This delicious lemon poke cake is super moist and packed full of lemon flavor! This cake is a great sweet treat!
5 from 8 votes

Lemon Poke Cake

A homemade from scratch moist lemony cake that’s the perfect balance of tart lemon, light sweet cake, and all topped off with freshly whipped cream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, lemon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 370 kcal
Author Debi



  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature (1 ½ sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour

Lemon Syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice


For cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Butter an 8x8x2-inch baking pan.
  3. Using a hand held electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add 1 cup sugar and lemon peel and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in 1 egg, then half of the flour; repeat. Transfer batter to prepared the baking pan.
  5. Bake the cake, until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

For syrup:

  1. While cake bakes, make the lemon syrup. Combine ½ cup sugar and lemon juice in small saucepan, and heat over medium heat, Stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Place cake still in the pan on a cooling rack. Using slender wooden skewer, poke holes all over top of cake. Spoon syrup over cake in several additions, allowing syrup to be absorbed each time.
  3. Cool cake completely.
  4. Cut cake into squares. Serve with freshly whipped & lightly sweetened whipped cream; spoon berries alongside. Garnish with mint, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature or refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poke Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.