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Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

 This lemon bundt cake with glaze is an ode-to-lemon in cake form. Lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon curd, and a lemon glaze create a bright, lemony bite in this lemon bundt cake recipe. 
Lemon Bundt cake with glaze is a slice of cake on a white plate
This lemon bundt cake with glaze will brighten up a cold winter’s afternoon as it is perfect with a cup of tea. The original recipe is a sour cream-lemon pound cake from Cooking Light. Making lemon cake from scratch is easy to do!
Everyone needs a reliable lemon cake recipe and this Lemon Bundt cake with Lemon Curd is my go-to lemon cake. By layering the lemon flavor with lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon curd, and a lemon glaze, you are sure to enjoy a bright and citrusy cake any time of year!
If you enjoy lemon desserts, you’ll love these recipes for lemon bars, lemon berry Bundt cake, blueberry and lemon bundt cake, and lemon poppy seed bread.

Lemon cake with lemon curd

To pump up the lemon flavor in this bundt cake I added lemon curd into the batter then also layered the lemon curd into the cake. I wish it was more apparent visually that the lemon filling was in the cake but the colors of the cake and the filling are so similar that you don’t notice until you take a bite. Lemon flavor comes through loud and clear. What a nice surprise!
You can make lemon curd at home with this easy Vitamix recipe or this simple microwave recipe. You can also buy lemon curd at most grocery stores.

Lemon glaze on the lemon cake

Do you need icing on this lemon Bundt cake? You could use traditional buttercream but I think a glaze is your best option.

And that glaze, yes more lemon! A lemon and powdered sugar topping seals the deal here.  All this talk about lemon and you might think this cake is overwhelmingly strong with citrus. It is not.

When baking with lemon it’s best to layer the flavors so that the citrus is not lost during the baking process. I find that you have to load up on lemon flavors for the lemon to sing in this lemon bundt cake once baked and the combination is quite pleasing.

Tips for Baking Bundt Cakes

  • Use a nonstick baking pan
  • Grease the pan thoroughly. This baking spray called Bakers Joy is sold on Amazon and it does a wonderful job of allowing your baked cake to release from the pan.
  • Let the cake cool 10-15 minutes in the pan BEFORE you flip the cake out. Do not allow the Bundt cake to cool completely before turning it over.
  • Let your cake cool before adding the glaze or icing.

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If you love baking Bundt cakes try these recipes for Candy Corn Bundt Cake, Mango Yogurt Bundt CakeChocolate and Wine Bundt Cake, and this Lemon Raspberry Sour Cream Bundt Cake from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen.

Yield: 16 slices

Lemon Bundt with Lemon Curd Filling

Lemon Bundt cake with a slice of cake on a white plate

Lemon, lemon and more lemon! Make this cake and share your love of lemon!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd (store bought or homemade) for the batter and 1/4 cup lemon curd for the filling
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice plus 1 TB lemon juice for glaze
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray Bundt pan with baking spray and dust with flour.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a fork or whisk.
  4. Using a mixer (hand held or stand mixer) beat the butter for 2-3 minutes, until it lightens in color and texture. Slowly add the sugar, then the eggs, Next add the lemon zest, lemon curd and lemon juice. Blend well.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream in stages, alternating and mixing at low speed as you go. My hand-held mixer was not strong enough to mix on low towards the end of mixing this batter so I switched to a wooden spoon.
  6. The batter will be thick. Put half of the batter into the pan and spread it around with a spatula. You can spoon the lemon curd filling around the batter but I like putting it in a ziploc bag, cutting the corner off and piping the filling around in the center of the batter. Avoid the edges so that the curd stays within the cake.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, add an extra ten minutes if necessary.
  8. Cool for ten minutes in the pan then invert the pan and remove the cake. Once the cake is cooled,whisk together the glaze of 1 Tb lemon juice and 1/2 cup powdered sugar and pour over the cake.


Recipe adapted from a Cooking Light recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 5g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Cornelia Guest

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

I thought it was not cooked after an hour. I checked it after another five minutes and it still looked not fully cooked, so I gave it five more. The finished cake, while delicious, was a little dry. I think it's hard to know when it's done, since sticking a testing stick in will come out moist from the curd. What do you recommend?


Thursday 11th of April 2019

What a great cake for Easter brunch or a spring picnic! I will have to make this over spring break next week!

Holly Baker

Thursday 11th of April 2019

Hope you enjoy this lemon filled cake!

Betty Tuder

Saturday 20th of October 2018

This cake did not workout out for me. First problem was the time needed to cook. For some reason it is taking significantly longer than an hour. The top looked done and I even took it out of the pan. I found uncooked batter mixed with lemon curd dripping out of the center of the cake. The lemon curd spilled out the outside of the cake as well. It created a split in the cake that was so obvious it was ugly. I was able to slide the cake on to a cookie shee and returned it to the oven. I am still waiting to see if I can salvage it.

Holly Baker

Saturday 20th of October 2018

Hi Betty, I am really sorry to hear that this cake didn't work for you. What type of pan did you use? Maybe your oven temperature wasn't quite right? To salvage it, perhaps you could make a trifle and layer the cake with cream and/or fruit in a deep glass trifle dish (or glass bowl). It is so disappointing when a cake doesn't turn out, so much time and effort (and ingredients) go into baking.

Debbie Skelton

Monday 8th of October 2018

Made this for my son’s birthday and it was a BIG hit! It was like a lemon pound cake with a surprise! My family are such lemon lovers they ate the leftover lemon curd with the cake! Will definitely be making this again!

Holly Baker

Monday 8th of October 2018

I am so pleased that your family enjoyed the cake! Hope your son had a happy birthday!


Wednesday 27th of March 2013

This looks fantastic! So bright and cheerful and I LOVE that you adapted a Cooking Light recipe.

Holly @

Wednesday 27th of March 2013

Thanks so much, yes, I love Cooking Light recipes! It was my first cooking magazine years ago when I moved into an apartment and it has followed me to every home I've lived in. That reminds me, it's time to renew my subscription, thanks!