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

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 18
This lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting has a soft crumb and is packed with delicious lemon flavor. The cream cheese frosting is sweet and tangy, making it the perfect pairing for the lemon cake!

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 , at 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 to room temperature
  • 8 oz brick-style cream cheese , softened to room temperature
  • 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 Lemon Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 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.
  • 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 Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until evenly mixed together.
  • Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, turning off the mixer and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Beat in the lemon juice and salt and a teaspoon of milk if needed.
  • Frost the cooled cake using a flat edge knife.

Notes

  • For easier frosting, you can also chill the cake in the fridge or freezer prior to frosting. 
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.