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Lemon Sheet Cake

Easy lemon sheet cake recipe from scratch. The best lemon cake made in a 9×13 inch pan with a fresh and quick lemon glaze!

slice of lemon sheet cake in metal pan

Where are my fellow cake lovers?!

There is no hiding that I like cake. Chocolate cake, coconut lime cake, fresh cherry cake. And if it’s a layered cake, I’m even more in love because they look so fancy and fun!

Although layered cakes are one of my favorite things to share, I’m guessing that only a handful of people will actually make the recipe since they are way more time intensive than a regular sheet cake. Plus layered cakes require more specialize equipment like cake pans, piping bags and piping tips.

2 slices of lemon sheet cake on blue floral plate

While I LOVE making and photographing layered cakes, it’s not like I have all this time during the week (or even the weekend) to randomly to decide to build a 3 layer cake and I’m sure you don’t either!

So I’m intentionally adding more “sheet cake” recipes to our collection. I think of a sheet cake as any cake that is made in a single pan – that could be an 8×8, 9×13, or 10.5×15.5 inch pan.

Sheet cake recipes are easy and quick, something you could make and frost in under 2 hours. And a lot of that time is not active time, it includes the time the cake needs to bake and to cool.

piece of lemon sheet cake on metal pan

A lot of our layered cake recipes that we already shared could be converted for a 9×13 inch pan. But it’s way easier if someone does the work for you, so don’t worry, I’ll be covering some of our favorite layered cake recipes and including some new flavors too!

My biggest tip when it comes to making a cake recipe is to follow the ingredients that are called for! But for this recipe in particular, use fresh lemon juice!

slice on lemon sheet cake on blue floral plate

How to make lemon sheet cake from scratch

You’ll only need TWO bowls for this recipe – one for the dry ingredients and one for the wet ingredients. You’ll combine all the dry ingredients together in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in a second. Then, combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients!

Our recipe for lemon sheet cake from scratch is very easy!

Be sure to use fresh lemon juice!

slice of lemon sheet cake on metal tray with text overlay
Lemon Sheet Cake

Lemon Sheet Cake

Yield: 9x13 inch cake
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Easy lemon sheet cake recipe from scratch. The best lemon cake made in a 9x13 inch pan with a fresh and quick lemon glaze!


Lemon Cake

  • 2 & 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • zest of 2 lemon, fresh
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice, fresh

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon, fresh


Lemon Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Optional, line with tinfoil for easy clean up!
  3. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and lemon zest.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, milk, sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Whisk lightly.
  5. Gently combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula until combined.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake for 27-30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cake to cool before adding the glaze.

Lemon Glaze

  1. In a bowl combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the powdered sugar is incorporated and the consistency is runny.
  2. Pour the glaze over the cake, refrigerate for 30-60 minutes or until the glaze is set.
  3. Cut and serve.

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  1. This cake looks super fluffy and the glaze looks scrumptious! :)

  2. Hi there, this would be a great contribution to Food on Friday: Eggs over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over to join in the fun. Cheers

  3. What a beautiful cake! I love lemon desserts!

  4. by powdered sugar, do u mean icing sugar or granulated sugar?

  5. Wow! I made this for a family gathering and got RAVES! I’m making it for a 4th of July party for tomorrow. Thank you so much! (To the poster above–powdered sugar is icing sugar).

  6. I made this and it was too dense and the icing drizzle just made everyone complain that it was way too sweet. In the future I will use a lot less milk & sour cream and skip the drizzle

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