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

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!!

diner524 February 09, 2015

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.

Chef Dudo February 08, 2015

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.

twissis November 25, 2014