I don’t even know where to start with this cake except HOLY. MOLY. This lemon loaf warms my damn soul, and simultaneously brings me all the sunshine and summery feels. Its light and bright, and so so SO delicious.
I tested this cake 5 times before it was perfect. Before this specific recipe, the most I had tested a recipe before it felt right to me was 4. Truth be told, when I started testing this recipe, I had the intention of it being a lemon poppyseed loaf. But over the number of times I tested it, it became a light lemon (bye poppyseeds!) bundt cake. And while it ended up not being what I had originally intended it to be, it absolutely exceeded all of my expectations, and became the best light lemon bundt cake I’ve ever had.
A few key notes before we get started:
- It’s essential to use room temperature ingredients in this recipe. Let your ingredients (butter, eggs, milk, and lemon juice) sit out for about 30-45 minutes before baking with them. It makes all the difference – using cold ingredients will mean they won’t combine well, which will in turn yield an uneven and possibly under or over baked cake – and whats the good in that?!
- Please please do not melt your butter. To the above note, the butter should be room temperature, but still solid, not melted! We’ll be creaming the butter with the sugar, and the creaminess yields a lot of the cake’s airiness and fluffiness.
- Grease your bundt pan well! Cannot stress this enough. I actually take a piece of butter and rub it in all the crevices of the bundt pan, but if you have cooking spray just spray the pan generously. This way, when the cake cools after baking, you’ll be able to easily pop it right out of the pan without any sticking.
- I swear by cake flour in this recipe, but if you don’t have cake flour, or would rather use all purpose flour, that should be totally fine. By doing so, the texture will just change a bit, and wont have as fine of a crumb, but should still taste just as good. 🙂
If you made this recipe, I’d love to see it! Let me know in the comments and tag me on IG at @simply_unbeetable.