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Filled with lots of lemon flavor, these Glazed Lemon Cakes are sweet and tart and a perfect Spring dessert!

 Filled with lots of lemon flavor, these Glazed Lemon Cakes are sweet and tart and a perfect Spring dessert!

Photos Updated March 2015


Originally posted March 20, 2009 – These little lemon cakes are a recipe that has stuck with me through the past few years, begging to be remade. I am a lemon girl at heart (would choose it any day over chocolate!!) so these are just perfect for me. And, like I say below in the original post, these really are the best on the second day. The glaze gets a little wrinkly and not as smooth, but they are oh, so good. The perfect Spring dessert!!

You would think that with being a stay at home mom, there would be plenty of time for baking. But I have found that it has actually been the exact opposite – I’m actually lucky if the laundry gets done, folded and put away these days. In fact, before these cakes, I’ve only managed to make 2 batches of cookies in the last 7 weeks. Pretty pathetic. But I’m hoping that is going to change – especially when baking tastes as good as these little cakes do!
Glazed Lemon Cakes Recipe
I wanted at least one of my choices from this month’s book to be a sweet one, and when I came across these lemon cakes, it was a no brainer to choose them. I do love citrus, after all!! And what a perfect way to welcome in spring! I’m so glad I made these, because they are really a winner. I ate one a couple of hours after I made them, and really liked them. But then I packed them away in an airtight container to save – and the next day, when I tried another one – I was in love. Those extra hours of sitting really made a difference. It turned a good dessert into a great one!! I might be biased and all since I love anything lemon so much, but these earned a full 5 points from me. If you are a lemon fan, you want these cakes!
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Filled with lots of lemon flavor, these Glazed Lemon Cakes are sweet and tart and a perfect Spring dessert!
Serves: 6 cakes
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for muffin tin*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use the 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the insides of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin. Flour the tin and set aside
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, mix together the buttermilk, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. With the mixer on low, add one third of the flour mixture, followed by half of the buttermilk mixture. Continue with another one third of the flour, the remaining buttermilk, then the remaining flour.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly between the 6 muffin cups. Bake in the center of the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Set the cooling rack over wax paper or parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Pour the glaze over the cakes, spreading it with a small knife or offset spatula if needed. Let the cakes sit for 30 minutes before serving.
*I had to adjust for high altitude to avoid the cakes sinking in the middle. I added an extra 1 tablespoon of flour, and decreased the baking powder by ¼ teaspoon. (I’

Recipe from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast


Filled with lots of lemon flavor, these Glazed Lemon Cakes are sweet and tart and a perfect Spring dessert!


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73 Responses to Glazed Lemon Cakes

  1. Ingrid says:

    MMMMM, I love the tart and tanginess of lemons! I’m pretty sure that this would have been a 5 star one for me too. Love that first photo with the glaze dripping down the sides!

    LOL, I have to laugh at your laundry comment. While my “babies” are older, I still struggle with that. On any given day you’ll find folded laundry covering our coffee table and love seat!

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  2. Jean Bugs says:

    My husband loves ANYHTHING lemon. He is going to flip over these. Why, I’ll be lucky to get even one! lol

  3. Mama Goose says:

    Funny, I’ve been having a lemon craving lately. These look awesome!

  4. Maria says:

    I love lemon desserts! These are so good, we have made them! What a great way to bring in spring!

  5. Ryley says:

    Do you think this would make a good bundt cake???
    I’m throwing a baby shower tomorrow and was thinking about doing a poppy seed bundt cake.. but this looks yummy.. what do you think???

  6. Deborah says:


    I think it would make a great bundt cake, but I’m not sure on the amount. This recipe makes 6 cakes in jumbo tins – I’m not sure if it would be quite enough batter to fill a bundt pan??

  7. diva says:

    wow this looks fantastic. i can never get my glaze to look so white and smooth. it’s probably cause i can’t bring myself to throw in heaps of icing sugar into the glaze – makes me feel very guilty!!

    looks fab though. i’m starving now.

  8. Nama says:

    I love lemon desserts, oh so much. I’ll definitely have to try these out!

  9. Gigi says:

    I love dreamy they look with the icing dripping off the side.

  10. kellypea says:

    Love lemon, too and these cute things sound so yummy! And no surprise you don’t have a lot of time. I can’t figure out how anyone can work and or have a baby and blog. I’m always amazed that you can get it all done.

  11. The Bahens says:

    I have that cookbook too and was just looking at it yesterday! Beautiful lemon cakes!

  12. Melissa says:

    What a perfect way to celebrate spring… these look delicious!

  13. Mel says:

    I am a new mom (2 girls & a hubby) that has gone back to work. I made our first batch of cookies today – just to welcome spring. However, the laundry will sit until tomorrow or the next day…

    Maybe we could make these & let it set some more…don't think it's going anywhere 🙂

    Pick me pick me …

  14. Margaret says:

    I love making cakes cupcake-sized! It makes them so much cuter, and they’re already portioned out!


  15. Dawn says:

    I love the glaze when it drips like that, such a photo op for sure.
    These do look good though. And what a nice giveaway!

  16. Janie says:

    Those look FABULOUS!

    P.S. Pick me!

  17. Elyse says:

    Mmm, these little lemon cakes look just fabulous! So glad you found time to make them–and share the recipe with us. Being a stay at home mom is a full-time job, but I’m so glad you found a bit of time for sweets!!

  18. Paula says:

    I love that rating … 4.625! I’m all for lemon, both sweet and savory dishes. By the way … making 2 batches of cookies plus glazed lemon cakes over the course of 2 months with a newborn in tow is amazing. Just the thought of cleaning up all the bowls and baking sheets kept me away from baking entirely when my kids first greeted the world! I’m impressed!

  19. Suzie says:

    Your photo is charming – I saw it on Recipemuncher and had to come visit. I love lemons too – thanks for the tip on letting the cakes sit for a day.

  20. Darsi says:

    I love all things lemon!! The giveaway is awesome too–thanks!!
    dar.sieb at gmail.com

  21. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Lemon cupcakes are always delicious and even more scrumptious if they are glazed!!! Yummy!



  22. Steph says:

    I love lemon cakes! It’s always pretty with glaze on top.

  23. Haley says:

    This looks amazing! I definitely will add this to my “must be baked” binder!

  24. Allison Holmes says:

    MMmmm…I love me my lemons 🙂

  25. KimS says:

    These look so good. We love lemon here.

  26. Allison says:

    Wow this looks like a great recipe! One thing better than a great new recipe a give away. I have been wanting to make a lemon cupcake recipe so fresh and light, you have inspired me!

  27. Megan says:

    I’ve been scouring the internet all day for lemon cake recipes for my husband. But this one looks easy enough and I have everything on hand – thanks!!

    I’ve been eyeing that cookbook for some time -I hope I win!!

  28. regionally accredited online colleges says:

    yummy!I will try the recipe you posted.Thank you!

  29. Patsyk says:

    I have this cookbook (so no need to enter me in your giveaway!)… but, now I’m going to have to make these little cakes! I love lemon, too… more than my hubby, so that means more for me! LOL!

  30. Crazy Lady says:

    Sold me on the lemon cakes. Love me some lemon.

  31. Beth says:

    We love lemon at this house. Will definitely give them a try.

  32. Hayley says:

    That icing looks perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Valerie says:

    Those look very good. I’ll make these next week!

  34. Sneh says:

    Awesome photo of the icing drizzling down! Thnx for sharing the recipe 🙂

  35. Ruth E says:

    I have been loving lemony flavoured things lately, I might just have to make these!

  36. Happy cook says:

    I love leamon flavour and this cue cupcakes look delish.
    Especially this icing.

  37. Tiff says:

    Lemons are at the top of my list. I really want to try and use meyer lemons and would think they would be great in this recipe.

  38. Lasting Memories by Marjean says:

    I love lemon. Lemon anything. These little cake look amazing-so does the cheesecake.

    I am excited about the cook book giveaway! I am totally addicted to cook books.



  39. Sophie says:

    Sometimes I also find that certain baked goods taste better the next day, especially cakes and cupcakes :). I haven’t baked cookies in awhile either :P.

  40. MindyW says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely lemony dessert. We also love lemon. You should check out “Joy the Baker”‘s “Lemon Souffle Pudding” – it is HEAVEN!
    Anyway, I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I am from Utah (now living in Texas for husband’s school) and I miss it very much! Your blog brings me home for a few minutes when I get to read it. Thanks again. Keep up the good work.

  41. Grace says:

    don’t get me wrong–i like lemon desserts. i must say, however, that a glaze is required. 🙂

  42. HoneyB says:

    These look awesome!

    My kids are grown up and gone, and I still find myself short on time!

  43. Flssgrl says:

    yummmmm love all things lemon thanks for the post and giveaway!

  44. Emily says:

    Oooh, that’s a very nice cookbook. I checked that one out at the library.

    These little cakes look delicious. I love how the icing is just dripping off the edges.

  45. Camille English says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I would LOVE this book!

  46. Jackie says:

    I love lemon anything! And, I’d love to win the cookbook.

  47. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm these look great. What a beautiful photo!

  48. Nicole says:

    I absolutely love lemons. I have organic Meyer Lemons shipped to me in Alaska from California. A while back there was a Meyer Lemon pound cake in Everyday Food that I was thinking about trying.

  49. Bellini Valli says:

    Lemon for me is my chocolate and the ultimate in flavour:D

  50. Crystal says:

    Looks delicious! I just made a lemon cake, but I may have to make these sometime this week.

  51. Andrew & Carlene Wood says:

    You have some amazing lemon recipes…I have tried several and I am in love!! yummy…keep up the good work!

  52. Andrew & Carlene Wood says:

    You have some amazing lemon recipes…I have tried several and I am in love!! yummy…keep up the good work!

  53. Elle says:

    Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. These little cakes look like winners Deborah!

  54. Pomegranate says:

    wow, i’ve always loved eating lemon cakes. this one looks yummy!

  55. Scott and Melissa says:

    I love lemon!! I think it compliments spring perfectly. My grandma just brought me back some home grown lemons from Arizona!! sounds like the perfect way to use them!!!

  56. Carol Ann says:

    I love the magazine, so I’m sure the book must be wonderful too.
    Would love to win it!!

  57. Kristy says:

    Yum! I love lemon. Mmmmm…now I am craving them.

  58. Carrie says:

    Looks yummy!! Would love this book.

  59. Leslie says:

    Those look so good! I’m also going over to check out your lemon cupcakes!

  60. Kassy says:

    Oh, my husband loves lemon! I’ll have to try these!

  61. Janell says:

    I have some lemons I need to use and this recipe looks like the perfect way to use them!

  62. Jingle says:

    The lemon cupcakes look great!!!

  63. The Isom Eight says:

    These look amazing! My 7 year old next to me just said, “ooohhh!” I think we need to try these-and soon! 🙂

  64. Rochelle Yerrick says:

    These look so pretty and yummy!

    Ps. pick me 🙂

  65. The Bentley Family says:

    He made these on the show on Saturday and I salivated during the whole thing. I taped the show and have watched it 3 times since and it is only Tuesday. I love Everyday Baking and your blog!

  66. Sunfall_E says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I have about half a dozen other things to try, but I will possibly try these sometime.

  67. kamailesfood says:

    I love lemon flavored stuff! I also love your photo. Drippy glaze- yum!

  68. OMG gorgeous! perfect for Easter

  69. Love lemon cakes and yours look delicious!

  70. thats a gorgeous glaze and just beautiful looking little cakes

  71. Sign me up for a dozen! I’m obsessed with these lemon cakes!

  72. This cake looks supremely moist. Gotta love lemon everything. Pinned.

  73. I love citrus too! The glaze on these is just perfect!

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