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Lemon Cake Recipe with a Twist

Super easy Lemon Cake Recipe. Moist, lemony, and delicious. The bottom is layered with brown sugar, apple, and almonds. Enjoy the taste of caramelized fruit while having a great cake. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 220kcal


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice


  • A medium apple peeled cored, and sliced
  • Enough brown sugar to cover the bottom of the baking pan
  • ½ cup almond slices


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line your 8” baking pan (I used springform) with parchment paper. Keep aside.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl, add the sugar, vanilla, and the eggs. Beat until the mixture is creamy and light in color.
  • Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, buttermilk, and oil to the wet mixture and mix for two minutes until combined.
  • Add the flour and mix gently for few seconds. Ignore the lumps if you see any, but don’t mix the batter for more than 30 seconds or the cake won’t be light in texture.
  • Distribute the brown sugar evenly to the bottom of the baking pan to cover it. Sprinkle the almond slices over the brown sugar. Evenly layer the apple slices over the almond and brown sugar.
  • Pour the cake batter over the layered apple slices. Tap the baking pan one time and gently over the kitchen counter to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake the cake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake come out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 9 minutes, then flip on a wire rack (bottom of the cake should be facing up while cooking on the wire rack.). When the cake is completely cool, cut into slices and enjoy with coffee or tea.


Calories: 220kcal