Lemon Sheet Cake

Lemon Sheet Cake is fresh and light and perfect for warm weather! Soft Lemon Cake frosted with Cream Cheese Frosting with a hint of fresh lemon. This recipe is easy peasy lemon squeezy and so yummy! Who doesn’t love some lemon cake with lemon frosting!?!

Lelarge slice of lemon sheet with cream cheese frosting topped with lemon slices for garnish

Once the weather starts to warm up I get so excited for all things that remind me of summer! Smore’s anything, grilling, salads, sweet treats and anything lemon flavored! This Lemon Sheet cake made with fresh lemon juice is perfect for Spring or Summer and will satisfy that sweet tooth. The cake is soft and lemony and the frosting is a smooth cream cheese frosting with a hint of lemon!

Making the Lemon Sheet Cake

Lemon sheet cake made with fresh lemon is easy peasy lemon squeezy!! I love that it uses fresh squeezed lemon juice for the cake and frosting!

You will mix your dry ingredients in one bowl. Then, mix your wet ingredients in another bowl. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and stir until combined.

lemon sheet cake batter mixed up and a large spoon scooping the batter to show consistency

The dry ingredients you need are flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

For the wet ingredients for this lemon cake with lemon frosting, you will need butter, eggs, fresh squeezed lemon juice and sour cream. If you have made my Super Soft Sugar Cookies, you know that sour cream used in baking makes everything so soft!

Pour your batter into a greased half sheet pan/jelly roll pan.

Lemon Sheet Cake batter in half sheet pan waiting to bake

Baking the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Sheet Cake

You will bake your sheet cake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center of the cake, and edges start to brown. Let the sheet cake cool completely before frosting.

The Frosting

Every sheet cake needs a sweet and creamy frosting. Lemon cake with lemon frosting is a must! This recipe has the best frosting ever. I use my popular Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, but along with the vanilla extract I add some fresh squeezed lemon juice. It is subtle in the frosting but is the perfect addition to go along with the soft and moist lemon cake! You can add the lemon juice to taste. If you want a strong tart lemon flavor add more, add less if you want it more subtle, or skip the lemon because the cream cheese frosting on its own is perfect!

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting for Lemon Sheet Cake

Let the cake cool and then frost it with the lemon cream cheese frosting.

Slice your cake and enjoy!

a shot showing the sheet of cake with a piece cut  from the cake sitting on a plate next to the pan and lemons by the plate and pan
a bite of the lemon sheet cake on a fork showing the yellow crumble of the cake

For some other delicious sweet treats, try my Banana Bars, my Peanut Butter Fingers, Mom’s Pumpkin Bars, or my Super Soft Sugar Cookies or Banana Cookies!


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Lemon Sheet Cake

This Lemon Sheet Cake is Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! Soft lemon cake with a cream cheese lemon frosting makes this treat perfect for warm weather, picnics, BBQs, or any get together! It feeds a crowd and is loved by all!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 servings (approx.)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream *do not use light or low fat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup lemon juice *fresh squeezed *6-7 medium lemons, about 9 smaller lemons
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

LEMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese *not light or fat free
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice – fresh squeezed *more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° Grease your sheet pan/jelly roll pan.
    *See the post above to see the half sheet pans I use.
  • In a bowl add the dry ingredients together : flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the butter, eggs, sour cream, and lemon juice together.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour the cake batter into the greased sheet pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cake starts to pull away from the pan and a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center of the cake.
    NOTE: The top of this cake will not turn super golden brown like some white cakes will do when baking.
  • Let the cake cool before frosting.

LEMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • Using a mixer, hand mixer or by hand mix all of the frosting ingredients together. You can add more or less fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste.
    ***I love a lot of frosting on my cake. If you are frosting it and it just seems like too much for you, don't worry about using it all! Use only what you like!

Check out these yummy photos!

Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife
Lemon Sheet Cake | The Butcher's Wife

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