Fluted Lemon Cake Recipe
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Fluted Lemon Cake Recipe

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My great-grandmother used to make this cake, which has been a family favorite for years. You won’t believe it starts with a cake mix! Lemon pudding and apricot nectar add a tanginess and moistness. It’s delicious plain or served with ice cream or whipped cream.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup apricot nectar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 369 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 406mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake and dry pudding mixes, apricot nectar, oil, eggs and extract; beat on low for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Fluted Lemon Cake in Country Extra January 2006, p49

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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grandmastouch User ID: 2476266 155557
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"My granddaughter wanted a lemon cake for her birthday. I made this one and she absolutely went crazy over it. I made a couple changes to the recipe. I used lemon zest rather than lemon flavoring. I baked the cake in two layer cake pans. Instead of the glaze I made my own frosting using 16 cream cheese, 1 pkg lemon pudding, fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the remainder of the apricot nectar. It acted as a filling between layers and frosting on the top. I decorated the cake with fresh raspberries and lemon slices. It was a hit and my granddaughter even asked for the recipe."

Saf919 User ID: 7481915 134363
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"I made this cake for my family and it was just delicious served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Nice and moist and I liked the tartness of the glaze. The only thing is I couldn't find any apricot nectar, so I used apricot preserves instead, I prayed that it would turn out ok...but it was better than OK, it was delicious and perfect! I just popped the apricot preserves in the microwave for a minute or so to loosen it up a bit, let it cool and added it to the rest of the mix. This is in my keeper files of recipes for sure!"

Gapeach80 User ID: 4958831 68147
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"So moist and super easy to make. My guest devoured it in a matter of minutes! Filing this away in my recipe book!"

stell62 User ID: 3731447 134362
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I followed the directions exactly as listed, and baked for 45 minutes. The cake rose up nice and high during baking, and it turned out nice and light and tender. This is definitely a keeper. I'll definitely make this one again. The tartness in the glaze balances out the sweetness of the cake. My husband loved it. Thank you for the recipe, Gail."

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