Creamy Lemon Cake: Refreshing and Simple!

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My favorite part of any meal is dessert, by far!  Summer, however, ruins some of my favorite treats as they are just too heavy for the hot and muggy weather. Thus, I usually avoid cake this time of year. This simple, creamy Lemon cake, however, is amazingly refreshing and light! Perfect for hot summer days and get together’s!

Creamy Lemon Cake

This recipe is also super simple. Between my kids sports, 4H projects and general summer activities, I don’t have time to sit in the kitchen for hours on end. Therefore this dessert is geared towards those of you that need a quick dessert fix, packed with flavor and simple ingredients.

Here is what you need:

FOR THE CAKE
*Vanilla Cake Mix (and anything required by the box mix)
*Lemon Jello
*Cream Cheese Frosting for the middle ( I just bought a jar of pre-made by Duncan Hines)

FOR THE FROSTING
*6 Cups Confections Sugar
*7-8 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*1 Cup Butter (softened)
*1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Tip: After generously lubing up your pans with Crisco, line the bottom with one layer of parchment paper cut to fit just right. This will ensure that your cake comes out cleanly.

Creamy Lemon Cake

I used Duncan Hines Vanilla cake mix as it was on sale, however any vanilla mix will do. Simply follow the directions on the box and mix all ingredients needed in a large bowl. When your cake mix is prepared per the box directions, add in the lemon jello and mix well.

Next, bake as directed! Easy right? Tip: set your baking timer for 5-10 minutes before the box indicated that your cake should be done. If your cake is not done when the timer goes off, simply add 2 minutes at a time until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

After your creamy lemon cake cools (I let mine cool overnight) go ahead and make the frosting.  I’m terrible at just SOFTENING butter, so mine always ends up melted. Therefore, however melted your butter is, throw it in the mixer along with the vanilla and lemon juice and stir until well combined. Finally add the powdered (confectioners) sugar, 1 cup at a time until your frosting reaches a consistency you can work with.

Once your cake as cooled smush about half the cream cheese frosting onto the top of one layer and stack the second layer on top. Now you are ready to frost your cake!

Tip: If you are going for a smooth finish to your cake avoid getting crumbs all over in your frosting by using a piping bag to pipe the frosting all over the cake first. Once the cake is covered in piped frosting you can take a knife, or an icing spatula if you are really fancy, and smooth everything out.

Tip: dip your knife or spatula in hot water to help keep the frosting from puling off the cake while you smooth it.

Finally, I grated a bit of fresh lemon zest onto the top of my cake to give it a tad bit of color.

Creamy Lemon Cake

The whole family was super impressed! I must say I was extra impressed as my 8 year daughter decorated the cake as a practice session for her 4H project and she did an AMAZING job!

What do you think of this creamy lemon cake!? Is it as refreshing and simple as we say?

If you like this recipe please pin it to Pinterest and check out this Super Simple Orange Creamsicle Cupcake recipe!

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25 thoughts on “Creamy Lemon Cake: Refreshing and Simple!

  1. This looks really delicious! I will have to try and make it. I love lemon cake in the summer. It’s so refreshing.

  2. This cake looks so fresh & fabulous! I love all things lemon too…perfect Summer treat!!!

  3. Your cake is so pretty! I can’t eat gluten, so I can never eat anything like this. But if I could, I for sure would!

  4. I love a great lemon cake. This one looks super incredible and I need to give this one a try.

  5. My husband would be all over this cake – he’s the one with the sweet tooth in our family.

  6. This looks delicious! I love lemon cake, but my husband isn’t much of a fan. I will have to make this one day when we have company so more than just my daughter and I can eat it lol

  7. This is amazing! I love creamy light cakes especially when it has lemon or lime or any kind of citrus fruit mixed in. This is perfect for the summer, it’s one dessert you’d want on your table whenever there’s a bbq, a picnic, or a summer party!

  8. This sounds and looks amazing! I love citrus in desserts especially in the summer and this is perfect! I think it’s nice that it’s easy to put together as well.

  9. I am a big lemony person, love it in everything and desserts pop when you add lemon to it. like lemon curd is the thing for me. this cake sounds amazing.

  10. I love lemon everything! It is my favorite dessert. I do love chocolate but lemon… well, it can’t be beat.

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