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Lemon Cake Bread Machine Recipe

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It’s officially spring and when I think spring, I think bright, fresh and cheerful! What better way to celebrate spring than with this Lemon Cake Bread Machine Recipe.

I love lemon and if you do also, this Lemon Cake Bread will have your mouth watering. It’s perfect for having with your morning coffee and I often like to make an extra loaf or two to share with friends and family as it makes a wonderful homemade gift.

This Lemon Cake Bread is a cinch to make. You can use a boxed lemon cake mix or lemon pudding mix. Either give it that extra burst of lemon goodness. The freshly squeezed lemon juice and grated lemon zest is also a must. This lemon cake is bursting with lemon flavor!


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Tips for making Lemon Cake Bread:

I love my bread machine. It is easy to use and I can make a variety of delicious homemade bread recipes including this Lemon Cake Bread all without breaking a sweat.

This homemade cake bread would also be delicious as an orange version, simply substitute orange juice and zest for the lemon, both in the cake and the syrup.

I used lemon cake mix for this recipe. You could also substitute lemon pudding mix but I love using what I have on hand and I never have a shortage of cake mixes.

This recipe makes one cake but it is easy to double to make a second for friends or family and once they taste this you may want to make another to share!

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Lemon Cake Bread are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Meal planning can be overwhelming but I have your back. I know you’re busy and the last thing you want to do is sit own and write up meal plans. Who has time for that?!

I have your back! Check out all my delicious meal plans here. And, I also took a few minutes and pulled together a yummy meal idea to pair with the Lemon Cake Bread!

Main Dish: These Bacon Cheddar Meatballs are really good!

Vegetable Side: Bacon Broccoli Salad makes a great veggie side dish, plus there’s bacon.

Starch Side: These Loaded Baked Steak Fries are the bomb, no really.

Refreshing Drink: Enjoy this easy Lorax Inspired Orange Lemonade.

Did you know that lemon is just as delicious in savory recipes?

These Basil Lemon-Pepper Chicken Breasts are perfect for warm weather. The lemon and basil complement each other in this savory dish.

Let your slow cooker do all the work and enjoy this easy Crockpot Lemon & Sage Chicken from Crystal and Co.

Is it easy to make bread in the bread machine?

Baking bread in a bread machine is an excellent way to be sure of a perfect loaf every single time! With the abundance of modern-day bread machines, it’s never been easier to make your own freshly baked loaves right at home.

Even novice bakers can feel confident that they will succeed in making delicious homemade bread as most machines come with helpful user manuals and an easy-to-use interface.

With a little practice and experimentation, you can quickly perfect the art of baking with a bread machine and create delectable homemade masterpieces without any hassle.

Can I make sweet dessert bread in the bread machine?

Yes, you definitely can make sweet dessert bread in a bread machine! Making sweet desserts in a bread machine is an easy way to enjoy something delicious without having to put in lots of effort.

The hardest part will be deciding what type of dessert bread you want to make – do you prefer cinnamon and raisin for a comforting aroma and flavor or maybe a banana for sweetness?

Once you’ve decided what type of dessert bread to make, it’s time to start the dough cycle on your favorite machine.

Depending on the style of machine you own, once the dough cycle has finished, a few simple steps will ensure that your dessert bread is ready to be enjoyed.

So no need to wait any longer – get your favorite ingredients together so that you can make sweet dessert bread in a jiffy with a little help from your trusty bread maker!

How do I get my bread to come out easily from the bread machine pan?

An ideal way to get your bread out of the machine is to have it come out completely cooled down before attempting to extract it.

There are several things that you can do prior to letting your bread cool.

Firstly, ensure that the pan is thoroughly greased with oil or butter. This will help the bread slide out much more easily after baking and cooling.

Additionally, using parchment paper when baking can help make the removal process easier by aiding in lifting and sliding without breaking the crust.

Once cooling is complete, slowly and gently lift from each corner using two hands for even distribution, then tilt as needed to move towards a flat surface.

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Lemon Cake Bread Machine Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Need a quick dessert for unexpected dinner guests? This one bakes while you eat. Serve with fruit or ice cream.


Lemon Cake

  • 1 package, 18 oz/510 g yellow, golden 1
  • or lemon pudding cake mix
  • 1 cup water 250 mL
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten 3
  • 1 ⁄3 cup vegetable oil 75 mL
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 15 mL
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest 10 mL

Lemon Syrup

  • 1 ⁄2 cup granulated sugar 125 mL
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 45 mL


  1. Measure cake ingredients into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Insert pan into the oven chamber. Select Cake Cycle.
  2. Halfway through mixing time, using a rubber spatula, scrape down sides of baking pan and kneading blade.
  3. When signal sounds indicating the end of cycle, test for doneness with a wooden skewer. If ready, remove baking pan from bread machine. If not, keep in bread machine on Keep Warm Cycle for 10 to 30 minutes or on Bake Cycle until baked.
  4. Syrup: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine sugar and lemon juice. Heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved.
  5. With a long wooden skewer, poke several holes through the cake as soon as it is removed from the bread machine. Spoon warm syrup over the hot cake. Set baking pan on a cooling rack for 30 minutes. Turn cake out onto a serving plate and set aside to cool completely.


Tip: Using a cake mix may seem like “cheating” — but with all the fresh lemon flavor in this recipe, no one will ever know your secret! We always keep a cake mix in the cupboard for emergencies.

Variation: For an orange version of this cake, substitute orange juice and zest for the lemon, both in the cake and the syrup.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 371mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 4/4/2020

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This post wraps up my review of the 300 best bread machine recipes cookbook, but that doesn’t wrap up my using it.  It has quickly become my go-to cookbook for breads and my family loves to come home from school (and work) to find the house smelling so yummy!  Really, there isn’t much that smells better than baking bread (or cake) with one of these easy cake mix recipes!

Disclaimer: I was sent the 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes cookbook to review.  Any expressed opinions are my own.  No money exchanged hands.

Excerpted from 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn & Heather Butt

© 2012 Robert Rose Inc. All rights reserved: May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

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Thursday 24th of March 2022

Is that 1/3 cup of oil or 1 and ? cups of oil??

Kelli Miller

Saturday 26th of March 2022

one-third of a cup. not sure why the formatting looks weird. Thanks for asking!

Marilynne Wilson

Thursday 11th of October 2018

Hope all is well after the hurricane! I loved this lemon cake recipe from the bread machine. I am new to you site.

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