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AMAZING Lemon Cake from a Mix

Tired of boxed lemon cake mixes that have that screaming fake yellow color? Want to make a moist, fragrant, luscious lemon cake that starts with the ease of a boxed mix? Here you go! White cake infused with lemon extract, lemon zest, and lemon pudding makes this cake heavenly.

AMAZING Lemon Cake from a Mix


  • 1 box Duncan Hines white cake mix 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 box Jell-O brand instant lemon pudding mix 1/2 tsp salt 4 whole eggs 1 1/3 cup water 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream 1 tsp clear vanilla flavor 2 tsp lemon extract (I prefer Watkins) Zest and juice from 2 large lemons


Mix all ingredients for 2 minutes. Scrape bowl and mix for an additional minute. Pour into greased cake pans with a greased flower nail in the center of each pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven. Cake is done when a toothpick has some crumbs clinging to it. I divide the batter from this recipe into two 8" x 3" pans which makes two nice tall layers that I then torte twice and fill with lemon curd. Yum! :)

Comments (32)

I have to say that this is the best lemon cake recipe I have ever tried. I doubt I will ever try another. This recipe combined with a recipe for a raspberry filling has produced my most asked for cake. The cake is extremely moist and the same time an amazing lemon flavor.
This recipe is excellent! I doubt I'll ever try another lemon cake recipe; this one turned out so moist and flavorful. YUM!
My mouth is puckering up as I read this recipe. It sounds REALLY GOOD! Do you have any idea how lemon juice that would be? I squeezed a bunch lemons recently and froze the juice. Thank you for your help and recipe. I will definitely try this.
this cake is amazing and so moist! I've adapted the flavors and use this same recipe for other flavors of cake now by changing the pudding and extract flavors.
AMAZING! This cake is super moist and full of flavor. I get tons of compliments each time I serve it!
I can't wait to try it!
Made this for my husband's birthday cake. Absolutely delightful. Used two 8 inch rounds with enough left over for a half dozen cupcakes.
Sounds delicious! Does it carve well?
I've made this recipe several time, and I swore that I'd already reviewed it? It's amazing and to die for! I won't use another lemon cake recipe again! Thank you Cakepro for unselfishly sharing this goodness!
After this recipe, there is no need to try another. I use raspberry filling & cream cheese frosting.
I can't wait to try this recipe, sounds so yummy! Can anyone tell me if it'd work alright to use bottled zest and juice? Maybe I'm lazy....
How much does this make? Will it make an 11X15 sheet, or do I need to double it?
This recipe really is AWESOME! In the past, I've only baked from scratch b/c I've always felt box cakes have a different taste than scratch, but you couldn't even tell with this cake! Like another reviewer said, this made enough for 2 8" cakes plus about half a dozen cupcakes. I cooked the cakes as normal, but added about 1/2 t of poppy seeds to the cupcakes. YUM. Oh, and just a note- wait to add the zest until after the mix is already mixed. Then add it and just blend until it's combined. If you mix it all at the same time, the zest always seems to find it's way to the paddle and clump together.
I want to add to my earlier post. As my cakes and cupcakes sat, they fell. Has anyone else had this issue with the recipe, or could it be related to the DH mix? I thought I read somewhere that they changed their recipe...?
I wanted to add that I made two batches and it was fine. My cake did not rise a ton, but was very level. Everyone said this was the best lemon cake thay had ever eaten. Thank you!
This sounds really good and I'd like to try it. If I'm using two 8x2 round pans instead of 8x3, do I still need to use the flower nails in the center? I usually use baking strips. Is that okay? How many cups of batter does this recipe make?
I think I'll add some more rising agents next time. Just poking it with a toothpick to see if it was done caused the center to sink in quite a bit. The recipe adds quite a bit of flour and sugar but no extra risers. With an added half teaspoon of baking soda I think it may become my standby lemon cake recipe because it tasted wonderful (so I hear from the friend who requested it. I tried it and didn't like it but I don't like lemon cake!)
Is that a small or large box of Instant Lemon pudding?
candyman - It's a 3.9 oz box.
I just made this cake for Thanksgiving for my Mother's birthday, delicious lemon cake. It was moist and dense. I put a raspberry mouse filling. I would like to know how long do you bake it for because I made a 10" x 2" and baked it for an hour. Didn't know if that was too long or not.
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