I think that lemon is the unofficial official mascot flavor of the summer! It’s so fresh and bright and just mimics that beautiful summertime sunshine! I would add lemon to everything if I could!
When I think of lemon, I immediately think of this delicious, moist, bright lemon cake! It’s really like a lemon pound cake, but without the heaviness of a typical pound cake! I think this cake is best baked in a bundt pan because it creates those beautiful edges and curves in the cake, but you can bake in a regular pan if you’d like, you’ll just have to adjust the baking time!
Now, before I get to the recipe, I have a few surprises in this cake!
First, I added a pack of instant lemon pudding. You may ask, why would I add lemon pudding if I’m already adding lemon zest and juice? One reason is that it’s going to punch up that lemon flavor without adding too much tang. Lemon is one of those flavors that if you don’t add enough, it tastes like watered-down lemonade, but if you add too much, it’s like a sour candy explosion in your mouth. Both are equally undesirable. However, added the lemon pudding adds a sweet lemon flavor to the cake that hits that perfect Goldilocks middle! The second reason is that it adds a really nice soft, light texture to the cake! It adds a ton of moisture without making the cake too liquidy or throwing off the ratios!
The second twist I added to this cake is my super-secret mystery ingredient! The special ingredient I add is…. ground ginger! Crazy right?! It totally blew my mind after I discovered this! I was doing some research on how to punch up the lemon flavor without the problems I mentioned before, and while I was researching, I kept finding a bunch of ingredients using lemon and ginger together! Lemon and ginger drinks, lemon and ginger pies, lemon and ginger chicken, etc. etc. It went on and on. So I got to thinking, lemon and ginger are clearly friends and friends in the kitchen equal a super delicious flavor combination! You don’t taste the ginger, so don’t worry if you’re not a ginger fan! All the ginger does is boost up the lemon flavor while giving the cake a nice hidden flavor that keeps you eating more and more to figure it out!
3 cups of flour
1 packet of instant lemon pudding
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
2 sticks of room temperature butter
2 cups of sugar
Zest of about 1 large lemon, 1 and a half medium lemons
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 cups of powdered sugar
Zest of one lemon
Juice of half a lemon
1-2 tablespoons of milk
First, gather the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pudding packet, ginger, and salt. Combine in a large bowl and whisk together. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Once the butter mixture is a pale yellow, add in the eggs one at a time. Once all eggs have been added in, add in the lemon zest, juice, and the sour cream. Then, starting with the dry, alternate adding the dry ingredients with the milk, until everything has been added in. I added my dry ingredients in about three sections, and my milk in-between! Take the baking spray and liberally spray the inside of the bundt pan, leave no area untouched!! Then, gently scoop the batter into the pan and even out the top!
Bake in a 325-degree oven for about an hour to an hour and ten minutes!
Allow to cool for about thirty minutes. Then use a knife to gently slide around the cake. Place a cooling rack on the top, say a quick prayer, and then flip the pan over! Hopefully, your cake will just slide out!
While the cake is cooling, you can start the glaze! Combine the powdered sugar, lemon zest, juice, and milk into a bowl and stir to combine. You can adjust the amount of powdered sugar and milk depending on how thin you want the glaze!
Pour the glaze over the top of the cake! Stand back to admire this beautiful sunny cake!
This cake is one of the best lemon cakes! I love how bright the lemon flavor is without being so overwhelming! This cake would be perfect for any kind of summer party!