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Golden Lemon Cake Recipe

Golden Lemon Cake Recipe

I love lemon cake, so when I found this recipe in our local newspaper, I decided to try it. I've been making it ever since. Whenever I bring it to a potluck supper I always take the recipe along, because someone's sure to ask for it!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm tap water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1. For cake, combine all ingredients in large bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened, then at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into greased and floured 12-cup tube pan. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes, then remove cake and place on wire rack.
  • 2. For glaze, combine ingredients in saucepan; bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes. Place platter under wire rack. Using toothpick, poke holes in top of cake; pour glaze over top and sides. Allow cake to cool completely before cutting. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 484 calories, 23g fat (4g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 373mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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goodeatings User ID: 6667510 261583
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2017

"Made this for a get together supper with our next door neighbors Sat nite, WOW, this is sooooo good. This is a keeper for sure, and its extra good if you love anything LEMON,YUM YUM,"

NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 29746
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"I made this for a church's ladies night out. I used lemon flavored olive oil for the vegetable oil. I got rave reviews and the recipe was requested numerous times."

bangall User ID: 5775832 40287
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"My family loved this cake. Since I love lemon, I thought it was yummy.


Candon User ID: 6763924 13011
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

"It's scrumptious and tastes way better then any store bought lemon cakes. I'm not sure how many holes a normal person pokes into the cake, but I went a little crazy and did the outsides too. After glazing it, I took the remaining glaze that fell onto the platter and glazed it a second time. It turned out super moist."

Kristy6 User ID: 6088962 16460
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012


patsyo5672 User ID: 1094056 29736
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009

"Sounds devine"

Sandy McKelvey User ID: 2651054 69831
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009

"I have made a similar cake like this . I use a lemon cake mix bake according to directions, while just out of oven I poke holes with backof wooden spoon then pour cooked lemon pudding into them and over the cake. I refrigerate the cake. While it is cooking mix up another lemon pudding mix, cool thenfold it into cool whip topping andspread over entire cake, simply YUMMY"

sandra smith User ID: 1466325 29735
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"I have made this cake for over 45 years, only I use yelow cake mix or a Lemon cake mix. My glaze is 1/2 cup RealLemon jc. and 2 cups powered sugar & poured over hot cake that I've poked holes in with meat fork.I do mine in a 9x13 pan at 350 for 40 min. Serve cold with Cool Whip topping.

Sandi from MN."

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