Light Lemon Cake Recipe
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Light Lemon Cake Recipe

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"I revised a recipe that appeared in the newspaper to come up with this lemony cake topped with a light and creamy frosting," shares Edna Thomas of Warsaw, Indiana. "Not only is it fast to fix, but it serves a crowd."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup cold fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 package (1 ounce) instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 161 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 289mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, lemon pudding mix, water and egg whites. Beat on low spread for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 23-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the milk, extract and vanilla pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes more or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 20 servings.
Editor's Note: Sugar-free lemon pudding mix is not available.
Originally published as Light Lemon Cake in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p45

Sweet White Wine

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

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cskrn User ID: 7338987 243491
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"Love this cake! Very light and the lemon taste is just right. My husband loved it too. Will definitely make again."

jonamom User ID: 1579494 231000
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

"One of the best recipes I have ever tried...Love it!"

hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 226375
Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"Love anything lemon! This is a great recipe...great flavor, a light dessert. Will be making this again."

bevh1958 User ID: 8199387 223426
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Really good taste and light"

Amandajen1 User ID: 7089485 29326
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"This cake is super yummy:) You would never know that its a light recipe! will definietly be making again!!"

silvercandle2 User ID: 4228191 71920
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I am requested to make this very recipe every holiday. It makes a nice, light dessert after a heavy meal. Very luscious!"

hprusia User ID: 1580577 26431
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"We love this recipe, it has a lot of flavor. I don't do the icing, but instead do a simple glaze with powdered sugar and lemon juice mixed together then drizzled over the cake; not as much fat that way. I also bake it in a bundt pan. It feels like a special occasion cake on a week night. :-)"

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