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Author Beth Branch


lemon cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk

lemon frosting

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening cubed
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom optional
  • 6 cups powdered sugar

garnish (optional)

  • lemon slices
  • dried lavender
  • flowers


for the cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray three 6-inch (or two 8-inch) round cake pans with nonstick spray. Line with parchment paper and spray again.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Combine sugar, oil, eggs, lemon extract, zest, and lemon juice. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add half of flour mixture and half of the milk. Mix until just blended. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
  • Divide batter evenly among cake pans and bake 22-25 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

for the frosting

  • Cream butter on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. With mixer running, add shortening a little bit at a time until completely incorporated. (This helps prevent lumps.)
  • Add lemon extract, cardamom, and half of powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until mostly combined, then medium-high speed until completely combined. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar. Mix on medium-high speed 1 additional minute.


  • Use a serrated knife or a cake saw to cut off domed tops of cakes so that cakes are even and smooth. Place one cake layer on a plate or cake stand. Spread frosting over cake. Repeat with the next two layers.
  • Optional: Spread a thin crumb coat over the cake and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Spread frosting over outside of cake and garnish as desired.


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