A Little Sunshine with Lemon Cake

I have been buying lemons every week with the intention of making this cake. I was in the need of a little something that reminds me of summer days. We make a lot of  lemonade during summer but drinking something cold did not suit my winter idea.

So I settled on this lemon cake that I used to make often for my brother back in old times. It has lots of tangy flavor with lemon juice glaze and has a different, dense texture due to wheat starch used. When I first made it here, I used cornstarch. The cake turned out to have more volume and finer crumb than the one with wheat starch version. Wheat starch makes it a little stickier as well.

It has been busy several weeks, this cake was a good grab-n-go breakfast for us. Each slice not too sweet, not too tangy, had just enough kick to kick us out of the door.

Lemon Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 200 gr (14 tablespoons) unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 250 gr (9 oz or 1-1/4 cups) sugar
  • 125 gr (4-1/2 oz) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 125 gr (4-1/2 oz) wheat starch (or corn starch)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Lemon juice from 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 -5 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Beat softened butter with lemon zest for 30 sec on medium speed. Add sugar, continue beating until combined. Add eggs one at a time.

2. Combine flour, starch and baking powder.

3. Add the flour mixture and combine until all combines and you have a smooth batter.

4. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan and line with a parchment paper.

5. Put in a cold oven, turn the oven on to 325 degrees. Bake for an hour or until the toothpick inserted comes clean.

6.Whisk lemon juice and powdered sugar together. Pour over the hot cake. Once it cools down and comes to the room temperature, sprinkle powdered sugar on top.


  1. by Gokce
    4:53 am
    Jan 23, 2012

    I could smell it just by looking at the pictures. It looks great and it tastes great I am sure! Would be a great thing accompanying with coffee while chattering ;-)

  2. by Ilke
    7:09 am
    Jan 23, 2012

    One day soon I hope:) have two comfy armchairs by a window waiting for you:)

  3. by Shelley
    5:15 pm
    Jan 23, 2012

    Cake for breakfast is the best! Lemon season is always such a nice break in the middle of winter- lemon desserts and dishes are just the pick up needed when it’s grey and cold. Hope things are settling down for you now.

  4. by beti
    10:49 pm
    Jan 24, 2012

    it looks perfectly moist, I’m always a fan of cake for breakfast I can’t wait to make it and glaze it with something

  5. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    11:10 am
    Jan 25, 2012

    It has been RAINING and a little sunshine is what I need over here.
    The cake looks lovely!

  6. by rebecca
    11:16 am
    Jan 25, 2012

    I have also been craving a lemon cake will make soon :-) looks so good

  7. by cindy
    12:18 pm
    Jan 25, 2012

    I love lemon, this looks like a perfect cake! I’ll make it soon.

  8. by Lana
    12:30 pm
    Jan 25, 2012

    Oh, yes, summer lemonade:) But this is the next best thing, as we also love lemony desserts. With so many citrus trees surrounding me here in SoCal, it’s hard not to make something every day:)
    I don’t know what wheat starch is. Where would you buy it?

  9. by Susan
    10:05 am
    Jan 26, 2012

    Being a big fan of lemon, this looks wonderful to me. I’ve never seen wheat starch either. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

  10. by Ilke
    10:22 am
    Jan 26, 2012

    Middle Eastern stores should have it and maybe supermarkets like Whole Foods, Earthfare but I have not checked them before.

  11. by Parsley Sage
    7:41 am
    Jan 27, 2012

    …you big tease. I so wish I could have this for breakfast this morning! Nice way to get your lemonade fix without the cold drink :)

  12. by Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen
    12:43 pm
    Jan 30, 2012

    Lovely cake Ilke! I’ve been craving lemon too. Something about the flavor feels like sunshine. I love that it’s not too sweet, too. Beautiful!

  13. by Peggy
    4:57 pm
    Jan 30, 2012

    I think the smell alone would convince me that this is a keeper! I’m gonna have to take your advice and start stocking up on lemons =)

  14. by All That I'm Eating
    5:29 pm
    Jan 30, 2012

    I bet this is amazing. I know what you mean about lemons, maybe a little lemon cake would help with my cold!

  15. by Terra
    11:27 pm
    Feb 1, 2012

    I am looking forward to following your blog, I hope to meet you in Greensboro on 2/11 :-) I love how great minds think alike! Your lemon cake sounds, and looks wonderful! Hugs, Terra

  16. by Meg (The Red Spoon)
    12:34 am
    Feb 19, 2012

    Ilke! This looks absolutely fabulous. Your pictures are just gorgeous! It reminds me of Ina Garten’s lemon yogurt cake, but a little less sweet and more tangy. I love it!

  17. by Neena
    7:41 am
    Oct 13, 2012

    I tried this recipe, and it was the best lemon cake ever!! Slightly sour, not that sweet, a bit of bite from the zest… mmmmmmmmm… scrumptious…. thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe…
    hope to try more cakes from this website (:

  18. by Ilke
    7:09 pm
    Oct 14, 2012

    Thank you Neena so much for taking the time to come back and comment! :)

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