Mom’s Lemon Jello Cake with lemon glaze icing is so easy to make, is bursting with LEMON flavor, and will be a big hit with all who try this delicious dessert!
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!
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:
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How To Make This Lemon Jello Cake
Mix the ingredients for the lemon jello cake in large bowl. It is important to note the recipe calls for lemon gelatin mix (not lemon pudding). I’ve been asked that question before and it is an important distinction!
Beat the ingredients with a mixer until they are fully blended. Pour the cake batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
The addition of lemon jello powder really adds an extra level of lemony citrus flavor to this cake! Once the batter for the cake is in the pan, you’re ready to bake!
Baking And Glazing The Lemon Jello Cake
Bake the lemon jello cake 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out dry. The cake will be light golden brown on top.
Let the cake sit (still in the pan) for just a minute on a wire 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.
Here’s a close up to show you the holes that were made in the top of the cake.
Prepare The Lemon Glaze
Mix up the lemon glaze in a small bowl, then pour it over the hot cake. Use the back of a spoon to spread the lemon icing over the entire surface of cake.
Here’s what the lemon jello cake will look like after completely distributing the glaze over it. The glaze melts from the hot cake, and sinks down into the tiny holes you created all over the top of the cake. The lemon icing seeping into the holes INTO the cake is what helps the cake to stay so moist, and full of flavor! YUM!
Ready To EAT!
Once the cake and icing have cooled off to room temperature, cut a piece of this tasty lemon jello cake, and enjoy every bite! It is DELICIOUS, and dare I say it again… so EASY!!!!!!
Sure hope you give this recipe for lemon jello cake 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.”
Looking For More CAKE Recipes?
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- Mom’s EASY Chocolate Cake
- Edie’s Carrot Cake
- Mom’s Apple Cake
- Hummingbird Cake
- Easy German Chocolate Cake
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Recipe Source: My Mom (who has been making this cake for at least 45 years!)
- 1 box Lemon Cake Mix
- 3 ounces Lemon Jello powder (small size gelatin, not pudding))
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 lemons (all the juice AND the zest from the peel)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, jello powder, eggs, oil and water. Beat until well blended. 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).
- While cake is baking, make the icing, by mixing the powdered sugar with the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest (rind), until fully combined.
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. Pour on the lemon glaze, and spread it evenly across top of cake, to cover. Let cake cool down to room temperature (so glaze will firm up), then cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy!
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