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
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Serves: 9 x 13 cake
  • 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
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tsp grated lemon peel
  • About 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  1. Mix together cake mix according to directions on back but add in one additional egg and substitute buttermilk for water.
  2. Bake according to directions in a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. Cool.
  1. 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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10-12

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    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!

    • 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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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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