Old Fashioned Triple Lemon Cake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

This recipe uses 3 lemons, thus the name "triple". Three lemons will yield enough juice and rind needed for this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat 3/4 cup butter at medium speed of an electric mixture until creamy; gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tbsp lemon zest, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; add to the butter mixture. Mix at low speed until blended. Stir in the lemon extract. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9 inch round cakepan with 2 inch sides.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from pan. Place cake on a wire rack on a baking sheet.
  4. Combine 2/3 cup powdered sugar and 1/3 cup lemon juice in a small bowl, stirring until blended. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the warm cake. Let the cake cool completely.
  5. Combine 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 1/2 tbsp butter, and remaining 1 tbsp lemon zest in a medium bowl; beat well. Spread on top of the cooled cake. Serve with strawberries if desired.
Most Helpful

5 5

I just love lemon, so I knew I had to try this cake!!! I loved the mixture of sour/tart with the sweet, but others felt it was too tart, what is wrong with them, lol!!! I loved that this is a smaller cake, so not a huge amount of leftover cake, perfect now, for us empty nesters, lol!!! Made for "The Best of 2014" tag game!!

5 5

Wonderful cake. Omitted the frosting (we do not like frosting) but for the rest made as stated. Extremely pleased I found this recipe. Thanks for posting.

5 5

Made for your Football Pool win & served as part of our multi-family Thanksgiving menu as it met the need for a lactose-free dessert. I made 2 chgs - 1 of necessity & another as a pers preference. Pan sizes in Iceland are not consistent w/the US, so I used a 9-in sq baking pan & cut the cake in 16 sq pieces to serve. Frosting is often viewed as overkill, esp if 2 desserts are eaten after a heavy meal. So I creatively turned the glaze & frosting into a combo of the 2. This is an easy-fix & was well-rec'd. The crumb is tender, moist & full of the lemon flavor. This was a real DH-pleaser dessert & will definitely encore by request for spec occasions. Thx for sharing your recipe w/us.