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{easy} Lemon Lovers Layered Cake

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This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

Alright all you lemon lovers! This one is for you. I posted this {no bake} triple layer pudding pie about a month ago and it’s quickly become one of my most popular recipes. It’s already been pinned over 100,000 times.

Since lemon is so popular in the summer I decided that it was about time to share another super easy, lemony, sweet treat with you all.

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

Besides the fresh citrus taste, the other thing I love about lemon desserts is the beautiful pale yellow color. I love pretty things, especially pretty food, so I am in love with this lemon layered cake.

I’ve said it before, that I am not a fan of frosting. No birthday cake for me and I am one of those people that scrapes frosting off of cake and cupcakes. The one and only frosting I will eat is fluffy, whipped cream frosting. I found this easy frosting recipe years ago that uses a packet of Dream Whip and instant pudding mix.  Since then, it’s basically been the only way I use to make frosting. It’s so light & fluffy instead of that heavy, thick, shortening frosting.

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

The lemon cake is a simple boxed cake mix that has been doctored up. Add a few extra simple ingredients for the best, most moist, and delicious cake ever. I swear by this method cause I promise it tastes better than anything you will buy at the store and (don’t hate me for saying this) it tastes better than homemade!

Mix everything in one bowl and stir. No mixer needed. Divide evenly into 3 cake pans and bake.

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

Mix up the simple, 3 ingredient fluffy frosting and frost between each layer, the top, and the sides of the cake. As you can see, I went a little frosting heavy on the first layer….. Oooops! If you like lots of frosting and a thicker frosting cover then you will want to double the frosting recipe. Which actually works out great because one package of Dream Whip comes with 2 packets in it. So you’ll have enough.

The cake is so moist that I think one recipe of the frosting is plenty, but more fluffy frosting never hurt anyone 🙂

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

If you want, garnish the cake with some lemon zest and then some lemon slices for on top. Layered cakes have always intimidated me but don’t let this one do that to you. I promise it’s easy and simple but yields a beautiful, show stopper dessert.

Enjoy, friends! Thanks for visiting.

{easy} Lemon Lovers Layered Cake

This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

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Ingredients

    lemon cake
  • 1 box (16-18 oz) lemon cake mix
  • 1 pkg (3 oz) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • fluffy lemon frosting
  • 1 1/3 cups milk, whole milk is best
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip
  • 1 package (3 oz) instant lemon pudding mix

Instructions

  • Prepare 3 9-inch round cake pans by spraying with cooking spray.
  • TO MAKE THE CAKE: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined and mixed together. Divide batter evenly among 3 9-inch round cake pans. Bake as directed on cake mix box.
  • Let cakes cool completely before frosting.
  • TO MAKE THE FROSTING: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with a handheld blender, or bowl of a stand mixer, on low speed until mixed together. Gradually increase speed to high and blend for 4-6 minutes, or until soft peaks form.
  • Refrigerate until use or spread right away in between each cake layer, on the top of the cake and around the sides.
  • For a thicker frosting you will want to double the frosting recipe.
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This easy lemon layered cake is for true lemon lovers! 3 layers of moist, sweet, lemon cake frosted with fluffy, light, lemon pudding frosting! Jazz up a boxed cake mix for the ultimate layered cake dessert that is easy and bursting with lemon flavor.

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53 Comments

  • Reply
    denise
    July 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm Where on earth do you still find Dream Whip ? That has been off the shelves for decades now !! What else could I use ?
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      Together As Family
      July 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm I grocery shop at 3 different grocery stores and they all carry it. You can find it by the instant pudding mixes in the baking aisle. There really is no substitute. You could just make a cake frosting and add lemon zest and juice, but it would be an entirely different recipe than this one I posted.
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      LORRAINE MEEKER
      July 8, 2017 at 8:06 am Dream Whip can be found at Stop & Shop
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        LORRAINE
        July 8, 2017 at 8:10 am Dream whip buy at Stop and Shop
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        Together As Family
        July 8, 2017 at 8:23 am I also find it at Martins, Weis, Walmart, and Shop n Save. Not sure what grocery stores you have where you live but it should be there. Comes in a small box with 2 packets inside. You will only use 1 of the packets for the frosting.
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      Kathy
      September 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm In my area Kroger, Hyvee, Schnuck's, Walmart and Target all carry it.
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    Katie
    July 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm Question about #6. How does doubling the recipe make a thicker frosting???
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      Together As Family
      July 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm Double recipe makes double the frosting so you'll have a thicker layer of frosting for between each layer and on top/sides. I don't think it needs a double frosting recipe. The cake is so moist that I don't mind the thinner layer of frosting. I just mentioned it for those that LOVE their frosting.
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    Joan
    July 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm Can't wait to make ths.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      July 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm Hope you love it!
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    Joan in VA
    July 7, 2017 at 5:14 pm I can't find Dream Whip at my grocery store. Would Cool Whip be a reasonable substitute ... without the milk? This just might be dessert for my stitch group next week. It sounds delicious and easy.
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      Together As Family
      July 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm Cool whip I don't think would work. You would get those dry bits of the pudding mix. There really is no substitute for the dream whip. That's what makes the frosting so light & fluffy. I find dream whip in the baking aisle by the instant pudding mixes and Jello.
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        Dolly Pratt
        July 9, 2017 at 6:58 pm I bought it at Wal-Mart they have it by the jello and pudding mixes
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    Elizabeth pedersen
    July 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm Yum, I will make this over the weekend! Do you have a chocolate cake recepie that you love? Please share.
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      Together As Family
      July 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm I actually use the same doctored up cake mix recipe as this lemon one. I use a chocolate cake mix + chocolate instant pudding instead of the lemon ones. Super moist and rich chocolate flavor.
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    Karen
    July 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm I find Dream Whip in all the grocery stores in my area. I cannot wait to make this with double frosting!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      July 8, 2017 at 8:24 am Enjoy!
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    J
    July 7, 2017 at 10:51 pm There's no reason why you can't replace dream whip with cool whip. Mix the pudding with a cup of milk to dissolve it, then combined pudding mixture & the cool whip.
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    Yoly
    July 8, 2017 at 11:33 am If you use a cake mix with pudding in it. Do you still add a pudding mix to the cake mix batter? I can't wait to try this. Love anything lemon! Also, I have made frosting with cool whip. Like others have said just use 1 cup of milk to the pudding, mix well and add. No problems because you are using only 1 cup of milk and it will still be thick.
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      Together As Family
      July 8, 2017 at 1:10 pm Yes, still use the pudding mix 😄 Great tip about the cool whip. Thank you! That would still yield a fluffy frosting which is the best part about this cake.
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    Debbie
    July 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm I make frosting by mixing a box of jello and a box of pudding. Mix both with a cup of milk. The flavor is much better.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      July 8, 2017 at 11:22 pm Yum! I'll have to try that. Never made it that way before.
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    Vicki
    July 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm Can this be made in a 13x9 pan instead of the 3 rounds?
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      Together As Family
      July 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm Yes it could. Just be sure you don't overfill the pan because I'm thinking you won't need all of the cake batter. I could be wrong as I've never done the cake pan before. You only want it filled about halfway maybe slightly more. It will rise and we don't want it to over flow. I've done that before 😬
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    Kathy Banks
    August 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm Is it really a cup of oil?
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      Together As Family
      August 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm Yes. Seems like a lot I know, but it's a doctored up cake mix that produces the softest, moistest cake ever! If you would rather you can just make the cake per the instruction on the box. Then make the frosting and layer it all.
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    Terri
    August 29, 2017 at 11:42 am Are the eggs, oil and water ingredients supposed to go into the mix plus the 4 eggs in the recipe
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      Together As Family
      August 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm Just as the recipe states, you DO NOT add the cake ingredients called for on the box. Just add the dry cake mix in the box plus the other ingredients listed in the recipe above. Hope that helps :)
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    Terri Bolt
    August 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm I made the cake without using the oil. It cooked up nicely. I tasted a little on each layer. The cake is spongy but still taste alright. Should I try again or leave it as is?
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      Together As Family
      August 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm Hey Teri. Well, I can't say for sure because you did not use oil so I don't know how it should taste without that. I do know that the recipe as is, is very very moist and almost dense (but in a good way dense). Not so much sponge-like.
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    Soñia
    September 7, 2017 at 10:43 pm Ahhhh I followed this recipe to the T and my cake came out flat...
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      September 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm What do you mean by flat? If you used the 3 round cake pans then the cake should be somewhat flat so that you can make a layered cake.
    • Reply
      Linda Leone
      December 2, 2017 at 6:55 am I would venture to say you did NOT follow recipe to a T. .. read the instructions again and figure out what you did wrong ... this is not the fault of the recipe ... check your oven as well
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    Regina
    December 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm what if you have a box of lemon cake that has pudding already in it. Do you omit the pudding , but keep the sour cream?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      December 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm Nope. Just follow the recipe as is 😊 Enjoy!
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    Shirkey
    January 12, 2018 at 12:06 am Can I substitute something else for sour cream
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 12:13 pm Greek yogurt or regular yogurt would work just fine.
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    Jwoodtome
    January 28, 2018 at 6:42 pm Got this recipe from my daughter’s coworker. OMG! I get so many compliments on this cake. It is so refreshing eaten ice cold. Double the frosting. One batch was too thin. Wonderful, keeper recipe
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      Together As Family
      January 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm That makes me so happy to hear! Yes, for thicker frosting definitely doubling the recipe is the way to go. I too love it ice cold 😊
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    Karen
    February 19, 2018 at 11:16 am Have you ever tried using regular lemon frosting for this cake?
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      Together As Family
      February 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm I have not but it would be delicious I am guessing! Really any frosting you love would work on this cake :)
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    Miranda
    February 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm Made this cake for a co-workers birthday and it was delicious! Very moist and refreshing! I had the pack of Dream Whip with 2 envelopes so, I made the frosting as instructed than made up the other pack of Dream Whip separate with 1/2 cup of milk. I spread the plain dream whip between the layers of cake and saved the lemon frosting for the outside of the cake! So good!!!
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    Ashley E
    March 23, 2018 at 10:08 am Do you think this would come out okay if I made it fully and refrigerated for the next day? Or would it be better to bake cakes ahead of time and assemble with frosting the day of?
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      Together As Family
      March 27, 2018 at 11:38 pm Yes, for sure make it the day before. I actually think this cake, and most cakes, taste better when they've had time to refrigerate.
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    Britt13
    May 13, 2018 at 5:23 pm Can I omit the sour cream? I’m all out and don’t feel like running to the store.
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      Together As Family
      May 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm I have never not used the sour cream so I cant say for sure what would happen. You could always try it.
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    Sharon
    October 2, 2018 at 5:45 pm Loved the lemon cake! If I changed to chocolate do you think it would work? I have a chocolate loving son!
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      Together As Family
      October 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm I think it would work just fine. And what a great idea! I would keep things the same just change out the lemon ingredients for chocolate ones.
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    Sheri
    November 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm Can you use a lemon pound cake?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm I’ve never tried that. Maybe it’s the same ounce size as s cake mix it would be ok. Not too sure?
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    Kathleen Russell
    December 15, 2018 at 8:02 am I made it last night and mine looks flat. It is in 9 inch pans, and maybe I over beat it. How thick shouldn't the layers be?
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