Lemon Delight Cake Recipe
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Lemon Delight Cake Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) lemon pie filling
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 314 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Coat a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; spread half of the batter into pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in pie filling. Drop by teaspoonfuls and gently spread over batter. Top with remaining batter.
  3. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 18 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Delight Cake in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p33

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 7, 2016

"I doubled the topping and used toasted chopped walnut pieces"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"Fabulous cake, all the steps were pretty quick so the process was worthwhile. Loved the lemon filling, poppy seed too! Yummy. It did take a few minutes longer to bake than the recipe says but I realized that ahead of time due to other posters comments. I agree that it would be best to use whichever 9x13 pan you have that is the deepest as it is a big cake. Very glad we made it though, it was a big hit."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"So delicious. I also had trouble with the topping, but it was still one of the yummiest cakes I've ever made."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Delicious! Would highly recommend this cake."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"I had the same problem with the topping. But realized I read the recipe wrong, thinking it called for 4/12 TABLESPPOONS, not TEASPOONS, of butter. It would be better if the butter was listed as 1 1/2 Tablespoons. I too substituted egg, but only two. Between that and the extra butter in the topping, it took longer to cook. So I sprinkled some brown sugar and nuts back over the top for the rest of the cooking, and it came together with the glaze. Everyone still loved it!!"

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