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Light Lemon Cake Recipe

Light Lemon Cake Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Light Lemon Cake

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cskrn 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 231000
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

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

hotfudgesundae 226375
Reviewed May. 15, 2015

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

bevh1958 223426
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Really good taste and light"

Amandajen1 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 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 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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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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