35 Zesty Lemon Cakes You Need to Bake (2024)

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35 Zesty Lemon Cakes You Need to Bake (1)

ByCeara Milligan

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Updated: Jan. 29, 2024

    Lemon brightens and enlivens any dish. These lemon cake ideas are the perfect balance of sweet and tart—they're perfect for spring and summer!


    California Lemon Pound Cake

    Citrus trees grow abundantly in California, and I’m always looking for new recipes which use the fruit from the orange and lemon trees in my yard. This is one of my favorites! My mother passed this recipe down to me. —Richard Killeaney, Spring Valley, California

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    Blueberry Lemon Cake

    I always set aside some of my fresh-picked blueberries to make this tender lemon blueberry cake. Using cake mix makes it a quick and easy dessert. —Leona Luecking, West Burlington, Iowa

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    Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake

    Everyone raves about this pretty lemon sour cream pound cake—and it sure doesn’t last long with my family. It also freezes beautifully, so why not make two and pop one into the freezer for another day? —Annettia Mounger, Kansas City, Missouri. Don’t forget to check out our favorite recipes for easy lemon desserts.

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    Glazed Lemon Tube Cake

    This easy lemon cake recipe is just the dessert to brighten up a gray winter day (or any day). Lemon zest provides a nice zing in every bite. A light glaze gives the tall, golden cake a delicate crust. —John Thompson, Vandalia, Illinois

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    Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake

    I developed this cool treat because I wanted to find a new use for cream of coconut. The sweet coconut combines beautifully with the tart lemon juice, and the streusel adds a nice crunch. Look for cream of coconut in the co*cktail mixer section of your grocery store. —Janet Gill, Canton, Ohio

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    Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

    This luscious lemon poppy seed cake recipe uses cake mix and pudding mix for an easy dessert highlighting the classic flavor combination. —Betty Bjarnason, Egbert, ON

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    Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

    Cornmeal gives this upside-down cake a unique texture. Apples, cranberries and pecan make a delicious alternative to the typical pineapple and cherries. —Margee Berry, Trout Lake, Washington

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    Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

    My granddaughter Sydney has acquired a love of baking. While I was visiting her in Tampa, we made these light, fluffy cupcakes. She's a natural—they turned out fantastic! —Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda, Iowa


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    7UP Pound Cake

    My grandmother gave me my first cake recipe—a pound cake using 7UP—which her grandmother had given to her. On top of being delicious, this cake represents family tradition, connection and love. —Marsha Davis, Desert Hot Springs, California

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    Citrus Cornmeal Cake

    Cornmeal adds a rustic quality to this delicate dessert flavored with citrus and almond. It makes a great holiday party hostess gift and is sure to be a staple in your recipe collection. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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    Lemon Layer Cake

    This citrusy cake with a luscious cream cheese frosting will garner plenty of applause. The flavor, a duet of sweet and tangy notes, really sings. —Summer Goddard, Springfield, Virginia

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    Lemon Sheet Cake

    Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavor to a convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives the cake sweetness. My family likes this dessert cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze it before serving. —Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon

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    Summer Squash Pound Cake

    This golden brown, tender pound cake is the perfect treat to make when you have an abundance of summer squash in your garden. It's not overly sweet, so it appeals to everyone. —Lisa Brockwell, Necedah, Wisconsin

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    Blueberry Lemon Trifle

    A refreshing lemon filling and fresh blueberries give this sunny dessert sensation plenty of color. Don't worry about heating up the oven—this trifle doesn't require baking. —Ellen Peden, Houston, Texas

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    Fluted Lemon Cake with Fresh Fruit

    This citrusy, golden-brown cake looks especially beautiful baked in a fancy fluted pan. Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh fruit. —Donna Pochoday, Morristown, New Jersey

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    Lemon Cream Cupcakes

    Instead of a layer cake, serve guests these delicate cupcakes tinged with a tangy lemon flavor. —Ruth Ann Stelfox, Raymond, Alberta

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    Six-Layer Coconut Cake with Lemon Filling

    I found this recipe when going through my grandmother's old files. It was originally made with an orange filling, but using lemon pudding in the filling makes it easier to prepare. It is simply the best. —Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsvlle, Virginia


    Lemon Berry Dump Cake

    This sweet-tart cake recipe is so much fun to make with my grandkids. They love just "dumping it all in" and watching it magically become a pretty, delicious dessert. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Lemon-Berry Shortcake

    This simple lemon shortcake is tender and not overly sweet. Enjoy this summertime classic with a generous layer of whipped topping and berries. —Meryl Herr, Overland Park, Kansas

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    Lemon Custard Cake

    This lemon custard cake recipe comes from my grandma— it’s nice to whip up when unexpected company stops in. It’s a cool, creamy dessert that tastes like you fussed. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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    Glazed Lemon Chiffon Cake

    Drizzled with sweet-tart lemon glaze, this fluffy cake is a real treat. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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    Makeover Lemon Pound Cake

    For this lovely golden cake, I use fat-free yogurt to trim the calories. It's a comforting dessert for days when it's warm enough to dine outside. —Lauren Gilmore, Pennington, New Jersey

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    Lemon Angel Cake Bars

    A neighbor gave me this recipe years ago and it's been in flavor rotation ever since. It can be made ahead and serves a bunch, so it's perfect for parties and potlucks. —Marina Castle, Canyon Country, California

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    Ginger-Glazed Lemon Bundt

    Tangy ginger, tart lemon and puckery cranberries make this melt-in-your-mouth cake as crisp—and gorgeous—as autumn. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Lemon Meringue Angel Cake

    I've been told that this dessert tastes exactly like a lemon meringue pie and that it's the best angel food cake anyone could ask for. I'm not sure about all of that, but it is delightful to serve, and each slice is virtually fat free. —Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania

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    Lemon Orange Cake

    I like to bake this lovely three-layer lemon and orange cake instead of a more traditional pie for Thanksgiving. It has that tangy Florida citrus flavor and isn't any more difficult to make than a two-layer cake. —Norma Poole, Auburndale, Florida

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    Pink Lemonade Stand Cake

    If you love a moist and creamy cake, this one’s for you. The lemon juice and lemonade give the layers a tangy, citrusy touch, and the cream cheese frosting with sprinkles makes it extra pretty. —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

    I lightened up this quick and easy dessert by making a few substitutions. Because the treat is so sweet, no one will know it's healthy, too.—Roxanne Chan, Albany, California.

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    Moist Lemon Angel Cake Roll

    Tart and delicious, this pretty cake roll will tickle any lemon lover's fancy. Its feathery, angel food texture enhances its guilt-free goodness. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Blueberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake

    I was young when I married, so I watched my mother-in-law to learn baking. This cake with fresh blueberries is one of her beauties. —Bonnie Roberts, Newaygo, Michigan

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    Citrus Mini Cakes

    These moist, bite-size muffins from Linda Terrell of Palatka, Florida are melt-in-your-mouth good. "With their appealing look, they really dress up a party table," she notes. The recipe makes a big batch, so there's plenty to please a crowd.

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    Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

    I found this recipe in a newspaper and make it often. I like to bake this coffee cake when unexpected company stops in and I need something speedy to go with a cup of coffee. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin

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    Originally Published: March 17, 2021


    Ceara Milligan

    Ceara “Kiwi” Milligan is a professional marketing strategist and copywriter who is proud to call Milwaukee home. She loves baking, cooking, writing, listening to music, dancing, playing and hosting trivia, watching college basketball (Go Marquette!), telling lame jokes, and petting every dog that crosses her path.

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    Does Costco make lemon cakes? ›

    Laura of @costcohotfinds announced, “Costco bakery finally brought back the mini lemon cakes.” As she shows them off, she describes the cakes, saying they smell “citrusy and delicious” and taste so “tangy and sweet.” The buttercream frosting is “soft and pretty,” and she concludes by saying the mini cakes themselves ...

    What flavour goes well with lemon cake? ›

    Flavor options that are great with lemon include:
    • Almond.
    • Cream cheese.
    • Coconut.
    • Honey.
    • Lavender.
    • Mascarpone cheese.
    • Rosemary, or Thyme, or Basil.
    • White chocolate.
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    How long does lemon cake last at room temperature? ›

    Whether frosted or unfrosted, cake can be stored at room temperature for about four to five days. After baking, you'll want to allow the cake or cake layers to cool completely before frosting or storing.

    What are the ingredients in Pepperidge Farm lemon cake? ›


    Does Sam's Club make lemon cake? ›

    About this item

    This premium lemon bundt cake is made with lemon zest, and elegantly crowned and drizzled with fondant icing. Enjoy a light, moist and refreshing blend of sweetness and the tangy taste of lemons. This product is covered by the Sam's Club Member Satisfaction Guarantee.

    Why does my lemon cake taste bitter? ›

    Why does my lemon cake taste bitter? Depending on what you use to zest your lemons, you may have gotten some of the pith, too. This tends to give a more bitter flavor. Too much baking soda and baking powder can also make desserts bitter.

    Why is my lemon cake not fluffy? ›

    Why is my lemon cake not fluffy – The cake is not fluffy because the batter wasn't beaten enough. The butter and sugar should be creamed well until pale and creamy. The eggs should be added into the butter mixture one at a time until well incorporated.

    How do you increase the flavor of lemon in a cake? ›

    Combine lemon zest with oil or butter

    Rub the lemon into the sugar, then add your cooking fat, like butter or oil. The tangy zest will infuse the whole batter, elevating the tart flavor of your dessert. For a shortcut, you can use lemon-infused olive oil.

    Should I put my lemon cake in the fridge? ›

    How do you store lemon cake? This cake can be left at room temperature for the day, however overnight it will need to be refrigerated due to the cream cheese in the frosting.

    Is it okay to eat a 6 day old cake? ›

    Yes, it's safe to keep the cake in the refrigerator for a few days. Keep it tightly covered. If it starts getting hard, it will be unpleasant to eat. If it starts getting moldy (probably in about a week), it will be unsafe to eat.

    Can I eat cake after 2 weeks in the fridge? ›

    “You'll want to store a cake in the fridge with plastic wrap against the cut part (of the cake) to prevent the cake from drying out,” says Edwards, adding that store-bought cakes may last longer in the fridge, but homemade cakes should typically be consumed in five to seven days.

    What is Lady Baltimore cake made of? ›

    A Lady Baltimore Cake is made with a fluffy white cake with a hint of sweetness, intensified by a rum-scented filling made with dried dates and raisins, all coated with a billowy, meringue-like frosting. Overall, it's a very unique cake.

    How to make money in lemon cake? ›

    Every few nights, after the bakery closes, players play the bug-catching minigame with a ghost, Inspector Mustache. They are given a net and tasked with catching as many insects as possible within a minute to earn some extra money.

    What flavors of cakes does Costco make? ›

    What type of cakes does Costco have? When special-ordering a cake, you can choose from white cake with white icing filled with vanilla cheesecake mousse and chocolate cake with chocolate icing filled with chocolate mousse.

    Does Costco have a lemon cheesecake? ›

    Last year, Costco generated major buzz after rolling out its new Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. Now, lemon fans can rejoice because the warehouse club has finally brought back this popular dessert for 2024!

    What are the ingredients in Costco mini lemon cakes? ›


    Does Trader Joes have lemon cake mix? ›

    Why the Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix Is So Good. The Meyer Lemon Cake Mix yields a dense, buttery cake with subtly floral, tangy lemon flavor. And yes, it does taste a little different than a regular lemon loaf. That's because Meyer lemons are a cross between regular lemons and mandarin oranges.

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