Grandma's Lemon Jello Cake

16 slices
45 min

While going through our family recipes I found an old fashioned lemon cake recipe. My Grandmother gave this lemon jello cake recipe to my mother in the ’60s.

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It makes a super easy, moist and refreshing cake. It was definitely Mom’s favorite cake.

Lemon Cake Ingredients


Cake batter

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 (3 oz.) lemon jello mix (powder)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water

Lemon Jello Cake Glaze Ingredients

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons

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Cake Baking Supplies:

  1. Mixer { this is the one I use}
  2. Measuring cups and spoons
  3. Zester { this is the one I use}
  4. Juice Reamer { this one is the best}
  5. Baking pan
  6. Wire cooling rack
  7. Whisk

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Using an electric mixer combine, lemon cake mix, lemon jello, eggs, oil and water. Beat until light and fluffy.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 pan { this is the one I used}.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Transfer hot cake to wire cooling rack.

Poking holes in the hot cake

Use a fork and poke holes into the hot cake then immediately pour the lemon glaze over the top the cake.

Pour lemon glaze over hot cake

Allow cake to cook before serving.

Lemon Glaze Topping

To make the glaze add zest from one lemon, 5 Tbsps. of lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted) to a medium bowl. Whisk together until it is smooth.

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Grandma's Lemon Jello Cake
Recipe details
  • 16  slices
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 1 box Lemon Cake Mix
  • 3 ounces Lemon Jello Mix (dry powder)
  • 3 large Eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup water
Lemon Glaze Topping
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 5 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350* F
In a large mixer bowl add cake mix, jello mix, eggs, oil, and water.
Using an elecric mixer beat at medium speed until smooth.
Grease a 13" by 9" pan with cooking spray.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and place in a preheated oven.
Bake for 35 minutes or until done. Test doness with a toothpick .
Transfer to wire cooling rack.
Use a fork and poke holes in the hot cake.
Pour the glaze over the hot cake and use a spaula to spread it on evenly.
Allow cake to cool before serving.
Lemon Glaze
Sift the powdered sugar and place in a meduim bowl.
Zest one lemon and place in the bowl.
Juice 2 lemons. Add the strained lemon juice to the sugar mixture.
Whisk together until there are no lumps.
Kippi @ Kippi At Home
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