I have made this lemon cake many times now. And each time I bake it, everyone at home loves it so much, they finish it all up on the very same day it is made.
Despite being a made-from-scratch cake, this cake has only 6 ingredients making is a straightforward cake to bake. And these ingredients are pretty basic too (except lemons), which means it can be quickly whipped up anytime.
It can be served plain or with a light dredging of icing sugar or glaze icing. The texture of this cake is similar to my butter pound cake recipe, making it perfect for stacking and carving too.
Moist Lemon Cake Recipe
Here is the printable version of my moist lemon cake recipe and while you are at it, don't miss my recipe notes right below. They contain absolutely useful tips for the best lemon cake ever!
Moist Lemon Cake Recipe
By Decorated Treats, October 31, 2019
This moist lemon cake recipe makes an easy, make-from-scratch lemon cake that is so perfectly moist and delicious. A must try for all lemon dessert lovers.
1 ½ tbsp grated lemon rind (approximately 1 ½ lemons)
6 tbsp buttermilk
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Grease and flour your cake tin or line it with a parchment paper. For Bundt tins, make sure every nook and corner of the tin is well greased and floured.
Grate the zest of lemons (about one and a half lemons) and set aside.
In a clean bowl, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour and fold it into the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, starting and ending with flour.
Finally add in the grated lemon zest and combine well. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake come out clean, with just one or two crumbs stuck to it. Do not over bake the cake.
Remove the cake from oven and let it rest in the cake tin for a few minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.
Let the cake cool completely before decorating.
Moist Lemon Cake Recipe - My Recipe Notes
Well prepared cake tins - Make sure your cake tins are all well greased and floured or if you prefer to use parchment, that they are appropriately lined. If using bundt pans, take extra care to make sure each nook and corner of the tin is very well greased for easy release of the cake after baking.
Eggs and butter should be at room temperature - Ideally, the butter and eggs used in the recipe must be at room temperature. If either one of these is cold, your creamed butter and sugar mixture will curdle when the eggs are added in. If this happens, you need not discard the batter. Fold in some flour until it is no longer curdled and then proceed to alternate the remaining flour and buttermilk as mentioned in the recipe.
Use fresh unwaxed lemons - The zest of fresh lemons is so much more flavorful than the not-so-fresh ones. And when you grate the lemons, grate just the thin top layer of the yellow skin and avoid the white part beneath the yellow skin or else your cake will have a bitter after taste. If you don't have a grater, you can use your kitchen knife to slice of the yellow layer of lemon skin and then chop the skin into tiny bits. Lemon zest can be prepared in advance when lemons are in season. Simply pack it in small sealed packages and freeze them. That way, you will have the zest available for use at any time of the year.
Buttermilk substitute - Buttermilk helps with the moist texture of this cake. If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own substitute by adding 1 tsp of lemon juice into 6 tablespoons of milk as indicated in the recipe. Double this amount accordingly if you double or triple the recipe.
Do not over bake the cake - Over-baking will result in loss of moisture in the cake. If you are baking in a deep cake pan like a bundt pan, reduce your baking temperature by about 10 to 15 degrees Celsius so that the top and sides of the cake do not get overcooked. Overcooking will result in dry cakes. Check for doneness at least 5 to 10 minutes before the baking time is up by inserting a long skewer in the center of the cake. If it comes out without any wet batter sticking to it, the cake is cooked and can be removed from the oven. It is best to remove the cake when the skewer comes out with a few soft crumbs sticking to it. If you need further confirmation, press the top of the cake lightly with your finger; if it springs back, the cake is done.
Cutting the cake right after baking will result in a crumbly cake. Once the cake has rested for a couple of hours, cutting will be much neater. If you do not intend to serve the cake on the same day it is baked, wrap the cake in cling wrap while it is still warm and place it in the refrigerator. This helps the cake to retain the moisture. When ready to use, remove the cake from the fridge and let it warm up to room temperature before removing the cling wrap to avoid condensation.
Storing the cake - This cake lasts at room temperature for a good 4 to 5 days, provided it is handled without any contact to moisture. If you wish to keep the leftovers longer, it is best that they are refrigerated.
Decorating the cake - This cake lasts well and can hold the weight of fondant, so it is definitely a good recipe for decorated cakes.
And these are pretty much all my notes for this moist lemon cake recipe.
Give this cake a try and you will be happy you did!
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