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Lemon Cake to Warm You Up on a Winter Night

Rachel loves simple recipes, especially when the results are delicious and loved by the whole family. This recipe fits the bill.

Warm lemon cake

Warm lemon cake

Why a Lemon Cake?

There are some desserts that are great for warming you up on a cold winter night. This lemon cake, with its citrusy and delightful burst of flavor, is one of those desserts. The lemon filling finds its way to the bottom of the cake during the baking process, and that makes it even more delicious. A scoop of homemade cream served alongside pushes it over the top.

Why lemon? Lemon flavoring goes with warm tea, which warms you up in the winter. Think of other lemony recipes, as well—including lemon juice sprinkles on hot breaded pork chops or breaded veal chops, and lemon rind sprinkles through a warm slice of pound cake. Need I say more?

This cake is actually served warm; hence the title. I hope you get to enjoy this recipe.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

55 min

1 hour 10 min

16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 (3.4-oz) packages Jello-O instant pudding, lemon flavor
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare cake batter as directed on the package. Then, pour the batter into a 13 x 9" baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. With a whisk, beat the dry pudding mixes, granulated sugar, milk and water for 2 minutes. Pour this mix over the batter in the pan.
  4. Place the baking pan on a rimmed baking sheet. (The baking sheet will catch any sauce that might bubble over the sides of the pan during baking.)
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 20 minutes. (The sauce will sink to the bottom and thicken slightly as it cools.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm.

Photo Guide

Cake mix

Cake mix

Mixing the lemon pudding and other ingredients

Mixing the lemon pudding and other ingredients

Going in the oven

Going in the oven

Baked cake, nice and golden

Baked cake, nice and golden

© 2020 Rachel L Alba

Comments

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 19, 2020:

Thanks bhattuc, I appreciate the visit and comment.

bhattuc on August 18, 2020:

Well explained. Thanks.

Rachel Alba on February 24, 2020:

Hi Peggy. I always appreciate your visits and comments. I love lemon in everything too. Even in my coke. Thanks for your comment.

Blessings to you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2020:

I love the flavor of lemons and what it does to food. Even a squeeze of lemon in water makes it extra-special. Your lemon cake sounds good. Thanks for your recipe.

Rachel Alba on January 29, 2020:

Hi Liza, Key lime cake sounds really good too. I love limes, but I never see key limes around here. Are they different from regular limes? Thanks for your visits and comments.

Blessings to you.

Rachel Alba on January 29, 2020:

Hi Linda, I will try the lemon curd. My husband loves lemon pies and maybe it will be good in that too. Thanks for the suggestion and for your visits and comments. I always enjoy them.

Blessings to you.

Liza from USA on January 29, 2020:

Rachel, the lemon cake looks scrumptious and I love citrus-y cake! Last November, during Thanksgiving I made a key lime cake and everybody loved the cake. I think lemon cake would be a great idea to do next! Thank you for sharing!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 28, 2020:

I always enjoy desserts that have a lemon flavor. Your cake sounds delicious. If you ever get a chance to use the lemon curd that Liz mentions, you should. I think it has a lovely taste.

Rachel Alba on January 28, 2020:

Hi Liz, I never made lemon curd, but now I want to. lol Thanks for the idea and thanks for visiting and commenting.

Blessings to you.

Rachel Alba on January 28, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada. I'm glad you found this recipe appealing. It's good cold too, which the left overs should be refrigerated, but warm, it's really delicious. Thanks for your comments.

Blessings to you.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 28, 2020:

This sounds like a real winter warmer. I recently made an iced lemon cake with a lemon curd filling.

Rachel Alba on January 28, 2020:

Hi Louise, Lemon cake is popular is my house also. Thanks for your comment.

Blessings to you.

Rachel Alba on January 28, 2020:

Hi Thelma, Thank you for your visit and nice comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2020:

This sounds delicious and nutritious. I am sure, this will taste great, when it is warm. Would love to try this.

Thank you for sharing the detailed instructions and helpful pictures.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 27, 2020:

That looks lovely, Rachel. My mouth is watering now. I love lemon cake.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on January 27, 2020:

That is a delicious lemon cake. Thank you for sharing your recipe.