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Glazed Lemon Cake

My mother baked this light moist treat when I was a child. I loved it as much then as my children do now. – Missy Andrews, Rice, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs; beat on low speed or 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Gradually beat in soda just until blended.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until smooth; carefully spread over warm cake. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 398 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 388mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • ZiaMtz
    Mar 3, 2018

    Hi. Can this be made into a round layer cake? If it can, successfully, how long would you bake it for?Oh no! My cake mix has only 15.25 oz. in it! Has anyone else had this issue?

  • dsm
    Jul 9, 2016

    I'd give it more stars if possible! Easy, fast, delicious! Small changes as others suggested - lemon cake mix, sugar-free soda, poked holes for glaze. It has great lemon flavor, is moist, and the glaze is perfect.

  • purplepassion1330
    Apr 12, 2016

    Great cake very moist I loved the glaze instead of a heavy frosting . I added a little lemon juice and zest to the batter. The whole family thought it was one of the best cakes they have eaten

  • NanZim
    Jan 21, 2016

    This is a quick and easy cake. It is moist with plenty of lemon flavor. The glaze is like that on glazed doughnuts. My husband gave it 4 stars for taste.

  • mamaknowsbest
    Mar 25, 2015

    Excellent cake! Your lemon lovers will be thrilled with this simple cake. The cake was light and the glaze eliminated a heavy frosting from weighing it down. Quick glaze because there is no need to wait to top the cake. As suggested by another reviewer, poking holes in the top of the cake allowed the plentiful glaze to be in every bite!

  • twillz
    Dec 12, 2014

    This cake is a hit!!!! I first made this cake two years ago and have been making it ever since. When I first made it, I rushed through it and accidently used the two tablespoons of lemon juice in the batter. I've been doing it that way ever since. Everyone compliments this cake the same stating that it's light and moist. One other thing I do is put holes in the cake so the glaze can run inside. I gave this recipe to a friend and she added a few drops of vanilla extract to the glaze. I tried it as well and it added a little balance of vanilla to the lemon tart taste.

  • Kerrismom
    Jul 31, 2014

    I was looking for a change from chocolate desserts and am so glad I came across this recipe. This cake is light and delicious - perfect for a summertime dessert. I used diet lemon-lime soda as that is what we had on hand. The final piece of cake in the pan was eaten five days after baking and was still wonderfully moist. We had extra icing on our cake due to the fact that I didn't measure when adding the powdered sugar and ended up needing to stir in additional lemon juice. So, so good!

  • Scubajackie
    Jun 15, 2013

    I make this cake frequently, and there are never leftovers! I've shared this recipe with friends, and they, too, always get excellent feedback. I've made it with lemon cake mix for an extra lemon flavor. I've made it with diet soda, to reduce calories. There used to be a sugar-free instant lemon pudding, but I haven't found it in a long time. One of my favorite recipes. Works well as a breakfast cake too!

  • bakeitright
    Apr 21, 2013

    I would love to make this recipe it sounds so good but, is there something that I can substitute for the lemon-lime soda?

  • cooter09
    Mar 13, 2013

    For the last 3 years, one of my co-workers has asked that I make this for him for his "birthday dessert". Although, not low fat, this is a very good recipe for those special occasions!