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This was great. Took it to a potluck and everyone loved it. No leftovers that's for sure. I just dusted it with conf. sugar, but I think I'd like to try a lemon glaze next time. One problem: I thought the directions were a bit vague. I bake alot and knew that the oven temp. and baking time were average, but someone who is new to it might get confused. It's 350*, and 35-40 minutes.

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pies & cakes & cookies ohmy! July 08, 2005

good cake! beat all ingredients together for about 2 minutes and bake at 350 degrees for about 45-55 minutes. used a glaze of 1/2 mixed lemon juice and orange juice and 2 cups powdered sugar. poured over hot cake slowly (while still in pan) and then let cool completely. very good results! thanks for the recipe.

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susie61 June 27, 2010

This was excellent and did NOT taste like it started out its life as a "box cake"! I used a Duncan Hines Lemon cake mix and followed the recipe exactly (using light sour cream instead of regular full-fat). However, in my oven, using a bundt pan, it took about 50 minutes at 350F to totally cook through. I also made a glaze of butter, lemon, a sprinkle of ginger, and confectioner's sugar (aka caster sugar) which I drizzled over the top while the cake was warm (I poked some holes in the top and sides of the cake with a bamboo skewer so the glaze would seep in). The cake was beautiful and tasted great, especially with a small scoop of Gifford's Wild Maine Blueberry ice cream on the side. Next time, I am considering adding some minced, dried lavender flowers to the batter or possibly to just the glaze (instead of ginger) for a slightly different flavor. A small slice is very satisfying, and I think that we probably got 20 or more slices from this cake. Thank you for posting this easy, tasty recipe.

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Lizzie-Babette May 20, 2010

Made this for Mother's Day this year. It was super moist and lemony! I remember reading someone else's review saying it tasted like lemonade in a cake. I must agree, it's tart with a lemon aroma and lovely lemon color but has a balanced sweetness. Next, I'd like to figure out how to make it from scratch. If you are in a bind for time though, this box mix recipe makes beautiful results. I baked in two nonstick loaf pans and I believe it took approx. 30 mins. Did not need frosting or icing, it was sweet enough as is.

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yellorose310 August 31, 2014

My daughter used this recipe to make cupcakes for my son's graduation party. The lemon flavor was really good and the texture just right.

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Chris from Kansas July 11, 2013

This cake was wonderfully lemony but wasn't anything special. I used a Duncan Hines lemon cake mix and Jello lemon pudding. The cake looked and tasted like a doctored cake mix cake.

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JPsBarbie May 28, 2010

This is the one! We served this at my nephew's funeral repast yesterday and everyone was saying, "Oh my Lord, it's Aunt Elsie's lemon cake!" I made it in a tube pan just like she did. When I told them I got it from this site, I had to print it out for all of them. I am sure my mother would be aghast to know that her secret is out. Thank you so much.

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Rosalynd R. February 16, 2005

I made this for my son's 17th birthday. I added one teaspoon of lemon extract and eyeballed the oil and sour cream. The cake mix was 13 ounces instead of 17. It didnt change much. The cake came out moist and very lemony. Will make again!

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djdkdidj April 26, 2016

I've made this recipe over half a dozen times. It's amazing! It comes out perfect nearly every time as long as you don't overcook it! Keep in mind every oven is different and it may be necessary to adjust the temperature and cooking time accordingly.

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hannah.sumner77 April 16, 2016

I hope someone can help me. Pillsbury cake mixes already have pudding in the mix. Do I still add the box of lemon pudding?

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Sandy January 31, 2016
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