Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mom’s Lemon Jell-O Cake


Lemon Jell-O cake may have been the cake we had the most often when I was growing up.  It’s a delicious lemon pound cake with a zesty glaze.  As an added bonus, it’s simple to make.  The cake batter is a boxed lemon cake mix, with a box of lemon Jell-O.  The glaze is made from confectioner’s sugar with real lemon juice. 

Mom has always had a sweet tooth.  We had some kind of homemade cake or pie around the kitchen at almost any given time when I was growing up.  When I was in my teens, my mom started adding cakes to my chore list.  This is such a simple cake to make, and it was a family favorite, so it was often on my list. 


Lemon Jell-O Cake Ingredients

1 package yellow cake mix

1 package lemon Jell-O

2/3 c water

2/3 c Wesson oil

4 eggs

2 tsp lemon extract

1 tsp vanilla extract



2 c confectioner’s sugar

Juice of 2 lemons

Zest of 1 lemon



1. Empty yellow cake mix and lemon Jell-O into mixing bowl. 

2. Add 2/3 water and 2/3 cup vegetable oil, and beat at low speed with electric mixer. 

3. Continuing on low speed, beat in 4 eggs, one at a time. 

4. Mix in 2 teaspoons of lemon extract, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 

5. Grease and flour a tube pan. 

6. Pour cake mixture into tube pan, and bake at 325 degrees for one hour. 

7. Prepare glaze while cake is baking.  Combine 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, the juice of 2 lemons, and the zest from 1 lemon. 

8. When cake is done, empty onto a plate. 

9. While cake is warm, spoon glaze on cake.  Glaze will be runny.  Keep spooning glaze onto cake and let it soak into cake. 

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