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Lemon Wow Cake Recipe
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Lemon Wow Cake

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"The surprise ingredient tarragon puts the 'wow' in this cake. Both kids and adults love it - people are always asking me for this unique, irresistible recipe!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 10 inch Bundt pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. Crumble the dried tarragon into a fine powder and mix with the cake and pudding mixture. Make a well in the center and pour in lemon-lime soda, lemon juice, eggs and oil. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 05, 2004

Really REALLY great! It needs icing, so I stirred a little lemon juice into about 1 cup of powdered sugar until I could drizzle it. This cake is adored by all I've served (and that's a lot!).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 05, 2004

a nice lemon cake, but it doesn't have that lemon "zing," even after adding a lemon drizzle icing. had to bake it for 40-45 minutes, and turned out quite moist and nice. the tarragon is overpowered by the coconut pudding mix, as that's the taste that lingers on the palate. next time i'm going to try it with a lemon pudding mix instead, and possibly lemon cake mix as well. if you are looking for a mild lemon, "creamy" flavored cake, this would be it.


47 Ratings

Jan 05, 2004

This cake is terrific! I loved the delicate texture, wonderful flavor, and ease of preparation. I put a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla on top. It was fantastic!

Jan 05, 2004

Wonderful cake, although I did use a lemon cake mix. I also made a lemon glaze, adding a few drops of lemon oil and grated lemon peel into the glaze.

Jan 05, 2004

I was planning a birthday party for my cousin and her friends and I decided to try this cake out. Needless to say that all the kids loved it and the parents of the others wanted to know the recipe! This one "takes the cake."

Jan 05, 2004

Cool! Who would have thought that tarragon would work in cake? I love lemon cake, and I love this one the most.

Feb 28, 2007

A great cake! I used a lemon cake mix and made a lemon glaze. My husband especially loved it and has requested it for his birthday cake. I can hardly wait to serve it again, I think it would be fantastic with either fresh sliced strawberries or a blueberry sauce and whipped cream. A definite keeper!

Jun 04, 2008

WOW is right. I whipped up this gem for Family Easter this year and it was a huge hit. Grandma had 3 slices! I used both lemon cake mix and lemon pudding mix, and followed the suggestion of several other reviewers to double the tarragon. ALL good choices! The tarragon is refreshing and adds complexity, and is still subtle after doubling. I also glazed with a simple saucepan mix of butter, powdered sugar, and lemon juice. I poked holes on top so glaze could seep directly INto the cake, then spread any excess on top. The glaze added that TANG that I crave from a lemon cake. This cake single-handedly won me the title of Official Holiday Dessert Chef in our family. No easy feat! Thanks Julie!


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  • Calories
  • 360 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 19 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 395 mg
  • 16%

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

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