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Lemon Cake Recipe

I’ve had several people email me for my fancy gourmet lemon cake recipe. Ok, here goes:

Step one: Buy a lemon cake mix.
Step two: Follow directions on the box, and voila! 😉

{I actually make it a tiny bit fancy by spreading fresh lemon curd in between the eight layers and then frost it with fresh cream cheese frosting.}

photo from Martha

  1. kaili

    March 19, 2008

    Seems almost too good to be true – but it looked lovely in the photo! I’m throwing a party for my husband tomorrow, and am still at a loss as to what I should make. Too many delicious options! The lemon cake sounds so nice and simple that I might just have to try that – thanks!

  2. erin wilson

    March 19, 2008

    So refreshing….reading blog after blog of “well I got up at 4 to get my fresh chicken eggs from the coop and then walked down to my aisle of lemon trees to pick the freshest of lemons…” Sometimes cake mix is just GOOD!!!!!! {Don’t get me wrong…If I have a big property and not a little apt. maybe I could talk like that too!}

  3. Janssen

    March 19, 2008

    Lemon curd and cream cheese ANYTHING make life worth living. I’ll definitely have to take a stab at this sometime soon (although I may not be brave enough to do eight layers).

  4. love.boxes

    March 19, 2008

    Lemon cake is always good. This one looks spectacular!

  5. Anonymous

    March 19, 2008

    I have a few tricks from Alton Brown to fancy up a cake mix…it really makes it taste so much better so I just thought I’d mention it. All you do is:
    Add (1) Extra Egg
    use Butter instead of Oil
    use Milk instead of Water (Reduce qty by about 20%)
    Add a Tsp. of Vanilla

    No one ever guesses I’ve used a cake mix when I’ve made it this way and it’s so yummy though not the healthiest option ;).

  6. megan

    March 19, 2008

    genius 🙂

  7. MollieB

    March 19, 2008

    you just made my day…

  8. zakary

    March 19, 2008

    I love lemon cake. We had a lemon cake for our wedding last summer. I add fresh lemon juice to the mix as well. Lemon Curd rocks!

  9. natalie

    March 19, 2008

    I love this recipe for lemon cake:,14343,332070,00.html

    it tastes nothing like “light” cake, particularly with the cream cheese frosting. lemon curd would make it more amazing, though…

  10. Kate

    March 19, 2008

    The boxed lemon cake with a box of lemon pudding added is great as well. I think I’ll make it for Easter lunch! Great idea!

    Anybody care to point me towards a good cream cheese frosting recipe?

  11. Marilyn

    March 20, 2008

    Your lemon cake is lovely, and practical to boot. But it’s the cake stand that caught my eye. I collect them, and that is one pretty thing.

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