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Who doesn’t love cake? Maybe some weird people, but I think even those weird people will like this crazy good lemon cake.


My granny’s 83rd birthday was this past Sunday and since her favorite cake is a lemon, I was determined to find the best lemon cake recipe that didn’t call for a lemon cake mix. Coincidentally, a few days ago, I was watching Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show and she was making a key lime cake. Limes and lemons are the same thing, kind of, right?! So why couldn’t I substitute lemons for limes? I did and it turned out perfectly! This consists of a lemon cake, sweet lemony glaze, and then cream cheese frosting.

Sweet & Sour Lemon Cake Ingredients:

3 oz package of lemon gelatin

1 1/3 c sugar

2 c flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 c vegetable oil

3/4 c orange juice

1 tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla

5 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 c lemon juice

1/2 c powdered sugar

1/2 c (one stick) butter, softened

8 oz package cream cheese, softened

4 c powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350. Mix the gelatin, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined. Add the oil, orange & 1 tbs lemon juice, vanilla, and beaten eggs; mix until combined. Pour mixture in greased & floured pan, bake for 35-40 minutes.

*The original recipe called for 1 1/2 c oil, but some of the reviews were negative so I lowered it to 1 c and it turned out moist!

To make the glaze, dissolve 1/2 c powdered sugar in 1/2 c lemon juice. After cake has cooled for 5 minutes, poke holes in the cake and then drizzle the glaze over. I used a kabob stick and found that to be the perfect size of holes.


This cream cheese frosting is pretty standard. MIx butter & cream cheese, then gradually add the powdered sugar until it is creamy and whipped. Frost cake and take a big bite!


With love, from Texas!