This is the recipe I've been using for years. If you like, use your favorite scratch recipe for the cake but I usually like to simplify all I can.

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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 three 9 inch round cake layer pans.

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  • Combine the cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, milk, vegetable oil and the 3 whole eggs. Mix until blended. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until cakes test done. Set aside cakes to cool.

  • To Make Lemon Cheese Filling: In the top half of a double boiler combine the egg yolks, white sugar, butter or margarine, flour, grated lemon rind and lemon juice. Cook stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture is thick enough to spread. Let cool before spreading between cooled cake layers.

Nutrition Facts

572 calories; 30.4 g total fat; 192 mg cholesterol; 540 mg sodium. 71.6 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
This is a excellent Lemon Cheese Cake. Just for those wondering lemon cheese is another term for lemon curd. This is very similar to my grandmother's old country recipe and it passed my father's taste test. I followed the recipe as is with one note: I do not stand and stir the lemon cheese the entire time....it takes entirely too long for that! I keep an eye on it and stir it every 5-10 minutes with my whisk. It does take about 30 - 45 minutes for the lemon to thicken so be patient it will be well worth it! Remember the lemon cheese will continue to thicken as it cools. I also cut each layer in half and poked holes so the lemon cheese filling would ooze through the cake. It is extra good! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
This should be called Lemon Curd cake not lemon CHEESE cake...was looking forward to using cream cheese. Read More
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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
This is a excellent Lemon Cheese Cake. Just for those wondering lemon cheese is another term for lemon curd. This is very similar to my grandmother's old country recipe and it passed my father's taste test. I followed the recipe as is with one note: I do not stand and stir the lemon cheese the entire time....it takes entirely too long for that! I keep an eye on it and stir it every 5-10 minutes with my whisk. It does take about 30 - 45 minutes for the lemon to thicken so be patient it will be well worth it! Remember the lemon cheese will continue to thicken as it cools. I also cut each layer in half and poked holes so the lemon cheese filling would ooze through the cake. It is extra good! Read More
(58)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
This is a excellent Lemon Cheese Cake. Just for those wondering lemon cheese is another term for lemon curd. This is very similar to my grandmother's old country recipe and it passed my father's taste test. I followed the recipe as is with one note: I do not stand and stir the lemon cheese the entire time....it takes entirely too long for that! I keep an eye on it and stir it every 5-10 minutes with my whisk. It does take about 30 - 45 minutes for the lemon to thicken so be patient it will be well worth it! Remember the lemon cheese will continue to thicken as it cools. I also cut each layer in half and poked holes so the lemon cheese filling would ooze through the cake. It is extra good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2003
There is nothing quick easy or kid-friendly about making the "lemon cheese" filling. It took about 30 minutes of non-stop stirring. I don't have a clue why she called it "lemon cheese cake" and refers to the filling as "lemon cheese filling" when there is no cream cheese whatsoever in either the filling or the cake itself. Despite the misleading title the cake itself is extremely moist. The filling is very good and lemony the consistency and appearance is like a lemon meringue or lemon tartlet filling. One person remarked that it was "too tart" but everyone else who ate this cake said it was perfect. The cake was devoured which says it all. =) FYI I frosted the cake with a cream cheese/whip cream frosting and patted coconut all along the side I think it was a good mix of flavors. Overall this is a very good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2002
This recipe is wonderful and the filling is exactly like my mother and grandmother used to make. I had lost my recipe and was sooo thankful to find this. I use a white cake mix and use the filling as listed and the cake is so moist! A real crowd pleaser and many compliments will follow when you serve this cake!! sallyrt Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Very good recipe best if cake is made from scratch. Lemon Cheese Cake is an old favorite here in the south. I have asked several ladies who have been making this cake for countless years why a cheeseless cake is so named? They haven t a clue all say that it was passed on them. It s a misnamed delicious tradition. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2007
Thank you for posting this recipe. My mom used to make this. It was one of our favorites. Yum! She always said it was a very old recipe but I don't remember her recipe having flour in it. But to add some info about the name of the cake: Lemon cheese a British term is the same thing as lemon curd. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2003
this is a wonderful moist cake. not dry like so many scratch recipes. finally a moist lemon cheese cake!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2008
My grandmother has made this for years and years and refused to share the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing! It is wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2006
I made this cake over the weekend. Family thought the cake layers were wonderful(I used lemon instant pudding) but everyone thought the icing was too tart. My husband thought I read the recipe wrong and put in too much lemon juice. Next time I will cut lemon juice in half. My Mom made a cake like this when I was young and it was always a hit(icing was not as tart). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2005
I tried this recipe twice. The first time I used banana instant pudding (It was the only pudding in the cupboard)and it turned out fantastic. I used lemon cake mix instead of the yellow cake mix. My friends loved it. The second time I used cheesecake instant pudding with lemon cake mix. Wow! My family loves it. It's been added to the family favorites list. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
This should be called Lemon Curd cake not lemon CHEESE cake...was looking forward to using cream cheese. Read More
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