Easy Homemade Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe

This Lemon Sheet Cake is super moist and flavorful. You can make this easy homemade lemon cake for all your parties and get-togethers! It will win over any crowd.


  • 2 C cake flour
  • 2 TSP baking powder
  • 1/8 TSP baking soda
  • 8 TBSP + 6 TBSP unsalted butter, soft
  • 3 TBSP oil
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 8 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 TSP salt
  • Lemon zest from 4 lemons
  • 3/4 C buttermilk, room temperature

Sour Cream Layer:

  • 1 8 oz pack of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 3/4 C sour cream
  • Zest of 1–2 lemons


  1. Preheat oven to 335°F.
  2. Line a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper.
  3. Alternatively, butter and flour pan and set aside.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and set aside.
  5. Mix butter until very creamy and smooth.
  6. Add oil and sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
  7. Add one egg yolk at a time and mix at least 30 seconds between each.
  8. Add salt and lemon zest.
  9. Add 1/3 of flour and mix until combined.
  10. Add 1/2 of buttermilk and mix until smooth.
  11. Add another 1/3 of flour and mix smooth.
  12. Add remaining buttermilk and once combined add remaining flour.
  13. Scrape batter into pans and place in oven and bake for 33-37 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes clean.
  14. After 5 minutes turn upside down on a plastic food lined cutting board.
  15. Once cooled turn upside down onto a serving platter.
  16. To prepare frosting, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar on lowest speed until completely smooth.
  17. Add sour cream and lemon zest and combine.
  18. Frost cake.
  19. Serve at room temperature and store airtight.

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