Easy Lemon Lover's Bundt® Cake Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Easy Lemon Lover's Bundt(R) Cake Recipe

Easy Lemon Lover's Bundt® Cake

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"This is the best I have come up with to mimic Starbucks'® Lemon Cake. Family and friends agree, and it is so easy."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a fluted tube cake pan.
  2. Beat cake mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, lemon juice, eggs, pudding mix, zest, poppy seeds, and lemon extract in a bowl with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
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Mar 03, 2014

This recipe was so easy and it's one of those recipes that every ingredient is usually on hand in your pantry. I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't add the poppy seeds, as they were optional. This cake would be excellent with fresh strawberries on top! Hummmm....

Nov 17, 2014

Best lemon cake ever, though I added almost a half cup of water, drizzled fresh lemon juice in the top after making little holes with a toothpick, and iced it with powdered sugar mixed with lemon juice. Also added blueberries, optional.


11 Ratings

May 04, 2014

I love lemon cake(lemon anything) and desired to find an easy recipe for a MOPS breakfast so I decided to try this and WOW!! this was DELICIOUS!!! Here are a few adjectives to describe: decadent, moist, flavorful and simple to make. I didn't make any changes(I make changes to recipes when they fail me) and this doesn't need any tweaking whatsoever. I actually have to say it's amazing and I went back for a second slice;) I received rave reviews and encouraged to make it for a bake sale. I hope you decide to try it

Jun 06, 2014

This recipe sounds fantastic so I gave it 5 stars. However, I haven't tried making it. My reason is that it's no longer possible to find any brand of cake mix that weighs 18.25 oz., which means the amount of the other ingredients called for are going to be thrown off. Betty Crocker and Pillsbury mixes, that used to be 18.25 oz., are now 15.25 oz. Duncan Hines is now 16.5 oz.

Mar 21, 2014

I made this lemon cake in two, round pans and iced it with a butter lemon frosting, and served it for a birthday celebration. I didn't have any lemon extract or poppy seeds, so omitted those ingredients, and added a little bit more lemon juice (freshly squeezed, of course!). It was fabulous and got rave reviews from everyone there. Moist, delicious, authentically lemony. I can't believe it doesn't have more reviews on it yet, but I was very impressed. Took very little time to assemble

Mar 01, 2015

I made this today for my husband's birthday and everyone loved it! I didn't have sour cream so I substituted greek yogurt left out the lemon extract and Poppy seeds! I still gave it 5 stars because lemon extract and Poppy seeds wouldn't make a difference. Rater Ellie mentioned the box sizes have changed in recent years and wondered if you needed to make adjustments? I did not, i used a 15.25 Duncan Hines and everything turned out delish! As an experiment I placed my Bundt Pan in about 2 inches of Water while it cooked! I was concerned how that greek yogurt was going to work. My cake was very moist. Next time I will try without the water bath and see if the moistness changes! Also, i made a powdered sugar and lemon juice glaze with lemon zest! Which is my go to glaze for any lemon cake! This will be my new lemon cake recipe which replaces the one I have sworn by for the past 25 years. I have a Meyer Lemon tree so I'm not sure how the taste is while using your basic lemon which is tarter than a Meyer!

Dec 14, 2014

It disappeared at a potluck and I tried a slice - very lemony and delicious. I made it in a tube pan and poured a lemon glaze over top (melted butter, icing sugar, lemon juice, a bit of zest). Generally I don't use mixes but this cake is a keeper.

Nov 05, 2014

Tried this for the first time today. I made it for a neighbor who had just lost his father. I followed the directions exactly and it looked and smelled yummy? I too, used to make the lemon bundt cake recipe on the side of the lemon cake mix. This should be much more "lemony"... Should also be more moist with the addition of sour cream, etc. As far as the different sizes in the cake mixes goes, I had never noticed (how observant of me) and have been continuing to make recipes that call for a mix with no ill effects. Thanks for, what looks to me, like it will be my new favorite lemon cake!!! I also sprinkled powdered sugar over the whole cake to make it look a little more special...


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  • Calories
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 90 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 20.3 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 451 mg
  • 18%

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

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