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Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

This easy, homemade lemon Bundt cake recipe makes a moist and flavorful cake that is the perfect dessert for any occasion.

With a delicious lemon flavor throughout the cake and a tangy lemon glaze on top, this homemade Bundt cake will make all lemon lovers happy.

Lemon Bundt cake on white serving plate with half the cake sliced. Cake is topped with lemons and a glaze.

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What makes this cake so moist? This recipe uses butter and sour cream, which make for a moister and richer cake.

Where does all the lemon flavor come from? Lemon extract, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and lemon zest combine to give you a delicious lemon Bundt cake!

I love serving this cake at spring gatherings because it is the perfect way to celebrate the coming warm weather. You can also eat it for breakfast or brunch!

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make lemon bundt cake set out on the counter.
  • Butter: Softened at room temperature, the butter adds richness and moisture to the cake batter. You’ll also use melted butter in the lemon glaze. I always recommend unsalted butter for baking so you can control the salt content.
  • Granulated sugar: The sugar sweetens the cake and helps create a tender crumb.
  • Sour cream: Sour cream adds tanginess and extra moisture to the cake.
  • Eggs: The eggs bind all the ingredients in the lemon bundt caker recipe together.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla perfectly complements the lemon flavor.
  • Lemon extract: This concentrated lemon flavor will give you a burst of sunshine in every bite.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice adds brightness and acidity to the cake and the glaze.
  • Lemon zest: The lemon zest provides an intense lemon aroma and flavor.
  • All-purpose flour: Flour gives the cake its sturdy, cake-like texture.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder helps the cake rise and become light and airy.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt balances the sweetness and enhances the other flavors.
  • Powdered sugar: This will add thickness, creaminess, and sweetness to the lemon glaze.

How To Make This Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside. Preparing the pan properly is key to getting the cake to release cleanly from the pan after baking. Be sure to grease every nook and cranny, and use a light dusting of flour to create a non-stick surface.

Butter and sugar in mixing bowl to cream together.
Eggs, lemon juice, and zest added to creamed butter and sugar in mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Creaming the butter and sugar incorporates air into the batter, resulting in a tender, moist cake. 

Beat in the the eggs, lemon juice, and zest until smooth. Adding the wet ingredients in stages helps prevent the batter from curdling.

Sour cream and vanilla added to the batter in mixing bowl.
Flour added to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Then beat in the sour cream and vanilla. Add half the flour mixture, the baking powder, and salt, and mix until smooth. Mixing in the dry ingredients in two batches helps ensure they get fully incorporated without overmixing the batter.

Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix once the flour is added, as this can lead to a tough, dense cake.

Lemon bundt cake batter in a mixing bowl.
Lemon bundt cake batter in a bundt pan.

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 85-90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bundt cakes take a bit longer to bake than traditional cakes due to their dense, heavy batter and thick pan. Keep an eye on it towards the end to prevent overbaking.

Baked lemon cake in bundt pan on a wire rack.
Lemon bundt cake cooling on a wire rack.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely. This resting period helps the cake release cleanly from the pan without crumbling.

Whisk together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cooled cake. Letting the cake cool completely ensures the glaze sets properly and doesn't soak into the cake.

Lemon bundt cake topped with a lemon glaze on a white serving plate.

Cake Variations

  • Poppy seeds or chopped nuts in the batter.
  • Lemon curd or fresh berries as a filling.
  • Sprinkles or lemon zest for decoration.
  • A dusting of powdered sugar instead of the lemon glaze.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Freezing

Make Ahead: This lemon Bundt cake can be made a day in advance. Simply store it in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve. I recommend waiting to add the lemon glaze until right before serving for the freshest flavor.

Store: Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. 

Freeze: You can also freeze the cake, either whole or sliced, for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving. I recommend freezing before adding the glaze.

A slice of lemon bundt cake on a small plate.

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You’re going to love the fresh flavors of this lemon Bundt cake recipe! Make it for any occasion and serve it at brunch for a sweet treat in the morning.

Lemon Bundt cake on a white serving plate with half the cake sliced.

Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This lemon Bundt cake recipe makes a moist and flavorful cake with delicious lemon flavor throughout the cake and a tangy lemon glaze on top.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 449 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Generously grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream butter, and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the sour cream, then eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and zest until smooth.
  • Add half of the flour mixture, baking powder, and salt, and mix until smooth.
  • Add remaining flour and mix until smooth and blended.
  • Pour batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
  • Bake in the center of the oven and bake for 85-90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (I start checking the cake at 80 minutes).
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes
  • Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a butterknife or icing spatula and turn it onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • When the cake is cool, whisk the icing ingredients together and drizzle over the cake.

Notes

Preparing the pan properly is key to getting the cake to release cleanly from the pan after baking. Be sure to grease every nook and cranny, and use a light dusting of flour to create a non-stick surface.
Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 292mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 711IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 2mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 16th of May 2024

Delicious looking cake! The lemon flavor is perfect for summer parties. Thanks for sharing your post. It will be a feature this week. #HomeMattersParty

Food nutters

Tuesday 7th of May 2024

It looks beautiful!

Karen Kasberg

Monday 6th of May 2024

This lemon bundt cake looks so yummy! I'm very intrigued by the addition of sour cream. Pinning for later use!

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