Lemon Cake or Cupcakes

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mmm, lemons! For this recipe, I've used lemon extract to give an extra boost of lemony flavor, but feel free to substitute in a bit extra lemon zest if you don't have extract. And if you want your cake to be just slightly lemony, use about 2 tsp of lemon juice instead of 1 tsp of extract.

Makes 13–14 cupcakes or just over enough batter for one 9" round cake pan. Double the recipe if you'd like a full-sized cake.


  • 1 13/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • zest from 3 lemons
  • 1 TB fresh lemon juice


Firstly, in case you haven't, you should check out my basic cake baking method and my list of cake baking tips! Every cake batter recipe I post follows that same method, and my cake baking tips are great tips to memorize for whenever you're preparing a cake batter such as this.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a larger bowl, beat the butter at a high speed, and gradually beat in the sugar. Then, slowly beat in the egg whites.
  4. Now you will gradually be adding the dry mixture and the milk to the butter-sugar-egg mixture. To do this, alternate mixing in some of the dry mixture, followed by some milk, followed by some dry mixture... You get the picture. Do that until you've incorporated the dry mixture and the milk completely. Just don't over-mix here.
  5. Finish by incorporating the vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  6. If you're making cupcakes, pour the batter into 12 greased or lined cupcake wells and bake for 16 to 22 minutes. If you're baking a cake, pour the batter into a greased 9" round cake pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Rely on the toothpick test here for a perfect cooking time—a toothpick inserted into the middle should come out with some crumbs on it.


  1. I've featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.

  2. You're totally welcome to! As long as you link back here I'm fine with it :)