I need an easy lemon birthday cake recipe using a box mix, but I am not sure just using a cake mix will make it lemony enough. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to alter it to give it more of a lemon flavor?
Debbie from Detroit, MI
Hello, try adding a bit of lemon koolaid powder, I don't remember how much so you'll need to experiment in increments. Also please add one pkg of vanilla pudding and one pkg of dream whip powder, you'll be enthralled at how moist it is.
I use a lemon cake mix with a can of lemon pie filling. I add a couple of eggs, but no water. I cook mine in a bundt pan.
I do this with every lemon cake mix for extra lemon....use lemon flavoring and if you are like me taste the mix and it is usually milder before cooked.
Take a fine grater (teensy little holes, not like you use for cheese or carrots) and grate off the yellow part of a fresh lemon's peel--not the white part of the peel as it's too bitter. Add that yellow lemon zest to the mix. THEN, cut the lemon itself in half, squeeze out as much juice as you can, and use that juice for the liquid in the recipe (add water to make the total amount if there's not enough juice).
cake - 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 pkg.lemon gelatin
2/3 cup veg. oil
2/3 cup hot water
4 lg. eggs
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
bake cake in 12 cup bundt pan at 350 for about
40 min. let cool for a few minutes and add glaze
This is really lemony, moist & so good.
Lemon pound cake
1 box any lemon cake mix
1 box lemon jello, 3 oz.
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
2 tbs. lemon zest
1 pkg. cream cheese, 8 oz.
2 tbs. lemon juice if desired ( fresh is best)
Lemon frosting, any brand
1 Preheat oven to 350.
2 Grease & flour Bundt pan (use the box cake mix to flour & there won't be a flour taste).
3. Beat cream cheese with mixer til light in texture.
4. Add eggs, 1 at a time & beat well after each one.
5. Mix jello & cake mix together.
6. Mix the cake & jello mix with milk, in 2-3 additions.
Then add it to cream cheese in small amounts. Try not to overmix.
7. Stir in lemon extract & zest ( & lemon juice if using it).
8. Pour into greased floured pan. Bake at 350 for 50-55 min.
Keep any eye on it,don't let it get over brown. Oven temps. vary.
9. Let cool to touch in the pan, remove from pan onto plate. When completely cool, frost. Keep in refrig. because of cream cheese in it.
For years now I have used the dream cake recipe on the back of the Dream Whip box to make lemon cake. You can use any flavor cake mix with this recipe, but it is wonderful with lemon cake mix from Duncan Hines and lemon pudding mix. It is very easy. I make it in a jelly-roll pan (10x15). I'm asked for the recipe over and over again and have to admit it came from the back of the box!
The Lemonade Party cake on the back of the Betty Crocker lemon cake mix is excellent. (recipe is also online). I don't use their tub frosting, but make my own instead. Hubby says it "tastes like summer" anytime.
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners sugar (about 3 3/4 cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
If it's too thick, pour in some milk a little at a time. Beat with mixer until smooth. Frosts 9x13- cake or 24 cupcakes.
A lot of your lemon flavor comes from the frosting. Make a classic easy Lemon Jello Cake and top with a powdered sugar frosting: 1/2 box powdered sugar, 1/2 bottle lemon flavoring, and 1/4 cup orange juice. Always gets lots of compliments.
Add 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract to both the cake mix and the frosting.
I have a recipe for a Lemonade Party Cake and it's the best I have found so far!
1 pkg. Lemon Cake Mix
1can (6oz) Frozen Lemonade Concentrate,thawed
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 tub of Lemon Fluff Frosting,or any other lemon frosting
Bake cake as directed in a 13x9 in baking dish.Mix lemonade concentrate and powdered sugar. Poke holes in cake every 1/2 inch. Drizzle lemonade mixture over top of cake.Refrigerate for 2 hours. Spread frosting over top of cake.
Have you tried poke cake. Use a lemon cake mix and then do the, poke jello thing.
I've had the lemon bundt cake. My 11-year-old granddaughter baked it and it was excellent.
Here is my mother's recipe.
Lemon Jello Cake
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 pkg lemon jello
1/4 cup veg oil
Bake as directed. Top with Lemon Glaze.
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Put on cake while still hot. Usually 1 lemon is enough.
You could fill between the layers with lemon curd, which Kroger's carries. It's with the jams and jellies, in my store on the top shelf. A clerk would be glad to find it for you. There are also recipes online to make it; it isn't complicated. Also, if the cake mix calls for liquid, use lemonade. Hope this helps!
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