Lemon Cake Recipe


  • Bake Time:  Approx. 25 mins
  • Prep Time:  Approx. 15 mins
  • Setting Time: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 1 cake



  • 1 box lemon cake mix, prepared according to directions, then cooled completely
  • 1 3oz box of lemon Jell-o (or other lemon gelatin)  
  • 1 cup boiling water 
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tub frozen whipped topping, defrosted
  • optional: fresh lemon slices for garnish


  1. Bake the lemon cake according to the package instructions and allow it to cool completely.
  2. Using a chopstick or narrow wooden spoon handle, poke holes in rows about 1 inch apart over entire cake.
  3. In a small bowl, mix lemon Jell-o and boiling water, stirring until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour Jell-o slowly into the holes. 
  5. Cool cake in refrigerator for about an hour.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk the vanilla pudding mix and the milk until it thickens.
  7. Fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture.
  8. Frost the cake with the pudding mixture, then cool in the fridge for an hour or two.
  9. (optional) Garnish with fresh lemon slices

💜 Tara's Tidbits

  • There are so many possible combinations for this type of cake. A white or yellow cake mix with any fruit jello can be so pretty and flavorful! - Tara