Light, fluffy dessert-like cake with a taste of cheesecake.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To Prepare Crust: mix graham crackers, 1/2 cup sugar and melted butter and press into 9 x 13 inch pan.

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  • Mix lemon gelatin with 1 cup boiling water and let cool.

  • Meanwhile, whip the chilled evaporated milk, add the 1 cup sugar and lemon juice. Whip until sugar is dissolved. Whip in the cooled gelatin into the milk mixture then stir in pineapple.

  • Pour lemon mixture over crust in pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers and chopped maraschino cherries if desired. Chill several hours or overnight. Variation: Mix one 8 ounce package of cream cheese with the 1 cup sugar; add this to the whipped milk, gelatin and lemon juice mixture. Stir in pineapple then proceed as above.

Nutrition Facts

169.4 calories; 2.3 g protein; 28.2 g carbohydrates; 14.7 mg cholesterol; 123.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2006
WHY, WHY, WHY??? Why are there no more reviews (but one - and now mine) for this recipe? I made it because I love lemon and it sounded good. It was wonderful!! I used 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 stick butter and 5 tbsp. sugar for the crust and baked 6 minutes in 350 degree oven. Also added some lemon zest to the juice and used 4 oz. of the cream cheese. Next time I will use the 8 oz. of the cream cheese. I am also going to try it with lime jello and the juice from limes (a key lime twist perhaps!!) Thanks Glenda for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2013
This recipe wasn't my favorite. My first comment is that the graham cracker crust doesn't go well with the lemon flavor of the filling. It would have been better using a crust made from Nila wafers or maybe a shortbread type crust. I think those types of crusts would compliment the lemon flavor instead of clashing with it the way the graham cracker one did. My other thought is that it would be a more successful dessert if it were a bit more firm. The filling was just too mushy to serve well. I think a little for firmness would also make the dessert more palatable. Read More
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2006
WHY, WHY, WHY??? Why are there no more reviews (but one - and now mine) for this recipe? I made it because I love lemon and it sounded good. It was wonderful!! I used 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 stick butter and 5 tbsp. sugar for the crust and baked 6 minutes in 350 degree oven. Also added some lemon zest to the juice and used 4 oz. of the cream cheese. Next time I will use the 8 oz. of the cream cheese. I am also going to try it with lime jello and the juice from limes (a key lime twist perhaps!!) Thanks Glenda for the recipe! Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2006
WHY, WHY, WHY??? Why are there no more reviews (but one - and now mine) for this recipe? I made it because I love lemon and it sounded good. It was wonderful!! I used 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 stick butter and 5 tbsp. sugar for the crust and baked 6 minutes in 350 degree oven. Also added some lemon zest to the juice and used 4 oz. of the cream cheese. Next time I will use the 8 oz. of the cream cheese. I am also going to try it with lime jello and the juice from limes (a key lime twist perhaps!!) Thanks Glenda for the recipe! Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2007
Reminds me of a childhood favourite my Nana used to make! I found the juice of 2 lemons made it quite tart so next time I'll probably use just one. I mixed 2 cups graham cracker crumbs with 1/2c. melted butter and 1/2c. sugar pressed about 3/4 into pan for base and reserved remaining amount to sprinkle on top. Putting the evaporated milk in the freezer for about 1 & 1/2hrs and chilling the beater and bowl made whipping the milk a breeze. Even my husband (who doesn't usually enjoy desserts) loved it:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2008
I think the recipe calls for the cake to be chilled...which means to be put in the fridge not the freezer. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2007
I truly don't want to be a party pooper but I do have questions about this. First I'm not sure how we should have eaten it with our fingers or with a fork... as it was really frozen hard to cut with a fork. Second the taste was great although being so cold it tended to lose a lot of taste... just like when something is too hot it taste less same thing when it is freezing cold. BUT I'm really not discarting the recipe I simply think that it would gain in being served perhaps 15 minutes after being taken out of the freezer... which if the case should have been noted in the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2011
I made it yesterday and used granulated Splenda and sugarfree gelatin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2007
This was delicious! Light refreshing and simple. I would probably cut back to 1/2 cup sugar instead of 1 to keep it a little more tangy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2009
What a lovely refreshing recipe. Some complained it was too tart well just cut back on lemon. Also I noticed that another review said it was too frozen to serve immediately - it is not supposed to be frozen. Comes out beautifully light and creamy. Will make soon for a friends cookout. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2008
The perfect end to a summer get-together. I thought that the cream cheese and sugar might be lumpy but it worked perfectly. Easy to prepare light absolutely delicious desert. 10 people absolutely devoured the entire 9x13 dish most going back for seconds. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2009
I must have done something wrong with this because mine didn't firm up and was way too tart. Maybe i didn't chill the milk long enough. Maybe the lemons were too large. I'm not sure what i did or didn't do but with the other great reviews i'm sure it was my bad! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2013
This recipe wasn't my favorite. My first comment is that the graham cracker crust doesn't go well with the lemon flavor of the filling. It would have been better using a crust made from Nila wafers or maybe a shortbread type crust. I think those types of crusts would compliment the lemon flavor instead of clashing with it the way the graham cracker one did. My other thought is that it would be a more successful dessert if it were a bit more firm. The filling was just too mushy to serve well. I think a little for firmness would also make the dessert more palatable. Read More