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easy lemon loaf cake
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Easy Lemon Loaf Cake

Easy lemon loaf cake! Soft and fluffy!  Made from scratch and drizzled with a buttery lemon glaze!
Course cake, Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword glaze, glazed, lemon, lemon cake, lemon juice, lemon zest, loaf
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • ¼ cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (see note)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 8-10 drops yellow food coloring (optional)


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ¼-½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Lemon zest (to garnish the top)


  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together granulate sugar with butter and butter-flavored shortening.
  • Mix in eggs, one at a time, until combined.
  • Stir in lemon extract, vanilla extract, lemon zest and sour cream.
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, while alternating with the lemon juice and milk. (Batter should be fluffy and no streaks of flour remaining)
  • Batter will be pale yellow. On low speed mix, add in the enough yellow food coloring to achieve your desired shade. (if desired)
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan. Shake and tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles and level out the batter.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes (check on it at the 1 hour mark. (Glass pans will cook a bit faster)
  • Remove from oven and let cool (Keep in mind, cake will continue to cook as it cool)

Prepare the glaze

  • In a large bowl stir together powder sugar, butter, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Mix until it is silky enough to drizzle. Add a bit of water to thin it out if needed.
  • Once cake is cooled, drizzle glaze over the top of the cake and garnish with lemon zest.
  • Allow the glaze to harden before slicing.



1 large lemon usually gives about 1 teaspoon of zest