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Lemonade Cake Recipe

This Lemonade Cake with Whipped Lemon Frosting is an easy, classic poke cake recipe that is the perfect tart sweet combination!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 494kcal


  • 1 box lemon cake mix 15.25 oz
  • 3.4 oz box instant lemon pudding
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed from a 12 oz can
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
  • 7 oz container marshmallow creme
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Prepare a 13x9 baking pan with light coating of cooking spray or oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the cake mix and pudding together.
  • Beat in the eggs, water and oil and combine well.
  • Pour the batter into the lightly greased baking pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place on wire rack
  • Cool for 15 minutes
  • In a small bowl, whisk together lemonade concentrate and powdered sugar until smooth
  • Using a wooden skewer or large fork, poke holes into cake about every ½ inch
  • Pour lemonade mixture over cake
  • Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour


  • In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix until fluffy. (I would start with 1 cup of powdered sugar but you may need to add more depending on how thick you want the frosting.)
  • Spread the icing over the entire cake.
  • Place in the refrigerator and store until ready to serve.
  • Store any leftovers covered in refrigerator.


For a lower calorie option, substitute ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of the vegetable oil.
Make this cake in a bundt pan or in 8 or 9 inch round cake pans too. (remove from pans before poking to keep losing the glaze.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg