Iced Sweet and Tangy Lemon Cake sitting a a milk glass cake stand

Sweet, Tart and Tangy Lemon Cake

This is the ultimate in lemon cakes.  With a sweet lemon glaze, tart lemon flavor and tangy from the baked in lemon pieces, this cake is for the lemon lover.
Course Cake
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword Cakes, cupcakes, Lemon Cake, Lemons
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12 servings
Calories 491kcal
Author Jere @ One Hot Oven



  • 4 lemons, washed and dried
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream

Lemon Glaze


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and thoroughly grease and sugar a bundt pan 
  • Zest four lemons.
  • Remove the peel from the lemons by cutting it away vertically. Next holding the lemon over a bowl, supreme each lemon by cutting each segment on either side of the membrane to remove the flesh. When done make sure to remove any seeds and break up the lemon segments in the juice
  • Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl and mix with your fingers until the sugar becomes moist and grainy.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the butter for two minutes. Add half the sugar/lemon mixture, beat again for two minutes then add the remaining sugar/lemon mixture; beat for four minutes. Make sure to scrape the bowl occasionally.
  • Add the eggs to the above mixture one at a time, beating each just until combined.
  • On the lowest setting beat in the dry ingredients.
  • Beat in the sour cream.
  • Fold in the lemon segments and the juice.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Bake about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until cake tester at the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack.

Making the glaze

  • In a small bowl add the powdered sugar. Zest and juice one lemon and add this to the powdered sugar and stir until smooth.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake.


Make sure to thorougly grease and sugar the bundt pan so your cake will not stick. Alternately you can use flour instead of sugar. Using sugar adds a nice coating to the cake.
Make sure to test your cake for doneness at 1 1/4 hours. This is a dense cake and takes time to bake.
Let the cake sit for 15 minutes after removing from the oven, then jiggle the cake to loosen from the pan.  If you fin the cake is stuck in some areas use a knife and go around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.9g | Fat: 21.9g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 300mg