Lemon Sheet Cake – Cookies and Cups

This straightforward Lemon Sheet Cake recipe is extremely moist and excellent for a celebration or vacation dessert. The comfortable cake is topped with tart and creamy lemon icing that I might eat with a spoon!

Be sure to strive my Lemon Cream Pie Recipe too! It’s implausible!

pulling a piece of lemon cake from the pan with a cake server

Do-it-yourself Lemon Sheet Cake

This lemon sheet cake recipe is one among my newest obsessions. The one downside with this cake is that I’ll eat the entire thing! I’m the one one in my home who likes lemon desserts…bizarre, proper? All of them appear to like lemon sweet, lemonade, lemon/lime soda…however not lemon cake? Makes ZERO sense to me! However the beauty of this recipe is it’s good for journey, which suggests any occasion you’re invited to, that is the dessert to deliver…that approach I get a slice, however I’m not tempted with a complete cake on the counter!

What To Count on With This Sheet Cake Recipe:

What makes this cake so nice is that there’s no stand mixer or hand mixer required, that means it’s an EASY recipe! It’s fairly foolproof. The cake is so tremendous moist and comfortable, and the icing is tart and creamy. It makes such a fairly presentation when you add these little lemon wedges on high too. It’s the right Easter/springtime/summer time cake recipe! 

sheet cake in a pan sliced with lemon wedges

What You Will Want/Elements:

  • All objective flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon zest and juice
  • Butter 
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Eggs
  • Bitter cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter 
  • Powdered Sugar

How To Make Texas Sheet Cake:

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 15x10x1- inch pan, also referred to as a jelly roll pan, with nonstick baking spray, or you may grease the pan with butter. Definitely you might line the cake pan with parchment paper when you want, nevertheless it’s not needed because you’re serving this proper out of the pan!
  2. Make the Cake Batter: Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest collectively in a big bowl and set the dry components apart. Subsequent seize a medium saucepan and add within the butter, water, and lemon juice. Warmth this over medium excessive warmth and convey it to a boil. As soon as it’s reached a boil take away it from the warmth. Pour the new butter combination proper into the flour combination and stir to mix. Then you definitely’ll add within the bitter cream, eggs, and vanilla and stir till clean. Pour the batter into the prepped pan.
  3. Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes till the middle is ready, or till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear. Place the cake pan on a wire rack and permit it to chill the cake within the pan for 15-20 minutes when you are prepping your icing. 
  4. For the icingAdd the butter and lemon juice to a medium saucepan and cook dinner over medium warmth till the butter melts. Alternately you might do that within the microwave in a big, microwave-safe bowl. Stir the butter and lemon juice collectively to mix after which add within the powdered sugar slowly, whisking till mixed and clean. As soon as the icing is prepared pour it everywhere in the cake whereas it’s nonetheless a little bit heat. This enables a little bit little bit of the icing to soak into the cake, whereas nonetheless leaving a pleasant, thick layer of icing on high. 
  5. To Serve: Permit the cake to chill utterly for the prettiest slices. I additionally wish to garnish with some recent lemon slices or recent berries, like blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries. However observe the fruit will leak a little bit juice onto the icing, so I do that step proper earlier than serving.
pouring icing onto a cake


This lemon cake recipe is admittedly fast and straightforward to make, however I do have just a few ideas for you for achievement!

  • Sift the powered sugar for a lump free icing. Irrespective of how a lot I whisk icing, I at all times find yourself with just a few powdered sugar lumps. The certain method to stop this from occurring is to sift the powdered sugar earlier than including, eliminating any massive lumps!
  • Use recent lemon juice. Recent lemon juice is admittedly key to this cake. The icing is so candy and creamy, however the tartness of recent lemon juice actually stands out! Utilizing a lemon squeezer is a large assist!
  • I exploit this pan to make all my sheet muffins. It was a present given to me at Christmas and I like it a lot. It’s completely nonstick and I barely should grease my pan. Plus, it bakes evenly and has nice handles! 


  1. You may make this right into a Lemon Texas Sheet Cake with the addition of nuts. I feel some chopped pistachios  could be scrumptious! Sprinkle a number of the chopped nuts proper into the lemon frosting earlier than pouring in on the cake. Be sure to take a look at my Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake Recipe and my White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
  2. Swap up the icing recipe and make it a Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting as a substitute! Merely soften 4 ounces of cream cheese and 4 ounces of butter collectively. Add within the 1/3 cup of lemon juice, and three cups of powdered sugar.
  3. Make this cake any taste citrus you want, simply swap out the lemon zest and juice with both lime or orange!

How To Retailer:

This cake could be saved at room temperature for as much as 3 days. Cowl it hermetic with plastic wrap proper within the pan!

side shot of a slice of lemon sheet cake

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This Lemon Sheet Cake is ideal for a crowd! The comfortable, moist lemon cake is topped with a creamy and tart lemon icing that I might eat with a spoon!


  • 2 cups all objective flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup recent squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 massive eggs, evenly whisked
  • 1/2 cup bitter cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  1. Cake: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 15x10x1- inch pan (jelly roll pan) with nonstick spray.
  2. In a big bowl whisk collectively the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. 
  3. Soften collectively the butter, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium warmth. Carry the combination to a boil, stirring often. Boil for 1 minute and take away the pan from the warmth.
  4. Pour the new butter combination into the flour combination and stir to mix. Add within the bitter cream, eggs, and vanilla and stir till clean. 
  5. Pour the cake batter into the ready pan.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes till the middle is ready, or till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear.
  7. Cool the cake within the pan for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Icing: Add your butter and lemon juice to a medium saucepan and cook dinner over medium warmth till the butter melts.
  9. Take away the pan from the warmth and whisk within the powdered sugar till clean.
  10. Pour the icing on high of the nice and cozy cake.
  11. Permit to chill utterly earlier than slicing and serving.


retailer hermetic for as much as 3 days

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