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Italian Lemon Cake
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Italian Lemon Cake

You will love this Italian Lemon Cake Recipe for a deliciously sweet and tart dessert. Tender, buttery, lemon flavor-filled cake topped with a homemade glaze and cream cheese frosting--your tastebuds will be so happy!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Author: Jill


  • Bundt pan


Lemon Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops yellow food coloring optional

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar



  • Preheat oven to 325F. Prepare a bundt pan by spraying generously with non-stick cooking spray or baking spray.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then mix in the sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. If desired, you can also add 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring for extra yellow color to the cake.
  • Mix half of the flour mixture into the cake batter, then add the buttermilk. Mix in the second half of the flour mixture just until incorporated (do not over mix).
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake at 325F for 60-70 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate.

Lemon Glaze

  • Whisk together the ingredients for the lemon glaze until smooth. Brush the glaze all over the cake while it is still hot. Set the cake aside to cool completely to room temperature before adding the cream cheese frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining frosting ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Scoop the frosting into a piping bag or a zip top baggie with the corner snipped off. Pipe the frosting onto the completely cooled cake.