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Lemon Sheet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Sheet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 16-20 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


This citrus-intense sheet cake is calling all lemon lovers to the yard; a super easy lemon sheet cake bursting with fresh lemon flavor and topped with lemon cream cheese frosting!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup whole buttermilk
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 13×9 baking pan with baking spray. Line with parchment paper and spray again. This ensures that the parchment paper adheres well to the pan.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together at medium speed until fluffy, 3-4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in lemon juice, lemon extract, and lemon zest.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk- beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely. Spread cream cheese frosting on top of cake, slice into squares, and garnish with candied or fresh thinly-sliced lemon slices, if desired. I found pre-packaged candied lemon slices from Trader Joes.
  7. Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  8. Beat the cream cheese and butter together with a mixer until creamy. Add in powdered sugar until combined, then add lemon extract.