Lemon Loaf Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemon Loaf Cake

Cake Dessert

This Lemon Loaf Cake is a moist and tender slice of sunshine. There’s lemon in the cake batter, ane then the cake gets soaked in lemon syrup and topped with a thick lemon glaze. The citrus never stops. You definitely want to eat this.

Lemon Loaf Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I know we may not be coveting our weekends in quite the same way as we did in a pre-corona world, but I definitely find those days when I don’t have to unpack my two work laptops and cell phone from 2005 to still be precious. Even if I can’t leave my house, I’m still free to spend my time however I like. And no, I’m still not bored.

Trying to craft an online business out of the bones of a long-failing food blog can consume a lot of your time. I’m not ready to give it up yet. I’m still figuring it out right here in front of your eyes. My one hope is that it’s not as ugly as it feels and eventually enough people will pay attention for it all to matter.

What do you need, friends? How can I help you? In the kitchen or in the rest of your life, tell me what you’re struggling with right now. If I can, I’ll try to help.

Lemon Loaf Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

In that pre-corona world, I’d invite you over for tea and cake, and we’d talk through whatever was on our minds, and we’d feel better just being able to say out loud what’s been weighing us down. The sugar high would help a bit, and we wouldn’t even notice the citrus lifting our spirits. That’s just the magic of cake.

This Lemon Loaf cake is sure to put a smile on your face. It’s moist and tender, and stays that way for days. It’s very lemon bright without being sour. The best part is the lemon syrup that seeps into the cake as it cools. If you’re feeling blue, bake this cake. It will surely put a smile on your face.

Lemon Loaf Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

How to make Lemon Loaf Cake

I’m happy to say that you don’t need to unpack your electric mixer to make this cake. There are two bowls, but it’s definitely not complicated. It’s a simple method of combining dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then bringing the two together. This cake is made with plain yogurt. That’s how we’re keeping things so tender. Finally we fold in some vegetable oil, then bake.

While the cake is baking, you’re going to heat up a simple lemon syrup. Once the cake is out of the oven, slowly pour this syrup over the cake. Let it seep in as the cake cools.

The literal icing on the cake is the lemon glaze on top. It’s a simple mix of powdered sugar and lemon juice. You can make yours as thick or thin as you like. Just drizzle it on and let it drip. Gravity does all the work.

Lemon Loaf Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s laugh together soon over a slice of Lemon Loaf Cake. Tea party on Instagram Live, anyone? I’ll bring dessert. Be awesome, friends. We’ll be together soon.

Lemon Loaf Cake

Recipe by ReneeCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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Lemon Loaf Cake is like a sweet slice of sunshine.


  • For the cake
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • zest of two lemons

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • For the syrup
  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice

  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • For the cake
  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and spray your 9-inch loaf pan with butter and flour cooking spray. You may also want to line the bottom with parchment paper for insurance. If you can get parchment loaf pan liners, even better.
  • In a small mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and quickly but gently whisk everything together.
  • Add vegetable oil to the batter and fold in with a rubber spatula. It will take a minute, but don’t worry, it will eventually come together.
  • Pour your batter into your prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in pan for about ten minutes, then remove to a wire rack over a baking sheet for a yummy cake bath.
  • For the syrup
  • While your cake is baking, combine sugar and lemon juice in a small sauce pan. Heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear. Remove from heat.
  • Once you have your cake out of the pan, slowly pour the syrup over the top of the still warm cake. Allow the syrup to sink in while the cake cools.
  • For the glaze
  • In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Once your cake has cooled completely, spoon the glaze over the top of the cake, and just let gravity do its thing. 

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