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Lemon Cake With Pudding Mix

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Lemon cake with pudding mix is a delicious cake to serve at your next family gathering or get together. Everyone will think you made this cake from scratch, but it’s really made with a cake mix! It has a lovely soft texture, is ultra moist and has fantastic lemon flavor.

easy lemon cake with lemon pudding slice.
Easy lemon cake with lemon pudding

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This lemon cake is SO delicious and is the perfect dessert for spring and for summer! It’s so easy with the help of two secret ingredients – lemon cake mix and lemon pudding mix! Shortcuts like cake mix and pudding leave more time to enjoy dessert!

Topped with an orange juice glaze, giving this cake the best moist texture. If you like lemon desserts, you have got to give this cake a try!

slice of lemon pudding cake.
Moist slice of lemon pudding cake

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a fluffy, sweet and a perfectly tangy lemon cake.
  • A soft, moist simple recipe, with few ingredients.
  • It’s topped with a delicious orange glaze to accentuate the lemon flavor.
  • Very easy to make and so delicious!

Ingredients

  • Lemon Cake Mix use your favorite store bought lemon cake mix.
  • Instant Lemon Pudding Mix makes the cake super moist and delicious.
  • Vegetable Oil makes for a moister and tender cake.
  • Eggs – creates structure and stability within a batter.
  • Orange Juice – adds a bright taste to the cake.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar mixed with the orange juice, it makes a delicious glaze for the cake.

How To Make This Recipe

four image process making lemon cake with pudding mix.
Lemon cake with pudding mix process

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13×9-inch baking dish, set aside.

Step 2:

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, instant pudding, oil, water and eggs. Pour batter into baking dish.

Step 3:

Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until cake is golden and cooked throughout.

Step 4:

Meanwhile, whisk together orange juice and confectioners’ sugar.

Step 5:

Cool cake slightly. Using a fork, make holes in top of the cake. Pour juice mixture over the top.

simple lemon cake with a piece on a fork.
Simple lemon cake

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • You can also make this recipe in a bundt pan. It’s a gorgeous way to present a cake. Just be sure to grease the pan well so the cake wont stick to the pan.
  • When you make the orange glaze for this cake don’t add too much liquid. You want the glaze to be thin, but not too watery.
  • For the best flavor use freshly squeezed orange juice!
  • If you can’t find lemon instant pudding mix, vanilla tastes great too!
  • For more texture, fold in fresh blueberries into the batter. Just a few ounces though!

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Cover baking dish with plastic wrap and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Freezing: Once cake is cooled, wrap tightly and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just thaw and eat when you’re ready!

FAQ

What’s the difference between glaze and icing?

Icing is a mixture of confectioners’ sugar and liquid that is thin enough to be spread. Glaze is a mixture of confectioners’ sugar and liquid thin enough to be poured.

Can I use a different type of oil besides vegetable oil?

Yes, canola oil is another popular type of oil used for baking cakes. Grapeseed oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and butter are also other alternatives, however they may change the taste and texture of the cake.

What ingredient makes a cake moist?

Fats, like oil, provide moisture for a cake.

Yield: 12 Servings

Lemon Cake With Pudding Mix

slice of lemon pudding cake.

Lemon cake with pudding mix is a delicious cake to serve at your next family gathering or get together. Everyone will think you made this cake from scratch, but it’s really made with a cake mix! It has a lovely soft texture, is ultra moist and has fantastic lemon flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15-16 ounce lemon cake mix
  • 3.4 ounce package lemon instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 orange juice
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Whipped topping, optional
  • Lemon zest, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, instant pudding, oil, water and eggs. Pour batter into baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until cake is golden and cooked throughout.
  4. While cake is baking, whisk together orange juice and confectioners' sugar.
  5. Cool cake slightly. Using a fork, make holes in top of the cake. Pour juice mixture over the top.

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