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Iced Lemon Loaf

This Iced Lemon Loaf recipe makes a super moist loaf with a subtle, yet noticeable lemon flavor topped with an accent lemon icing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 loaf


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Lemon Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Zest and juice lemons, by zesting first, then juice. Set the required zest and juice aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whisk eggs and granulated sugar for 2 minutes on high speed or until mixture has thickend but is still runny.
  • Add oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the eggs and sugar. Whisk until combined.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients and half of the buttermilk to the egg mixture and whisk to combine. Once combined, add the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk and whisk.
  • Pour batter in a 9x5 non stick loaf pan. You can also spray with non-stick spray to ensure easy release.
  • Bake loaf for about 50 minutes, covering the top with aluminum foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. After 45 minutes, check the the readiness by inserting a toothpick in the center the lemon loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean, the lemon loaf is ready.
  • Once baked, remove from oven and let the lemon loaf rest in loaf pan for about 1 hour. This will allow propper time for it to set before being released from the pan.

Lemon Icing

  • Mix confectioner's sugar and lemon juice. Mix until smooth. For a thinner consistency, add lemon juice, one teaspoon at a time.
  • Once lemon loaf has cooled completely, pour lemon icing over the top of the lemon loaf. Allow the icing to set for at least 1 hour before slicing.