This is one of my favorite summertime recipes. The batter is soft and light with a subtle hint of lemon, but when you add the lemon icing the cake becomes a bright, crunchy sunshine of flavor that complements any summer day.

The recipe described below is for mini Lemon Crunch Cakes, which are beautiful for Army socials; however, you can make the cake in a large, shallow pan, as well. The best secret ingredient is your own creativity.

4.50 from 2 votes

Lemon Crunch Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 20 Mini Cakes


  • 1 stick, 1/2 cup butter
  • 160 grams 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 185 grams 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 55 grams 1/4 cup milk
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 100 grams 1/2 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a bowl, beat together butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in eggs. Stir in lemon zest. Fold in flour, alternately with milk.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop batter into mini tart dishes. Place a towel on the counter; then slightly tap each dish onto the towel to level the batter.
  • Place the dishes on a baking sheet, and bake for 14 minutes.
  • While the cakes are baking, make the icing. In a small bowl, mix together lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar. When the cakes have finished baking, spoon the icing over hot cakes. Allow to cool so the icing hardens for a slight crunch.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. Wow. I absolutely adore anything lemony and these little cakes look delicious as well as totally adorable! I love the sound of the sugary crunch on top, lovely recipe and beauuuttiful photography 🙂

  2. These are soo pretty and they look sooo good… I’m going to bookmark this and make them soon! 😉

  3. These look incredible!! I am definitely going to make them this summer… what a perfect summery treat!