Promise's Better-Than-Scratch Lemon Cake

Note: This is my personal recipe that I developed. Please credit me if sharing with others. Thanks! Promise Whitley

I usually fill will Dickinson’s seedless raspberry jam and Dickinson’s lemon curd and ice with lemon buttercream. I make my icing dam and then spread a thin layer of the raspberry jam on the cake inside the dam using a small off-set spatula. Then I put a layer of about 1/3 of an inch of curd ontop of the jam. Then top with the next layer of cake. I do three layers of cake and 2 of the filling. This always gets rave reviews

Promise’s Better-Than-Scratch Lemon Cake


  • 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix
  • 1 box (4 serving size) regular (not sugar free) instant lemon pudding mix
  • Number of eggs called for on cake box + 1
  • Double the amount of oil called for on cake box
  • 1 cup Lemonade instead of the water


  1. Beat the eggs to mix together the whites and yolks
  2. Slowly beat in the oil
  3. Mix in the pudding mix
  4. Add 1/2 of the cake mix and 1/2 of the lemonade, mix until combined
  5. Add rest of cake mix and rest of lemonade, mix until combined
  6. Beat on high for 3 minutes
  7. Bake at 350 degrees, may take 45 to 50 minutes to bake, depending on size of pan, start checking for doneness at 30 minutes.
  8. The above amounts will make 1 quarter sheet or 1 two or three layer 8″ or 9″ round cake.

Comments (1)


Confused, made this recipe to a tee. Batter was so thick, cake didnt rise much and fell in the middle as it cooled.