Glazed Lemon Loaf

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 60 mins
Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
Yield: 1 loaf or 10 servings


For the loaf:

1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
3 large eggs at room temperature
2 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice from the same lemon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup sour cream, removed from fridge 15 mins before using

For the glaze:
1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
1 tbsp lemon juice, plus more if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F (163 C). Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper that cover the bottom and all sides. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer (or you can mix by hands) until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the egg, 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. The mixture should be super fluffy.

  3. Add the lemon zest, juice, vanilla and beat to combine together.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour to the egg & butter mixture, follow by the sour cream. Your order should be: 1/3 of the flour mixture, 1/2 of the sour cream, beat to combine. Then, add another 1/3 of the flour and the rest of the sour cream. Mix well, then add the last 1/3 of the flour. Remember to scrape the side of the bowl well and mix in whatever ingredients stuck to the side.

  5. Pour the mixture to the loaf pan and level the top.

  6. Bake for 55-60 mins or until the cake passes the toothpick test (when you insert the toothpick into the cake and it comes out clean).
  7. Allow the cake to cool on a cooling rack. Meanwhile, mix together the glaze by combining the icing sugar and lemon juice to the consistency of your liking. Optional: you can zest in half a lemon for a pop of lemon taste in the icing.
  8. Place the loaf on a baking sheet or parchment paper, then pour the glaze on top. This will catch any drips from the glaze and minimize your clean up.

  9. Cool the cake completely, slice and enjoy.

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