Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze


This is the ultimate buttermilk Bundt cake, nicely browned on the outside, with a soft, tender crumb. Slideshow: The Best Bundt Pan 

Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins



  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature

  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted

  • Pinch of fine salt


Make the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Generously butter a 10-inch Bundt pan and dust with flour. In a medium bowl, whisk the 3 1/2 cups of flour with the salt and baking soda.

  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the 1 1/2 sticks of butter with the shortening at medium-high speed until smooth. Add the granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. At medium speed, beat in the eggs 1 at a time until just incorporated, then beat in the vanilla; scrape down the side of the bowl. Beat in the dry ingredients and buttermilk in 3 alternating batches, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. At low speed, beat in the lemon juice.

  3. Scrape the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and use a spatula to smooth the surface. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then turn it out on a platter or cake stand to cool completely.

Make the Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar with the lemon zest, lemon juice, butter and salt until smooth. Drizzle the glaze overthe top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Let stand for 20 minutes until the glaze is set. Cut the cake into wedges and serve.

Make Ahead

The glazed cake can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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