Cook's Hideout: Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

April 17, 2013

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Blogging Marathon# 27: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Seasonal Dishes - Spring Dessert
Dish: Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake
Spring reminds me of Easter, colors and lemons, exactly in that order. I know lemonade is great for summer, but hearty desserts with lemon are excellent for Spring as well, me thinks. Bright, lemony desserts are the perfect way to end a Spring or a Summer meal. So today I have a lemon cake that is just oozing with fresh lemony flavor.
I used Meyer Lemons that have a nice citrusy background and are not as tart as regular lemons. You can of course make this cake with regular lemons. Meyer lemons are usually available end of winter and beginning of Spring.

This cake is full of lemon flavor; lemon zest and juice in the cake, then its soaked in lemon syrup and then drizzled with more lemony lemon glaze.
I have made this cake twice already and it has received rave reviews both times. I followed the recipe from here. First time I made it, I halved the recipe and made it in a 9" x 5" loaf pan and the second time I made the full recipe in my 12cup bundt pan.

For the Cake:
All purpose flour - 2cups (use 3 cups if not using wholewheat pastry flour)
Whole wheat Pastry flour - 1cup
Unsalted Butter - 2 sticks, at room temperature
Sugar - 2cups
Extra large Eggs - 4
Meyer Lemon  zest - 1/3 cup
Baking Powder - ½tsp
Baking Soda - ½tsp
Meyer Lemon juice - ¼cup
Buttermilk - ¾cup, at room temperature (or use half yogurt and half milk to make ¾ cup)
Vanilla extract - 1tsp

For the Syrup:
Sugar - ½cup
Freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice - ½cup

For the Glaze:
Sifted confectioners sugar - 1cup
Meyer Lemon juice - 3tbsp

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 8½" x 5½" loaf pan or a 9"x13" cake pan or a 12cup bundt cake.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes with hand mixer or stand mixer.
  • Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Next add the lemon zest and mix for 1 minute.
  • In a bowl, sift flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine lemon juice, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  • Alternately add flour and buttermilk mixture to the butter mixture, starting and finishing with flour mixture.
  • Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 45minutes to 1 hour or until a cake tester/ toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Make the Syrup: Combine sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook on low flame until sugar dissolves.
  • Once the cakes are done, let them cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove onto a wire rack and spoon the syrup on the top, then cool completely.
  • Make the glaze: Combine confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Once the cakes are cooled, drizzle the glaze and let it set before cutting.
Store any leftover cake in the fridge. 
 Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 27.


  1. cake looks absolutely mindblowing and photos are just as out of this world - so bright and clear!!!!

  2. We are still waiting for spring out here!! T'row looks good though :) The cake looks fabulous!!

  3. Mouth watering cake. Lemony goodness

  4. Now I need to check what these lemons are. The cake looks wonderful and lov that icing picture.

  5. Wat a gorgeous lemon bundt cake, citrus baked goodies are one of my weakness,i dont mind having a slice rite now for my breakfast.

  6. The cake looks gorgeous! I loved that picture where the glaze is being poured..

  7. Gorgeous looking cake,super tempting..makes me drool.

  8. How wow. Mindblowing, delicious. Cannot think of any more adjectives. My mind is flooded.:)

  9. I loved the second picture, wonder who holds the camera and who holds the jar in ur case, but i can only dream about such pictures for now,i loved the cake recipe, it seems perfect for spring

    1. Pradnya, I ALWAYS hold the camera and my husband SOMETIMES holds the utensils, that too for picture stills only :-)

    2. I thought you used a tripod for that picture!

  10. simply awesome and irresistible....

  11. I too loved that glaze pic..and what an awesome cake...and what wonderful flavor..super.

  12. what beautiful picstures Pavani! The pic of the lemons is so summery and i absolutely love the pic where you're pouring the glaze. Smashing good. I'm definitely trying this soon!!!

  13. Don't know if my comment got saved.So here it is again,
    The pics are too good and the lemon picture is soooo summery. And i absolutely love the pic where you're pouring the lemon glaze. Simply smashing. I'm gonna try this soon!

  14. Pavani, I say this again your pictures are so stunning, with two kiddos, you take awesome clicks!

    1. Valli, Thanks a lot for your kind words.

  15. Your bundt pan is so pretty. Love that drizzle on the cake. This one is a perfect tea cake. Love it.

  16. Your cake looks and sounds so delicious!

  17. Lovely looking bundt cake.picture perfect.

  18. It looks yumm.... perfectly done...

  19. perfect bundt cake, nice clicks

  20. Beautiful pics. Feel like having a slice now


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