Lemon Almond Bundt Cake


I couldn’t use up fast enough all the lemons we had from our tree this summer.  We’ve enjoyed lemon cheesecake, cookies, bars and even refreshing basil lemonade.  In a couple of months, I’ll even have homemade limoncello ready for the freezer! Yesterday, we found some huge lemons on the ground while watering the vegetable garden. Seems perfect for this bundt cake recipe I was meaning to tweak.  I made it without a glaze so it only had a mild lemony taste.  Next time, I’ll add the lemon glaze to get the sweet ,tart flavor.  Should be perfect with coffee or tea!



  • zest of 3 lemons
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground almonds or almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3  eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare a 12-cup bundt pan  by spraying with nonstick baking spray and then sprinkling with flour.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda and salt) and set aside. In another bowl, combine zest, lemon juice, sour cream, and vanilla.  Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar at medium speed until pale and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, scraping and mixing after each addition.
  5. Reduce to low speed then add about one-third of flour mixture, followed by half of sour cream mixture, mixing until just incorporated after each addition. Repeat with the remaining mixtures and continue mixing until well combined. Pour  into prepared bundt pan.
  6. Bake until top is golden brown and wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into center comes out with no crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes.  Remove from oven and leave in pan for 10 minutes then invert onto wire rack and cool.

Note:  You can add a lemon glaze to the pan while it is cooling by mixing 1/3 cup lemon juice with 3 tbs confectioner’s sugar and pouring it over the cake.

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» jenn said: { Sep 12, 2009 - 10:09 }

Looks delish!!!! Pass me a couple slices of that. This would go great with my morning coffee. Yum!!!

» Miranda said: { Sep 12, 2009 - 06:09 }

Great recipe. It would go great with a steaming cup of coffee in the morning. Thank you so much fo sharing your amazing recipe.

» Cookin' Canuck said: { Sep 12, 2009 - 08:09 }

That cake looks so moist and flavorful! Lemon is always such a lovely flavor in cakes.

» Jen @ MaplenCornbread said: { Sep 13, 2009 - 04:09 }

Oh wow lemon trees! What a great way to get some use with this cake!! I love almonds in lemon infused anything.!

» m said: { Sep 13, 2009 - 04:09 }

this really makes me wish i was able to have a lemon tree outside my nyc apartment window! yum!

» Tania said: { Sep 13, 2009 - 05:09 }

It’s delicious! I love lemon cakes!

» meatlessmama said: { Sep 13, 2009 - 06:09 }

I’m so jealous, I’d love to have a lemon tree. Your cake looks delish!

» Jessie said: { Sep 13, 2009 - 07:09 }

can I have a slice please that cake looks so mouth watering delicious. You’re lucky to have access to a lemon tree!

» Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said: { Sep 13, 2009 - 06:09 }

Looks wonderful! I love the combination of lemon & almonds, a must try!

» Divina said: { Sep 14, 2009 - 02:09 }

That looks really, really moist. The kitchen smells wonderful with lemon. And the photo is beautiful.

» sizzlechef said: { Sep 14, 2009 - 07:09 }

Looks delicious ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

» Alta said: { Sep 14, 2009 - 11:09 }

Yum, I so wish I had a lemon tree. I love lemon cakes.

» Gina said: { Sep 14, 2009 - 05:09 }

Looks perfect and delicious!

» HoneyB said: { Sep 15, 2009 - 08:09 }

This looks so delicious. I love lemon and would LOVE to have a tree to myself!

» virtual chef said: { Sep 15, 2009 - 01:09 }

jenn and miranda: thanks! it’s wonderful with coffee!

Cookin’ canuck: i do love the flavor of lemon in almost anything!

Jen: me, too!

m: our lemon tree didn’t give us any lemons for years. then this year, it just went crazy with lemons!!!! LOL

tania: thanks…!

meatlessmama: I’m trying to grow another one in a pot! probably will take years before i get anything…LOL

jessie: i’ll send you a whole cake…:)

natasha: thanks..it’s wonderful!

Divina: thank you..yes, my kitchen smelled so sweet and lemony all day! it was difficult to do anything else…:)

sizzlechef, alta, gina HoneyB: thank you!

» Country Mum said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 03:10 }

Looks great. Found you through Foodbuzz and have bookmarked recipe. I have been looking for some different lemon cake recipes. I keep cooking my favourite over and over (it’s on my blog)

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