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Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

I absolutely love lemon desserts. Lemon tastes bright & sunshine-y. And I think the slight tang is so delicious in cakes & cupcakes.

So today I’m sharing this lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting. It’s a moist lemon cake made in a 9×13 inch pan – then it’s frosted with creamy, tangy lemon cream cheese frosting. It’s an easy lemon cake recipe, and it takes much less effort than making lemon cupcakes or a lemon layer cake.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

What Makes Cake Crumbly?

There could be several reasons that your cakes  turn out dry and crumbly: Using too much flour can cause a cake to become dry.

When measuring dry ingredients, gently spoon the flour into a measuring cup for dry ingredients and level off with a flat spatula.

Adding too little shortening or liquid can also cause dryness.

This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

Let’s talk about what makes this cake so delicious.

  • First, we’re using real butter. In lightly flavored cakes – such as vanilla or lemon – I like to use real butter because it adds more flavor.
  • Then sour cream and buttermilk make the cake moist and give it a soft cake crumb.
  • For the lemon flavor we’re using lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Make sure to use fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice from the bottle is too tart and definitely doesn’t produce the best results.
  • Then be careful not to over mix your cake batter or else your cake can end up tough. Having all the ingredients at room temperature before getting started helps with this.

This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

After the cake is baked and cooled, we’re slathering a layer of lemon cream cheese frosting. I don’t know about you, but anything with cream cheese is definitely one of my favorites. But if you prefer a vanilla buttercream, you could try this recipe instead.

What I loved so much about this recipe is that the lemon flavor tastes bright and fresh, without being tart or bitter. It’s deliciously sunny, and flavorful without being overpowering. If you love lemon desserts – this lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting is the perfect recipe for you.

What is the Difference Between Cake Flour and All Purpose Flour?

Cake flour is a finely milled, delicate flour with a low protein content; it’s usually bleached.

The primary difference between cake flour and all-purpose (AP) flour is the protein content (which becomes gluten).

The protein content of cake flour is about 8%, while the protein content of AP flour is slightly higher.

Can You Replace All Purpose Flour with Cake Flour?

To substitute cake flour for all-purpose flour use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour for every cup of all-purpose flour.

This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

4.14 from 29 votes
Servings: 15 -18
This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

Ingredients

Lemon Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk or regular milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice use 1/3 cup for a stronger lemon flavor

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz brick-style cream cheese softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk as needed

Instructions

  • Make the Cake
  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Then beat in the eggs and vanilla, followed by the sour cream.
  • Turn the mixer down to low speed and carefully beat in the flour mixture followed by the buttermilk.
  • Then turn off the mixer and stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice using a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 27-33 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool fully before frosting
  • Make the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until evenly mixed together.
  • Then slowly beat in the powdered sugar, turning off the mixer and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Finally, beat in the lemon juice and salt and a teaspoon of milk if needed.
  • Frost the cooled cake using a flat edge knife.
  • For easier frosting, you can also chill the cake in the fridge or freezer prior to frosting. Cut into slices and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 238mg10%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft cake crumb and delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is smooth & creamy for the perfect pairing.

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12 comments

  • Can you bake the lemon cake in Bundt 
     Pan? Temperature and Time?
     Can’t wait to taste this “lemon”
      “ heaven” cake!

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    • Yes absolutely! Time and temperature should be the same. It may need a few minutes longer. I would start with 30min and then check it. Enjoy!

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  • The recipe seems delicious! If I wanted to make a smaller cake, could I just cut all the ingredients in half without affecting the taste? Please let me know, thank you!

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    • Yes, that should work in an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. The bake time will probably be a little less too.

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  • I enjoyed your web site with all the beautiful photos!
    I will cook the sweets!

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • This was delicious! Unfortunately I ruined the frosting by using powdered sugar that I made myself instead of store bought. I have a question, does the cake have to be refrigerated, or is it ok for it to be left out on the counter for days? 

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    • Since there is dairy in the frosting, it should be refrigerated. If you don’t frost it right away, it could be left on the counter for a few days.

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  • Do you think I could bake two cakes and turn them into a 9 x 13 layer cake, or would it be too much? Thanks

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  • Yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

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    • Enjoy!

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  • hey girl- this looks so yummy! I want it for my 40th (what?) Birthday next month!!

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