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Best Lemon Loaf Cake Recipe (with Video)

Easy, Breads & bakes, Eggs

Discover our Best Lemon Loaf Cake Recipe, a International recipe perfect as a dessert recipe. Download the Flavrs app for 1000+ free food videos and recipes!

Serving size

Prep 15min | Cook 50min


Loaf Cake
- 1 c Sugar, 220g
- 3 large lemons
- 2 Large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp lemon extract
- 5 tbsp Unsalted butter, 70g
- 0.25 c Vegetable oil, 55g
- 0.25 c whole milk, 60g
- 1.667 c All purpose flour, 215g
- 0.25 c Cornstarch, 40g
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 0.25 tsp Baking soda
- 0.5 tsp Salt
- 0.5 c Sour cream, 120g - check out my recipe for homemade sour cream
- 0.25 c Fresh lemon juice, 60g
- Optional 1-2 tablespoon butter
Lemon Icing
- 1 c icing sugar
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- 1 tbsp Cream
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1. Pre-heat oven to 325F (conventional) and prepare a 8.5x4" loaf pan with butter and parchment paper.
2. Add the sugar and lemon zest to a bowl, and rub them together for 1-2 minutes until the mixture starts to look fluffy.
3. Add the eggs, vanilla and lemon extract and whisk using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is very light in color and thick and ribbony in consistency.
4. Add the butter, oil and milk to a saucepan and heat on medium heat until the butter melts and the mixture starts to simmer.
5. Pour the hot butter mixture into the egg and sugar mixture slowly while continuing to whisk.
6. Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the batter, and gently fold using a hand whisk or rubber spatula until combined.
7. Lastly, add the sour cream and lemon juice and gently fold until combined. Avoid overmixing.
8. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
9. Optional: Add the softened butter to a piping bag or ziploc bag. Snip a small hole and pipe a thin line down the middle of the loaf pan. This will help control the crack as the cake rises.
10. Bake for 45-55 minutes, checking at the 45 minute mark with a toothpick. It should come out with moist crumbs attached (not wet batter). Timing will vary depending on your oven and pan.
11. Let the cake cool down for 20 minutes.
12. In the meanwhile, prepare the icing by mixing together the ingredients.
13. Once the cake has cooled, remove it from the pan carefully. Spread on the lemon icing, and garnish with some more lemon zest.
14. Slice in and enjoy.

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