This is the best I have come up with to mimic Starbucks'® Lemon Cake. Family and friends agree, and it is so easy.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a fluted tube cake pan.

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  • Beat cake mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, lemon juice, eggs, pudding mix, zest, poppy seeds, and lemon extract in a bowl with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

365.1 calories; 5.4 g protein; 41.4 g carbohydrates; 81.5 mg cholesterol; 450.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (35)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2017
Very delicious! Add 12oz jar of lemon curd or lemon pie filling! Pour 2/3 of the batter into the bundt pan, pipe lemon curd as close to the middle of the batter as possible. Then add the rest of the batter on top of the curd/pie filling layer to cover batter. Bake according to directions. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2019
Made this twice. I must be missing something because it doesn t have a cake-like texture at all. It s like a sponge almost. Read More
40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2017
Very delicious! Add 12oz jar of lemon curd or lemon pie filling! Pour 2/3 of the batter into the bundt pan, pipe lemon curd as close to the middle of the batter as possible. Then add the rest of the batter on top of the curd/pie filling layer to cover batter. Bake according to directions. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2017
Very delicious! Add 12oz jar of lemon curd or lemon pie filling! Pour 2/3 of the batter into the bundt pan, pipe lemon curd as close to the middle of the batter as possible. Then add the rest of the batter on top of the curd/pie filling layer to cover batter. Bake according to directions. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
This recipe was so easy and it's one of those recipes that every ingredient is usually on hand in your pantry. I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't add the poppy seeds, as they were optional. This cake would be excellent with fresh strawberries on top! Hummmm.... Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2016
Like another reviewer said, I don't know why this doesn't have more reviews- this was easy and absolutely amazing. The only changes I made were not using lemon extract (because I didn't have it; I used a touch of vanilla extract instead). I also glazed the cake (2 T Melted butter, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 2 c powdered sugar). SO good, the perfect amount of tart balanced by sweet. Loved it, thank you! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2015
Great recipe. To make recipe healthier substituted greek yogurt for sour cream and apple sauce for vegetable oil. Frosted with the following recipe: Beat 2 small containers Cool Whip 1C half and half and 2 small containers instant lemon pudding mix for 1 minute at low and 2 minutes at high speed. Cut cake in half frost middle and top layers. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2015
I made this today. No problems with dryness whatsoever. I added blueberries from my local Farmer's market, which i folded in at the end. Confectioner's sugar glaze on top. Fresh blue and raspberries to top it all off! Thank you for this strong foundation recipe that allows a baker to be a little creative and add my own ideas to! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2016
This was unbelievably good. My teen daughter kept saying, "I can't believe you made this! It seems like a gourmet cake that you bought." It was very moist and perfectly lemony. I didn't have lemon extract so I had to leave that out. I also glazed it with a glaze someone else posted in the reviews for this recipe (2 T Melted butter, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 2 c powdered sugar). I am making it again tonight for a potluck. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2014
I love lemon cake(lemon anything) and desired to find an easy recipe for a MOPS breakfast so I decided to try this and WOW!! this was DELICIOUS!!! Here are a few adjectives to describe: decadent moist flavorful and simple to make. I didn't make any changes(I make changes to recipes when they fail me) and this doesn't need any tweaking whatsoever. I actually have to say it's amazing and I went back for a second slice;) I received rave reviews and encouraged to make it for a bake sale. I hope you decide to try it Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2014
I made this lemon cake in two round pans and iced it with a butter lemon frosting and served it for a birthday celebration. I didn't have any lemon extract or poppy seeds so omitted those ingredients and added a little bit more lemon juice (freshly squeezed of course!). It was fabulous and got rave reviews from everyone there. Moist delicious authentically lemony. I can't believe it doesn't have more reviews on it yet but I was very impressed. Took very little time to assemble Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2014
Best lemon cake ever though I added almost a half cup of water drizzled fresh lemon juice in the top after making little holes with a toothpick and iced it with powdered sugar mixed with lemon juice. Also added blueberries optional. Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2019
Made this twice. I must be missing something because it doesn t have a cake-like texture at all. It s like a sponge almost. Read More