15 Cheap and Easy Lemon Cake Mix Recipes

Copycat of Starbucks Lemon Bread
Photo: Yoly

A box of lemon cake mix is a beautiful thing — and when it's prepared properly, it can taste just as good as (and sometimes better than) made-from-scratch recipes. Use store-bought cake mix to make easy cookies (you can make these super simple Cool Whip Cookies with just four ingredients), breads (you absolutely must try this Quick Lemon Poppy Seed Bread and this Starbucks Lemon Bread copycat), and, of course, cakes (Memaw's Lemon Sunshine Cake is actually as delicious as it sounds and this Lemon Bundt Cake has a surprising secret ingredient). No matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find a new favorite treat in this collection of lemon cake mix recipes.

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Lemon-Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

a slice of cake on a plate in the foreground, with the remaining cake in the background
monic

If you like lemon-poppy seed muffins, you'll love this lemon-poppy seed Bundt cake. What's the secret ingredient (besides cake mix, of course)? A package of pudding mix.

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Easy Lemon Cookies

Easy Lemon Cookies close up of cookies on a plate with juicer in background
sweetserenade

You only need five (count 'em, five) ingredients for these exceptionally easy cookies: lemon cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, lemon extract, and powdered sugar.

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Lemon Cooler Cream Cake

Lemon Cooler Cream Cake
Sheila LaLonde

Make this quick, simple, and delicious cake with lemon cake mix, lemon-flavored Jell-O mix, vanilla pudding mix, and Cool Whip. It doesn't get much easier than that, folks.

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Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Bundt Cake
Ann Jelyn N mark

You'll definitely want to bookmark this five-ingredient Bundt cake, which is made light and airy with a bottle of lemon-lime soda (such as Mountain Dew or Mello Yello).

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Key Lime Cake

Key Lime Cake II
sweetserenade

"I have now made this cake probably about 75 times," raves reviewer Willie. "I have become known for this cake amongst my family, friends, and extended family and friends. People actually pay me to make this cake for them, especially when they are entertaining guests."

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Cool Whip Cookies

Cool Whip Cookies
LL

If you thought the five-ingredient Easy Lemon Cookies were simple, wait till you get a load of these even easier four-ingredient light and flavorful Cool Whip Cookies.

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Easy Lemon-Blueberry Bundt Cake

blueberry bundt cake with lemon glaze

"No one would ever guess this lemon-blueberry cake starts out with a boxed mix," according to recipe creator Yoly. "Adding blueberries, lemon, and milk to the mix will result in a moist, light, and fluffy cake."

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Quick Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Quick Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
jesselulu

Recipe creator Marian Collins says this deliciously moist and cake-like bread is so easy, her kids can make it themselves. This recipe works great in two loaf pans or one Bundt pan.

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Memaw's Lemon Sunshine Cake

Memaw's Lemon Sunshine Cake
Jennifer Baker

"This is the BEST cake I have ever had, hands down," says recipe creator ACYGAN. "My Memaw used to make this for holidays from Easter to Christmas. It is a family favorite! Easy to make and delicious!"

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Copycat of Starbucks Lemon Bread

Copycat of Starbucks Lemon Bread
Yoly

Make Starbucks' famous lemon loaf in the comfort of your own home with a package of lemon cake mix and just a few other kitchen staples. The two-ingredient icing is the perfect finishing touch.

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Lemon Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse Cake

Lemon Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse Cake
Calebz_Wife

This decadent four-layer cake is so impressive, nobody will ever guess it's made with fewer than 10 ingredients and starts with a package of lemon cake mix.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars
AllrecipesPhoto

How fun are these tri-layered cookies? "Lemon cake bars with a strawberry cheesecake center and a lemon glaze will satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner," says recipe creator Shawnee.

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Glazed Lemon Supreme Pound Cake

Glazed Lemon Supreme Pound Cake
pamc

"The use of lemon cake mix, lemon gelatin, lemon extract, and fresh lemon juice make this cake a lemon lover's dream," according to recipe creator pamc. "It's also amazingly easy."

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Mom's Apricot Nectar Cake

Mom's Apricot Nectar Cake
Chris

"I was a tough critic as a kid, but I've always loved this cake," says recipe creator crimsontide. "Now I can make it myself as a dessert-loving adult, but I love it more when my mom makes it!"

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Easy Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars
Kimberly Kahmann Harvey

Searching for a quick and easy cookie bar that's perfect for summer? Look no further than this delicious, six-ingredient recipe with a decadent cream cheese center.

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