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Lemon Buttermilk Cake

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Lemon Buttermilk Cake
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24
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Step aside chocolate fans, so long peanut butter enthusiasts, lemon lovers are having a moment, and this radiant lemon cake is the perfect way to join them. The secret to achieving a mouthwatering dessert that’s both luxuriously rich and delicately light? Buttermilk! Adding this ingredient to the batter creates a moist and slightly tangy crumb that’s perfectly tamed by the sweet lemony frosting. Next time you need a sweet treat to take to the party or potluck, lean into the lemon trend and make this lemon buttermilk cake.
Updated Feb 13, 2020

Ingredients

Cake

Frosting

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • 3
    Pour into pan.
  • 4
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes (22 to 28 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 5
    In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients on high speed until smooth and creamy; add more lemon juice if needed. Spread over cake. Store loosely covered.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Take this great cake to a potluck, graduation party or picnic. For a large event, cut the cake into 48 small squares and serve in little paper baking cups.
  • tip 2
    Buttermilk is the not-so-secret ingredient to this moist, tasty cake.
  • tip 3
    1 medium lemon yields about 3 tablespoons juice and 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest.
  • tip 4
    Try garnishing the lemon cake with extra lemon zest for a beautiful finishing touch.

Nutrition

230 Calories, 11g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 31g Total Carbohydrate, 23g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
100
Total Fat
11g
18%
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
35mg
11%
Sodium
170mg
7%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
31g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
23g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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