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Sunday Food: Lemon Cake to Impress Folks

Lemon cake, unglazed

The cake that I made for my friend spudtruckowner’s Mom’s 83rd birthday comes from a recipe that was given me by a friend who caters parties with her cakes, cbl.   It has had a lot of success with her clients, and it was a big hit with the family here.

The recipe is written out to be emailed here, so it’s not in the usual recipe format.

1 box duncan hines lemon supreme, 1 cup flour, 4 egg whites, 1 1/3 cup water, 2 tbls oil, 1 box instant lemon pudding, pinch o salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 tbs each vanilla and lemon extracts, 1 cup sour cream

mix wet ingredients on low, adding the egg whites one at a time

add in dry ingredients

325 degrees for approx an hour – every oven is different, so take a peek around the 45 minute mark to see how squishy the middle is 😀

if she’s really gaga for lemon, you can poke holes with a chopstick or skewer when it comes out of the oven and pour 1/2 can of lemonade concentrate over the cake

Here, we made the holes in the cake and flled it with lemon glaze made with fresh lemon.   Then a slightly thicker glaze went over the top of the cake, with lemon zest added to it.  The recipe for the glaze;

Makes About 1/2 Cup Lemon Icing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 small drop food coloring, optional


Combine ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth.

We made the glaze by feel/sight, as it needed to be of two different consistencies, one to be runny and the other to cover.

This is very luscious, and for lemon lovers, quite a treat.   It perked up some winter days here, and we did embelish it with ice cream too.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.