Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe
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Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe

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Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavor to convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives it sweetness. My family likes this cake cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze before serving. -Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:30-35 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30-35 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) lemon pie filling
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 171 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (21g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix and eggs until well blended. Fold in pie filling.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 30-35 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Sheet Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p37

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"Took this cake to a party! Everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"Fantastic! Perfect for pot lucks! First, I beat the eggs on medium for 3 minutes until whites/yolks were completely combined. Added cake mix next and mixed on medium high for a few minutes, stopping several times to fold in unmixed portions of the batter. I do not like to over mix, but this was a very thick batter and tough to get a thorough mix. Finally added pie filling, and did lots more mixing/folding. A bit of a pain and a thick batter, but it came out the perfect sponge cake! Used my go to cream cheese frosting (family preference). Plate was licked clean! Thanks!"

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"Very Heavy cake. Hope to find a better lemon cake recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"For some reason, the lemon pie filling seems to congragate in the center of the pan and it is one large gooey mess. The rest of the cake is outstanding and my friends rave about it.. What am I doing wrong?"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"My aunt brought this to a family function and I had to have the recipe. I've taken them places and people always like them. My husband and kids love them for a change of pace from my "old stand by" cookies and bars. I use a slightly different cream cheese frosting, but that is just because it is tried and true, rather than trying a different one."

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