Lemon and Chia Seed Yogurt Cakes
These adorable lemon and chia seed cakes are made with creamy Greek yogurt for a rich yet healthy snack.
Lemon-Ricotta Cupcakes with Fluffy Lemon Frosting
Joanne Chang makes her moist, lemony, fresh-tasting cupcakes with honey instead of refined sugar, which keeps the sweetness in check. This is the perfect grown-up cupcake.
Lemon Bundt Cake
When Matt Lewis became a baker, he started a quest to re-create the lemon Bundt cakes of his youth. After “a million different versions,” he says, he achieved lemon-cake bliss, using the zest of 10 lemons and a little lemon extract to get the flavor just right. The cake has a moist crumb (thanks to a lemony syrup brushed over the top) and a crackling, sugary glaze.
Lemon-Curd Cakes with Poppy Seeds
"The lemon–poppy seed combo is classic," says Vinny Dotolo. "When I was a kid, I ate lemon–poppy seed muffins for breakfast and with ice cream for dessert." Now he turns the pairing into lovely cakes: They have a tender cakey layer on the bottom, a luscious curd-like layer on top and poppy-seed crème fraîche to finish the whole thing off.
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
A zesty lemon meringue is the perfect topping for these beautiful cupcakes.
Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake
This tender lemon cake was inspired by one favored by Manhattan socialites of the '70s.
Lemon Upside-Down Cake
Cal Peternell likes teaching recipes that are extremely versatile, like this one. The cake is wonderful when it's made with almost any type of fruit, from figs and blood oranges to pineapple. Peternell usually uses sweet Meyer lemons from his neighbor's tree. Regular lemons are tasty too and add a bitter note that's a lovely contrast to the gooey brown-sugar topping.
Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze
This is the ultimate buttermilk Bundt cake, nicely browned on the outside, with a soft, tender crumb.
Blueberry, Lemon and Coconut Cake
This simple butter cake can be topped with any kind of in-season fruit you may have on hand. Try strawberries in spring, figs in fall or poached pears in winter. This summer version is bursting with fresh blueberries, lemon and coconut. You can use either fresh or frozen berries for this cake, but don’t defrost before using if frozen is all you have, or their juices will seep into the cake batter.
Lemon-and-Orange-Glazed Pound Cake
Bill Bowick, co-owner of Charleston's Sugar Bakeshop, created this impressive recipe to use the treasured Bundt-cake pan that Leigh Magar got from her great-grandmother. Leigh served the cake at her grandmother's 92nd birthday party.
Lemon, Poppy and Chèvre Cheesecakes with Rhubarb
Lemon-Glazed Mini Pound Cakes
Pistachio-Topped Lemon-Olive Oil Cake
Lemon Cornmeal Cakes with Lapsang Souchong Chocolate Sauce
This dessert is all about a startling combination of flavors—apricots, smoky Lapsang souchong tea, chocolate, maraschino liqueur and cream. Every element of this dessert can be made in advance.
Lemon-Glazed Citrus-Yogurt Pound Cake
Lemon Cake with Crackly Caramel Glaze and Lime-Yogurt Mousse
Pastry chef Lynn Moulton aims for intriguing textural contrasts in her desserts. Her moist lemon cake, for instance, is wonderful on its own; what pushes it over the top into extreme deliciousness is its crackly caramel glaze. "Once they taste it, people can’t stop talking about it," Moulton says.