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Easy Lemon Cake

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Want an easy and delicious lemon cake recipe? Yeah me too! That's why I'm so glad I found this! It's a very easy and quick recipe with fresh lemon aroma and a slightly sour flavor.
For me, it's the perfect snack with my morning coffee and my afternoon tea. Sometimes, instead of baking it as a cake, I bake it as cupcakes. It's up to you if you want something more playful. Plus, I love to add some more ingredients and create different variations with the same recipe.
You need only six basic ingredients that definitely are in your pantry already and a few minutes to make the lemon cake that will become your favorite! Are you ready to bake?
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 pieces
Calories 367 kcal


Cake mixture:

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar brown or white
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup milk or unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest (2 big lemons)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice fresh
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Lemon Glaze:

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice 1 small lemon
  • 4 tbsp sugar brown or white
  • 4 tbsp warm water


Cake mixture:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Spray a small pan with butter and sprinkle with flour.
  • Into a bowl add the flour, salt, baking powder, and mix them.
  • In another bowl put the eggs, sugar, and butter and mix them with a hand mixer for 3 - 4 minutes until they become soft and fluffy.
  • Slowly add into your fluffy mixture the ingredients of the first bowl.
  • Last, add the milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and the seeds and mix them for 3 more minutes until they become one soft mixture.
  • Put it into your pan.
  • Bake for 50 - 60 minutes.

Lemon blaze:

  • In a small pot, on medium-high heat, add the water and the lemon juice and let them warm.
  • Before they boiled add the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Last step:

  • When your cake is ready, take it out of the oven and pierce it with the fork to the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the lemon glaze over it.
  • Let it ten minutes to sit and it is ready to remove it from the pan if you want!


  • Storage: You can leave your lemon cake up to three days at room temperature and up to a week in your fridge.
  • Variations:
    • Add 1/2 cup chocolate drops.
    • Add 1/2 cup crushed nuts.
  • Served:
    • With a cup of tea.
    • With a cup of coffee.
    • With a glass of fancy water.
*I am not a professional nutritionist, this is an estimated nutritional chart.
Keyword desserts, lemon cake, snack