The Ultimate Lemon Cake

Why You’ll Love It:

  • Perfect Texture: Fluffy and moist, but holds together perfectly.
  • Bright Lemon Flavor: Bursting with fresh lemon zest and extract.
  • Tangy Frosting: Lemon cream cheese frosting balances the sweetness.

  • Presentation: Layers easily, slices cleanly, and looks stunning on a plate.
  • Worth the Effort: Homemade goodness that’s sure to impress.


For the Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 egg whites

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

For the Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Whisk together buttermilk and egg whites.

  4. In a separate bowl, rub sugar and lemon zest together.
  5. Beat butter and lemon extract until light and fluffy.
  6. Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients to the butter mixture.
  7. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  8. Divide batter evenly between pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.

For the Frosting:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar, lemon juice, zest, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.


  1. Trim cake layers to create flat surfaces.
  2. Frost the first layer and place the second layer on top.
  3. Spread frosting over the top and sides.
  4. Decorate as desired.


  • Use room temperature ingredients for better blending.
  • Sift the flour to aerate it and create a lighter texture.
  • Don’t add lemon juice to the cake batter, as it can alter the acidity level and affect the rise.
  • Serve at room temperature for the best lemon flavor.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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