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Easy Lemonade Cake

Lemonade Cake is an easy and delicious dessert that is bursting with bright & tart lemon flavor that tastes like sunshine in your mouth!

easy cake from a mix

Lemonade Cake Recipe

Do you LOVE lemon as much as I do? One of the best things about summer is bright sunshine and lemonade stands.

When the temperature starts to rise, cool down with a glass of fresh lemonade and a piece of this moist lemonade cake. You will feel like a kid again!

Summer also means lots of fruit and fun desserts for bbqs and picnics or days at the beach! Some of my favorites are these strawberry lemonade popsicles because summer can get hot!

Or these cherry dump cake and peach dump cake recipes. So easy and feed a crowd in a pinch. If you want something more fun, check out these hamburger cupcakes🙂

moist lemon cake with bright flavors

What is a lemonade cake?

Lemonade cake is a sheet cake from a cake mix, called a poke cake, that is topped with a light a fluffy frosting.

Once the cake is baked, the fluffy cake is literally “poked” with a fork or a wooden spoon handle to create tiny holes in it. A smooth glaze, made from powdered sugar and lemonade is poured over the warm cake.

This allows the glaze to seep into all the holes of the cake, infusing it with a sweet lemony citrus flavor. The fluffy frosting sweetens it up on top.

dry ingredients like a lemon box cake

Ingredients Needed

Cake mix – Lemon cake mix, sub vanilla or white cake if needed.

Pudding – Instant lemon pudding mix.

Lemonade – Lemonade concentrate, regular or frozen and thawed.

Sugar – Powdered sugar.

Pantry staples – Large eggs, vegetable oil, water, 

Frosting – Frozen whipped topping, marshmallow creme, lemon zest.

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How to make Lemonade Cake

First: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.

Second: Combine cake mix, pudding, eggs, oil, and water in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan.

Third: Bake for 25-30 mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on wire racks. Cool for 15 minutes.

Make glaze by combining lemonade concentrate and powdered sugar until no lumps remains.

Fourth: Poke holes in cake using a wooden spoon or large fork every 1/2 inch. Pour glaze evenly over the cake. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

How to make Lemonade Cake Frosting

First: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, marshmallow creme, whipped topping, and zest. Mix until combined.

Second: Spread frosting over the top of the cake. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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whip the frosting ingredients in a bowl over medium speed and frost the cake

How long does it last?

This cake will last up to a week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze it?

You can freeze the cake for up to 2 months but I wouldn’t make or add the top frosting until you are ready to serve. The whipped topping and marshmallow cream will break down when thawed.

lemonade bundt cake recipe

Can I make it ahead of time?

You can make this cake up to 3 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.  In my opinion this is better because it allows the lemon flavors to deepen and you can serve the cake chilled.

Perfect for a hot summer day!

Can this be a bundt cake?

If you want something a little fancier than a 9×13 sheet cake, serve it as a bundt cake. Just remove the cake from the bundt pan before poking and glazing.

Works great as cupcakes and layer cakes too!

easy lemon cake recipe

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Use yellow or white cake mix and add in a teaspoon of lemon extract.
  • If you want thicker frosting, add the rest of the powdered sugar.
  • To make the lemonade concentrate from scratch, combine equal parts simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.
  • Make in two 9 inch cake pans for a layered cake.
  • Turn these into cupcakes and stuff with lemon curd for individual desserts.
  • Garnish with fresh or candied lemon peel.

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lemonade cake is the perfect summer dessert!

This lemonade cake recipe is the perfect solution to summer birthday parties or winter events when you need to wake up your taste buds.

two pieces of lemonade cake on two small blue plates with two forks and a few scattered blueberries

Lemonade Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Lemonade Cake is an easy and delicious dessert that is bursting with bright and tart lemon flavor that tastes like sunshine in your mouth!

Ingredients

Lemonade Cake

  • 1 box (15.25 oz) lemon cake mix
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) instant lemon pudding
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate (from 12 oz can, thawed)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (7 oz) container marshmallow creme
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Lemonade Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly coat a 13x9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix and pudding.
  4. Beat in the eggs, oil and water until well combined.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and place on wire rack.
  8. Cool for 15 minutes.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together lemonade concentrate and powdered sugar until smooth.
  10. Using a wooden skewer or large fork, poke holes into cake about every 1/2 inch.
  11. Pour lemonade mixture over cake.
  12. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Frosting

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, starting with 1 cup powdered sugar and mix until fluffy.
  2. You may need to add more powdered sugar depending on how thick you want the frosting.
  3. Spread over cake.
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Store leftovers in refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.

Notes

  • Use yellow or white cake mix and add in a teaspoon of lemon extract.
  • If you want thicker frosting, add the rest of the powdered sugar.
  • To make the lemonade concentrate from scratch, combine equal parts simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.
  • Make in two 9 inch cake pans for a layered cake.
  • Turn these into cupcakes and stuff with lemon curd for individual desserts.
  • Garnish with fresh or candied lemon peel.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 371mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 1gSugar: 53gProtein: 4g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

{Originally published 06/03/20 – photos and recipe updated 02/12/24}

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MICHAELA KENKEL

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

I have never met a lemon I didn't love! This cake recipe came in so handy this past weekend. I needed something QUICK to take to a family friend, and this was PERFECT! I am making it again today!

Paige

Monday 15th of June 2020

I LOVE lemon and this cake! So easy to make too, but most of all just delicious!

Kathleen Pope

Sunday 14th of June 2020

I cannot wait to make this cake! I love anything lemon and this looks incredible!

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