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Lemon Loaf Cake

Learn how to make your favorite coffee shop’s signature pastry. It’s lemony, sweet, decadent, and worth the wait.

Tasty Team

Total Time

1 hr 15 min

1 hr 15 min

Prep Time

15 minutes

15 min

Cook Time

1 hr

1 hr

Lemon Loaf Cake
Total Time

1 hr 15 min

1 hr 15 min

Prep Time

15 minutes

15 min

Cook Time

1 hr

1 hr

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (115 g), softened, 1 stick
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar (250 g)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream (245 g)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (185 g)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Lemon Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar (220 g)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 607
    Fat 24g
    Carbs 91g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 71g
    Protein 7g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9x5-inch (22 x 12 cm) loaf pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy, 3–4 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat to incorporate, scraping down the side of the bowl between additions.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Alternately add the dry and wet ingredients to the batter, about ⅓ at a time, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat between each addition until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50–60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in the pan, about 1 hour.
  8. Make the lemon icing: Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and milk and whisk until smooth.
  9. Pour the icing evenly over the top of the cake, spreading to reach the edges of the pan. Let the glaze set completely, about 30 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a serving platter, slice, and serve.
  11. Enjoy!

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