Mock Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe -
Mock Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe
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Mock Lemon Chiffon Cake

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"The combination of lemon and strawberries makes this a wonderful summer delight. The added instant pudding to the regular cake mix gives this cake the texture of a chiffon cake made from scratch."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 2 layer 9 inch cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Mix cake and pudding mix together then follow cake mix directions (I substitute Mayonnaise for oil in cake recipe) and bake as directed for 2 - 9 inch round pans. Allow to cool.
  2. To Make Filling: Mix together instant pudding mix with milk until thickened. Fold in 8 ounces of the whipped topping. Spread half of lemon pudding mixture on one cake layer and top with sliced strawberries.
  3. Add second cake layer and spread with remaining lemon filling. Arrange sliced strawberries over top of lemon filling. Frost sides of cake with remaining 8 ounces whipped topping.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 10, 2007

My very awesome roommate actually made this cake (twice!), so the technical comments are based on her experiences. But I can definitely say that this cake tastes wonderful. It's very moist, but light, and not too sweet. The first time my roommate made it though, it looked really gloopy -- the icing was sliding off, and the juice from the strawberries made smears on the cake. Here's what she did the second time: she used less milk in the pudding mix (for the icing) to make it firmer. She handled the pudding/Cool Whip mixture as little as possible -- just enough to fold it all in, but no more. Finally, she drained the strawberries AFTER slicing them (leaving them in a papertowel-lined bowl in the fridge overnight), and blotted the slices w/ a paper towel before putting them on the ice cake. With these modifications, the cake held up much better, and looked as fantastic as it tasted!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 26, 2011

very light and easy to make


67 Ratings

Mar 09, 2007

The taste is what saved this cake for me. 1st, make sure you read ALL the steps (i didn't read ahead, just followed the steps in order), my first mistake was mixing both boxes of pudding in with the cake mix (I used lemon cake, mayo). When I got to the 2nd step for the filling, I was like what pudding? Anyways I went to the store and got another box of lemon pudding for the whipped topping filling. So the cake wound up having an extra box of pudding in it. The filling was so runny that it would not set up and the cakes were sliding around. It wound up looking like an avalanche. But it was delicious. If I were to make it again I would fill it differently, maybe use real whipped cream instead of whipped topping or a whipped cream/cream cheese combo with the lemon pudding. But the lemon/strawberry combo is very good and the actual cake itself was dense and moist and really good.

Jun 21, 2006

I used a lemon cake mix instead of white, I wanted a more lemony flavor. I also used mayonnaise instead oil. Turned out perfectly! Nice, refreshing summertime dessert.

Jun 16, 2007

this cake is simply amazing. I made it for a memorial day bbq. I originally thought it may have been too much since there were only 6 people there but everyone had seconds and there was only one piece left for me to take home. I am debating on making it again today....just because! its so tasty...i loved it!! also many reviewers complained about the frosting not being firm enough. i refridgerated the pudding and them when i mixed in the whipped cream topping and put it in the freezer to thicken it up some. turned out perfect!!! review edit: I made this cake again with jello brand pudding...BIG mistake. the "frosting" was so runny and i couldnt get it firm. i made another one the same day with generic lemon turned out amazing!!! so i HIGHLY recommend using the generic pudding...its cheaper, it taste better, and it looks better....not to mention its easier to work with!!!

Aug 11, 2006

I made this cake last night & used some of the suggestions from the past reviews. For the cake I used a lemon cake mix & vanilla instant pudding. I made the filling as the recipe reads, but used the Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from this site to frost the sides instead of just whipped topping. This is one of the best cakes I have ever made. I was hesitant about using mayo in the cake instead of oil, but it was outstanding! This cake was super-moist & I will make it again for sure!

Jun 03, 2011

I found this recipe when my daughter wanted a lemon cake for her birthday. Huge hit! I've since made it for co-workers and both of my kids who have June birthdays are asking for it, too. I've made a small change simply be accident, because my husband picked up MY*T*Fine brand lemon pie filling instead of instant lemon pudding. I decided to try to work with it, mixing with 1/2 c sugar and 1c water, then cooking until thick. It made a very simple mock lemon curd, which worked wonderfully mixed with the whipped topping. The second time I made it I used the instant lemon pudding and it wasn't nearly as good or as thick and easy to work with. The error was a wonderful success and I won't do it any other way now. This is one of the best summer cakes I've ever had.

Jul 20, 2009

I made this for a co-worker's birthday and it was gone in minutes! I used a lemon cake mix and used half of the vanilla pudding mix. I also made fresh whipped cream and added lemon pudding mix (generic brand) and used 1/2 of this mix to put it in between cakes. For the outer frosting, I made fresh whipped cream and added a table spoon of lemon juice and 1/2 cream cheese so it will hold. Very tasty!!


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  • Calories
  • 327 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 12.8 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 446 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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