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Lemon Whipping Cream Cake

This lemony loaf cake is the best afternoon snack or dessert! Lemon Whipping Cream Cake is bursting with bright lemon flavor and is amazing on its own or with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Cross view of sliced lemon whipping cream cake, topped with whipped cream and berries

We’re over here soaking up the final days of summer before our sweet girl heads back to school. Her backpack is all packed up, her supplies are labeled and her outfit is picked out and ready to go.

Now that we’ve completed are back to school checklist, we’re spending our final school-free days hanging out by the pool, going on bike rides and whipping up summery desserts like this Lemon Whipping Cream Cake.

This cake is super easy which makes it a great recipe to have the kiddos help with – or even make completely on their own. Load it up with fresh whipped cream and summer berries for the perfect back to school treat!

Overhead view of ingredients for lemon whipping cream cake arranged on a marble countertop

SCALED-DOWN WHIPPING CREAM CAKE

If you didn’t pick it up from my Lime Coconut Cake, I’m obsessed with Whipping Cream Cake.

The only thing that’s kind of a bummer about the recipe is just how much cake it makes. I mean, it makes an entire bundt cake, which is amazing when you’re entertaining a lot of people but is a little less amazing when it’s just for a few people.

Hand showing sugar and lemon zest rubbed together in a glass mixing bowl

But after really looking at the recipe, I realized the proportions were perfect to divide in half. Not every baking recipe divides well, but I thought it was worth a shot.

So I cut the batter in half, popped it in a loaf pan, and waited for it to bake and cool.

But to make it even better, I decided to give the cake a pop of lemon with plenty of lemon zest. 

Spatula folding together lemon whipping cream cake batter in a white mixing bowl

I was so excited when I pulled the cake from the oven, sliced off a piece, and saw that dividing the recipe worked perfectly. 

Not to mention, lemon was the perfect addition to the original cake base.    

Batter for lemon whipping cream cake in a prepared loaf pan, ready to bake

HOW TO MAKE LEMON WHIPPING CREAM CAKE

Here’s what you’ll need to make this cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (do not whip)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

I went back to my Raspberry Lemon Scones, Orange Scones, and Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake to start this cake: In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar and lemon zest with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. 

Overhead view of lemon whipping cream cake cooling on a wire rack next to a bowl of whipped cream and fresh berries

Why? This really releases all of the oils from the lemon zest and really infuses the lemon flavor throughout the cake batter.

Next, use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to beat the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. Don’t skimp on this step! It helps keep the cake from being too heavy.

Add one egg at a time, beating after each egg. Whisk together the flour and salt, then alternately add the flour and heavy whipping cream, starting and ending with the flour. 

Loaf of lemon whipping cream cake topped with whipped cream and fresh berries

Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated, then add the batter to an 8×4-inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper, then place the cake in a COLD oven. Close the door and turn the oven to 325°F. 

Remember, by starting this cake in a cold oven, it lets the inside and outside of the cake finish baking at the same time.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let the cake for 45 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

Slice of lemon whipping cream cake on a white plate, with a fork and more cake on the counter next to it

HOW TO SERVE THIS LEMONY CAKE

I think that homemade whipped cream and fresh berries are the best accompaniment to this Lemon Whipping Cream Cake. 

Plates of lemon whipping cream cake next to cups of espresso on a marble counter

You could also serve it with some microwave lemon curd for an extra pop of lemon. 

You could even swap in a slice of this cake in place of pound cake for a twist on grilled pound cake.

Honestly the only wrong way to serve this cake is to not serve it at all.

Fork cutting a bite out of a slice of lemon whipping cream cake on a white plate
Cross view of sliced lemon whipping cream cake, topped with whipped cream and berries

Lemon Whipping Cream Cake

Yield: Serves 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

This lemony loaf cake is the best afternoon snack or dessert! Lemon Whipping Cream Cake is bursting with bright lemon flavor and is amazing on its own or with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (do not whip)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and line the pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest; mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar-zest mixture until light and fluffy - about 5 minutes.
  4. Add one egg at a time, beating after each egg.
  5. Alternately add the flour and heavy whipping cream starting and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides and mix to combine. Add in vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. 
  6. Add the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Start the cake in a COLD oven by placing the cake into the oven, closing the door and heating the oven to 325°F. Bake for 1 hour and 15 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes before removing from the loaf pan.
  7. Top with whipped cream and fresh berries.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 314Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 94mgSodium 27mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 1gSugar 26gProtein 4g

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Monica

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Hi there! This recipe sounds amazing. It calls for salt in the instructions but I don’t see salt listed in the ingredients. How much salt does it need? Thank you!!

Delia Castilla

Monday 30th of August 2021

can you use orange zest instead of lemons?

Evelyn Rene Doty-Boyle

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

I made it but it didn't have a good lemon flavor. The 2nd time I made it, I left out the vanilla and used the lemon zest and also the juice, the made all the difference.

Dinaz

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

This sounds so good! I was wondering if it can be made into cupcakes!

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