Lemon Cake Recipes

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November 29, 2018

piece of Lemon Everything Cake on plateI call this the Lemon Everything cake because it encompasses all types of lemon desserts all in one dish. The bottom is like the center of a lemon meringue; custardy and dense. The middle is lighter but still dense, like a standard lemon cake. The top is airy and super light, like lemon angel food cake. The icing on top is thin and crisp. This is a lemon lover's dream dessert!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Yield: 9 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Separate the eggs.
  2. separating egg whites from yolks
  3. Beat the egg whites until they become stiff. Set aside.
  4. whipping egg whites
  5. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until fluffy.
  6. mixing yolks and sugar

  7. Add the butter and vanilla. Continue beating for a couple minutes.
  8. adding egg yolks to batter
  9. Add the flour and mix well.
  10. adding flour to batter
  11. Stir in the lemon juice and zest.
  12. adding spices
  13. Add the milk and beat until everything is mixed together well.
  14. adding milk to batter
  15. Gently fold in the egg whites a bit at a time.
  16. adding whipped egg white to batter

  17. When it's all folded in, you should still see little bits of the whites floating about.
  18. folding egg whites into batter
  19. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 in. (or similar) baking dish. Pour in the batter.
  20. Lemon Everything Cake in baking pan
  21. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the top and edges are golden and it's firm to the touch.
  22. baked Lemon Everything Cake
  23. Let the cake cook completely, then sprinkle with about 1 or 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar.
  24. sprinkling powdered sugar on cake

  25. Mix the remaining powdered sugar with the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of zest.
  26. mixing icing
  27. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. I like mine as is so I can really enjoy all the layers!
  28. piece Cut from Lemon Everything Cake
  29. Drizzle on top of the cake. Allow to sit for 10 minutes so the icing goes crisp.
  30. icing & powdered sugar on cake
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October 15, 2011

Perfect way to end a delicious meal. Creamy pudding with a cake topping.


June 25, 2008

A great summer treat is lemonade. With this recipe, you can "Have your cake and eat it too". . . Lemon Aide Cake, that is. This is the treat for the "Lemon Loves".


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
March 10, 2009

Sift well the cake flour. Beat the eggs, baking powder and salt until thick. place bowl in a pan of hot water and beat until thick like whipped cream.


Gradually add sugar and beat well. Remove the bowl from the water.


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October 22, 2013

This is the best lemon cake I have ever tasted!


February 1, 2006

You can enhance a lemon cake mix with pudding for a delightful, yummy dessert.


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April 4, 2012

So yummy and easy to make. Great dessert if you need something quick!


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
July 24, 2008

Cream flour, sugar and margarine together in bowl. Add egg yolks, milk and lemon juice, mixing well. Fold in egg whites.


Pour into 8 inch baking dish. Place in large pan of hot water. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes.


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
April 28, 2008

Bake a ready-mix lemon cake according to box directions in a 9x13 inch pan. Puncture warm cake with long fork tines and pour powdered sugar, lemon juice, and oil, which has been combined, over top of cake.


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May 25, 2007

I took this recipe from the internet and made it yesterday. Served it to friends with the lemon sauce, and we all agreed that it's delicious! Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, and salt; beat until thick and a light lemon color.


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January 23, 2007

Cream the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and flavorings and beat well. Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately to the creamed mixture with the buttermilk.



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February 25, 2009

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


By Consuelo de los Santos (Guest Post)
February 25, 20090 found this helpful

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.

By Candy (Guest Post)
February 25, 20090 found this helpful

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.


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February 25, 20090 found this helpful

February 25, 20090 found this helpful

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.

By RK (Guest Post)
February 25, 20090 found this helpful

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).

February 26, 20090 found this helpful

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

February 26, 20090 found this helpful

This is really lemony, moist & so good.

Lemon pound cake
1 box any lemon cake mix
4 eggs
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.

By Ellen (Guest Post)
February 26, 20090 found this helpful

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!

By Sue (Guest Post)
February 26, 20090 found this helpful

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.

February 26, 20090 found this helpful

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.

February 27, 20090 found this helpful

Add 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract to both the cake mix and the frosting.

By Karen (Guest Post)
February 27, 20090 found this helpful

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.

February 27, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried poke cake. Use a lemon cake mix and then do the, poke jello thing.

February 27, 20090 found this helpful

I've had the lemon bundt cake. My 11-year-old granddaughter baked it and it was excellent.

February 27, 20090 found this helpful

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.

Lemon Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Put on cake while still hot. Usually 1 lemon is enough.

By Janet45101 (Guest Post)
February 27, 20090 found this helpful

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!

February 27, 20090 found this helpful

One of the tastiest lemon pound cake recipes I have uses fresh lemon zest. I would use at least the zest of 3 lemons for a 2 layer box cake mix.

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March 30, 2012

This is for tippinspielady if you are still here! Tippin's used to make, once a year, a lemon layer cake. That was the best lemon cake ever! Can you share that recipe?

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