Lemon Buttermilk Cakelets

Lemons. I love ’em. But, my boys…not so much. I love the citrusy-sour taste. I mean, I go bonkers over a chilled Arnold Palmer, and I have to say I love Beyonce’s latest album, Lemonade.

lemon cakelet

I’ve also been hearing about the health benefits lately that lemons provide. A mom friend carefully explained the digestive benefits of lemon water, and how we should be downing a glass instead of coffee first thing in the morning (um, blasphemy). This little yellow fruit has all kinds of goodness in its innards – immunity and health boosters like calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene.


Give your lemons a sweet bath! This simple syrup is to help create a garnish that you can use for the top of your mini lemon loafs. Essentially you combine lemon, sugar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer to create the perfect syrup to drizzle on top.

lemon buttermilk cakelets


Nothing too fancy, just a down-home moist lemon bread.  The glaze is the star of the show that adds that extra pucker on this simple bread, but I will say that the buttermilk never fails when adding moisture and that special something to cakes and quickbreads.

I love these pans from Williams-Sonoma.  They are perfect for making a lot of individual treats at once.  You can easily use these for teacher gifts, friend gifts, or easy desserts.


to use glazes.  They’re simple to put together and add so much ‘oomph’ to a bread or a cookie.  Fresh lemon juice is key as the flavor explodes with every bite of cake and its sweet and sour topping!

lemon cakelets

lemon cakelets

Pour glaze over bread and garnish with sugared lemon slices.

Being the Sweet Nerd that I am, I know that lemons are also fantastic when paired with sugar and buttermilk. I know that you can slice, zest and squeeze lemons into sweet little lemon cakelets. And when you top them off with glaze and garnish with syrupy slices of lemon, almost no one can refuse these little sweet treats. With the warm weather fading and holidays in our near future, I wanted to share with you my final non-holiday recipe until the new year. Enjoy the sweet little lemon cakelets!

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Lemon Cakelets

By TheSweetNerd  

January 20, 2019

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins


Lemon Buttermilk Cakelets

½ cup butter, softened

1 ¼ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup plain yogurt

½ cup buttermilk


¼ cup lemon juice

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons corn syrup

Lemon Slices in Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

3 lemons, cut into slices


Lemon Buttermilk Cakelets

1Mixer: Combine butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add in remaining ingredients and blend on low speed for one minute or until everything is blended.

2Divide batter evenly into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350F degrees. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Invert pan onto cooling rack until completely cool.


1Combine powdered sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice. Add more or less lemon juice to adjust the consistency to your liking.

Lemon Slices in Syrup

1To make the lemon syrup, in a small saucepan, combine the lemon, sugar, and water over medium high-heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, then reduce to a low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until ready to use. Pour glaze over bread and garnish with sugared lemons slices.


lemon cakelets


  • Kendall Haun
    7 years ago

    These are absolutely stunning! I wish I could jump through the screen and take a bite.. Thanks for the recipe, I have to try these.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Shucks, thanks Kendall. I love lemon too.

  • Tessa
    7 years ago

    I love the idea of a cakelet, so mini and cute, and I also love lemons. I also love limes. I need a key lime pie-let recipe! Will you please put that on your list of upcoming recipes?

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Mini cakelets are all the rage! Key lime for sure.

  • Ryan Arnold
    7 years ago

    I can’t tell whether it’s the glaze or the lemons that are making me hungrier here. Both look stunning in presentation; I can’t wait to try this one out!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Ryan. I love the yellow and lemon combo too.

  • Lorna Soonhee Umphrey
    7 years ago

    I always forget about lemony desserts and this one sounds so moist and delicious. Can’t wait to try!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Oh man, probably a good thing you do. Once you make it, you might eat it in one swoop!

  • LOVE lemon and these cute little cakes are beyond perfect, Cindy! Those lemon slices on top are so pretty too! Can’t wait to try this one and I know hubby will love this one too 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Dawn. You are too sweet. I hope my hubby likes it!

  • The cakes, alone, are such a treat – but that glaze takes them over the top!! These are the bomb, my friend!! Pinned!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      I know… that glaze is to die for. Honestly, swapping in grapefruit, tangerine, kumquat would be equally delish!

  • 7 years ago

    OMG these are so gorgeous xoxo
    and good for a quick breakfast

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Azinro! I’m glad you enjoy these beauties.

  • 5 years ago

    I love the idea of this lemon cakelets, looks so yummy!……. I will cook this cakelets, this lemon recipe is very interesting.

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