This is an easy recipe for moist lemon cake using apricot nectar and lemon cake mix for surprisingly delicious results.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
14
Yield:
10 inch tube cake
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Combine cake mix with sugar, cooking oil, and apricot nectar. Beat for two minutes with mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition. Pour batter into pan.

  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a plate.

  • In a small bowl, mix lemon juice with confectioners' sugar until you reach desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over sides of warm cake.

Nutrition Facts

308 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 43.2g 14% DV; fat 13.7g 21% DV; cholesterol 62.6mg 21% DV; sodium 284.9mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I made this cake yesterday for a holiday party and everyone loved it!!! I altered the recipe slightly by adding fresh lemon zest and finely chopped mixed nuts to the batter. I baked the cake in a decorative "snowflake" pan. Making the glaze I put the juice of a whole lemon (instead of 2 Tbs) and mixed in the powdered sugar until I had the consistency I wanted -- on the thinner side. I brushed the top and sides of the cake with this mixture. When the cake cooled I dusted the top with "snow" (powdered sugar). It was VERY EASY and a refreshing change from the spice and chocolate recipes we all love at this time of the year! Happy Holidays! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/12/2009
I made this..then added some caviar and creme fraiche...then invited the governor over to have some..his wife didn't like it so I smacked her in the face. Actually, I made this just like the recipe said, and it was yummy. I can't stand when people get on here and alter the recipes and dog the original..it's very annoying. I'm usually looking for something to make, not something to alter! Yeesh. Anywho, I love this site..lots of great recipes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/12/2009
I made this..then added some caviar and creme fraiche...then invited the governor over to have some..his wife didn't like it so I smacked her in the face. Actually, I made this just like the recipe said, and it was yummy. I can't stand when people get on here and alter the recipes and dog the original..it's very annoying. I'm usually looking for something to make, not something to alter! Yeesh. Anywho, I love this site..lots of great recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I made this cake yesterday for a holiday party and everyone loved it!!! I altered the recipe slightly by adding fresh lemon zest and finely chopped mixed nuts to the batter. I baked the cake in a decorative "snowflake" pan. Making the glaze I put the juice of a whole lemon (instead of 2 Tbs) and mixed in the powdered sugar until I had the consistency I wanted -- on the thinner side. I brushed the top and sides of the cake with this mixture. When the cake cooled I dusted the top with "snow" (powdered sugar). It was VERY EASY and a refreshing change from the spice and chocolate recipes we all love at this time of the year! Happy Holidays! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
I made 2 of these this weekend and received rave reviews! Both came together very easily and was great to use up the apricot nectar! I did one in a bundt pan (baking time was right on) with diced dried apricot bits (rehydrated: poured very hot water over them let them sit for 5 minutes drained) folded into the batter. The other was following the recipe but in a 9x13" (baking time 40 minutes). Both were great but the general consensus was the cake with apricot bits was better... Oh and they were plenty sweet and moist without the glaze so I just sprinkled a bit of powdered sugar over top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2003
Excellent! As far as I know we don't have a tube cake pan so I just used a regular cake pan and it worked fine. My wife is the cake fan in the family and she loved it but I also enjoyed it too. The glaze is exceptional and really makes this cake. As one other reviewer suggested I made extra glaze in total 1/2 more than the recipe calls for and I'm glad I did. The cake was moist and delicious though it was a little too dark brown on the top. It was actually done in 45 minutes which may relate to the kind of pan I used. Cooking it this way or maybe because of my oven efficiency the bake time minimum of 50 minutes was a little too long. This recipe takes the cake! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2006
This is the best cake I have ever tasted!!!!!!! It recieved rave reviews from all of my friends and family. New Jersey Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2011
I've made a cake like this for years. I always add 1 box of Jello instant lemon pudding and pie filling with the cake mix. It turns out great! A good tip for the pan is to use granulated sugar instead of flour after greasing. Then you don't have the ugly flour residue on the finished cake. I use the juice of one whole lemon for the glaze. Delicious. When I have weekend visitors I make this and it just disappears! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I did not have a tube pan or bundt pan so I used a 9X13 pan and baked the cake for 40 minutes. It was quite moist and a big hit at a ladies club. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2009
I made this cake following the recipe and it did not taste too good. Perhaps it was the brand of nectar I used - canned Goya nectar. It was very dense and had an odd flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2008
I was looking for a recipe to use some dried apricots that I had. I boiled them and then pureed them with the boiling liquid and that is what I used in place of the "nectar". I also added 1/4 cup of water to the mix. Easy recipe. Took to work. Everyone like the cake. Read More
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