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Glazed Lemon Tube Cake

A sunny lemon-flavored cake is just the dessert to brighten up a gray winter day (or any day). Lemon zest provides a nice zing in every bite. A light glaze gives the tall, golden cake a delicate crust.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon zest.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 60-70 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool 10 minutes longer. Place waxed paper under rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm cake. Cool completely before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 350 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • slmacbeth
    Mar 19, 2018

    Pretty good, it was a hit at church

  • Steph
    Jan 14, 2018

    Cake came out moist and fluffy with a nice crust on the top. The lemon glaze is a nice addition to the cake.

  • Sweetz
    Jul 15, 2017

    First time trying this simple but easy to follow recipe! I made this cake this morning without the icing,(it's really awsome with no icing) and the cake is super moist and fluffy has a nice crunchy top and it was just amazing! I will be putting this one in my personal at home book of recipes! Just the perfect amount of lemon flavor not too much but just perfect. Thank you For sharing this one! I have made another online lemon cake and it wasn't this good too lemony. But this was perfect. Must have this again!

  • LindaS_WI
    May 17, 2017

    I made this recipe for my grandson's birthday and he went crazy for it. He's always loved lemon ever since he was a baby and this was a huge hit with him. As MelissaLovesCoffee mentioned below, I also made this with Earth Balance dairy free margarine and almond milk and it worked perfectly.

  • Teehunnybee
    May 17, 2016

    Great recipes, however the two of sugar barely made it sweet. I wasn't able to taste the lemon flavor with 11/2 tsp of lemon extract and the lemon peel. But cake is very moist and fluffy

  • MelissaLovesCoffee
    May 2, 2016

    I made it dairy free by using Earth Balance instead of butter and vanilla non-dairy milk instead of milk. Such a delicious cake! It was tender, moist, and had just the perfect amount of lemon.

  • MrsE1
    Apr 30, 2016

    Yummy lemon flavor. Made for a girl's brunch - PERFECT.To vah4bm: you didn't follow the recipe to a "T", as you stated, if you used skim milk instead of 2%. Also, the recipe directions say to beat in extracts ( with an "s") which would include the vanilla extract. Hmmmm, perhaps your cake didn't turn out because you didn't follow directions . . .

  • missrochester32f
    Feb 29, 2016

    This cake is AMAZING!!!! I never have any luck with bundt cakes mine usully turn out dry and crumbly NOT THIS ONE!! This cake baked up Beautifully! Melted in my mouth!! So moist with a beatiful texture!!! I will definitely make this cake again!

  • key-ko
    Sep 8, 2015

    It looks great, my favorite recipe now, love it !!

  • eawickes
    Jul 27, 2015

    I made this for my moms birthday and everyone who ate it loved it. It didn't last for more than a day