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Healthy Lemon Loaf Cake

This Healthy Lemon Loaf Cake, a Lemon Olive Oil Yogurt Cake, is a much lighter version to a traditional lemon pound cake. This is a delicious alternative.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 374kcal


  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar or 1 cup of honey or maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoon milk or fresh lemon juice for more lemon flavor


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, granulated sugar, lightly beaten eggs, greek yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon extract.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture while whisking together until well combined.
  • Add lemon cake batter to a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and bake in oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the center and comes out clean (mine baked in about 52 minutes).
  • Let cool for 10 minutes then remove from the loaf pan to finish cooling.
  • Once the cake has cooled completely, whisk together confectioner's sugar and milk or lemon juice and pour over the cake.
  • Let the icing set and then enjoy!


To keep your lemon loaf cake fresh and flavorful, allow it to cool completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or store it in an airtight container. This way, it can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerated for up to a week, ensuring that each slice remains moist and zesty. If you've already glazed the cake, refrigeration is recommended to maintain the glaze's texture.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.2mg