Getränkter Zitronencake (Swiss Lemon Loaf)

"This lemon loaf is very popular here in Switzerland and extremely moist!"
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
1 loaf




  • The loaf pans in Switzerland are 9-10cm in width and adaptable in length. For this recipe you need to adapt the length to 28-30cm. However, I assume that this recipe will work equally well in a slightly different size of loaf pan.
  • Beat the butter.
  • Add some of the sugar, then an egg. Mix until well incorporated. Carry on with the remaining sugar and eggs the same way. Always make sure that the ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Add the zest of the two lemons.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Then mix into the other ingredients. Don't use an electric mixer for this.
  • Generously butter your loaf pan (see point 1) and pour the batter into it.
  • Bake on the middle shelf of your oven at 180°C/355°F for 60-65 minutes.
  • Cool cake slightly after it has baked.
  • Mix all ingredients for the glaze.
  • Use a knitting needle and make plenty of wholes into the loaf and pour the glaze over the cake.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Jane D.
    Do you have American meassurements for the emo loaf cake. It sounds delicious?


  1. arttinabycristina
    Excellent recipe! It came out even better than I expected. My family devoured this cake so fast that I need to bake another one tomorrow ! Thank you for sharing!
  2. MarraMamba
    i haven't made this yet, look forward to it but reading "crazy canuck"s question about converting to 1 cup each, don't forget that these are weights and flour is one of the more difficult to convert to cups because of density and type. Posting a flour conversion recipe and will update this when i have it but essentially in this recipe it would have to be 2 cups not 1 cup.
  3. Crazy Canuck Cook
    After reading others' comments, I was dissapointed with the result of this loaf. It had a strong egg taste and the texture was like a mushy sponge cake. I converted the measurements to 1 cup each of the butter, sugar, and flour. Perhaps that was my problem. Any suggestions? Plus, I baked my loaf for 40 minutes and the sides were already pulling away from the pan, so I took it out. That may have contributed to the odd texture. Sorry, but the taste and texture just didn't work out!
  4. chefwally
    Wonderfully moist. I love anything lemon and this will be at the top of my list. I had a standard lemon loaf that I made, but it is now replaced! Thanks.
  5. twissis
    This cake is so pretty, easy to fix & so easy to eat! I had my 1st piece the moment it was cool enough to come out of the loaf pan. It was light as air, moist & not at all in need of a glaze, for us at least. Thx for posting this, duck. We love it & I just wish I hadn't waited so darn long to make it.


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