Springtime Lemon Cake–An Easy Cake Mix Recipe

One of The Maestro’s favorite recipes is this easy lemon cake. It’s super easy because you just have to doctor up a basic yellow cake mix, and it’s really good, too. I need a good dose of springtime in my life, so we made this cake a couple weeks ago, and it was just the ticket. If I can’t have sunshine outside, sunshine in my mouth is the next best thing!

Since we are a gluten-free household, we started with a Hodgson Mill Gluten-free Yellow Cake Mix, but you can start with any yellow cake mix you like. The gluten-free cakes will be more dense, so if you use a normal cake mix, your cake will probably be much fluffier than what I have pictured.

Springtime Lemon Cake


Yellow cake mix (if you want an extra lemony taste you can also use a lemon cake mix)

3/4 Cup apricot nectar

4 eggs

3/4 Cup oil

2 tsp lemon extract

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl or KitchenAid type mixer. Pour into an ungreased 9×13 cake pan and bake at 300 degrees for 50-60 minutes


Juice of 3 lemons

2 Cups powdered sugar

Mix lemon juice and powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl.

When the cake has cooled for 10 minutes, use a fork to poke holes in it. Pour the lemon glaze all over the cake and let stand for 20-30 minutes while the glaze soaks in and the cake cools a bit.

Enjoy! It really is like a taste of springtime melting in your mouth!

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Aww YES. I love #1 and am trying to do it more often. Thanks for the great post!


It can sure be hard to do things the night before when you're exhausted, but it is so worth it the next morning to have everything ready! I hate it when I forget (or am too lazy) to get things ready beforehand!

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