This Lemon Bundt Cake is moist and full of fresh lemon flavour! A fresh sugar lemon glaze is drizzled over and into the baked cake, taking it to the next level. So delicious. If you’re a lemon lover, you’ll love this cake!
Lemons. Sometimes I just can’t get enough of lemons. I love how gorgeous they are, I love how they smell and taste…they’re just like sunshine all wrapped up in a beautiful little citrus fruit. And how wonderful are they in baking?!
Yesterday as I stared at our basket of lemons I thought, I need to make a cake with those. I usually make this lemon loaf from a recipe that I got from a good friend over 10 years ago, but this time I decided to make a Lemon Bundt Cake. Mondays just beg for fresh cake. Especially cakes made in beautiful pans.
All. The. Bundt. Cakes.
I have a love for Bundt cakes. There’s something so beautiful about a perfectly baked cake from a gorgeous pan. But I also love them because they’re so easy to make, which make them one of my go-to desserts. I’ve made an Earl Grey Tea Bundt Cake, a Coconut Bundt Cake, a Caramel Apple Bundt Cake, an Eggnog Bundt Cake and a Peach Bundt Cake. And now a Lemon Bundt cake. So basically I’m obsessed. There’s no other explanation.
About this Lemon Bundt Cake
The base recipe for this cake is my go-to vanilla bundt cake base. It’s soft, moist and is perfect for this lemon cake. This cake is vanilla-y, lemony and so good. I really think this is the best lemon bundt cake recipe!
Don’t Forget the Lemon Sugar Drizzle!
The addition of the fresh lemon juice/sugar mix after the cake has baked, really takes this cake to the next level. Make sure to pierce the cake top so the drizzle can get right into the cake. It adds so much flavour, but it also makes this cake extra moist!
- Milk: I use 2% or whole milk in this recipe. You can also use a 6% Balkan style yogurt, sour cream or Greek yogurt instead.
- Lemon: Use fresh lemon juice and zest.
- Baking Powder: One of the most common comments I receive about this cake is concern over the amount of baking powder. This recipe calls for 4 tsp of baking powder which I have always, always used in my vanilla bundt cake-base recipes like this one. Some think this is too much. So I tried the recipe a few times with 2 tsp of baking powder instead of 4. And I did not notice much of a difference in taste or texture between the 2.
- PAN SIZE: Use a 10 or 12-cup bundt pan for this cake.
- PREPARING YOUR BUNDT PAN: I use a flour/oil spray (Pam has a really good one) to prepare all of my pans. Without proper pan preparation your cake will not slide out of the pan easily (or at all). The key is to make sure you get the flour/oil spray into all the nooks and crannies, especially for some of the really fancy pans, otherwise the cake will stick there. BUT don’t overspray your pans either, you don’t want to taste the spray on your cake…you just need a light spray that covers every area in the pan. You can also just butter and flour your pan, again making sure to get it into all the nooks and crannies.
- THE BATTER: The batter is thick, not runny. This is just the nature of Bundt cakes.
- LET IT COOL: Once your cake is baked and removed from the oven, make sure to let it rest in the pan for 15 minutes before turning it out onto a plate. If you don’t let it rest, it’s more likely that the cake will stick to your pan on the way out. Sometimes I use my fingers to gently pull the cake away from the edges of the pan before I tip it out.
- HOW TO REMOVE YOUR CAKE FROM THE PAN: Once your cake has cooled, place a serving plate over the top of the cake pan, then holding the plate tightly to the pan, invert the cake over and the cake should slide out onto the plate. Gently remove the pan
- SERVING: This cake is best served the day it is made.
- STORING: Make sure to cover/store this cake and any leftovers, in an air tight container or it will dry out (bundt cakes dry out easily). I leave mine out on the counter, there’s no need to refrigerate.
- Serve with: This cake is wonderful served with fresh berries!
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I hope you enjoy this Lemon Bundt Cake as much as we do! Have a delicious day!
Note: This recipe was originally published April 2015. I have since updated the post with new images and more recipe tips. Same great recipe though!