Easy Lemon Bread Recipe With Cupcake Variation

Last Updated on February 1, 2022 by Ellen Christian

This Tart Lemon Bread recipe is one that I have been making for years.  Make this easy lemon bread recipe for your family today.

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If you enjoy quick bread recipes, you might want to try my Lemon Maple Zucchini Bread. Or, this Cranberry Cinnamon Bread is another one of our favorites. 

Or, this Irish Soda Bread is a slightly different type of bread recipe.

This Tart Lemon Bread recipe is one that I have been making for years. Make this easy lemon bread recipe for your family today.

Easy Lemon Bread Recipe

 I’m not a huge fan of super sweet desserts.  Sometimes I want a treat with my evening cup of tea but I don’t want something overly sweet.  

This Tart Lemon Bread recipe is the perfect solution for times like that.   The tartness of the lemons really shines through but it is tempered with a bit of sweetness too.  

Because this Tart Lemon Bread is so moist, you can easily make it the day before you want to serve it and wrap it in tin foil until company arrives.

 I love it when I can make recipes ahead of time to save on last-minute preparation. 

This Tart Lemon Bread recipe is one that I have been making for years.  Make this easy lemon bread recipe for your family today.

What is the best oil to use in this recipe?

Pompeian Grapeseed Oil has a light flavor that comes from delicate wine grapes that reduce the absorption and preserve the natural flavors of food.

It’s perfect for stir-frying, sauteing, grilling, or baking.  Pompeian Grapeseed Oil comes as an all-natural cooking spray.  

It is eco-friendly and has no CFCs, no additives, no propellants, 0g of trans fat, no cholesterol, no preservatives, and is naturally gluten-free. The ingredients are only 100% grapeseed oil!

lemons on a slate cutting board near a knife

What you need to make this easy lemon bread recipe

  • Loaf Pan – I prefer silicone pans because nothing sticks to them. But, you can use a traditional metal loaf pan. Just be sure that you spray it with oil to prevent sticking.
  • Lemon Juicer – Using fresh lemon juice is the key to the amazing taste this bread has. You’ll need a lemon reamer or juicer.

Easy lemon cupcake recipe

To make this Tart Lemon Bread Recipe as muffins or cupcakes instead, just decrease the baking time to 20-30 minutes. Check for doneness at 20 minutes and cook longer if necessary.

I find that using silicone muffin cups is a huge time saver. The muffins or cupcakes just pop right out with no sticking even if they are still warm.

You can shake confectioners sugar over the top or top with a cream cheese frosting.

a loaf of lemon bread on tin foil near a knife

This really is an easy lemon loaf cake recipe that will impress your guests. You can serve the lemon bread with glaze or dusted with confectioners sugar if you prefer.

How should I store this?

I wrap this in tin foil and store it in the refrigerator. You can keep it for 3 to 5 days this way. To store it for a longer time, wrap individual slices in tin foil, place them in a freezer bag, and put them in the freezer for up to a month. 

When you want a slice, just let it thaw at room temperature for a few minutes and enjoy. You can add extra confectioner’s sugar if you like.

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Yield: 10

Tart Lemon Bread Recipe

Tart lemon bread recipe

This Tart Lemon Bread recipe is one that I have been making for years.  Make this easy lemon bread recipe for your family today.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Inactive Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Syrup:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • juice from one lemon (make sure no seeds)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add in eggs, evaporated milk, and olive oil.
  4. Stir until mixed.
  5. Spray an 8x4 bread pan with Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil Spray.
  6. Pour batter into pan.
  7. Bake 60 minutes and test by inserting a knife into the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.
  8. minutes before it's done, heat sugar and lemon juice in a heavy-duty pan. Cook over medium-low, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and it is a light syrup.
  9. Using the knife, poke holes in the top of the bread while it's still hot.
  10. Pour the syrup over the top of the bread. Cool for 15 minutes.
  11. Run a knife around the sides and remove from the pan.
  12. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap in tin foil until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

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25 thoughts on “Easy Lemon Bread Recipe With Cupcake Variation”

  1. The loaf came out of the pan very easily, but I had to turn it over on a plate to get it out, of course.  Next time I think I'll try lining the pan with a piece of parchment paper large enough to use as "handles" to lift the loaf out.
  2. This sounds so yummy!!  We eat lots of lemon type foods in my home  I never thought to make  a lemon bread :)  Thank you for sharing it!
    • It does. The bread is wonderfully moist but not heavy.  It's perfect to make up a day or two ahead of time because it does not dry out.

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