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meyer lemon bundt cake

This sunny Meyer lemon bundt cake is bright and buttery, the perfect way to make the most of citrus season. With swirls of homemade lemon curd and a golden, velvety crumb, this cake is lemon bundt perfection!

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Drizzled with lemon butter glaze, you’ll love this cake for brunch, dessert, or any special occasion. Sweet, tangy, and delicious down to the last crumb, this crave-worthy lemon bundt cake is one to have on repeat.

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

The Perfect Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Room Temperature Ingredients – Bring butter, eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) to room temperature before beginning. Room temperature ingredients incorporate more easily and create a smooth cake batter.

Lemons – Meyer lemons are sweeter and more fragrant than regular lemons, and make this cake shine. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, you can also use regular lemons.

Bundt Pan – Use a 10-cup bundt pan for this recipe. To prevent the cake from sticking, generously butter and flour the pan.

Lemon Curd Swirl – To create the swirl, spoon half of the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan. Smooth the batter with an offset spatula and tap the pan sharply to reduce air bubbles. Top with spoonfuls of lemon curd and gently swirl together with a toothpick or wooden skewer. Spoon remaining batter evenly over the lemon curd and carefully smooth with an offset spatula. Tap pan sharply again to reduce air bubbles.

Bake – Bake cake until golden and the top springs back to the touch, about 38 to 42 minutes. Your baking time may vary depending on the shape of your bundt pan, so start testing for doneness after 35 minutes. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack and brushing with lemon syrup.

Mini Bundt Cakes – To make individual Meyer lemon cakes, use a mini bundt pan. Depending on the size of the pan, this recipe will make 6 to 8 mini bundt cakes. Baking time will be approximately 24 to 26 minutes.

Lemon Syrup – While the cake is cooling in the bundt pan, combine Meyer lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and syrup thickens, about 4 minutes. Brush the warm cake with lemon syrup and let cool completely.

Lemon Butter Glaze – Whisk together melted butter, salt, Meyer lemon zest and juice, and powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cake and and let set before serving.

Make Ahead – This bundt cake can be made one day in advance. Let cool completely and store at room temperature overnight. Add the glaze just before serving.

How to Make Buttermilk

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, it’s easy to make your own buttermilk substitute: Mix 1 cup room temperature milk with 1 teaspoon acid (lemon juice or white vinegar). Stir, then let stand for 10 minutes before using.

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Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The BEST Meyer lemon bundt cake for citrus season! You’ll love this bright and buttery lemon cake!


Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Meyer lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Meyer lemon juice

Ribbon

Lemon Syrup

  • 3 Tbsp fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp sugar

Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Meyer lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and generously butter and flour a 10-cup bundt pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and Meyer lemon zest in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add eggs one at a time; mix in vanilla. Combine buttermilk, sour cream, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Beat in flour mixture in three additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture (begin and end with flour mixture), just until incorporated.
  3. Spoon half the batter into prepared bundt pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap pan sharply to reduce air bubbles. Top with spoonfuls of lemon curd and gently swirl together with a toothpick or wooden skewer. Spoon remaining batter evenly over the lemon curd and carefully smooth with an offset spatula. Tap pan sharply again to reduce air bubbles.
  4. Bake bundt cake for 38 to 42 minutes, until cake is golden, springs back to the touch, and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  5. Lemon syrup: Combine lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and syrup thickens, about 4 minutes. Carefully invert cake onto rack and brush the warm cake with lemon syrup. Let cool completely.
  6. Lemon glaze: Whisk together melted butter, salt, Meyer lemon zest and juice, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over cake and and let set before serving.

Notes

Lemons: I made this cake with Meyer lemons. A cross between regular lemons and mandarin oranges, the zest and juice is sweet and aromatic. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, you can also use regular lemons. Regular lemons will add a slightly more tangy, zesty flavor to the cake and glaze.

Lemon Curd: I used homemade Meyer lemon curd in this cake (lemon curd can be made up to a week in advance). You can also use a high quality jarred lemon curd.

Mini Bundt Cakes: To make individual bundt cakes, use a mini bundt pan. Depending on the size of the pan, this recipe will make 6 to 8 mini bundt cakes. Baking time will be approximately 24 to 26 minutes.

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Keywords: Meyer Lemon, Lemon, Bundt Cake, Bundt

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11 Comments

  1. I just happened to have all the ingredients for this recipe and I love making Bundt cakes so I gave it a try. Really a nice light cake. The glaze is delicious. It’s not a super sweet cake so…for sure a nice dessert but would also be great with a cup of tea or coffee at breakfast.

  2. Can you cut this cake into slices and freeze in ziplock bags? If “yes” would you use the glaze or omit it. Recipe was easy! Cake is baking now. Thanks

    1. Hi Laurie, yes you can freeze the cake (the whole cake or cake slices). I recommend freezing it unglazed. Let it thaw still wrapped (so condensation doesn’t form on the cake) and then glaze once the cake reaches room temperature. 🙂

  3. Can you change the butter for olive oil virgin extra? If it’s possible, which amount?
    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  4. Hi, Laura, again…
    I carefully checked my conversion of the amount of the salt for glaze… Oooops! I put too much salt, otherwise, perfect! So, I made glaze again the following day, and we all love this bundt cake as well as last one I made with your recipe 🙂 So moist the cake and can’t stop eating with glaze!!!!

  5. Researched a lot of Meyer lemon cake recipes —so glad I picked this one! Absolutely the best Meyer lemon Bundt cake! I made mini Bundt cakes from this recipe, gave to family for Easter weekend. They all raved about it, some even thought I bought the cakes from a bakery! Easy to make, delicious to eat! Making the large Bundt cake for my art group this weekend! Many thanks for a marvelous recipe!