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Perfect Lemon Bundt Cake

This lemon Bundt cake is perfect. It is the most delicate texture and rich flavor. I had rather small lemons and wanted it to be an intense flavor, so I added more zest. I also had a chunk of ginger on hand, so I added it to the lemon soaking syrup, but otherwise the recipe is all Sarabeth. 


  • 3 cups (426 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups (490 grams) super fine sugar I used regular granulated sugar and it came out just great
  • 2/3 cup (174 grams) plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup (75 grams) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature

Lemon Soaking Syrup

  • 1/3 cup (84 grams) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (98 grams) sugar
  • 1 inch-long piece ginger sliced thin (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-cup (9-inch) Bundt pan.
  • Whisk together the flour, soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In another medium bowl, rub the sugar and zest together. This helps to spread the lemon flavor throughout the cake.
  • Whisk the yogurt, milk and lemon juice together.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter on high until smooth, about 1 minute. Slowly add the lemon sugar and continue beating until light in texture and color, about 5 minutes. Don't skimp on this step, since it is crucial to the texture of your cake.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Reduce the speed to low and add 1/3 of the flour. Add half the yogurt. Repeat with another 1/3 flour mixture, followed by the yogurt and finishing with the flour. Scraping the bowl as you go.
  • Put the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean.* Allow the lemon bundt cake to rest in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Make the soaking syrup: Mix the lemon, sugar and ginger together until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to sit while the cake bakes.
  • Turn the cake out onto a serving dish. While the lemon bundt cake is still warm, brush the entire surface with the lemon soaking syrup.