Mom’s Lemon Jello Cake

My mother has been making “Mom’s Lemon Jello Cake” for at least 45 years. It’s SO EASY to make, is incredibly moist, and overflows with lemon flavor! It was always a treat when my Mom would make this simple, delicious cake for our family when we were young!Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The cake takes only a few minutes to mix up and get into the oven… and 35 minutes later… you’ve made a fantastic, moist lemon jello cake, that is covered with a sweet lemon glaze, that seeps into the body of the cake. This is really so simple to make. Here’s what you do:

Mix ingredients for cake together in large bowl. Beat until well blended. Pour the cake batter into a well greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out dry.

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The addition of lemon jello powder really adds an extra dimension of flavor to this cake!

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let the cake sit for just a minute on a rack, then poke holes into the entire top of the cake. I use a chop stick for doing this, but a straw also works well. Make holes every inch or so.

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s a close up to show you the holes made in the top of cake.

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mix up the lemon glaze, then pour it over the still hot cake. Use the back of a spoon to spread the icing over the entire surface of cake.

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s what the cake will look like after completely distributing the glaze over it. The glaze sinks down into the tiny holes you created all over the top of the cake. This is what helps the cake to stay so moist, and full of flavor!

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once cake and icing have cooled off, cut a piece of this tasty cake, and enjoy! It is DELICIOUS, and dare I say it again… so EASY!!!!!!

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sure hope you give this recipe a try. It’s always a big hit with everyone who tries it. If you like lemon flavored treats, you will love this cake (it also freezes well)!  Have a fantastic day… and in the words of Cinderella in the newest movie version… “HAVE COURAGE. BE KIND.”

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: My Mom (who has been making this cake for at least 45 years!)

Mom's Lemon Jello Cake
 
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Quick and easy to prepare, this Lemon Jello Cake with Lemon Glaze icing will be a big hit with all who try it!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
For cake:
  • 1 box Lemon Cake Mix
  • 1 box Lemon Jello powder (small size)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup water
For Lemon Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons (all the juice AND the zest from the peel)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, jello powder, eggs, oil and water. Beat until well blended.
  3. Pour batter into a GREASED and FLOURED 13 x 9 inch cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean).
  4. While cake is baking, make the icing, by mixing the powdered sugar with the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest (rind), until fully combined.
  5. When cake is done, remove pan to a wire rack. While cake is still hot, poke holes over the entire surface of the cake, using a chop stick, a straw, or the handle end of a spoon. Make holes every inch or so across the top of cake.
  6. Pour on the lemon glaze, and distribute it evenly across top of cake. It's easy to use the back of a spoon to do this.
  7. Let cake come to room temp. (so glaze will firm up), then cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy!

 

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4 Comments on Mom’s Lemon Jello Cake

  1. Toya
    December 31, 2016 at 8:28 AM (5 months ago)

    Lemon jello or jello pudding?

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    • jb
      December 31, 2016 at 9:55 AM (5 months ago)

      Good morning, Toya. I use lemon JELLO for this recipe. Happy New Year!

      Reply
  2. Curtis
    May 4, 2016 at 12:46 AM (1 year ago)

    Made this Lemon Jello cake today. It’s okay, just oily. I would probably go with 1/2 cup (as the cake mix asked for) or a tad less. Icing was a bit too sweet, not enough lemon kick. Next one I’ll add juice from three lemons cut back on the powdered sugar.

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    • jb
      May 4, 2016 at 9:13 AM (1 year ago)

      Thanks for taking the time to write, Curtis. Sorry you felt it was oily… we’ve always thought of it as a moist cake, and have never had anyone in all the years of serving it think it was too “oily”. If you choose to make it again, hope the changes you make will make it perfect for you! Blessings- Have a great day!

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