Recipe: French Lemon Cake

A bonus recipe from Slow Cooker Desserts by Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore.

Kara Rota
2-minute read

Makes 1 (7-inch) round cake

Slow Cooker Size: 5 quart or larger

We fell in love with the moist, soft texture of this cake. It is wonderful with the tart lemon glaze and even better topped with the glaze and fresh blueberries. Be prepared for your friends to request the

recipe for themselves.


1¼ cups all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking powder

Dash of salt

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan

1 cup sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

½ cup sour cream

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

Make the cake: Butter a 7-inch springform pan and set aside. Crumple a sheet of aluminum foil, about 24 inches long, into a thin strip, then form it into a 7-inch ring. Place the ring in the bottom of a large slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the sour cream and blend well.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until well blended. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the filled springform pan on the foil ring in the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and bake on high for 3 to 4 hours, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the outer ring from the pan and let the cake cool completely.

Make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Pour the glaze over the cooled cake.


• Lemon zest is easy to grate using a Microplane grater. Remember that the wonderful, intense lemon flavor you want is in the colored portion, but the white pith is bitter.

Recipes reprinted from Slow Cooker Desserts. Copyright ©2015 by Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore. Photographs by Jennifer Davick. Published by St. Martin's Griffin. 

About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.