Lemon Turmeric Cake

by: Ms. Phillips (ELL teacher)

My sister and I made this cake recently while at home. We enjoy trying out new recipes together, and this one was delicious. I hope you enjoy turning sour lemons into this sweet treat!

Source: Nothing Fancy cookbook by Alison Roman


1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground turmeric
1 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 lemon ( 2 tbsp lemon zest, 2 tbsp lemon juice, half lemon thinly sliced)
3/4 cup sour cream or full-fat greek yogurt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease loaf pan (line pan with parchment paper if desired)
  2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and turmeric
  3. In large bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar with lemon zest, rub together with fingers until the sugar is yellow. Whisk in sour cream, eggs, and lemon juice
  4. Add wet mixture to flour mixture, stirring just to blend. Fold in melted butter
  5. Pour batter into the loaf pan and top with lemon slices and 2 tbsp sugar
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the top is golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool before slicing! Enjoy!