Summer Dessert: Lemon Cake {Recipe Box}

My mom and my grandma must have both had the same recipe for lemon cake, because growing up, I remember both of them making this type of cake. It was always a family favorite, not as tart as you would think but really sweet. The icing gives the cake a semi-crunchy texture on top.

This recipe comes from my grandma’s recipe box. Below is a printable recipe, without photos, for your convenience. This is a very quick and easy cake to make, something I like in a recipe. It’s perfect for that church potluck or outdoor barbecue you may be attending this 4th of July. Enjoy!

Summer Dessert: Lemon Cake
  • Cake:
  • 1 lemon or yellow cake mix
  • 1 lemon instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup salad oil
  • Icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz. frozen lemonade (If using lemons, use juice of 2 lemons, or about 6 tbsp)
  1. Mix cake mix and instant pudding together; add eggs and water, beating for 2 minutes. Add salad oil, and beat for another 2 minutes.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes in loaf or cake pan (I use a 13x9 cake pan).
  3. While cake is baking, mix up icing. When cake is done and while still hot, prick with fork all over; spoon on icing. Enjoy!

(Note: In the past, I’ve also made lemon cake just following the directions on the back of the cake mix box, also making a standard powdered sugar icing with butter, vanilla, milk, and lemon juice added in for taste. This is just another quick way of changing up the recipe.)

Mel Lockcuff

Mel is a wife and homeschool mom to 2 boys, as well as a lifestyle and travel blogger residing in Northwest Arkansas. She recently published her first eBook, Blog Design Elements of Success. You can find Mel on Twitter @mellockcuff, as well as on Instagram and Facebook, or contact her via email at
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    heather says

    i am so happy to have found this recipe. my mom made this all the time for my dad. and all of her recipes where lost after she passed, so i am slowly but surely rebuilding it. thank you so very much for sharing, i am off to look through the rest of your recipes to see if you have anything else i need.

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      Heather, thanks so much. You are so welcome. My mom and grandma both made this cake all the time, and it was one of my favorite desserts. I hope you enjoy!

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    Margie says

    I have been searching for this cake for two years until I tried your recipe and its been a success every since. Thank you for the perfect lemon crunch cake recipe. May God keep blessing your ideas.

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    Kathy says

    I need a recipe that I can make and travel with, I will be driving on a 5 hour trip. Do you think this would be ok to make a day ahead and to take with me on a trip?

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      Kathy, I’ve actually made it a day ahead before. I’ve only traveled to church potluck or family dinner with it, but it seems to travel well. I do like to keep ours in the fridge or cooler; it just stays fresh that way.


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