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Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe

Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe

Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavor to convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives it sweetness. My family likes this cake cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze before serving. —Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:30-35 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) lemon pie filling
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix and eggs until well blended. Fold in pie filling.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 30-35 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 171 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Dottie 63 User ID: 5691979 252315
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2016

"SUPER easy! Very quick to put together, too. I couldn't find the size can of pie filling listed, so I bought the 20 oz. can and weighed the 15.75 oz. amount. I didn't want to mess up the recipe by using too much. For the frosting, I used 4 oz cream cheese - because I had that amount left over from another recipe - and increased the sugar by about 1/2 C. Worked just fine. I used a 17 x 11 x 1 pan, because I needed my 15 x 10 for something else, and the larger pan worked just fine. This one is a "keeper" for sure! AND everyone loved it. Several asked for the recipe & when I told them how easy it was they were amazed.

For those who found it "gooey" in the middle - try mixing the pie filling in with the mixer on a very low speed instead of folding it in - you get a more even blending & it enhances the evenness of the flavor."

KBankss User ID: 8882501 249679
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"Took this cake to a party! Everyone loved it!"

suejjj User ID: 5304276 246842
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"Fantastic! Perfect for pot lucks! First, I beat the eggs on medium for 3 minutes until whites/yolks were completely combined. Added cake mix next and mixed on medium high for a few minutes, stopping several times to fold in unmixed portions of the batter. I do not like to over mix, but this was a very thick batter and tough to get a thorough mix. Finally added pie filling, and did lots more mixing/folding. A bit of a pain and a thick batter, but it came out the perfect sponge cake! Used my go to cream cheese frosting (family preference). Plate was licked clean! Thanks!"

kate28 User ID: 8389978 232425
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"Very Heavy cake. Hope to find a better lemon cake recipe."

Pearl411 User ID: 96893 87649
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"For some reason, the lemon pie filling seems to congragate in the center of the pan and it is one large gooey mess. The rest of the cake is outstanding and my friends rave about it.. What am I doing wrong?"

ajinmn User ID: 1207630 48439
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"My aunt brought this to a family function and I had to have the recipe. I've taken them places and people always like them. My husband and kids love them for a change of pace from my "old stand by" cookies and bars. I use a slightly different cream cheese frosting, but that is just because it is tried and true, rather than trying a different one."

Roy Hobbs User ID: 6827016 63757
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"Question: Even though the cake recipe calls for water, oil and eggs, I still mix ONLY the poweder mix and the eggs? I did it this way and it turned out great but the batter looks very odd when you put in the pan - greasy and slimy??? Thanks."

deerfeeder User ID: 170441 55015
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"I made this recipe last week for my grandson. I had clipped it out of the original TOH issue. It was very tasty but a little under cooked and gooey in the center of the sheet cake. Don't know why!"

terilee User ID: 3137818 135335
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"I tried this recipe last night and was greatly disappointed. I found it to be somewhat expensive with the lemon pie filling, but thought I would give it a try. It is very moist but doesn't have much flavor. I am a "from scratch" cook, so I don't know if it was the mix or what. We weren't impressed."

mousejockey2 User ID: 4745700 55014
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"Have made this many times since first found it in an issure of TOH 2003. Best lemon cake ever, and so easy!"

life2christ27 User ID: 2026598 130443
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I couldn't find a 15-3/4 ounce can of lemon pie filling. I used a 22 oz can and cup the recipe back to 3 eggs. I also added a tbsp of lemon juice as suggested by others. The recipe turned out very good but more like a lemon bar than a cake. I also sprinkled the pieces with powdered sugar."

s_pants User ID: 174050 87647
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"My husband can't stop eating it! I added a little lemon zest to the cake. Good and refreshing."

mojenny User ID: 2122671 55347
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"This is a very good, moist, easy cake. I make it often. I always add fresh lemon juice and zest to the frosting and cake."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 205589
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"This recipe was definitely quick. Nice to cut corners in some areas but still have time to whip together a homemade frosting. I made this for a wake table and recieved many smiles and compliments."

nanascookies User ID: 4376325 128696
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"This was veyr moist, and I did freeze it. The second time I made it, I used two smaller size baking sheets. One I added alittle lemon juice to the batter. Which gave it a much more lemon flavor. Everyone seems to like either way I made it. The frosting I also gave it a little added lemon flavor on the second time I made this cake. Wonderful to the taste buds. Will make it again, and again.."

nebraskagirl User ID: 743431 48438
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I added 1 T. lemon juice to the cake for a little extra kick. It was really moist and delicious. I thought the frosting was a bit overpowering on this light, refreshing cake. Next time, I will omit the frosting and serve the cake with a dollop of whipped cream."

mojenny User ID: 2122671 63756
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"I added lemon zest and the juice of half a lemon to the cake. yum!"

tamdev User ID: 2387057 55346
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"I made this for a teacher's luncheon and everyone loved it! It was very moist and super easy to make. Perfect for a spring or summer get together!!"

jordie89 User ID: 1323364 55317
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"my husband wanted a lemon cake with cream cheese frosting for his birthday, so I made this. I also sprinkled the frosting with shredded coconut. he loved it!"

kakjw User ID: 1670512 48423
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"I made this cake for my husband's office and everyone raved about it! My husband said it was one of the best tasting cake he has ever had. Very moist and the lemon flavor is light enough to taste, not overbearing. It's delicious!"

Classicrock User ID: 656532 205588
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I just love this cake! The lemon pie filling makes it so luscious! -Lori in WI."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 55345
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009 Edited Apr. 23, 2011

"This is a very good cake - I like the fact that it has a slight tartness to it. One thing I did was to cut the amount of butter down to only four tablespoons (1/2 of a stick). The frosting was yummy, and spread very easily over the cake."

shaunaanne User ID: 674953 128694
Reviewed May. 31, 2009

"I selected this recipe for a funeral luncheon menu. I didn't bake it but I tasted it and it was so good. Not too sweet. Everyone raved. Thanks Taste of Home."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 128691
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2009

"I made lemon cupcakes and needed a frosting recipe. I'd never thought about cream cheese frosting on lemon. I made only the frosting portion of this recipe. It was fabulous on my lemon cup cakes! (There was leftover frosting, so the next day my kids smeared it on crisp gingersnap cookies and made little sandwich cookies. We liked that too!)"

angelmcnamee User ID: 3204640 89113
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2009

"I lost this recipe a while back and have searched for it without any luck. It is the best!!!!"

mcgee64 User ID: 582153 55316
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2008

"This cake is so easy and quick to make. It had so much family loved it!"

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