Lemon Loaf Cake

I finally made Barefoot Contessa’s Lemon Yogurt Cake. It has been on my to do list for quite some time now. The results were fabulous! I didn’t have any yogurt so I cheated and used sour cream. I am guessing it did about the same thing because the cake was super moist and super delicious! I love that it got a good drenching of lemon syrup AND lemon glaze! It was pucker up, lemon good!

I can’t wait to try this cake with other citrus fruits. I may even throw in blueberries or raspberries too! There are lots of options for this cake, but it was excellent as is!

Fresh from the Oven!

Getting drenched with the lemon syrup!

Time for a lemon glaze bath!

A slice of heaven!

Lemon Loaf Cake

Adapted From Barefoot Contessa


1 ½ C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 C. plain whole-milk yogurt (I used sour cream)
1 ⅓ C. sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 tsp. grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ C. vegetable oil ( I used canola oil)
⅓ C. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 C. confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 ½ by 4 ¼ by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the ⅓ C. lemon juice and remaining ⅓ C. sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake. Slice and serve!

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  1. That looks so beautiful with the glaze! Lemon cake is one of my favorites. My husband’s grandma makes it best, but I’m thinking this recipe could challenge that!

  2. I’ve been eyeing lemon loaf cakes all summer and I’ve just got to break down and make one. I’m dying for one with berries on the side.

  3. Beautiful. I love lemon cake. I haven’t found the perfect recipe yet though. I must try this one. I don’t have any of the BC cookbooks, but my sister-in-law is obsessed with her (she was obsessed even before she was on FN). I’ll have to borrow from her library.

  4. The lemon loaf looks amazing! I’ve never used a syrup after taking a cake out of the oven while it is still warm.. how does it change the texture? I’m sure it adds a lot of moisture, but does it change the crumb?

  5. This looks scrumptious. I can almost imagine the delightful lemony aroma just from looking at the pic.

  6. Steph- the cake is very moist. We loved the texture.

    Kalyn- thanks for putting us on your blog!

    Thanks everyone for the comments.

  7. I am crazy about anything with lemon it it and your cake looks amazing. I’ve been getting caught up on your blog…you make the spinach ravioli look so easy and delicious and the pictures of your new home are gorgeous!

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  9. My aunt says that Ina stole her recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ which I find funny since they have never met and I can’t tell her that I love both versions equally!!
    Looks delicious!!

  10. Why do you divide the sugar in your lemon cake? How do you divide the sugar? It says you sue sour cream can we use fat free sour cream?

  11. You have this recipe under mini bundt cakes. Yet if it is cooked the same about of time as the cake they will be burnt.ย 
    Where are the instructs for mini bundt cakes?ย 

    Thank you , Toni Stokes

  12. This is the best lemon loaf I have ever had! I did use sour cream. It has the texture of pound cake and that makes it even better. Great recipe!

  13. I wish you could have posted a picture of the bundt pans you used. I saw bundt pans in many sizes and wonder if you used the teeny tiny ones? Also, you didn’t say how long to cook them for, 10 minutes?

  14. The recipe did not rise very much. Usually when I bake in my loaf pan I get a nice rise in the pan. This cake turned out flat. I hope it tastes good!