Easy Lemon Cake Recipe

You know how I’m always droning on about how much I love cake, my favorite meal is cake, I survived not eating cake for a day . . . .blah-blah. Yeah, I’m a fan.

Lemon and Lilac Cake via Bakers Royale

So it should be no surprise that guess what’s taking up your screen today-CAKE! You know—in case you couldn’t figure out what that ruffled flowered-crown sphere is. 

The sarcasm you’re picking up on is directed at me, not you. I mean look, scroll down and you’ll see a second photo styled completely different with almost the same composition. It was just one of those days. Nothing creative was connecting and my indecision with what to go with just made things worse, so I gave up and ate cake.

Lemon and Lilac Cake | Bakers Royale

On a more positive note,  the cake is utterly fabulous. It’s one of my favorite cakes I’ve ever made from Better Homes and Gardens. I didn’t mess with the cake recipe, but I did flip out the whipped cream finish for a light and airy mousse-like buttercream—a new recipe I’m super pumped to share with you in the coming days. I know, why the wait? Because, why else? I have more cake to share!

Until then, check out this lemon cake recipe and get to it, because it’s fantastic! But before you do—I’m so curious—which styling would you have gone with, the first one or the styling in the second photo?

Lemon and Lilac Cake via Bakers Royale 400x400

this recipe

Easy Lemon Cake Recipe

Yield: Serves 6


2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup olive oil
4 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 6x2-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper; grease the paper. Set pans aside.

For the remainder of the cake recipe, click here.

Grateful Ad: Below Post BTF 728×90


  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMARIA DE LOURDES ARAUJO says

    Olá bom dia!!!
    Parabéns!!!! Ki belo trabalho, perfeito muito linda decoração gostaria de receber o passo a passo como fazer com tanta delicadeza!!!!! Deus abençoe suas mãos sempre e sempre..
    Fotos perfeitas ,tudo muito bem explicado,obrigado foi para mim uma aula online.

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJenna says

    This cake is gorgeous!! Love how easy it really is to make, its perfect for spring. Must give this a try :)

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKrystal says

    I like the first one better. The second background is too busy with the colours. A plain wood background would be great. Thanks for the recipe! Would this work in a 9×13 pan or 2 8″ pans? If so would the bake time vary?

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonShashi+at+RunninSrilankan says

    I think maybe you might wanna consider rephrasing this “Nothing creative was connecting” …because – this is gorgeous – the cake, the background, the slice, the flowers, ALL of it is FANTASTIC!

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    YOU ARE CRAZY!! Both photos are gorgeous and creative, I can’t decide on my favorite . Love the dramaticness of both! Oh and of course the cake looks delicious!

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSarah | Broma Bakery says

    Saw this on Instagram and got sooo excited! It’s absolutely beautiful, Naomi. That first shot is stunning!

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKatalina+@+Peas+and+Peonies says

    I am all about cake too. Especially lemon cake as of now, yours is gorgeous I just don’t think I will the patience to pipe the frosting so nicely and neat.
    I recently made some cheesecake lemon cookies that were to die for, so now that they are gone, I can safely bake this cake.

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJessica @ From Jessica's Kitchen says

    As always, cake is stunning! So it that cake stand, do you mind my asking where you got it?

  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKelsi | Savour the Sweet says

    This cake sounds too good. I mean, seriously, TOO good. A lemon cake is in my near future, I think!
    As far as your styling, the cake is GORGEOUS – you did such a great job frosting it, and I’m loving the contrast of the purple flowers on top. I think that the dark background allows your amazing frosting to really shine! But I also really like that you cut the cake and allowed us to see the inside in the second.
    The cake stand is gorgeous, by the way!

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAida Mollenkamp says

    I never make lemon cake and this recipe is making me want to change that pronto!

  11. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJune+Burns says

    Such a lovely cake! I feel you…I too once survived without eating cake for a day, wasn’t pretty 😛

  12. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSheila says

    GORGEOUS! I didn’t know that lilacs were edible. I have a lilac bush in the yard that is flowering right now. Perhaps I will try your lovely cake. PS. I would go with the styling in the first photo. Simply beautiful. Very chic and dramatic!

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMyrtice says

    This is a masterpiece! No, sincerely I can’t take my eyes of it. Really have to try this one. Love it!

  14. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMotte says

    wow these photos are impressive, the mood is fantastic! And can I just say, what a wonderful model you have! Juicy, sweet, simply divine! Going to have to make this beauty, it looks absolutely delicious! x Motte

  15. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAmy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says

    I completely understand your obsession! For me, it’s cookies (for sweet stuff) and french fries (for savory). If a day goes by where I haven’t had either, I feel as if the sky might as well be falling. I probably need some sort of intervention… Or maybe just a slice of your cake to get them off of my mind!

  16. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKelly says

    This cake is stunning, Naomi! Lemon desserts are my favorite! I love the first photo but they’re both gorgeous!

  17. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonDrew says

    Really need to make this for this coming weekend…..what are the ingredients for the frosting please

  18. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJess @ whatjessicabakednext says

    This cake is absolutely stunning, Naomi! I love the frosting – so pretty. Lemon cakes have always been my favourite!

  19. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonsara // Simply Happenstance says

    Absolutely STUNNING, Naomi! I must whip this up soon! xoxo

  20. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLEXY says

    This is being written several months since you posted the gorgeous cake.
    Can you direct us to the frosting recipe y et?
    Also, what tip did you use to decorate the side?

  21. Avatar for Naomi Robinsondeirdreagale says

    wow, it looks really really delicious…I would love to try it at the first sight. If I were in a cake shop, I may go and catch with any price 😀