Calling all lemons lovers!! If you are like me and absolutely love anything lemon, then have I got the recipe for you! Lemon bundt cake… it’s a bundt!!
This cake couldn’t be any easier to make or any yummier! It’s my take on a basic pound cake but with a punch of lemon flavor. This cake has become one of my all time favorites to make when I’m pressed for time and ingredients. With only needing one bowl to mix in and pantry staples we all have on hand, this cake is a no-brainer.
Lemon zest and fresh squeezed lemon juice really add that pucker you are expecting when you are craving a lemon dessert. There is nothing that disappoints me more than when I’m anticipating huge flavor and I get only a hint of what I’m looking for. In this recipe you will see that I add some orange juice along with the lemon. I find that this helps balance the acidity of the fresh lemon juice while enhancing the citrus flavor of the cake.
I like to top this bundt cake with a super easy lemon glaze. The cake itself isn’t super sweet so I find the glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness that isn’t too overpowering. The secret to this cake that takes it to a whole other level of delicious is, to poke the cake with a skewer right when it comes out of the oven and drizzle about half of the glaze right into the hot cake! The cake soaks up the glaze like a sponge and helps bring some extra moisture and whole lot of lemon flavor to the bundt. Typically I use lemon juice for the glaze but if that is too much lemon for you go ahead and try making the glaze with heavy cream and a dash of vanilla extract instead. It’s just as delicious!
I have a girlfriend who swears she hates cake… I know, who the heck hates cake?! But, what I think she really doesn’t like is anything super sweet with tons of frosting. I always make this for her when I go for a visit and she loves it! She hides it from her husband and kids and eats the whole thing herself. Haha we can all relate to that can’t we?
One of my guilty pleasures is to have a slice of this cake while I’m watching a Hallmark movie. I seriously do love a Hallmark movie. I put a slice of cake in a bowl and pour a little milk right on top! The milk sinks into the cake and makes it all moist and gushy and sooo good. It sounds weird but I swear it’s delicious!
So whether you are looking for a zing of lemon flavor, something easy to whip up for a friend, or just a new take on a pound cake, give this recipe a try. I promise it will deliver!
Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe
2 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs fresh lemon zest
3/4 C combo fresh lemon and orange juice (about half and half)
3/4 C vegetable oil
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1/2 fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Grease and flour 12 cup bundt pan
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.
Add orange juice and lemon juice, oil, and eggs and whisk together until well combined and batter is smooth.
Pour the batter into the greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Insert a toothpick into center of cake, if it comes out clean it is done.
Remove cake from oven and poke holes with a long skewer or fork.
Whisk powder sugar and lemon juice together until smooth and spoon half of the glaze mixture over the cake while it is still warm and in the pan. Cover remaining glaze with plastic wrap and set aside for later.
Let cake cool for about 10-15 minutes then invert cake on a wire cooling rack to continue cooling.
Once cake is completely cool, stir the remaining glaze mixture and drizzle over the top of the bundt.
Serve and enjoy!