Some desserts are just made for spring time. Our Luscious Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect treat for spring parties or to serve after a special occasion dinner. I made this for Easter this year and everyone loved it. It’s one of those recipes that I plan on making more often.
I use my mother’s recipe for a yellow cake and added lemon extract to give it a smooth lemony flavor. If you would like to add lemon zest, that is optional.
The cake is baked in two eight inch round pans. It could also be made using a rectangular pan and served as a sheet cake for a larger crowd. Once the layers have cooled on a wire rack, generously frost the bottom layer, add the top layer, and frost the top and side of cake.
Pairing the cake with lemon cream cheese frosting gives a burst of lemon flavor, but it’s not overpowering.
Luscious Lemon Cake
- 2 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter Softened
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 3/4 Cups Sugar
- 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/4 Cup Milk
- 2 1/2 Tsp Lemon Extract
- 8 oz Cream Cheese Softened
- 1/2 Cup Butter Softened
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Lemon Extract
- 4-5 Cups Powdered Sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Prepare 2 8" cake pans with Non Stick Baking Spray
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.
Beat butter about 30 seconds on the cream setting of electric mixer.
Add sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon extract to butter. Mix on medium until well combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating on medium for 1 minute after each egg.
Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to mixture, beating on medium after each addition.
Divide batter evenly into two 8" round cake pans.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Check for doneness. Continue baking at 3 minute intervals until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of cake.
Cool on wire rack before frosting.
Cream Butter and Cream Cheese together. Add extracts and beat for 30 seconds on medium.
Add sugar 1 cup at a time, beating on medium after each addition.
Frost bottom layer of cake. Add second layer and frost top and sides of cake.
This will be my go to dessert over spring and summer. It’s easy to make and it’s a moist, flavorful cake. The combination of sweet and tart is delicious! I hope you’ll give it a try and that you’ll enjoy it as much as my family does!
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We’ll be sharing at lots of these great parties!