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Luscious Lemon Layer Cake Recipe

Luscious Lemon Layer Cake Recipe

This is my mom's variation of an old favorite. It's pleasantly tangy, but not too tart.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring, optional
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  • 1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions; pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 2. For filling, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter, lemon peel and food coloring if desired. Gradually stir in lemon juice. Cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar. Add lemon juice, peel and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency.
  • 4. To assemble, cut cake in half. Trim outside edges. Place one half on a serving plate. Spread with the lemon filling. Top with remaining cake; spread with frosting. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Jiffy cake mix.

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Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I really liked the lemon flavor of the filling. The recipe needs to be doubled to fill a 9" cake round. Wasn't a fan of the frosting, gritty and tasted like a powdered sugar quick fix."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"I do not understand why a box mix is used when baking from scratch is so much better."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2007

"Thanks. Lemon is one of my favorite cakes."

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