Sunshine Cake Recipe -
Sunshine Cake Recipe

Sunshine Cake

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"This family-favorite recipe delivers a simple tea-time cake with the bright, sunshine-y flavors of lemon and vanilla."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch tube cake Change Servings


  1. Separate eggs. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together three times.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat yolks until lemon colored. mix in sugar a little at a time. Stir in the lemon extract, vanilla extract and boiling water until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture just until moistened. Whip the egg whites to soft peaks, and fold into the batter.
  3. Pour the batter into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven, and invert the pan over a bottle. Cool and remove from pan.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 07, 2006

This cake was very easy to make. It doesn't taste special, but I think as a sponge cake, it does its job well. It will make a nice "base" for fillings, frostings, or icings. A very neutral recipe. It holds its shape well and looks nice. I served it with a nice lemon frosting and everyone loved it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 17, 2007

BOTH the extracts were left out in this recipe.. I simply stirred them into the egg and sugar mixture. Then I sifted and folded in the flour mixture rather than using the electric mixer, and continued. Note that the baking time may be too long for some; mine turned out very dry at 45mins. 35mins - 40mins would have been fine... Plus, it dried out too much, and it seemed rather bland, though my white chocolate cream filling saved it. I'll try again- with reduced baking time.


10 Ratings

Nov 16, 2004

not too bad

Jul 09, 2010

I added grand marnier instaid of the extracts, and orange zest. I used the fluffy white frosting recepie with grand marnier instaid of vanill too, it was delicous together. :)

Nov 19, 2010

It was okay. I just made it a few hours ago, and even made frosting because I was so excited for this cake. The image made be believe that cake would be sweet, moist, and delicious. Mine was dry and flat. Just to is probably not so much the recipe, but my modifications, and my baking level of expertise (low), which included: 1.5 tsp. of vanilla and a flat baking pan (not sure the size; standard size, I guess). I had a piece with my whipped cream cheese frosting, and was only mildly pleased. Hopefully it will taste better tomorrow, after a night in the fridge. Next time, if there is a next time, I will use more sugar (possible powdered) and less vanilla.

Mar 28, 2015

smells delicious but very rubbery and spongelike

Jun 08, 2014

Baked in cupcake pans for individual servings as strawberry shortcake. Big hit!!

Sep 08, 2013

Delicious! But for me 30 minutes in the oven at 175 Celsius grades was enough.


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  • Calories
  • 115 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 1.9 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 161 mg
  • 6%

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

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