When I needed to bring a treat to work, I combined four different recipes into this moist cake. A boxed mix makes it easy, but the creamy filling and buttery topping make it memorable. —Lydia Mason of Brainerd, Minnesota
Eden Atkerson's dessert was so delightful that we decided to trim it down a bit so everyone could enjoy it…even if they were watching their weight. Makeover Lemon Raspberry Cake has 184 fewer calories, 50% less fat and nearly half the cholesterol of the original that Eden sent from Atlanta, Georgia.
Want a change from chocolate cake? Try this elegant lemon cake...it's packed with refreshing lemon flavor, from the cake to the homemade lemon curd and creamy frosting. It won a blue-ribbon at an Alaska State Fair and it's definitely a winner with me.—Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin
Just to prove a quick meal doesn't have to go without dessert, field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin shares her simple recipe for Lemon Custard Cake. "It comes from my grandma and is also nice to whip up when unexpected company stops in," Sue informs. "It's a cool, creamy dessert that tastes like you fussed."
My best friend shared the recipe for this delightful dessert. It goes great with a cup of tea, too. Notice that there is no leavening in the recipe—the carbonated soda does the job! —Kelly Ward Hartman, Cape Coral, Florida
Bursting with lemony zing, these cupcakes don't require frosting. In fact, my family prefers the crunchy sugar-and-spice topping. A dear friend shared the recipe with me, and it has long been in demand at our house. —Janice Porter, Platte, South Dakota
A smooth and silky citrus filling separates the three layers of my lemon cake. It's a homemade favorite that friends and family never tire of. Serve it after a special spring or summer meal.—Connie Jurjevich, Atmore, Alabama
“This is the first cake I learned to make more than 30 years ago, and it’s still a favorite of mine,” Michaela Rosenthal jots from Woodland Hills, California. You can freeze any leftover cake and berry sauce for another time.
Here’s the recipe I reach for when I need something tried and true. The old-fashioned cake has a tangy lemon flavor and is a nice dessert for potlucks or most any occasion. —Marianna King, Gastonia, North Carolina