Best Ever Lemon Loaf Recipe • Tamarind & Thyme (2024)

I am so in love with this cake, it is the Best Ever Lemon Loaf Recipe I have ever baked. Yes, I know it’s sounds odd, bragging about my own recipe.

Best Ever Lemon Loaf Recipe

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Well that’s what I thought until a lady sent me a very nasty comment telling me that my Lemon Loaf was not as great as I thought it was.

So back to the drawing board I went. I must have tested this recipe at least 10 times, I am not exaggerating. Never mind that I tested the original recipe a million times already.

I think my helper is tired of tasting my lemon loaves. Todayshe must have felt some relief when I told her I am done testing. This is the one.

If it’s one cake I simply love it’s a lemon loaf. Although I have had success with my old recipe some people may have struggled with it.

After much research and testing different techniques I have finally found the perfect recipe. I am not going to take all the credit for this one.

I saw a recipe on a blog called Vintage Kitchen Notes. In her recipe she beat the sour cream with the butter.

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There was no baking powder in the recipe, the air in the batter helps the cake rise with a little help from the tiny bit of bicarbonate of soda.

She also used slightly more flour than I used in my original recipe. So I increased the flour just a tad bit.

And you know what those little changes will make it easy for anyone to make this loaf. It has a fine crumb, not that my previous one didn’t have one.

But what I really wanted to achieve, which I felt my other loaf lacked, was that rise. This cake did rise and stayed there.

The previous one did rise but once cool it did flatten a little. I guess it also depends on how finicky you are about things.

Maybe I am not one that is obsessed with perfection. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

I have so much more to stress about in life than worry about whether my cakes are picture perfect.

I love the tangy taste of lemons in a cake, this one has just the right amount. The sour cream makes this cake light and moist.

You don’t have to believe everything I say but do try the recipe and see for yourself. And if it turns out as great as I say then you can thank me.

Although I did incorporate air in my batter, using a different technique in my previous recipe. I feel it may have worked for me but I think some people struggled with keeping it aerated.

I drizzled a lemon glaze on top of the cake but you don’t have to add more lemon if you don’t want to. You can add milk instead of lemon juice to the glaze if you prefer.

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If it’s lemon cake I really want to taste the lemon so it’s why I went all the way with lemons. I don’t regret it though, this is the Best Ever Lemon Loaf Recipe and a keeper for me.

Important Notes

Firstly you have to make sure your butter, eggs and sour cream is at room temperature. Take your stuff out the fridge at least an hour before you start baking.

Before you start the baking process ensure you have all your ingredients at the ready. You don’t want to leave your mixture lying around whilst you start gathering your other ingredients.

When grating the lemon rind be careful not to get the white bits of the lemon. That does create a bitter taste.

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Please grease your loaf pan a little, with some oil. I also add a piece of baking paper to the bottom and sides of the pan because I am extra cautious and it’s easier to remove the loaf from the pan.

Hope you love this recipe as much as I do. If you’re looking for a vegan version of this recipe why not try this one from the Cheeky Chickpea.

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Super Moist Chocolate Sheet Cake

Egg-Free Fruit Cake

Recipe first publishedMarch 10, 2021 Updated March 16, 2023

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Best Ever Lemon Loaf Recipe

Tangy, moist and delicious Lemon Loaf

5 from 7 votes

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 45 minutes mins

Course Dessert


  • 125 gram/1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1&2/3 cup cake wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream room temperature

Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a loaf pan 9"x4" or about 22x11cm with butter and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper

  • Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda and set aside

  • In a large bowl beat the butter and sour cream together for at least 1 minute, using an electric hand mixer. Rub the lemon zest into the sugar. Add it to the butter mixture and beat for 4 minutes until it's light in color. You can beat this on a medium speed

  • Mix in the eggs, one a time. Ensure it is well incorporated

  • Mix in the lemon and juice

  • Add the flour, half at a time. Using the electric mixer, mix until combined, on a low speed. Do not be tempted to over mix.

  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Use a spatula and smooth the top. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  • Allow cake to cool completely before turning it onto a cooling rack

Lemon Glaze

  • Mix the icing sugar and glaze together using a whisk

  • Drizzle over the cool cake


  1. If you prefer more glaze you can double the amount of icing sugar and lemon juice
  2. The granulated sugar can be substituted with castor sugar
  3. Sour cream gives this cake that fine crumb and definitely adds a beautiful flavour to this loaf so I wouldn't recommend a substitute
  4. I don't feel the need to add vanilla essence, however, feel free to add a teaspoon if you wish
  5. I always use salted butter in all my baking. I understand that the salt content differs from butter to butter but I don't think enough to create a disaster
  6. The size of the pan matters. If your pan is slightly bigger then you won't get it to rise well because the batter will spread out more

Keyword best ever lemon loaf, lemon cake, lemon drizzle, lemon loaf, tangy lemon loaf

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