Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

/// February 9th, 2017

Moist and supremely flavorful Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting! SO GOOD.

Moist and supremely flavorful Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting! SO GOOD.

Hiii! So I realized something yesterday…

I’ve basically been posting ONLY chocolate desserts for the last month or two. I mean, not that that’s a bad thing. I love chocolate and I know you do too. But, variety is the spice of life, so I’m shaking things up today and offering you this humble Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s sweet, simple, and seriously delicious. Especially with a cup of coffee on a dark and snowy afternoon…

Spoiler alert: It’s totally snowing here right now! And yes… I’m totally eating this cake as I type. And yes, I’m chasing it with a cup of coffee 😉 BLISS!

Moist and supremely flavorful Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting! SO GOOD.

Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:

  • Be sure you use fresh lemon juice and zest! You’ll want to zest the lemons first, then cut them in half and juice them. I suggest buying 4 or 5 large, heavy lemons so you have enough on hand. You can always make a cup of healing ginger tea if you have some leftover.
  • Lemon extract is not an optional ingredient. I tested this recipe several times and found that without the lemon extract, the flavor was too subtle and almost flat. I love Watkins pure lemon extract because it’s 100% natural, doesn’t contain any artificial flavors, colors, or additives, and just tastes like pure lemon. What more could you want from a lemon extract, right?! (not getting paid to say that; it’s just true!)
  • For best results make sure your butter, eggs, and milk have all come to room temperature before you begin baking.
  • When you measure your flour, be sure you’re not packing it into the measuring cup. Packed flour will yield a dense and dry cake.
  • For the frosting, you’ll want to make sure your butter and cream cheese are VERY soft before creaming it.
  • This cake has a very moist but slightly dense crumb. The cake texture goes perfect with the thick and luscious cream cheese frosting.
  • For a more yellow tinted frosting, add one or two drops of food coloring. This is 100% optional! I used Watkins Natural Food Coloring.

Moist and supremely flavorful Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting! SO GOOD.

For those of you wondering, I got the adorable forks you see in my photos here. I LOVE THEM.

Moist and supremely flavorful Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting! SO GOOD.

If you try this recipe for Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your creations makes my day ♥

Moist and supremely flavorful Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting! SO GOOD.

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 9" cake, about 6 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

This simple Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a great "everyday" dessert option. Easy, delicious, and sure to please lemon lovers!

Ingredients

  • For the Lemon Cake:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup full-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup canola OR coconut oil (melt coconut oil first, if using)
  • For the Creamy Lemon Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, VERY soft
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, VERY soft
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons full-fat milk, more if needed

Instructions

  1. For the Lemon Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Cut out one 9-inch round segment of parchment paper to line your cake pan with. Spray the pan generously - sides and bottom - with nonstick cooking spray, then place the parchment paper cut out in the bottom of the pan and spray again. It's important to make sure every bit of pan and paper are sprayed so your cake doesn't get stuck. Set pan aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), combine the butter, sugar, lemon zest, lemon extract, and vanilla extract; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (don't skimp on time here!). Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mixing well to evenly combine the ingredients. Add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is just barely combined. You should still see some lumps and dry streaks. Turn mixer off. In a small bowl combine the milk, lemon juice, and oil, whisking well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the ingredients into the mixture, mixing until everything is incorporated, but being sure not to overmix. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until the top is firm and slightly golden, and a cake tester (or toothpick) inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist (but not wet) crumbs clinging to it.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before gently running a knife around the edges to loosen any stuck bits, then turning it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. While the cake cools, you can make the frosting.
  7. For the Creamy Lemon Frosting:
  8. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer (or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, then add in the confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon extract, and salt; beat until combined. Increase the speed back to medium and mix until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the milk and continue beating the frosting until very light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. If the frosting seems too thin, add a little more confectioners' sugar, starting with one tablespoon at a time; if the frosting seems to thick, add in a little more milk, starting one tablespoon at a time.
  9. When the cake has completely cooled, place it on a cake stand or large plate; spread the top and sides evenly with the frosting. Decorate with fresh lemon slices, if desired.
  10. The frosted cake will stay fresh, when stored in the refrigerator, for 3 days. Simply take it out of the fridge an hour or two before serving so it can come to room temperature.
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7 thoughts on “Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Susan whiteley

    Lemon cake, fabulous!!!!!
    I added a bit more extract and zest
    as well as lemon juice to the frosting
    and it was one of the best ever!
    Thank you!

    Reply

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