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Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake

The entire house filled with the warm scent of lemons as this beautiful, flavorful Glazed Lemonย Buttermilk Bundt Cake baked to its full glory.

For some reason, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that these cold, dreary months are actually peak season for colorful, beautiful citrus fruits like tangerines, juicy ruby red grapefruit, and honeybells (a tangerine-grapefruit hybrid), anyone? But they are! So to keep up with the times, and because I believe we could all use a little sunshine in our lives, today I’m bringing you a beautiful, flavorful Glazed Lemonย Buttermilk Bundt Cake that can help brighten up even the darkest of days.

I love trying new citrus fruits, and even recently tried my first blood orange to positive reviews, and if given the opportunity, could probably eat an entire bag of tangerines without realizing. They’re the perfect fruit to carry around in your bag without worrying that they’ll get bruised, are packed with vitamin C to help keep the body healthy and strong during cold/flu season, and really are just great pick-me-ups when hunger starts rearing its ugly head.

I’ve decided to take my love for all things citrus and try baking something new, and with my newly purchased bundt pun, I thought a bundt cake would be the perfect thing to make. The juicy lemons creates an amazing, bright flavor and the buttermilk adds a rich denseness, so the two flavors really play well off of one another.

It’s a great way to use up any leftover lemons you may have just begging to be made into something scrumptious and it’s something that can be put together in no time at all. It definitely isn’t a cake for the faint of heart as it is MASSIVE and filled with all kinds of things that those who are trying to eat healthy should stay away from, but I’m always a believer in indulging every once in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰

So the next time life gives you lemons, instead of simply making boring ol’ lemonade, make them into this delectable, crowd-pleasing cake!

Today is also Part 2 of the Fiesta Friday Anniversary Celebration over at the Novice Gardener and if you’ve yet to stop by, you’re definitely missing out! See you there!

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Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake



Recipe adapted from Lemon-Buttermilk Bundt Cake


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice



  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF and prepare bundt pan with butter and flour.
  2. Whisk the baking powder, salt, and flour in a medium bowl.
  3. Make a lemon sugar by mixing the lemon zest and sugar together in bowl of mixer.
  4. Add the butter to the sugar and mix on high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure that each is fully incorporated before adding the next, and mix for an additional 4 minutes.
  6. Pour in the vanilla extract and lemon juice, ensuring that each is fully mixed into batter.
  7. Reduce speed to low and begin adding the dry ingredients, in 3 parts, and buttermilk, in 2 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  8. Gently pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake in preheated oven for about an hour or until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean.


  1. Mix the powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a bowl, adding more lemon juice if needed, until smooth.


  • apuginthekitchen
    January 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I love this cake, it’s absolutely beautiful and I will definitely be hanging out where it is at the party, Want a slice right now!!

  • Hilda
    January 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I like your new bundt pan. I think I need a new one. I can imagine the aroma and flavour of this cake just through your beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      January 31, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Hilda ๐Ÿ˜€ It was my first ever bundt cake and I couldn’t be happier with the results and the smell as it baked was so intoxicating.

  • Sue
    January 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Very beautiful indeed. I think bundts make the most lovely of all cakes for sure. And this snow falling in your blog margin is making me feel real cozy and in need of a piece of the cake with some tea . . . and then a nap.

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      January 31, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      It was my first bundt cake and I think I’ve become a bundt cake convert, for sure! Eating a slice with tea sounds like the right way to go ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Selma's Table
    January 30, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Gosh, that photo above the Fiesta Friday button, looks just like a still life painting! Lovely post – you have really captured the essence of a sunny lemon cake with this recipe. Love the bundt pan and the glaze looks fabulous too. Thanks so much for sharing this with the Friday Fiesta crowd – your cake looks just fabulous on the desserts table! Happy Weekend, lovely xx

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      January 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Aw Selma, your comment has warmed my heart! I work hard on my photography and I appreciate your kind words <3 I hope everyone at the party enjoys! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • chefjulianna
    January 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Heavenly!! Is it snowing where you live too? Hilda just showed us her pics of the blizzard. This cake would cheer me up for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      January 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      It did snow, but thankfully we have sunny skies today! But I do hope this cake helps bring a little bit of sunshine for those gray winter days ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Giramuk's Kitchen
    January 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Justine! This cake is just sunshine!! That second picture especially made me feel all warm inside ๐Ÿ™‚ I love lemon cake and I’m always up for trying new ones… I am adding this to my recipe box to try soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lapetitepaniere
    January 31, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Always like this kind of Bundt Cake with my coffee or my tea ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Loretta
    January 31, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Justine your bundt cake is quite wonderful. I love bundt cakes and with the addition of buttermilk and lemons, this cake stands out. Just so beautiful! Enjoy your weekend, your snow must have turned to mush in Brooklyn now? :))

    • Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn
      January 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Loretta! I loved the combo of lemons and buttermilk and think they work really beautifully in this cake. The snow is all mush now, but I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of it for this winter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake
    January 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Winter definitely doesn’t seem like the time for citrus, maybe its nature’s way of trying to brighten up the cold days!
    This cake looks so yummy, the perfect use of yummy and bright citrus!

  • Ginger
    January 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    This looks beautiful! I love buttermilk in cakes, and bundt cakes are just the prettiest thing, ever!

  • thebrookcook
    February 1, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I love the shape of your new bundt pan! I can practically taste you cake and lovely glaze from the photos too!! delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sarahgiebens
    February 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    What a gorgeous cake! It looks fantastic and super yummy!

  • Julie is HostessAtHeart
    February 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    What a beautiful cake. I can just taste the bright citrus flavor. It wold definitely be a great cake for these wintery days!

  • Lydia
    February 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    SO beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ I love everything lemon.. but I doubt my effort would be so pretty!

  • Jess @UsedYorkCity
    February 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

    mmm, i can actually taste the lemon in my mouth! throw some roses around the side and you have a one of a mind valentine bundt cake, too!;-)

  • petra08
    February 14, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The cake is beautiful. I love citrus and it is so perfect in a cake ๐Ÿ™‚


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