Never fear! I will be posting a “real” cake recipe in a few weeks. But for now, with the lazy, hot days of summer fully upon us, this easy staple of church bazaars and potlucks will suffice.
Lemon Jello Cakemakes 1 cake, prep 10 min, cook 30-50 min
- 1 box yellow or white cake mix
- 1 box (3 oz.) lemon jello
- water, oil, eggs as directed in cake mix instructions
- 2 tbsp lemon extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp flavor extract (vanilla, lemon, almond, etc..)
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven and prepare pan according to cake mix instructions. Personally, this cake screams BUNDT!
- In a large bowl, add the jello mix to the dry cake mix.
- Add wet ingredients as directed in cake mix instructions adding 2 tbsp lemon extract as well.
- Prepare batter, pour into pan and bake all as directed in cake mix instructions.
- Because I made a Bundt cake I also made a glaze for it by combining powdered sugar, water, and vanilla.
- Combine the glaze ingredients then let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up and smooth out. Add the water little by little, stopping once you have the consistency you want. I also added about 3 drops of yellow food coloring because my vanilla extract turned my glaze brown.
- Once your cake has cooled, begin spooning the glaze along the top of the Bundt cake allowing it to naturally drip and run down the sides.
A few notes. Notice if you subbed the word “strawberry” for the word “lemon” in the above recipe you’d get a strawberry jello cake, or any other jello flavor you’d enjoy in cake form. Also, I picked a vanilla glaze thinking it would balance out the lemoniness of the cake, but I think I would prefer a lemon glaze next time for even more lemon flavor. Jello cake has a moist sweetness with a subtle lemony flavor so I think an extra lemony punch from the glaze would be nice.
This is a great recipe to make with kids considering it mostly consists of dumping ingredients into a bowl. My three year old would have probably done most of this by herself if she had been home when I made it. As it was, my six year old sifted the powdered sugar (not a necessary step, I just thought she’d enjoy it) and helped spoon the glaze over the cake. I would have had her make the cake too but she couldn’t pry herself away from Cinderella 3 long enough to be of any help.