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Lemon Meringue Cake Recipe

Lemon Meringue Cake Recipe

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!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12-14 servings


  • 1 package lemon or yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 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 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 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 near 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 peel. 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. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Nutritional 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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 249614
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

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

Darlenebristol User ID: 8704757 242102
Reviewed 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!"

[email protected] User ID: 1595076 224118
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8075609 30242
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6137089 30240
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7129908 90616
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6990806 49274
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6679522 77429
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4195273 204034
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

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

amytime99 User ID: 1888410 30098
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"Delicious and so pretty!"

ghammang User ID: 741381 28253
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"Awesome! Very easy and a definite mainstay in my recipe box!"

jennb313 User ID: 5191715 90613
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"Made this with yellow cake mix and it was amazing! Truely the best cake I have ever had! The meringue was fantastic! I cooked the cake on a cookie sheet with no sides and it was easy to tranfer from there to a cake stand."

carolgreeneyez User ID: 2576296 29666
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I have made this cake twice over the past week! My family and friends raved over it. To make it more lemony, I substituted 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice for the water in the cake mix and only used fresh lemons."

[email protected] User ID: 24765 49272
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

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ghammang User ID: 741381 44661
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"This was a definite hit with the family! So easy...except I found it difficult to transfer the finished cake to the serving plater. Any ideas?"

gapeach55 User ID: 3484408 29664
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2009

"What an awesome idea! Love Lemon merinque"

Neecei User ID: 1355073 34325
Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"I've made this cake several times. It comes out excellent and looks harder than it is."

cheflene42 User ID: 3534862 28251
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2008

"sounds delicious"

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