Italian Lemon Coffee Cake


"Torta al limone," as this cake is known in Italy, is a recipe that I received from my husband's "Zia Pina". I modified her recipe to add the sliced almonds and powdered sugar glaze drizzle on top. This is a lovely cake that goes great with a cup of coffee or cappuccino!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
1 small Bundt(R) cake


  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

  • 2 eggs

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 packet Lievito Pane Degli Angeli (such as Paneangeli®)

Glaze (optional):

  • cup powdered sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 6-cup, 7-1/2x3-inch Bundt® pan. Sprinkle almonds evenly around the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

  2. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl. Add oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest; mix until well combined. Gradually beat in flour until it has been incorporated. Add Lievito and mix well. Pour batter evenly into the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife down the sides of the pan to assist in releasing the cake from the pan. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Remove from the freezer and invert cake onto a serving platter.

  4. Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until glaze is smooth. Place glaze in a small resealable bag and snip the corner of the bag. Drizzle glaze over the top of the cake.

Cook's Note:

Paneangeli(R) Lievito Pane degli Angeli is an Italian ingredient commonly used in baking. It can be purchased online, but if you prefer, you can substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder plus 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
17g Fat
43g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* 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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