Lemon Ale-8-One Cake

April 22, 2019
Lemon Ale-8-One Kentucky Derby Cake by JC Phelps (JCP Eats)

Hey, y’all! Dessert, while not my favorite course, is an integral part of a menu. I don’t often find myself craving it; that said, when I do, it’s most always a craving for a lemon dessert. As such, I wanted to design a lemon cake that features Kentucky-favorite Ale-8-One. Why? Lemon and ginger are perfect accompaniments. With this in mind, my Lemon Ale-8-One Cake was born!

This post is in partnership with Ale-8-One. Thank you all for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible. All opinions expressed are my own.

Post updated November 2021.

Lemon Ale-8-One Cake

Ale-8-One with knife and lemon
Ale-8-One and mixing bowl
Lemon Ale 8 One Cake On Cake Stand

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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use freshly-squeezed lemon juice?

Use fresh lemon juice — always! Freshly-squeezed juice has much more flavor than store-bought; as lemon is one of the two main flavors in this cake, don’t skimp out here.

What’s Ale-8?

Ale-8 or Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-made soda still in existence. Based in Winchester, it has a wonderful ginger profile + a cult following.

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Ingredients, Shopping List:

  • Flour: All-purpose will be used for this recipe.
  • Sugar: Pick up white, granulated sugar + powdered sugar for this cake. Granulated sugar will go in the batter, while powdered sugar will be in the icing.
  • Shortening: I use Crisco.
  • Ale-8-One: The Kentucky-made ginger soda will be a part of the cake batter.
  • Eggs: Of your choice.
  • Lemons: Get a bag — you’ll squeeze them for the juice + zest them!
  • Sour Cream: Full-fat works best.
  • Vegetable Oil: Only 2/3 c. will be used.
  • Baking Needs: baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, vanilla extract.
  • Fresh Blueberries + Raspberries: For garnish.
Lemon Ale-8-One Cake

Lemon Ale-8-One Cake

JC Phelps
Love lemon? My Lemon Ale-8-One Cake is a Kentucky-inspired dessert that is soon to become a family favorite. I know y'all are going to love it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling/Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 791 kcal


For The Cake

  • 2 c All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 c Sugar
  • 6 oz Ale-8-One
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 c Lemon Juice freshly-squeezed
  • 3/4 c Sour Cream
  • 2/3 c Vegetable Oil
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract

For The Icing

  • 1 c Butter
  • 7 c Powdered Sugar
  • 1 c Shortening
  • 3 tsp Lemon Zest freshly-grated
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice freshly-squeezed
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

For Garnish

  • 1 Pack Blueberries
  • 1 Pack Raspberries


For The Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a stand mixer, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix on a low-speed until combined. In the same bowl, add the lemon juice, eggs, oil, Ale-8-One, and vanilla extract. Mix. Fold in the sour cream until incorporated.
  • Separate batter into two greased cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes; check cake with a toothpick until done. When done, the toothpick will come out clean. Allow cake to fully cool before icing.

For The Icing

  • Beat butter and shortening together until smooth.
  • In small batches, add 4 cups of the powdered sugar. Mix well.
  • Add lemon juice, vanilla, and the lemon zest. Mix well.
  • In small batches, add the remaining 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until fully-incorporated.


  • After fully cooled, take one of the cakes and lay it flat on a cake stand. Put desired amount of icing on top of the cake. Layer the second cake on top of the icing, adding more icing to the top of the second layer. Note: I prefer to leave the sides without any icing; that said, you can cover the cake in icing if desired.
  • Spread raspberries and blueberries on top of the cake; cut and enjoy!


Sodium: 260mgCalcium: 71mgVitamin C: 16mgVitamin A: 191IUSugar: 98gFiber: 2gPotassium: 151mgCholesterol: 52mgCalories: 791kcalTrans Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gFat: 34gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 119gIron: 1mg
Keyword ale 8, ale 8 one, cake, ginger, lemon, lemon ale-8-one cake
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Enjoy my Lemon Ale-8-One Cake? Check out my other recipes here.

Lemon Ale 8 One Cake with Blueberries and Raspberries
Ale 8 One

About Ale-8-One

Launched in July of 1926, Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still in existence. It was invented by G. L. Wainscott and was named via one of America’s first slogan contests at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” – the winning entry – was a pun adopted for its witty description. From that, a Kentucky legacy transpired.

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My best,


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  • Reply
    April 28, 2019 at 2:59 am

    This recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • Reply
      May 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks for reading, Denise! Happy Derby Week!

  • Reply
    May 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    What size pans to bake the 2 layers in

    • Reply
      May 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Hi, Lisa! Thank you for the great question. I used two 8×8 pans!

  • Reply
    May 9, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    This was delicious!!

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