Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

From Recipe Goldmine. For use in a jelly roll cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, corn starch and salt.
  2. Stir in water gradually.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
  4. Continue to cook at a boil for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and add lemon peel and butter.
  6. Stir in lemon juice and food coloring.
  7. Allow to cool before using.
  8. *If the filling is too soft, refrigerate.
Most Helpful

I made this to use as doughnut filling. I followed the recipe to the letter. Very delicious! Be sure not to walk away even for a second because it gets thick very quickly. I actually let it go a little too far, but once the butter, zest, and juice went in it was perfect. I will be making this a lot, as I'm a big-time lemon junkie. Thanks so much for sharing this simple and quick recipe!

Cynna January 23, 2012

Excellent lemon filling. Followed recipe and well written instructions, and had no trouble with the gel thickening. I used a small amount of Lemon Yellow gel food coloring, because the uncolored gel didn't look very appetizing. I used filling for 2 dozen cupcakes, (using #58213,Lemon pillow cake) Excellent results! Thanks for posting.

Mares C. February 07, 2008

Used for my jelly roll cake. Consistency was perfect! However, I did only use 1/2 cup of sugar and then found that it was way too sour so I made a second batch to mix with the first one and cut the amount of lemon juice in half. Thanks for the recipe!

phiyen_le March 23, 2007