Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Bundt Cake

Simply the BEST Lemon Bundt Cake recipe!

This Lemon Bundt Cake recipe is a dessert everyone will love… it’s perfectly rich and buttery, and yet has a fluffy texture that’s often hard to achieve in homemade cakes.

The sweet and tart lemon glaze is the perfect final addition to create a dessert that’s simple, yet perfectly elegant and utterly delicious!

This is one of those recipes I know I’ll make again and again!

It’s perfect to bring along to a pot-luck or summer BBQ, but pretty enough for a spring tea party.

This recipe was created in partnership with Challenge Dairy.

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There is just something so cute about bundt cakes!

And who can even look at a bundt cake without thinking of the bundt cake scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding?  Not me!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, your assignment this weekend is to watch that movie!  =)

Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

I love this Lemon Bundt Cake recipe because it’s made with ingredients I usually have on hand, it can be made a bit in advance and doesn’t need any last minute garnish.

As with most every recipe that comes out of my kitchen, this recipe starts with Challenge Butter.

I know when I use Challenge brand dairy products I can depend on consistent quality and fresh taste.

It just takes the guess work out of baking when you start with high quality ingredients.

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Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Bundt Cake

A perfectly rich and flavorful cake that's still fluffy and delicate. The sweet and tart glaze is the perfect finishing touch!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 722 kcal



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted Challenge butter 2 sticks, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk any but non-fat
  • 1/2 cup sour cream full fat preferred
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh


  • 2 tablespoon Challenge butter melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh


Prepare the cake

  • Preheat oven to 325°F .
  • Grease and flour the bundt pan.  This is an essential step for properly removing the baked cake, so be sure to do a thorough job.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the butter until fully smooth.
  • Add sugar and beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.  The mixture should be light and fluffy and fully blended.
  • Add lemon zest and blend.  While still mixing, add the eggs, one at a time, with a few seconds of blending in between each egg.
  • While slowly mixing, slowly add about half of the flour mixture, then pour in the vanilla and milk.
  • Add the second half of the flour and then the sour cream and lemon juice.
  • Blend just until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Pour/scoop batter into prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth the top, as needed.
  • Bake 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs (but no wet batter).
  • Cool in the pan, sitting on a wire rack, until the pan is cool (or just barely warm) to the touch - about 1 hour.  Gently use a small spatula to loosen the cake around the center and edges of the pan.  Invert the cake onto a plate, give the pan a good firm tab on the bottom, and then lift up pan.

Prepare the glaze

  • Melt the butter in a medium sized bowl, then add powdered sugar and use a small whisk to combine.
  • Add the lemon juice and whisk.  The glaze with thicken as it sits a room temperature, so you can play around with how thick you want it before pouring it over the cake.


Calories: 722kcalCarbohydrates: 103gProtein: 9gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 321mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 1gSugar: 66gVitamin A: 1030IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bundt cake, lemon bundt cake
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Lemon Bundt Cake

Happy baking!

Disclosure – I created this recipe in partnership with Challenge Dairy.  Partnering with brands I love allows me to provide you with high quality content at no cost to you.  I only work with brands I use and love.  All images, text and opinions are my own.


  1. This is making my mouth water!  Looks delish! ! !

  2. WOW this lemon cake looks stunning! Super moist and delicious!

  3. What can be use instead of eggs or milk for a vegan cake options

    • For small variations in my recipes I would normally do my best to offer a suggestion for a swap, but in this case, the bulk of the cake is eggs, butter, milk and sour cream… so it’s likely not the best recipe to start with to adjust for a vegan diet.

  4. This looks absolutely delicious!! I will be making it! 🙂

  5. Hi Glory . Can You tell me how many gramms are in one cup?

    • 128 grams are in a cup!

    • Oh god I just made it, it’s in the oven and then saw this… you guys must have small cups 

    • They must have typed it wrong… the correct 1 cup measurement in grams is 229 grams …. as per Google.  🙂

    • Hmm it’s weird because a cup of one thing would weigh differently to a cup of something else.. I thought Americans have different cup sizes though… 

    • The number of grams per cup will depend on the ingredient. You can use google to convert the recipe, but you’ll need to convert each ingredient independently. All of my recipes are using U.S. measurements. I’m sure you could order a set of U.S. measuring cups and measuring spoons online and keep them for recipes listed with U.S. measurements. Happy baking!

  6. I love this lemon bundt cake recipe. It takes some time to prepare it but it is defiantly worth it!

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  9. I just took this cake out of the oven and oh my it looks wonderful. I am going to serve it with strawberries and whipped cream. Happy Spring.

  10. Can I make it with white cake mix just add lemon juice and zest to the mix

  11. Help, unnfortunately I forgot to get baking soda. Any suggestions on what else I can do? I’ve read you can triple the baking powder or whip the egg whites before putting it in the batter. Your thoughts?

    • Hi Alyssa, No worries, I think you’ll be ok. I’d suggest just doing 2 teaspoons baking powder total (in place of the listed baking powder and baking soda). Because this recipe already has several eggs, that will help too, so I bet you’ll be alright. Happy baking!

  12. Second time making this. It’s quite delicious. Thank you! I used cake flour instead of all purpose. I’ll see if it made a difference. 

  13. Mine overflowed my Bundt pan ( yes I used full size pan and I am experienced ) maybe over beat ? I’m not sure

    • Hi Lillian, Bundt pans can vary in capacity by quite a bit. My only suggestion would be to use a slightly larger pan, or if you’d like to use the same pan, just leave out a bit of the batter (could be baked in a small ramekin). When I filled my pan, there was still about an inch (or slighly more) of space from the batter to the top edge of the pan.
      Happy baking!

    • What size pan do you use, Glory?

  14. So delicious!!!! My first Bundt cake and I am in love! 

  15. Just came out of the over. Forgot the salt, hope that’s ok

  16. Can I use self rising flour instead?

    • Hi Phyllis, Yes, I imagine you can. Just omit the baking powder, baking soda and salt that I’ve listed in the recipe.
      Happy baking!

  17. I have 1% milk and buttermilk. Which should I use?

  18. Can I replace the butter with vegetable oil instead? Would the oil replacement make a more moist and springy bundt cake?

    • I would not recommend replacing all of the butter with oil, or I think you’d actually end up with a very oily cake. Creaming the butter and sugar creates a chemical reaction of sorts that is important for the structure of the cake. If you’d like to try oil, I would do 1/2 cup of butter, and 1/2 oil at the most. And be extra sure to beat the eggs one at a time because you’ll need them to add air to the batter (and then structure to the finished cake).

  19. Made this over the weekend for my daughters birthday. Everyone loved it. I added extra lemon zest to the glaze. Delicious!!’

  20. Can I use this same recipe and make it in regular 8in pans for a lemon cake? Would you recommend any adjustments?

  21. I just made this and in reading the comments looks like your cups are way smaller, I’m in Australia… maybe this is why the lady above said it overflowed because mine was really really full… fingers crossed because I’m adding extra liquid ingredients it will work out. 

    • Hi Mary,
      Although I was not aware of this until now (and a google search), you are right… American “cups” and Australian “cups” are a bit different. I’m sorry for any confusion. All measurements on my site are created using U.S. measurements. I imagine you could purchase a set of American measuring cups, or you’ll need to use google to convert the recipes, as needed. Happy baking!

  22. Hey so can i use sugar substitute… and if so is it the same amount? 

    • Hi Natalie, I have not experimented with this recipes using any sugar substitutes. Feel free to experiment, but your results will likely vary from the results pictured here.

  23. Glory, what size Bundt pad did you use?

    • Hi Trish, I used a standard 10″ bundt pan, which holds about 12 cups. If your pan is smaller, just add batter until the pan is 4/5 full and then you can bake any remaining batter in cupcake papers, or a mini loaf pan. Happy baking!

  24. In the end, I made it again with The Australian size cups again, but instead of having it overflow again..  instead I made 2 cakes from the 1 recipe! And then tried a few temps/times
    Best was 150 degrees Celsius for 50 minutes (because they were smaller) this worked perfectly.

  25. I just made this and it’s fabulous.  Really delicious and recipe was easy to follow, was my first ever Bundt.
    Next time I might put a little more lemon juice in the cake itself because I really  really love lemon.

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