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Lemon Bundt Cake

This classic lemon bundt cake recipe is perfect for any occasion: a bridal shower, summer BBQ, or even a treat for your family on a casual night in. The lemon glaze makes this cake perfectly moist. Top it with icing and zest and enjoy this beautiful and delicious treat.

by Katie Aubin and Marissa Buie

2 hr 30 min

Inspired by kingarthurflour.com

2 hr 30 min

Ingredients

for 8 servings

Lemon Cake

  • 3 cups
    all-purpose flour (375 g)
  • 2 teaspoons
    baking powder
  • 1 cup
    unsalted butter, 2 sticks, room temperature (230 g)
  • 2 cups
    granulated sugar (400 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons
    lemon zest
  • ¼ cup
    lemon juice (60 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1 cup
    whole milk (240 mL)
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

Lemon Glaze

  • ½ cup
    granulated sugar (100 g)
  • ¼ cup
    lemon juice (60 mL)

Lemon Icing

  • 2 cups
    powdered sugar, sifted (240 g)
  • 3 tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested

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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. Make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and salt with an electric hand mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated before adding the next. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla and beat to combine.
  4. Add half the flour and beat to combine, then beat in the milk, then add the rest of the flour and beat just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and make sure any floury spots are incorporated.
  5. Grease a 10-inch (25-cm) bundt pan with nonstick spray. Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Gently tap the pan against the counter to release any air bubbles.
  6. Bake the cake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, make the lemon glaze: In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar and lemon juice. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring halfway through, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside.
  8. Make the lemon icing: Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and whisk until smooth.
  9. After the cake is done baking, let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack set over a baking sheet and remove the bundt pan. Use a knife to loosen the cake around the edges, if needed.
  10. Use a skewer or fork to poke holes all over the top and sides of the cake. Brush the cake with the lemon glaze. If the glaze drips off, let the cake cool for a few more minutes, then continue brushing on the glaze. Let cool completely, at least 1 hour.
  11. Pour the icing over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Grate lemon zest over the icing. Let the glaze dry completely, about 30 minutes.
  12. Transfer the cake to a serving platter, slice, and serve.
  13. Enjoy!
 

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