Small Lemon Cake Recipe || Amazing 6 Variations

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m excited to share with you my favorite Small Lemon Cake recipe.

This delightful dessert is perfect for any occasion, from a cozy family gathering to a special celebration.

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the process of making this scrumptious cake, providing step-by-step instructions and valuable tips to ensure your baking success.

This recipe creates a moist, fluffy cake with the perfect lemon flavour without being too overpowering.

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get baking!

Small Lemon Cake Recipe
Small Lemon Cake Recipe

How To Prepare Small Lemon Cake Recipe?

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Baking Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


To make this delicious Small Lemon Cake, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • 9-inch round cake pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Zester or grater
  • Electric mixer (optional but recommended)

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Now, let’s gather the ingredients for our Small Lemon Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour your 9-inch round cake pan, ensuring the cake doesn’t stick to the pan after baking.

2. Cream the Butter and Sugar: In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. An electric mixer on medium speed will make this process quicker and easier.

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3. Add the Eggs: Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients while alternating with the milk.

5. Add Lemon Flavor: Stir in the freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest, infusing the batter with delightful lemon flavor.

6. Bake the Cake: Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and spread it evenly. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

7. Cool and Serve: Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Facts Of Small Lemon Cake Recipe

Cholesterol88 mg
Sodium430 mg
Carbohydrates68 g
Fat9 g
Protein8 g.

6 Variations Of Small Lemon Cake Recipe

1. Lemon Cake With Lemon Sauce.

Instead of frosting, add 2 Tablespoons of Lemon juice to the 4 Tablespoons of butter. Melt together as a sauce to pour on the cake while serving.

2. Lemon Cake With Lemon Frosting And Poppy Seeds.

Add 1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice to the frosting recipe above. After frosting the cake, outline the edge of the cake with poppy seeds.

3. Lemon Cake With Blueberry Sauce.

Thaw 2 cups of blueberries and let them sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before serving. This will make the berries easier to slice open with a knife.

Prepare cake as directed above but after placing it in the pan, spread 2 cups of blueberries evenly over the batter.

4. Lemon Cake With Lemon Frosting, Coconut And Matcha Green Tea.

Prepare cake as directed above. When it is finished cooling, add 1 Tablespoon of matcha green tea powder to the frosting recipe and spread it on top of the cake when it cools.

5. Lemon Cake With Lemon Frosting, Coconut And A Pomegranate Rose.

Prepare cake as directed above. When finished baking, spread 1 cup of Pomegranate seeds over the baked cake, then after frosting, add 1/4 cup of coconut (cut into tiny pieces).

6. Lemon Cake With Lemon Frosting, Coconut And A Stemless Rose.

Prepare cake as directed above. When it has finished baking, spread on 1/4 cup of coconut, then after frosting, add Stemless rose petals and 1/2 cup of coconut pieces.

What Does Lemon Juice Do To A Cake?

Lemon juice is a natural acid that helps to produce a tender cake. Most cakes are made using baking powder with a small amount of acid.

The acid in lemon juice can replace the small amount of acid in your baking powder and still provide a soft texture to your cake.

Can I Add Lemon Extract To Lemon Cake?

You can add lemon extract to the recipe, but you need to add more than one, double the amount of lemon extract, and you will be good.

The amount of lemon extract used in this recipe is to provide a pleasant lemony taste even though it does not have any baking powder or baking soda.

Can I Use Bottled Lemon Juice For Lemon Cake?

Yes, you can use bottled lemon juice for this recipe, but you need to ensure the bottles are not expired.

Although unused bottles of lemon juice are often brought back to their original condition,

this does not necessarily apply to all brands. If you use bottled lemon juice for your cake, I recommend using a brand at least three months old.

What Is The Best Frosting For Lemon Cake?

The best frosting for lemon cake is a simple powdered sugar frosting. The dry powdered sugar will counteract excess moisture from the milk and lemon juice.

This can help keep your cake from getting soggy the day you make it.

What Is The Best Way To Decorate Lemon Cake?

The best way to decorate a lemon cake is to apply homemade cream cheese frosting after the cake has cooled.

You can apply the cream cheese frosting or in decorative ways by piping it on with a pastry bag or decorating tip.

Can I Freeze The Cake Before Decorating?

Yes, you can bake and decorate the lemon cake recipe, then freeze it later. You must thaw the frozen cake before decorating for homemade cream cheese frosting.


I hope you enjoyed this journey into the world of Small Lemon Cake baking. It’s a delightful recipe that never fails to impress with its refreshing lemony taste.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this cake is simple to make and sure to please.

So why wait? Grab those lemons, preheat your oven, and indulge in the joy of baking this Small Lemon Cake. Your taste buds will thank you!