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Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted and room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted and room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (aka confectioners sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350Β°F.
  2. Grease 2, 8″ round cake pans. Dust with flour so all surfaces have been lightly covered.
  3. Combine the dry cake batter ingredients in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer. Combine using the whisk attachment or by using a hand whisk.
  4. In a large measuring cup with a spout, combine the vegetable oil, vanilla and milk.
  5. Using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer combine the ingredients from measuring cup with the dry ingredients. Start with the speed on low and then gradually increase the speed.
  6. To the mixture, add the pieces of butter and combine well using the mixer. You need to mix until there are no little chunks of butter. Everything should be smooth.
  7. Next, one at a time, add the eggs to the mixer while on Medium speed. Keep mixing until the eggs are well combined and the batter thickens. You may need to turn the speed up on the mixer after combining the eggs.
  8. Next gently mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice.
  9. Pour an equal amount of batter into each cake pan. Spread the batter so that it’s evenly distributed in the pans.
  10. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until baked through. Check the doneness of the cake by sticking a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean the cake is finished baking.
  11. Cool the cake layers while still in the pans on a cooling rack. After about 20 minutes of cooling in the pan you can remove the cakes from the pans and continue cooling on the rack.
  12. Once the cake has cooled frost the cake using the frosting recipe included.
  13. The cake tastes best if it’s chilled for a couple hours before serving. πŸ™‚

Frosting Instructions

  1. In a large bowl with an electric hand mixer (or use a stand mixer) cream together the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  2. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla to the mixing bowl and turn the mixer up to medium speed.
  3. Mix up the frosting until it’s creamy and well combined.