Luscious Lemon Loaf

Luscious Lemon Loaf {A Pretty Life}
I’m noticing that I’m kind of obsessed with yellow, white, grey and black!

When we first moved to our current city, we lucked out and met some great neighbours, who became good friends for the short time they lived here. Β This lemon loaf recipe came from her. Β I now make it every year when my in-laws bring back a box of citrus fruit for us from Arizona. Β I don’t make it at any other time of the year for some reason, but in February, it’s a nice little ray of much needed sunshine.


Luscious Lemon Loaf



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Grated rind from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, 1 at a time.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add 1/2 flour mix to butter mix.
  5. Then add 1/2 milk.
  6. Add rest of flour mix.
  7. Add rest of milk. And add lemon gratings.
  8. Line a loaf pan with wax paper.
  9. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45-50 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. In the mean time, combine the lemon juice with the 1/4 cup sugar. (Or you could use your lemon sugar and add your lemon juice to it.)
  11. When the cake is done baking, take it out of the oven, and pierce holes in it with a knife. Pour lemon juice/sugar mix over warm cake.
  12. Let sit. This cake is even better the next day.

Luscious Lemon Loaf
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  • Reply Pamela February 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Mmmm. Juse seems like a bit of sunshine, doesn’t it? My husband likes all things lemon so this will be a hit at our house.

  • Reply Lee Ann February 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Ooh this looks delicious! I think I’ll try this out this week! We have had a couple of lovely sunny days so this will be a nice compliment. Have a lovely weekend x

  • Reply ann February 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    I love a good lemon loaf! Luscious.

  • Reply b. lee February 27, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    i luv lemony baked goods * so gonna have to try this! yummers * *

  • Reply Lisa February 27, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Mmm, I love lemony treats. They never fail to please me. This cake looks like a really good one. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up.

  • Reply Brittany @Real Sustenance February 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Sounds and looks wonderful!!
    Wanted to invite you to share this recipe (and others) at a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays! This recipe fits the theme perfectly.

    Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shannon February 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    This looks so delicious! It makes me want spring even more.

  • Reply Pam King February 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I too love everything LEMON! … your loaf looks like a hit!


  • Reply Cheryl February 27, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    I love lemon, this looks sooo good. I remember a neighbor when I was kid making a lemon sauce she served on Angel Food Cake–I bet it would be good on this.

  • Reply rebecca February 28, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    this sounds SO good. going to try this recipe ASAP! πŸ™‚ love your cute blog Jo-Anna! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cara February 28, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    My husband LOVES lemon-y baked goods, and I bet this would be a big hit at my house. Your blog is so cute (love the gray and yellow)!

  • Reply Heather February 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it. Your blog is so pretty and catches the eye. It makes me feel so happy inside every time I read it and look at the pictures. It inspires me to step outside my box and want to create. I just need to learn how to manage my three crazy but lovely children so that I can have more time to experiment with your ideas!!!

  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs February 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Thank you for all the nice comments everyone!

    Heather – your comment is so lovely. It reinforces for me why I continue to do this blog – sometimes it all feels so silly. But it makes me happy too! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Laura Lou March 1, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    I just made the loaf and it is FANTASTIC! & a hit with the kids which is always a bonus. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amy March 2, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    Oh wow, your cake look moist and fluffy. I gotta try your recipe with the Meyer lemons I’ve got on hand.

    I’m hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March–the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn’ have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!


  • Reply Jill March 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    I love lemon! Love it so much!

  • Reply Michelle March 13, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    I’ve now made this recipe twice in a week…. heck, in 2 days πŸ™‚
    It’s THAT good!!! My first one didn’t make it long after the lemon/sugar drizzle… It’s yummy warm too πŸ˜€

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  • Reply Matt and Rebecca March 31, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Thanks so much! I didn’t have any lemon, but used lime instead. Turned out GREAT! The kids absolutely loved it!

  • Reply Sue June 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Just found this today…. I love lemon anything….. I will try this soon…thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Sue

  • Reply hungryhippie November 27, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Would this be like lemon cake?? I had some last week and just about died–very dense and moist, with a nice light glaze type iceing on top. If you ever do a recipe for that, I would love you forever!! LOL
    Looking at all your lemon stuff now. I’m addicted to all things lemon-y.

  • Reply Sheryn April 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Can’t wait to make this!
    What a delicious looking ray of sunshine!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Reply Cindy February 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Oh YUM … gotta run & go vote for you. xx

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 20, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Thank you Cindy! I appreciate your votes SO much! xoxo

  • Reply lynda January 31, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna, I don’t remember if I wished you and your family HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A VERY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS 2016!!

    I made your Lemon Loaf, turned out beautiful, very delicate. But, I didn’t know if after you pour the sugar lemon juice over do you leave it until the next day in the wax paper. I pulled off the wax paper when it was cooled and it took some of the crust of the loaf with it. Maybe I should have left the wax paper on it until the next day. Jan 31, 2016 6:40 pm

  • Reply Andrea July 12, 2018 at 10:03 PM

    Nothing like fresh lemon in a cake! Summer is a tangy season! Delightful!

  • Reply Andrea July 22, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    My oh my how yummy! Making it for the second time. First was delicious but sunk in the middle. Any idea why?

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