Lemony Lemon Cake

Two of my favorite things – lemon and frosting.  I actually am not a huge cake fan, I am a frosting fan.  I eat cake so I can eat frosting and I have been known to skip the cake and just eat the frosting.  Lemony Lemon Cake includes two of my favorite things – lemon and frosting.

Lemon Cake

If you are a lemon lover you will love this lemony lemon cake!

Today’s Lemony Lemon Cake recipe is one that has been in my binder of family favorites for years and originally came from my friend Cathy.  We had dinner guests last week and I was stumped as what to fix for dessert and I was having a bit of a lemon craving despite the fact that it is almost fall and I should be craving apples and cinnamon.  I think my taste buds are confused. That is what happens when the calendar says September but the temperature is in the 80′s!

I was in the mood for lemon frosting -ooops – I mean lemon cake with lemon frosting.
Lemon Cake
I was hoping my dinner guests were in the mood for lemon cake too.  This lemon cake recipe is an easy one.  It uses a lemon cake mix and I just doctor it up a bit by adding in an extra egg and instead of water I use buttermilk.  Like I said, the reason you make this cake is not for the cake it is for the frosting.  But the cake is nice and lemony and moist too.
Lemon Cake

The frosting makes a lot so if you eat cake because you like cake and not the frosting you could probably get away with cutting the frosting recipe in half but if you are like me you will want to make it just the way it is.
Lemon Cake
With lots of frosting!  It is a fairly simple cake.  You just make it in a 9 x 13 pan and then load on the frosting.  It is easy and quick to make but don’t be deceived by it’s simplicity and its unassuming appearance .
Lemon Cake
So if your taste buds are a bit confused and think it is still spring and lemon season like mine you are going to love this cake. Even if your taste buds aren’t confused and they are craving apples and cinnamon give it a try – refresh your taste buds with some lemony lemon cake goodness.
Lemon Cake

Lemony Lemon Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 9 x 13 cake

10-12

Ingredients

  • 1 box of lemon cake mix
  • Ingredients from back of box
  • Buttermilk to substitute for water in cake mix
  • 1 additional egg to what is called for in cake mix
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tsp grated lemon peel
  • About 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Mix together cake mix according to directions on back but add in one additional egg and substitute buttermilk for water.
  • Bake according to directions in a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Cool.
  • Frosting
  • Beat together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon peel and lemon juice until fluffy and spreading consistency. If necessary add some additional lemon juice to get the right consistency.

Comments

  1. 1

    Ok! This is totally mouth watering! The 4th photo down…the pic of the cake almost frosted…makes me want to scoop that frosting with a spoon and eat a huge dollop! I will have to remember this for future picnics or family gatherings!
    Bonnie@WhatAboutPie recently posted..Feeling the health of eating a rainbow!

    • 1.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Bonnie – the frosting for this cake is so good and totally the reason to make the cake! I eat it by the spoonful and ended up scraping the frosting off the last of the cake and just eating it!!

  2. 2
    Erin says:

    Yum! I am having a girls lunch next week and I’ve been thinking a lemon cake would be the perfect dessert. Perfect timing! Thanks!

  3. 3
    Mary Lynn says:

    Anything lemon is a hit at our house. We are going to a Steeler party on Sunday and this will be perfect. The cake is “gold” and I’ll serve it on black plates. Black and Gold. Go Steelers. Enjoyed your carnival posts.

  4. 4

    This looks SO good! I am huge fan of lemon. Thanks for sharing. :-)
    ~FringeGirl
    the domestic fringe recently posted..No Fear in Love

  5. 5
    Anne-Marie says:

    Made this today. The frosting is SO GOOD!! I want to try it on cupcakes. Thanks for sharing!

  6. 6
    carrian says:

    Ok, I’m not a huge cake fan, but I am pinning this and making it. Hopefully Sunday. It looks amazing, especially the frosting. Loverly photos ps. Just gorgeous
    carrian recently posted..Grilled Garlic Naan Pizzas

  7. 7
    Angela says:

    This cake was fabulous!…One of my dinner guests ate the leftover frosting!

  8. 8
    Shannon says:

    Any reason not to make this a layer cake and put a thick layer of frosting in the middle?

  9. 9
    Gale says:

    Made this for hubby birthday today. It was smashing frosting! Not shy at all, but not overpowering. Just the right amount of tickle to keep you interested. Thank you so much Leigh Anne!

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