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Lemon Loaf Cake - A Family Feast

Lemon Loaf Cake

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

Yield: 12 servings 1x
Prep: 20 minutesCook: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutes


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 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

For the Glaze

3/4 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.

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

© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: Baked