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.

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  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 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?

  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinson 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!

  4. 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!

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson 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.

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinson 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!

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinson 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!

  8. Avatar for Naomi Robinson 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!

  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonDrew says

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

  10. 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?