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This Lemon Loaf Cake is easy, delicious and full of lemon flavor! 

This Lemon Loaf Cake is easy, delicious and full of lemon flavor!


Today I’m so pleased to share this delicious Lemon Loaf Cake recipe from the new cookbook, Kid Chef Bakes. (Affiliate link.)

Kids Chef Bakes Cookbook

This wonderful cookbook is written by my friend and fellow food blogger, Lisa Huff from The Snappy Gourmet. Inside Kid Chef Bakes you’ll find the recipe for this sweet and tender Lemon Loaf Cake, plus 75+ other sweet and savory recipes, baking tutorials, recommended kitchen tools and supplies, and more!

Kids Chef Bakes Cookbook

Lisa is a mom herself to two children, and her cookbook strikes the perfect tone for teaching kids ages 8-13 (or so) how to bake without being overly juvenile. Kid Chef Bakes includes recipes for cookies, cakes, pizza, bread, pies, pastries and more – so beginner chefs will find plenty of recipes they will love to try baking.

Our almost 11-year-old daughter loves this cookbook, and she was so excited to bake the Lemon Loaf Cake recipe from the book – all by herself!

Kids Chef Bakes - A Family Feast

The recipe instructions are well organized and easy to follow, and Lisa includes lots of helpful tips along the way that help aspiring bakers of any age see success in the kitchen.

Lemon Loaf Cake - A Family Feast

This Lemon Loaf Cake recipe came out perfectly for our daughter – a moist lemon and vanilla cake that baked up light and tender. A sweet-tart lemon icing was the perfect topping.


This Lemon Loaf Cake is easy, delicious and full of lemon flavor!

You can order your own copy of Kid Chef Bakes on Amazon now, and makes a great gift for any aspiring baker in your life!


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Lemon Loaf Cake - A Family Feast

Lemon Loaf Cake

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings)


Recipe from Kid Chef Bakes reprinted with permission by Rockridge Press.


For the Cake

Butter or shortening, for greasing the pan

Flour, for dusting the pan

1/3 cup (2% or whole milk)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon table salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

For the Glaze

¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon milk (2% or whole), plus more as needed


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour a loaf pan. Set aside.

In a small bowl, add 1/3 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and stir to combine. Let sit about 10 minutes. (The mixture will curdle into sour milk.)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 10 seconds, or until smooth.  Beat in the granulated sugar until well blended and light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg is added. Beat in the vanilla and lemon zest.

Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low after each addition, until the batter is just combined.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean).  Cool slightly, then remove the cake from the pan to finish cooling on a wire rack.

Once the cake has cooled, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of milk. (Whisk in more milk as needed until thick and spreadable.  Add more confectioner’s sugar if necessary.)

Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake, so it can drizzle down the sides.


This Lemon Loaf Cake is easy, delicious and full of lemon flavor!

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  • Beverly wrote:

    Absolutely FABULOUS recipe!!! I made Ina Gartens’s recipe and was disappointed because it tasted eggy and the crumb was too dense. Your recipe is perfect!!! The loaf rose perfectly and the taste and crumb are just excellent. This will be my permanent recipe for lemon loaf cake. My husband and son gobbled up over half the loaf. It’s wonderfully delicious.

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Beverly. Better than Ina’s?!?! you made my day! 🙂

  • Mafel Garrido wrote:

    Excellent recipe! final result: a delicious cake. It took me time as it was the first time cooking a cake, but it is worth…
    Thank you very much from Galicia, Spain!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Mafel! Congrats on baking your first cake!

  • Naja Coles wrote:

    My 4 year old loves to cook esp bake. She’s the oldest and always in the kitchen gleening from me as I cook. She’s mommy’s little sou chef!

  • dianne alvine wrote:

    My granddaughters would love this cookbook. I’d love to win it for them.

  • Dee Johnson wrote:

    My niece would love to learn how to bake.

  • Larry wrote:

    My grand daughter wants to learn to cook and bake. Every time she comes over she want to cook or bake.

  • Michelle Ward wrote:

    My kids are 9, 12, and 14. They all love helping in the kitchen. This cookbook would be great for them.

  • Carolsue wrote:

    My daughter is always asking to help me with baking. This would be a fun book to own!

  • Regina wrote:

    My 13 year old daughter has recently taken an interest in baking. She would love this!

  • Steph wrote:

    My daughter would love to bake with me

  • Lytle Markham wrote:

    My nephew, Elias Babuca, would love to win this free cookbook for kids. Elias has attention issues, but when directed to something he really likes, he calms way down! He loves to help in the kitchen!

  • Jor Arambel wrote:

    My grandson wants to be a great

  • Kim Cathey wrote:

    I would give the cookbook to my nephew’s daughter, who will be 10 later this year. She has started making things on her own and this cookbook would be great to give to her so she could expand her horizons. And besides, I could always ask to borrow it. 😉

    Lemon is one of my all-time favorite flavors and I’m still on the hunt for the “perfect” (according to me!) lemon loaf, and this one looks like it could be “the one.”

    Thank you!

  • Annette wrote:

    My cousin’s three children love to cook and bake from the 5 year old to the 14 year old. I’m amazed at them. I think they’d enjoy this cookbook.

  • Kimmy wrote:

    My daughter, Chloe, took a baking class earlier this year and loved it. She is 7 and says she wants to be a baker when she grows up. She would love this!

  • christina purvis wrote:

    My daughter is 6 and loves to help in the kitchen. This cookbook would be wonderful!

  • Mary wrote:

    Beautiful daughter! This recipe looks perfect for kids learning to cook. Easy directions and simple ingredients….perfect for my granddaughter. She loves coming over to cook with me, this would be a great gift for her.

  • Dani Johnson wrote:

    My 10 year old granddaughter loves to help me in the kitchen. This cookbook would be perfect for her to begin cooking on her own!

  • Jane Grabenstein wrote:

    I haven’t been a kid for a very long time, but I am a bit of a timid baker, so I would use this boo for myself! 🙂

  • Shannon Deaton wrote:

    This is going to be a great book for my nephew. It looks like this will help with his baking. He is turning out to have a real interest in cooking and is surprising me with how good he is already!

  • Laura S wrote:

    My daughter would love this, she is a little young right now, but she’ll be in the kitchen pretty quick more and more!

  • Joyce Rodenhouse wrote:

    My grandchildren, ages 12 and 8, are just starting to bake, and I’m sure this cookbook would be a great help!

  • Rodney Grantham wrote:

    Recipe sounds great.

    I am a librarian at an elementary school and would like to win the cookbook to add to our collection.

  • Judy W. wrote:

    When my granddaughters come to visit the first thing they want to do is bake! Before they come, they are making out lists of possible baking recipes. I am in the process of showing them how to weigh ingredients on a kitchen scale. Such wonderful memories for them in years to come. They would absolutely be thrilled to receive this cookbook.

  • Denise Rasberry wrote:

    My friend Mary’s grandson, Zach, loves to help his mom and Sithy (that’s Lebanese for grandma) cook. I’d love to win and present Zach with your cook book. Zach’s uncle is a chef so he’d be following in his footsteps.

  • Janey Cook wrote:

    Awesome share. We currently have 17 grandsons and 5 granddaughters, and almost all love to spend time in the kitchen with us. Each one, I am sure, would love the neat experience of sharing a cookbook made just for them.

  • Stephanie Phelps wrote:

    Oh my gosh I have just started baking with my granddaughter she loves to help. This would be so nice as she gets older to have.

  • Sally Baldwin wrote:

    I have printed the above lemon loaf cake recipe for my almost-11-year old granddaughter who loves to cook. We enjoy cooking cook together when I visit her about 200 miles away. So, I would really like to have the Kid Chef Bakes book for her for Christmas, so here is my registration for the book.

    I really like your many recipes and print them all the time.


  • Joanne Schaefer wrote:

    My nephews future wife.

  • Lisa Huff wrote:

    Thanks so much! Happy to hear you enjoyed! Your daughter looks like a natural chef! 🙂 So cute!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Lisa! She’s already asking if she can bake this Lemon Loaf Cake again! Congrats on a wonderful cookbook!

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