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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lemon Butter Cake with Simple Lemon Glaze

I'm not above using a cake mix.  In fact, two nights ago I was really in the mood for lemon cake.  So, I got out a white cake mix, added some lemon zest and juice - presto.  Lemon cake.  I made it into a loaf shape and drizzled it with a glaze.

After I cut into a piece, I thought... this would make a nice new blog header for spring.

So, today, with only a few slices of the original cake remaining I needed to make another lemon cake for my photo shoot.  I was planning to make another quick white-cake-mix-turned-lemon-cake-loaf, when I discovered that I was out of cake mix.  No big deal, I thought, I'll just whip up a cake from scratch - I had everything I needed.
Let me tell you... the homemade version was hands down the better cake.  It was like slicing into a baked stick of lemony butter.  It probably didn't help that I helped myself to a big slice when it was still warm from the oven.  It was dense, but light - and just the right amount of lemon.
Please, treat yourself to a homemade cake.  It really took me hardly any time at all.  I bet you already have everything in your pantry...
Lemon Butter Cake
makes 1 medium loaf size cake 

New! Printable Recipes, here.

1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 lemons, zested & juiced
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Cream together butter and sugar for 3 minutes.  Add eggs.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt.  In another separate bowl, combine milk, lemon juice, zest and vanilla.  Add half of the wet ingredients to the butter sugar mixture, mix for 5 seconds, then add half of the dry and mix for 5 seconds.  Repeat with second half, ending with dry ingredients.  Pour batter into loaf pan - I like to line mine with parchment paper.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

For glaze, mix together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.  Pour over slightly warm cake.  Top with lemon zest. 

I made some cupcakes for Emma - she helped with the glaze and did the sprinkles all by herself.


  1. Love the Spring blog header. This looks delicious. I thinks Mom would love it. Maybe I'll make her a special treat this weekend.

  2. Looks so moist and delicous. I'll definitely make this one when easter has come! :)

  3. What a coincidence, yesterday I was telling my friend that I wanted to update Ina's Lemon Yogurt Cake (with butter) and put it on my blog!

  4. this looks so yummy! but i have to ask - could you PLEASE write a post on how to indulge while maintaining your weight? i think i would have to work out all day every day in order to eat all the delicious meals and treats you post.

    1. Jenny6:01 PM

      I walk my dog. A lot : )

  5. You had me at 'it was like slicing into a baked stick of lemony butter'! This sounds amazing and you were right - what a beautiful header for the spring! Putting this on my list of things I want to make once my kitchen renovations are complete. : ) Rachel

  6. I'm with you on cake mix- no shame in that every now and then! I think for certain things, like classic birthday cake, it's better than half the crap people try to make anyway.

  7. Anonymous2:01 PM

    This looks like it could be a wonderful gift for Spring Birthdays and Mother's Day...any advice on how to package as a gift without messing up the frosting?

  8. A beautiful cake indeed! Love your blog - this was my first visit and I'll be back.

  9. That looks delicious and I love the new header!

  10. NJ Heather8:52 PM

    Hi Jenny! I made this today and it was wonderful! My husband (who was working from home) nearly ate the whole thing!! Thank you for always sharing your creativity :)

    1. Jenny6:00 PM

      Ours was gone in 24 hours, too... I'll blame him AND the fact that it made a great breakfast, too.

  11. That looks delicious and I love the new header!

  12. YUM! I LOVE that vanilla extract! :)

  13. Made this cake yesterday, who knew home-made cake was so easy?!?! It was, and it was delicious too. Thank you for the recipe! It's a keeper. ❈

  14. Anonymous1:36 PM

    I just found you on Williams and Sonoma Blog and now I can’t stop following you!
    I love the simplicity of your recipes and style. I’m sure you have been asked this a million times so sorry but I have to know where are those silver candle sticks and platters from? I love it

  15. Hi Jenny! :-) I Just love your blog! I can't wait to view it everyday; it's like my day's not complete without viewing what you have posted for the day. I can't wait to try your lemon cake/loaf. I have been baking in my own lovely kitchen the scone recipes you have shared. My family & office mates love the Cinnamon Pecan with Maple syrup, the fresh blueberry scones, chocolate chip scones. I'll be baking the other flavor this weekend. My 12 yr old son asked me the other day to make him & his friends the above scones the next time they stay for a sleep over. :-) Big grin ear to ear for Mommy!! :-) Thanks so much for the daily dose of beautiful & delicious inspirations! Sweet Emma is looking more precious than ever. She is adorable!!! Her sprinkled cupcakes are sooooo cute! :-) How is Mr. Darcy doing? I told my baby boy, Andrew (actually my 12 yr old) that I want a doggy that looks like Mr. Darcy. One of my dear friends own a similar family pet & he reminds me of your Mr. Darcy! :-)
    Have a beautiful weekend. Keep the sweet inspiration coming!
    Beth & Son

  16. Hi Jennie,
    Love the pictures and your new header.I never use a ready made mix.. never have.It seems so simple just to follow a recipe.My favourite is from Nigella Lawson's book " How to be a domestic goddess"- the " My mother-in-law's madeira cake" on page 4( or 5 I think ).
    Always works and you can bake the cake and play around with falvours should you so wish.Have a great day! Bea

  17. Hi Jenny,
    I love the fresh new look of your blog-header! :-) And your Lemon Cake, ohmygosh! YUUMMM!! Music to my tastebuds. Can't wait to try this out soon. I know my family will love it. I have made several of your recipes & they are all winners in my household especially your awesome scone 12 yr old baby boy requests for it everyweekend now - his fav is the Fresh Blueberry Scones! My fav is the Cinnamon Pecan Maple. :-) Thank you so very much for the daily dose of your sweets/home cooking/family/diy's/design inspirations. PS: Your precious Sweet Emma is just adorable. I smile & giggle whenever I see photos of your sweet & beautiful baby Emma. I miss my baby boy at that age. :-) But I love him even more at this age. It's a different relationship we have & he continues to make his parents laugh every day. Lenten Blessings to you and your family!

    Beth & Son

  18. I'm pregnant with my second baby and I've loved lemons this pregnancy. When I saw this recipe tonight, I had to make it. It didn't matter that it was 8pm. :) The cupcakes just came out of the oven 10 minutes ago and with the glaze, these are delightful! Fantastic recipe and beautiful pictures Jenny!

  19. just made this for lunch with my parents - a big hit! but my cake was much shorter than yours - did you double the recipe for the cake in your photo?

  20. Hi Jenny,

    Your Lemon Butter Cake looks delicious, and would be the perfect desert for Easter! If I made the cake the day before I served it, do you recommend storing it in the refrigerator, or can I keep it under a cake dome at room temperature?

    Thanks so much!

  21. 1 stick of butter is the same as 1/2 cup?

  22. This was amazing. Absolutely amazing. It's one of my new favorites. Light and perfect on its own but it was divine with a little vanilla ice cream. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  23. Fantastic!!!!! Turned out AMAZING!

  24. Jenny,
    A. Love, love your blog .. take a peak everyday, today I thought I'd try the lemon cake (home made version) it was SO SO delicious!! It will now be totally in my mix when having friends over... thanks!!!

    Sylvia ~

  25. Hi Jenny, do you sell these sprinkles in your shop? If not, where can I get them?

  26. This look amazing. And not as rich as the lemon butter cake I made this month! Yum!


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