Lemon Cornmeal Cake

  • This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it! #lemoncake #lemon #cornmeal #cake #lemondessert #cornmealcake

    This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

    Lemon screams spring time to me and brightens up any day! I LOVE baking with lemon because it just perfumes the entire kitchen.

    I’ve got a lemon cornmeal cake to share with you guys today and a brand new video below on how to make it!

    This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

    Why I love this lemon cornmeal cake so much!

    Oh my gosh. Lemon desserts and spring is just the perfect equation. It literally makes my soul happy when I bake lemon desserts in the springtime. It’s just a sign that warm weather is here :)

    Putting cornmeal in cakes is a brilliant idea that I wish were more common.

    It gives it such a nice texture but not like cornbread. It’s very subtle but a great balance.

    This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

    My lemon cornmeal cake with lemon glaze is the ultimate lemon dessert. The cake is SO moist and fluffy. We devoured this cake and I think you will too!

    It’s deceivingly light and the lemon scent just makes you feel so clean and bright. It puts a smile to my face whenever I bake with lemon.

    And oh my gosh, the sweet and tangy glaze on top is PERFECTION.

    This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

    Honestly, it was hard to just eat one slice! Be sure to watch me make it below!

     

    Lemon Cornmeal Cake
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    25 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    This lemon cornmeal cake is the ultimate way to ring in spring! It's so light and cornmeal gives this cake a subtle but distinct texture! You will love the glaze on top too. If you love all things lemon, this cake has your name on it!

    Servings: 8
    Calories: 420 kcal
    Ingredients
    For the cake
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/2 cup citrus olive oil or any light olive oil
    For the glaze
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper (I traced it and then cut it to fit the bottom of the pan perfectly) then lightly grease the rest of the cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla extract, almond extract, and olive oil.
    4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then pour the liquid in. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Definitely try to FOLD it instead of STIRRING it. It yields a way lighter cake and won't be as dense. Fold until everything is incorporated and no dry ingredients and clumps can be seen.
    5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake on the middle rack in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    6. Once you have removed the cake from the oven, run a sharp knife around the edges then carefully (with oven mitts on) place a wire cooling rack on the cake in the pan. Holding the cake pan and wire rack, invert the cake onto the wire rack. Place another wire rack on top of the cake then invert again so the cake is now upright. Let cool completely.
    7. While the cake cools, make the glaze in a small bowl. Whisk together all the ingredients and set aside. If you prefer a thinner glaze, add more lemon juice or water.
    8. Once cake has cooled, pour the glaze on the top of the cake and serve!

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    Adapted from Bon Appetit

    Nutrition Facts
    Lemon Cornmeal Cake
    Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
    Calories 420 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 16g 25%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
    Sugars 37g
    Protein 5g 10%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Heather @Boston Girl Bakes says:

    Oh man I am a sucker for lemon desserts! And literally JUST started watching Game of Thrones this weekend! Oh boy do we have a long ways to go :-)

    • Julie says:

      Oh man, prepared to binge watch them! Honestly, it’s the best way to go because you don’t have to wait around every week for episodes to come on :) no cliffhangers! Haha, just press play

  • Jenny Flake says:

    This cake!!! Looks fabulous Julie!!

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery says:

    So ehm…. THE RED WOMAN!

    • Julie says:

      CENTURIES OLD!!!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    LOVE cornmeal in baking. I’ll make this beauty for Mother’s Day!

  • My Linh says:

    Wow I’ve never heard of a cornmeal cake before. They sound (and most of all: LOOK) delicious though. I love lemon in cakes :D

  • Heather Christo says:

    I can’t even handle it that GOT is back on air- although it really messes up my Sunday night sleep because I think about it all night. I’m completely obsessed. Cake is gorgeous by the way.

  • Naomi says:

    So I still haven’t watched game of thrones. I guess I need to get on that! As for this cake – I love cornmeal in cake, so naturally I need to try this!

  • Maria says:

    I love all things lemon!

  • Moe says:

    Love anything lemon. Can you use regular extra virgin olive oil or should it be light?

    • Julie says:

      You could use extra virgin olive oil but you just might taste the olive oil more in the cake than when you use a light olive oil. Hope that helps!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    What a pretty Spring cake! Perfect for a ladies luncheon, brunch or baby shower. Pinned

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    Bring on all things lemon! This cake is going on my Mother’s Day list

  • del davies says:

    Here in South Africa, the only “cornmeal” we can buy is cornflour which is white not yellow. Would this be suitable ?

    • Julie says:

      Typically the corn flour is ground much finer than cornmeal so while I want to say yes, you can use it in place of cornmeal, please do keep in mind that texturally, the cake might turn out a bit different.

  • Cat @ Reader/Eater says:

    I feel like Tyrion is a lemon dessert sort of fella.

    He’s the only Lannister that doesn’t use the tears of his enemies as sprinkles.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What an amazing spring treat! Love the lemon!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    This is so pretty! I wish I could have a slice right now!

  • Amelie Moore says:

    Wow, really, I can’t get over that delicious taste! So simple and yet – sooo great. Thank you for this recipe – it’s a real keeper

  • John Gibson says:

    Looks Extremely delicious…. want to have a slice of it right now.

  • Shelley says:

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest when I had a craving for baking something delicious. I got too excited about it and didn’t check to make sure I had all the ingredients. Ended up making this exactly to the recipe except used lime instead of lemon (oops. I had no lemons) and coconut extract instead of almond (I had no almond). End result was amazing! I can’t wait to try it again with lemon.

  • Dolores says:

    Is there a way to print this out so I can take it to the kitchen & make this cake?
    Also, I am waiting for the next season GOT-binge watched them all last year-it has been agony waiting now like “normal” folks for the next season to begin!

    • Julie says:

      Yes, there is! Under the photo in the recipe card, there is a big purple PRINT button! Click on that and it should take you to a printer friendly page.

    • Marni says:

      Seriously I’ve been waiting since last season ended…ugh I wanted to cry when they said it wasn’t coming back until July 16th instead of April…and now I hear season 8 will be the last :'( …..ok now I’m off to make this scrumptious cake!

  • Nancy says:

    This cake is so delicious!

  • Linda says:

    Just made this cake. I didn’t have citrus olive oil. I used plain virgin olive oil. I also put in some poppy seeds in the cake batter and in the glaze. I can see many different possibilities. Good recipe. Thank you.

    • Julie says:

      so happy to hear! yes, so many possibilities!

  • Victoria says:

    Oh man, I love anything lemon!! Definitely need to try this! :)

    • Julie says:

      You won’t regret it :)

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