Lemon loaf cake

Lemon loaf cake

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Delight in our easy homemade lemon loaf cake with plenty of tangy lemon icing. Simple and delicious, it is a classic recipe that yields a wonderfully moist cake and a tangy flavour. Whether you are a seasoned baker or trying your hand at a lemony treat for the first time, this is a foolproof way to bring a slice of joy to your kitchen, and it makes for the perfect treat to serve for family and friends.


  • Preheat the oven to 175°C (conventional oven).
  • Whisk butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition.
  • Stir in lemon zest and juice. Mix flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.
  • Spread the batter in a greased loaf tin (about 1½ litres) and bake in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then take it out and place it on a tray to cool completely.
  • Mix the icing sugar and the lemon juice and spread it over the cooled lemon cake.

To ensure the cake remains as delightful in the following days as when first baked, it is important to store it correctly. For optimal freshness, wrap the cake in cling film or store it in an airtight container; it will maintain its moistness and flavour for several days.


You can also freeze it if you have more cake than you can enjoy before it starts to turn stale. Wrap individual slices or the entire cake in cling film, followed by a layer of foil to avoid freezer burn. For the best flavour and texture, enjoy it within three months.


When ready to enjoy, thaw it at room temperature. It usually takes a few hours, depending on the size and density of the cake. This can prevent it from becoming too moist or soggy, which can sometimes happen if you leave it to thaw in the fridge overnight.


125 g
200 g
Unsprayed lemon zest
1 tbsp
Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
50 ml
Plain flour
150 g
Baking powder
1 tsp
Icing sugar
200 g
Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 tbsp

Try our recipe for easy lemon loaf cake

Sometimes simple is the best, and this is exactly what this delicious lemon loaf cake is. Our recipe yields an irresistible, tangy treat that is so unbelievably moist that you will go straight for another slice. Baked in a loaf tin, it is easy to bake and serve for everyone who loves a moist and tangy slice of lemon cake. Ideal for those leisurely weekend afternoons or as a sweet surprise for family gatherings, this lemon loaf is a testament to the charm of classic, homemade cake recipes. If you cannot get enough zesty lemon, we have plenty of recipes to inspire you. A luxurious classic is our smooth lemon pie with meringue, but we also think this lemon cheesecake decorated with dragée Easter eggs is too good to resist. Check out the recipes and find a few more favourites for the book.

Make a delicious cake with a few simple ingredients

With just a handful of ingredients, you can whip up a delightful cake. It is as simple as a sponge cake but with a zesty touch. Adding fresh lemon zest and juice infuses the cake with a bright flavour, making it a favourite among citrus lovers. So, if you cannot get enough lemon, you should try this easy, fluffy lemon sponge.

Covered in beautiful white icing

The beauty lies in its simplicity, and the white lemon icing on top, dripping down the sides, is the finishing touch to our lemon loaf cake. After it is baked to golden perfection, it is adorned with heaps of thick, beautiful white icing with lemon juice. The refreshing flavour of the icing complements the citrusy notes of the cake and adds a delightful, creamy finish that is simply irresistible.

Serve with warm and cold drinks or as part of a buffet table

This cake is so versatile you can serve it in many ways. It is delicious for afternoon tea with an aromatic cup of tea, a cosy afternoon on the couch with a cup of coffee, or a delightful addition to a buffet table for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Its light, refreshing flavour makes it a crowd-pleaser in any setting, and it is delicious with tea and coffee or cold, refreshing drinks such as iced tea, smoothies, or lemonades. In short, it is the perfect cake to treat yourself, your family, and your guests.

A citrussy canvas for you to experiment on

This lemon loaf cake is simple yet delicious and therefore makes the perfect canvas for experimenting with different flavours and decorations. Try adding a handful of fresh blueberries, chopped unsalted pistachios or chocolate chips to the batter. By decorating with small Easter eggs, both whole and crushed, you can make it a festive and visually appealing treat perfect for Easter celebrations. You can also make a simple buttercream frosting and pipe 'bird nests' onto the cake, adding dragée eggs in the middle. Or, for a zesty decoration, grated or candied lemon zest and fresh lemon balm leaves are beautiful decorations that can be used all year round, adding both flavour and elegance.