One Bowl Lemon Cake

Moist and fluffy lemon cake made with just one bowl! Minimum clean up, maximum deliciousness!

One Bowl Lemon Cake

I’m a fan of one-bowl anything. I like to avoid the messy clean up part of an indulgent dessert. Confession time: I’m a little OCD and I can’t really enjoy my cake until the dishes are in the dishwasher. I feel like they’re staring me down from their haphazard tower reminding me that I have a lot of elbow grease to put in after my dessert is devoured. I usually break down and do the dishes first. Drives my husband crazy. But if I only have a bowl and a couple of beaters to throw in the dishwasher, that takes about 7 seconds and I’m on to my GIANT slice of cake that much sooner. Ahhhhhhh…. now I can truly enjoy my dessert.

One Bowl Lemon Cake

This cake is not only super duper easy, but it’s also soooooo yummy! Fluffy and moist and covered in creamy lemon frosting! Mmmmmm. Definitely a crowd pleaser AND a chef-pleaser with quick prep and even quicker clean up. Gotta love a one bowl lemon cake!

One Bowl Lemon Cake

One Bowl Lemon Cake
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One Bowl Lemon Cake

Moist and fluffy lemon cake made with just one bowl! Minimum clean up, maximum deliciousness!
Course Dessert
Keyword cake, Lemon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Author Tiffany


  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar


  • Line 2 8 or 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and dust with flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add egg whites, milk, butter, lemon juice, oil, and vanilla to bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake 30-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on cooling racks.
  • For the frosting, mix together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice, lemon zest. Mix until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Carefully turn cakes out of pans and remove parchment paper. Frost the top of one of the cakes. Stack the second cake on top of the frosted cake. Use remaining frosting to frost the entire outside of the stacked cakes. Store in airtight container up to 24 hours.


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I too love easy clean up recipes. In fact “easy and quick” is me these days. Love lemon cake so may give this ago very soon.

Love the simplicity of this cake!

I love the sound of this cake, definitely want to make it. I am just surprised at the amount of flour vs. wet ingredients. Does this cake really call for 4 cups of flour????? That seems like a lot compared to how little butter/oil are in the cake.

    1 star
    Cake was very heavy and not at all moist and fluffy. I also think way too much flour. Batter was like paste.

I LOVVVVVVVVVVE your blog. This is such a gorgeous recipe, I can’t wait to try it. Your photos always blow me away (and inspire me!!)

    Thank you Becky! 🙂 🙂

This looks delicious. Lemon is my favorite flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

I just made this cake for my mom’s birthday today and I am so excited for my family to try it at the family dinner tomorrow! Hopefully everyone will be impressed! 🙂 Thank you s much for providing this fun and easy recipe, I love your blog!

    Thanks Olivia! I hope that your family was impressed and enjoyed this cake! 🙂

Good recipe

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