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

Glazed Lemon Cakes

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 cakes 1x


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




  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for muffin tin*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1 1/2 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.

Recipe Notes:

*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 1/4 teaspoon. (I’

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