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Maida Heatter's East 62nd Street Lemon Cake (Lemon and Lime Bundt Cake)


Maida Heatter's East 62nd Street Lemon Cake (Lemon and Lime Bundt Cake)



Lemon Cake

  • 3 cups (345g) sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8oz (225g / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240g) milk
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons


  • ⅓ cup (80g) lime juice (feel free to sub lemon juice)
  • ⅔ cup (135g) granulated sugar



  1. Adjust an oven rack one-third up from the bottom of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Butter a plain or fancy tube pan with an 11 to 12 cup capacity and dust it lightly with fine, dry bread crumbs (I used a 10 cup capacity bundt pan and sprayed it well with flour based baking spray).
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl of electric mixer, beat the butter to soften it a bit. Add the sugar and beat for 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs individually, scraping the bowl as necessary with a rubber spatula to keep the mixture smooth. On the lowest speed, alternately add the dry ingredients in three additions and the milk in two additions, scraping the bowl with the rubber spatula as necessary and beating only until incorporated after each addition. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Stir in lemon zest. Turn the batter into the prepared pan. Level top by rotating pan briskly back and forth.
  3. Bake for 1 hour and 5 to 10 minutes, until a cake tester comes out dry.
  4. Let cake stand in the pan for about 5 minutes and then cover with a rack and invert. Place over a large piece of aluminum foil or wax paper.


  1. The glaze should be used immediately after it is mixed: Stir the lime juice and sugar together and brush all over the hot cake until absorbed.
  2. Let the cake cool completely. Use two wide metal pancake turners or a cookie sheet to transfer it to a cake plate. Do not cut for at least several hours.


Reprinted with permission from ‘Happiness is Baking’ by Maida Heatter

“Happiness Is Baking” was published in 2019 by Little, Brown, and Company, and is Copyright 2019 Maida Heatter.