Lemon Delight Cake

February 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Posted in dessert | 31 Comments
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Can you believe I’ve actually baked something??? 

Well you’re going to be seeing more because Santa brought me a beautiful Corvette red KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas. After turning out two miserably failed loaves of bread, I decided to keep my spirits up by making this ridiculously easy cake.

I’ve had this recipe since I was a kid. I’m pretty sure this was a 4-H baking project and can even remember entering this cake into the 4-H fair along with a delicious chocolate cake that I’ll make and share one of these days. I haven’t made this cake for over 20 some years, but you know…it was just as delicious as I remember. 

This is super easy if you use a cake mix but even more delicious if you use your favorite cake recipe from scratch. This turns out to be a super moist dessert that never fails to please.

My favorite part of this recipe is the versatility. I’ll explain that part later.

Here’s how easy this is:

  1. Bake your favorite white cake. 
  2. While the cake is baking, dissolve two small packages of lemon jello in 2 cups very hot water. Stir until dissolved.
  3. When the cake is done and has cooled, take a toothpick and poke deep holes all over the cake.
  4. Gently pour the dissolved jello over the cake so that the liquid seeps into the holes and into the cake.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Top with a thin layer of lemon pudding.
  7. Top that with whipped cream.

Ok, here’s where the fun comes in. Lots of flavor combinations available, just browse the Jello isle and pick your potion.

How about: Chocolate Delight Cake with Black Cherry Jello, vanilla pudding, topped with whipped cream and top each slice with a cherry…

 or Strawberry Delight (white) cake with strawberry Jello, vanilla pudding, whipped cream and topped with a fresh strawberry…

Surely there’s a butterscotch idea hiding somewhere on that shelf…



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  1. Lea Ann, you are going to love the mixer. I have had one for years and it makes baking so much easier. And I bet that red looks great on the counter, too.

    As for this delightful cake… I love your suggestions and the ease to making a quick delicious dessert. Many thanks

    • Thanks George, I already love that mixer and I’ve only used it about 4 times. As always, thanks for stopping by.

  2. wow the possibilities are limitless – I wonder about a version of a tres leches cake with a flan pudding mix…..

    • Well, now that sounds good. Why not. I had to Google Tres leches cake. I think that may just be my next project.

  3. WOW – that is a great idea. I am putting this on my “to bake” list. Looks great!

  4. Yay for you and your mixer!!

  5. My mixer is 15 years old and still going strong…love the cake.

  6. You will love the mixer… what went wrong with the bread???

    • It was a brick, a mile high brick. Two loaves in a row. I don’t know if the kitchen was too cold for the bread to rise???? I’m not going to give up, but it wasn’t good. Thanks for asking Dave. I’m pretty discouraged

      • I just made a couple loafs… You may be over mixing. Are you letting your bread hook do the kneading?

        Also, do you own a bread machine? I am going to do a post tomorrow on the bread I made, and it is the easiest thing possible, third time I have made this recipe (or a version close to it, never exactly the same), and it is perfect everytime. But the dough is made in the bread machine, and then baked in the oven.

        I will be challenging you to make this recipe and it will restore your confidence

      • Thanks Dave. I did feel it was over kneaded with my bread hook. But I followed directions per the Kitchenaid recipe. The bread was just too dense. I don’t have a bread machine. Challenge accepted. I’ll make the bread.

      • ok Lea Ann, I have just made my post over at OUR KRAZY KITCHEN for the bread I talked about…


        Could you drop me an email at


        I have something to ask you

  7. Love my KitchenAid mixer (and so does my grandson). This recipe looks great and what a fun idea – I’m dying to try out a raspberry with white chocolate or cheesecake pudding. I just went to the Jello website and was amazed at the flavors! Cool post!

  8. Love this cake idea!

  9. Looks yummy!
    Don’t give up on the bread – I made my fair share of doorstops in the beginning.
    Treat yourself to an instant read thermometer. Temperature makes all the difference. Both for the ingredients in the beginning and the finished loaf.

    • Thanks Natashya, I’ll google it, but is that an infrared thermometer?

  10. Couldn’t find your address, but if you’ll send me an email, I’ll send you Bevs bread recipe. Larry

  11. I know we’ll see lots of baking now you have your new mixer!
    Don’t give up on the bread! Bread-making can be touchy, but you’ll end up loving it.
    Your lemon cake looks luscious! Love all the different ways to make it.

  12. This looks amazing. I stopped by to say hello, but stayed far longer than I planned. I really like what you are doing here. I’ll be back often.

    • Please do and thanks for stopping by

  13. I remember something like this from my youth….I loved it! I’ve had the 6 qt. model Kichen-Aid mixer- the more you use it, the better you’ll like it!

  14. What a great cake recipe! I am baking challenged and this would be perfect for making at home for the family.

    • I am baking challenged, mostly because our high altitude can be ornery with a lot of things. This is easy peasy no fail.

  15. I love anything lemon–this looks delicious. A fun classic! 😉

  16. A very delightful bake u have here…fantastic recipe on a fantastic blog…delightful pics too….

  17. I’ve been saving my pennies for a Kitchen Aid for almost a year now. I can’t really consider it a necessity, so I’ve been hesitant to shell out the big bucks. Sometime soon though, I’m about halfway there 😀

    I think I remember this or a similar cake recipe from my childhood too!

    I’ve had some pretty good success with the no-knead bread method. The kitchen is a little chilly in the winter, but I still get good results 🙂

    • My mom bought this for me, I’m not sure I would have spent the bucks…ex–spen—sive. But I’m lovin it.

      I’m not going to give up on bread. Dave over at My Year On The Grill just did a great post over at Krazy Kitchen. You should stop by and give it a read.

  18. Stopping by after seeing Dave’s post over at Our Krazy Kitchen. Your dessert looks wonderful! I had the same problem with breads until I got the gift of a bread machine a couple years ago – perfect bread now every single time! Think about getting one – it does all the work for you and makes bread making a breeze!

  19. Beautiful cake O am sure this mixer will bring you to baking in no time at all. GREG

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