Recipe courtesy of Norman Davis

Lemon Cake

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans

1 cup sugar

2 extra-large eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup lemon zest (3 to 4 lemons)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

3/8 cup buttermilk, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch pan, or 2 (6-inch) round pans.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then add the lemon zest.
  3. In separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture and wet ingredients, simultaneously, into the egg mixture and combine well. Divide batter between the prepared round pans, or sheet pan. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or when toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pans. Slice, as desired, and serve.

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