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Lemon Cake

This Lemon Cake is an easy and delicious sheet cake recipe that's loaded with lemon flavor and perfect for spring and summer special occasions!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 237kcal
Author Rebecca Hubbell



  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 lemon zested
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest, and sugar.
  • Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  • Next, fold the vegetable oil and lemon juice into the batter, making sure it's fully mixed.
  • Evenly pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick placed in the center of the cake comes out clean
  • Let sit in the pan for at least 10 minutes on the counter. Then, remove onto a baking rack.
  • Prepare the glaze: stir together the powdered sugar and the lemon juice. If you want a thinner glaze, add more lemon juice.


Slightly adapted from The Love Nerds.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 129mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.9mg