Lemon Cake Recipe

Lemon Snack Cake

Tangy lemon cake that you can make and bake all in one pan.

15 min. prep time
9 servings
24524 Ratings



1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Margarine, melted*
3/4 cup milk


3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Margarine, melted*
2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
Lemon zest, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in prepared pan.  Make 2 indentations in flour mixture. Set aside.

Combine egg and lemon zest in bowl with fork; pour into 1 indentation. Pour 1/4 cup melted margarine in other indentation. Pour milk over all; mix well. (Some lumps will remain.)

Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon melted margarine and enough lemon juice for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Spread glaze over cooled cake. Top each serving with lemon zest, if desired.


*Substitute melted Land O Lakes® Butter.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 260

Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 270mg

Carbohydrates: 47g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #13205©2004Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Such a easy everyday cake. Love it. I have lots of lemons this year and need many ways to use them. Thanks again for a great cake.
Hello I am 11 years old and made this cake with ease, even when my little 2 year old sister helped out. I did do a few different things though.The recipe calls for a square pan but it is much more affective if you want to pop out the actual cake when you use a round pan. In addition to that it is also better if you mix the batter in a bowl not the actual pan itself. I also put a bit more than a little spray (Olive Oil) because if you don't you will have a lot of trouble popping the cake out of the pan. I hope my small variation of this recipe will help whoever wants to make this lemon cake in the future!
Love this cake. Great size for two person family. Did add 1tsp lemon extract to cake and put the zest in glaze. I like lemon flavor to be bold. Cake texture is moist and dense. Heavenly lemon cake!!
Love this cake. Great for two people family. I added 1 tsp lemon extract to cake. And put the lemon zest in the glaze. The taste was perfect lemony heaven. Will be making this again. Cake texture is wonderful.
My daughter absolutely loved this cake and it was so easy.
Go to recipe EVERY time! Hit at every club bake sale and one of my favorites. I just add a bit of frosting into the glaze to add some color and a slightly sweeter taste
I'm am getting started on. A cake I am 11years old and I am a pro baker I started training with cake boss and we worked really well and I love your recipes and I made one of your cakes and it was good didn't use all ingredents I changed some around into my own ingredents
Made this cake this morning. It was soooo good. Plan on making it again soon.
LOVE this recipe! We use fresh lemon juice for part of the liquid and reduce the milk by that amount and it's even more lemony. Also try it with fresh lime or a combination of lemons and limes for a bit of a twist. Also add some zest to the icing for added fresh citrusy flavor.
This cake was amazing. It had a wonderful taste, but it had a "baked from scratch" texture which really floored me! I can't remember the last time I made a lemon cake with such a perfect texture. I did use butter, though -- I never have margarine in my house. The only thing I would suggest is maybe adding a teaspoon of lemon extract into the batter with the liquid ingredients if you want more lemon flavor. I added a couple of drops of lemon extract (and I literally mean 2 or 3) into the glaze. I can't wait to make this again -- and I want to add raspberries to the batter next time! I also think this cake would be a great base for a fruit topping. Enjoy this cake, it's definitely a keeper.
I had to cook this a bit longer than suggested-maybe that was the extra teaspoon of lemon juice I added to the batter after setting some aside for the glaze-I don't know. So, maybe the extra liquid is what led to a longer cooking time which in turn made it come out a bit drier than I would have liked it or maybe dried out too much while cooling. It has a nice taste to it but maybe a cup of sugar is a wee bit too much for the amount of cake it makes. The glaze is absolutely to die for! It's just that yummy! I think I'd like to double the amount of glaze and put it on top of another lemon cake recipe.
Great cake. I'd never hesitate to make it for any occasion. I made it differently; mixing the ingredients in a separate bowl, and poured it into a greased & floured baking pan. It's came out perferct. Thanks soooo much for that recipe.
My family loved this cake
Very easy to make my boyfriend loved these and hes extremely picky!!
Great cake to make when in a hurry. I made mine in a bowl and poured it into the pan. My husband and friends loved it
My grandmother (93 years old) gave me this recipe last summer. She's been making it for a while, and it's always delicious. I was surprised to learn it was made with margarine, and not butter! It's a very intense, and savory lemon cake that is moist and delicious. I took it to a dessert table at a luncheon, and although it's not necessarily a "pretty" cake, it got raves!
this is the best cake ever that has lemons in it and taste good
this cake was the bomb it was delicousyoso
i rate this a 5 plus and its sooo wonderful! i added extra lemon zest to the filling and also extra lemon juice...i just love lemon and this is the best bar recipe that i have ever tried!
Tried this for the first time-I only make double batches of anything (neighbors) and had to just make this like a regular cake mixing in separate bowl instead of in the pan. I lightly greased and floured a 13x9 baking pan and of course just doubled all ingredients and it's a delightfully light cake! I am glad to know that I could "finiggle" the recipe with positive results ;)
A quick cake to bake for my kids' lunch boxes. They ask for me to make it often. Thank you for a light and lovely cake that is easy to make!
After cooking the Thanksgiving meal alone, I wanted to make a desert, but, I was fairly wiped out, when I found this very quick and easy recipe on the inside cover of my Land O' Lakes sticks box. It was like a God send. I had all the ingredients on hand, and being able to make it in one pan was an added bonus. We loved it, we are both lemon fans as well as cake fans. I recommend it to anyone short on time, or people who just like quick, easy and delicious deserts. Thank you for the unexpected rescue. Happy holiday season, Peace, Joy, kindness and Love to all.
Melinda Murray, Las Vegas, NV
I've tried this recipe twice, it came out really good, very easy, very refreshing cake. I also double the glaze since my husband really love it. I'll do it again soon. This cake is really a good snack for Summer!
Excellent flavor, nice texture, bright and lovely.
After searching many recipe sites for a good lemon cake I have decided that I have found the right one! Very moist and perfect amount of lemon taste. I made one last night, and already had to make another one this morning!

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