Super-Easy, Super-Moist Luscious Lemon Bundt Cake

My son, Colton, turned eight years old this past Friday.  Earlier in the week, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday.  He debated on it for a whole 3.5 seconds and responded, "Lemon Cake!  Can you make a good lemon cake?  Cuz' if you can't, I'm sure Mrs. Denise can." about a love-hate response.  LOVE my son because, really, what eight-year-old boy chooses lemon cake for his birthday?! (and I personally love lemon cake!)  And then, talk about dashing my confidence..."can you make a good lemon cake?"  Can I make a good lemon cake?!?  Oh, baby, yes.I.can!!!

This is one of those recipes that has been around my family for as long as I can remember.  Oddly enough, it's also a recipe that was adapted from a different recipe...and this lemon cake recipe has never been written down.  Instead, every time I go to make it, I get out the other recipe and make the necessary revisions as I go along.  Weird, huh?  I agree.  I guess I never really realized that that was our method until this week when I called my dad and asked him to give me Mom's Lemon Bundt Cake recipe.  I talked him through it all on the phone...which recipe box it should be in {the blue one...she had a wooden one, too...the blue one was for sweets, though}...which section it should be in {cakes, of course}...and it wasn't there.  Which was when it dawned on me that last time I made it, I didn't have a recipe, either.  

Anywhooo, it's high time that this treasure gets a recipe card of its own.  It's super-easy, incredibly moist, and sure to please the lemon-lover in your family.

Lusicous Lemon Bundt Cake
1 lemon cake mix 
1 small box instant lemon pudding (usually about 3.4oz. size)
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
½ cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350º.
Thoroughly grease and flour round bundt cake pan.
Mix all ingredients with electric mixer until just moistened.  Turn mixer on high and mix for 2 minutes.  Mixture will be more of a dough-like consistency than a thin batter consistency.
Scoop, spoon, spread...whatever....just get the dough into the pan and spread it as evenly as you can.
Bake in 350º oven for 50-60 minutes (until it springs back when lightly touched and a sharp knife inserted all the way comes out completely clean).
Allow to cool about 10 minutes on wire rack, turn over to get cake out of bundt pan, finish cooling completely and then glaze.

Luscious Lemon Glaze
8oz. cold cream cheese (you can use it straight out of the fridge)
5 Tbsp. softened butter
1 pound-ish powdered sugar 
1/4 cup lemon juice (give or take, depending on how lemon-y you want it)

With an electric mixer, cream together your cream cheese and butter.  Gradually, add the powdered sugar.  Oh, and just keepin' it real here...I don't actually measure my powdered sugar. (and you probably don't either, right?)  I buy it in a 2 pound bag and when it comes time to use it in a recipe like this, I cut the top off the bag, squeeze it in the middle, and pour out what looks like half-the-bag.  Good enough for me!  Anywhoo, gradually add your pound-ish of powdered sugar.  Then add your lemon juice...again, this is all to your liking, so add it gradually and once the glaze is lemony enough, don't add any more.  Then add milk little by ever-so-little until the glaze is your desired consistency.  My glaze is a little more frosting-y...I make it just thin enough that I can pour it over the cake--hence not having to spread it, saving a step, saving time...I'm all about saving time!  Some people like their glaze thin, almost see-through.  If that's you, you may want to halve this recipe, because it will make a lot of see-through glaze!

So now your cake is done.
Stick candles in it.
Stick a fork in it.



  1. Yummy... That Lemon cake looks amazing... In answer to your question I bought the stamps years ago online... I believe the company is Magnetic Poetry...

  2. Looks yummy! My hubs is a fan of the lemon cake! I'll have to try this...and it's still impossible for me to read "bundt" and not say it like in that Big Fat Greek Wedding movie....seriously, is it just me????? HA!

  3. ohmyword, that looks amazing! I love that your little man requested a cake that has such a fun story behind it. that icing looks divine!

  4. Well, I've made this cake twice in the past three days (once for a neighbor and once for a friend at church) and I have to say that it's going to the front of the line in my dessert section! It reminds me of Starbucks lemon loaf that is so yummy. Thanks for sharing!


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