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Lemon Meringue Cake

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


14 servings

This cake tastes just like lemon meringue pie! Fresh lemon flavor shines through in the custard filling between the layers, and the light meringue frosting adds a fancy finish. It's not only a deliciously different dessert, but it's also a conversation piece!


  • 1 package lemon or yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, water and oil. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
  3. For filling, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water and juice until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; gently stir in butter and lemon zest. Cool completely.
  4. For meringue, in a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
  5. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on an ovenproof serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer.
  6. Spread meringue over top and sides. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 347 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 319mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Marjorie
    Sep 22, 2019

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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 20, 2016

    This is the perfect cake for birthdays. It's my son's favorite birthday cake and so easy to fix.

  • Darlenebristol
    Jan 19, 2016

    Made this today and fell in love! Great tasting, we used golden yellow cake mix. Our cake was to thin to slice so we just put all the filling between the two cakes. Still turned out great!

  • izzatyou2
    Apr 4, 2015

    Great cake! My dad loves lemon meringue pie and I thought this would be a change for his birthday. It as a hit. Making it again for Easter.

  • AngieEnLaCocina
    Nov 5, 2014

    I made this for the first time ever for our fourth wedding anniversary on 4/07/2014. I did it the night before. Such a simple cake, yet you look at it and it screams, "Elegance!" I wish I could post a photo! Next time I'll make cupcakes with lemon curd filling. In case anyone is wondering if there's a homemade yellow cake mix, here's the one I used: I did a test batch with the water and oil as prescribed here but it didn't turn out well. So I did another one following the lady's directions on the link. Thank you for sharing.

  • GwenandDirk
    Jun 28, 2013

    I have made this with Angel Food Cake as well to reduce calories. It has become the birthday cake of choice. Fabulous recipe.

  • mishaloveschocolate
    Feb 9, 2013

    I have been making this delicious cake for years. It's perfect with a golden vanilla or funfetti cake mix too! Also if you bake it on parchment paper you can transfer it to a cake stand or plate easily and then just trim the paper to fit the cake after you transfer it. otherwise the meringue does stick to whatever you bake it on. I always get wonderful compliments when I make this cake, it looks beautiful and tastes amazing.

  • harleyhippy64
    Nov 24, 2012

    !st made it Thanksgiving 2001, HUGE HIT, Am making it today for Sunday family supper dessert. They've never experienced this treasure, cant wait to see their faces!

  • cmay23
    May 11, 2012

    This recipe was really easy and delicious! If you like lemon meringue, you'll love this cake version! I used yellow cake mix and put 1/4 cup lemon juice in it. It looked so professional! :)

  • zeuser89
    Mar 28, 2012

    Everyone at my hubbys' work just raved...wanted more!