Do you Potluck? Lemon Jello Cake

July 24th, 2008 by katie

Lemony goodness

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 Cake

makes 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
  1. Preheat oven and prepare pan according to cake mix instructions. Personally, this cake screams BUNDT!
  2. In a large bowl, add the jello mix to the dry cake mix.
  3. Add wet ingredients as directed in cake mix instructions adding 2 tbsp lemon extract as well.
  4. Prepare batter, pour into pan and bake all as directed in cake mix instructions.
  5. Because I made a Bundt cake I also made a glaze for it by combining powdered sugar, water, and vanilla.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

So, do you potluck?

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7 Responses

  1. jancd

    I am a potlucker and have a pot luck dinner to go to next Sunday. This would be easy and good. It looks very moist. I will let you know how it turns out!

    Please do! I hope you have a wonderful time! -Katie

  2. Susan

    I am known for my ‘scratch’ cakes by friends and family. One day, in a time crunch, I made this lemon jello cake recipe and took it to a function. The group was all over this cake. They loved it! I always knew it was good, but my pride was knocked back by the response! There are good things to be made with a couples of boxes!

  3. Ethel Powers

    This is a favorite with everyone!

  4. sam price

    my grandmother used to make this for my b-day and her mind isnt quite there anymore so i thank you very much she made lime so when i made it i still used lemon ext guess thats how she did it too once again thank you for bringing back a little part of my childhood

  5. Julie

    I made this for my boyfriend on our anniversary, and he loved it! He likes lemon a lot, so I used lemon extract for the glaze. Since it went over so well with him (and the leftovers went over well with his family), I decided to make it for the potluck picnic my English class was having. Sadly, the cake split horizontally and crumbled when I tried to remove it from the bundt pan! My mom offered to spray it for me, and I let her, so I blame her. 😉 Just kidding. Still, I was devastated, but I went to Raley’s and bought a lemon cake there. It wasn’t the same, though. This recipe is MUCH better. Thank you TONS!!!

  6. thuiswerken

    Jummie, looks very nice. Love lemon.

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