Easy Moroccan Lemon Cake (Meskouta) Recipe

Easy Moroccan Lemon Cake (Meskouta) Recipe

The Spruce / Kelly Ryan

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Servings: 10 to 12 servings

Moroccan cakes (meskouta) tend to be quick and easy to make, and this Moroccan lemon cake is no exception. Light, fine-textured, and flavorful, it takes only minutes to mix and get into the oven. It can be served while still warm and no frosting is needed, or you can add the quick glaze.

One-half of a large lemon should yield the small amount of fresh lemon juice called for in the recipe, but you can add more lemon juice if you like tarter flavor.

Try these equally easy and delicious recipes for Moroccan Orange Cake and Moroccan Chocolate Cake.

Ingredients

  • For the Cake:
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, it is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy Moroccan Lemon Cake (Meskouta) Recipe ingredients

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  2. Place the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F (180 C). Grease and flour a small bundt or tube pan.

    Greased and floured tube pan

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  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or by hand, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick. Gradually beat in the oil until smooth.

    oil, eggs and sugar in a stand mixer

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  4. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt, and then the milk. Beat just until smooth.

    stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and milk to eggs and sugar, in a glass bowl

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  5. Mix in the lemon juice and zest, and the vanilla extract.

    moroccan lemon cake batter in a glass bowl

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  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

    Moroccan lemon cake batter in a prepared tube pan

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  7. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake tests done (a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean). Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool in the pan on a rack for 7 to 10 minutes.

    Moroccan Lemon Cake in a tube pan on a wire cooling rack

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  8. Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a butter knife or spatula, then turn out the cake onto the rack to finish cooling.

    Moroccan lemon cake on a wire cooling rack

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Make the Glaze

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Moroccan Lemon Cake glaze ingredients, lemon and confectioners' sugar

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  2. In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until smooth.

    lemon and confectioners' sugar mixed together in a small bowl

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  3. Drizzle over the top of the cake, allowing the glaze to run down the sides.

    Easy Moroccan Lemon Cake (Meskouta) with glaze on a wire cooling rack

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