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Lemon Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A classic lemon buttermilk sheet cake recipe topped with just the right amount of luscious cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 294 kcal


  • 9 x 13 inch pan
  • stand mixer


Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter (softened) + 6 Tablespoons
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 egg yolks room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Lemon zest from 4 lemons
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk room temperature

Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Zest of 1-2 lemons


Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 335°F and line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper. You can also butter and flour the pan.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and set aside.
  • Add softened butter to the bowl of stand mixer and mix until very creamy and smooth.
  • Add oil and sugar to the bowl with butter and mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add one egg yolk at a time, mixing about 30 seconds between each.
  • Add salt and lemon zest.
  • Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk to you bowl, mixing as you go. Continue mixing until all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 33-37 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Directions

  • Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar on lowest speed until completely smooth.
  • Add sour cream and lemon zest and continue mixing until smooth.


Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.


Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 181mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 465IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake, cream cheese, easy, lemon, sheet cake
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