Preheat oven at 350°F.
Butter and flour your cake pan.
Cream softened butter and sugar together.
Add one egg and incorporate fully.
Continue adding one egg at a time until the batter becomes light and fluffy.
Mix in lemon juice and zest.
In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
Add half of the flour and half of the milk to the batter.
Mix slowly until no dry flour is evident.
Then mix faster to ensure there are no flour pockets and the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Include the remaining flour and milk.
Add the essence.
Pour the batter into your greased cake pan.
Bake for 50 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan.
Remove from the oven and check the center of the cake with a skewer. If it comes out clean, your cake is done. If not, continue baking for another 10 minutes.
Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
Serve as a dessert alongside ice cream, fruit cake and more.