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Lemon Cornmeal Cake

This lemon cornmeal cake is a beautiful summery cake. Top it with any in season fruits and edible flowers for a pretty presentation!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornmeal cake, cornmeal desserts, lemon cornmeal cake, lemon cornmeal cake topped with blueberries
Servings: 12
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 2- 8 inch cake pans, medium bowl for mixing


Lemon Cornmeal Cake Batter

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour If you do not want to use whole wheat flour, just use all-purpose in it's place. It really is good both ways.
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour Remember when measuring flour to use to scoop and scrape method. Scoop it into our measuring cup with a spoon then level it.
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sour cream or nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Lemon Buttercream

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • fresh lemon juice I used about 2 tablespoons. You may need more or less depending on how thick you like you icing.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Butter your cake pans with softened butter. I like to use a parchment on the bottoms of the pans as well, it is optional, but it makes it so much easier. If you want to do this, place your cake pan on the parchment paper and trace around the bottom. Cut that circle, making sure to cut off the pen or paper markings so that won't be baked in your cake :). Place the parchment circle in the bottom of your buttered pan and set aside.
    Combine your flours, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
    In another small bowl, mix your sugar and lemon zest. I like to do this as I think it helps to evenly distribute the lemon zest through the batter. Set aside.
    Now, add butter and lemon sugar to medium sized bowl and beat with a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy. You can also do this by hand, just be ready for a good arm workout!
    Next, add in eggs, vanilla, yogurt and lemon juice. Mix to combine.
    Last up is the dry ingredients. Add them in. Don't over mix here, only mix just to combine.
    Divide the batter between your 2 cake pans as evenly as possible. Spread to flatten.
    Place in oven on medium shelf.
    Bake for 20-35 minutes. I give a good variation in time as there are always a few variables. Like, what your actual oven temp is, the thickness of your cake pan, and altitude.
    I like to test with toothpick. Insert carefully in the center of the cake. I check at about 20 minutes, and go from there. You want the toothpick to come out fairly clean, but not perfectly clean. I also use the touch test. Gently, very gently, press the middle of the cake. If it feels almost all the way done, it is good. All baked goods have a certain amount of carry over cooking that happens even once it is removed from the heat source. Cake especially still have plenty of residual heat once removed. This means they will continue to cook even after they are removed.
    So, with whole grain baked goods, make sure it isn't baked all the way through. It should be a touch under done, just a touch. Then as it finished cooking, it will be perfectly baked.
    Now, remove from oven and allow to cool on cooling rack for about 7-10 minutes. Next invert cake pan on cooling rack or into your hands. While it is upside down, remove the parchment paper. Then place on the cooling rack on the bottom to allow it to finish cooling.
    Once it is finished cooling, move to icing.
    I made this a naked cake. What that means is it is barely skimmed with icing on the outside. Ice as shown in post.
    Top the cake with whatever fruits you are into. If you have edible flowers, use those as well as they make such a beautiful presentation.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!

Lemon Buttercream

  • Add butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest to medium bowl. Add in about ¼ cup fresh lemon juice to start. Blend on high until the icing is light and fluffy. Add more fresh lemon juice as needed to get the consistency you are looking for.
    Ice cake as desired.