped cream and a slice of lemon on a white plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 9-inch square cake


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.

  2. Beat sugar and butter together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.

  3. Sift flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl; add to creamed mixture until incorporated. Pour in milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice; mix until smooth. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

254 Calories
11g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 68mg 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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