Easy Lemonade Cake

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

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Do you LOVE lemon as much as I do? Lemon always reminds me of summer with lemonade stands and bright sunshine.

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

What is 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 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.

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Ingredients for lemonade cake recipe

  • lemon cake mix
  • lemon pudding (instant)
  • eggs
  • vegetable oil
  • water
  • lemonade concentrate
  • powdered sugar

Lemonade cake frosting

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

How to make lemonade cake

STEP ONE – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
STEP TWO – Combine cake mix, pudding, eggs, oil, and water in a bowl until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan.
STEP THREE – Bake for 25-30 mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on rack. Cool for 15 minutes.
STEP FOUR – Make glaze by combining lemonade concentrate and powdered sugar until no lumps remain.
STEP FIVE – 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.
STEP SIX – Frost the cake. Enjoy!

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How to make lemonade cake frosting

  • Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, marshmallow creme, whipped topping, and zest. Mix until combined. If you want thicker frosting, add the rest of the powdered sugar.
  • Spread frosting over the cake.
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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!

side angle of cake with two pieces cut and placed on small blue plates with bowl of blueberries next to it

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!

How long does it last?

This cake will last up to a week if stored in an air tight 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.

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

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Easy Lemonade Cake Recipe

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

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

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

Frosting

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

Notes

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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

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3 Comments

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

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

  3. MICHAELA KENKEL

    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!

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