Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is the lightest, most moist cake! And delicious, too! I always get requests for it, and the recipe. You can change the flavors of the cake, the Jell-O, and the pudding, too! How about a blue Jell-O cake, and vanilla pudding in the fosting, tinted with pink with food coloring for a baby shower? And with sugar free Jell-O's and Lite Cool Whip, not much guilt eating it, either!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare the cake mix according to the box, and bake as directed in 2 round pans.
  2. Remove from the pans to cool.
  3. Put the cakes back in pans, and poke cakes all over with a fork.
  4. Mix the boiling water with the Jell-O until dissolved.
  5. Pour half over each layer, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  6. TO MAKE THE FROSTING: Pour milk into a bowl.
  7. Add pudding mix and powdered sugar.
  8. Blend with a wire whisk.
  9. Stir in the Cool Whip until completely combined.
  10. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  11. To frost, dip one cake pan in hot water for about 10 seconds.
  12. Unmold it onto serving plate.
  13. Spread with about 1 cup of frosting.
  14. Top with second layer, then frost top and sides of cake.
  15. Keep cake refrigerated until ready to serve.
Most Helpful

Wow! Is this cake ever good! This is my idea of a summer cake...light and luscious. It’s light texture and heavenly taste make it appropriate to serve on a hot day or after a heavy meal. I don’t think anyone could ever tire of this smooth tasting cake. I made it according to directions and used lemon but I also love the flexibility in the endless combinations one could create by changing the Jell-O, pudding, and / or cake mix. It’s also nice to find all this flavor in a “guilt free” cake. This is definitely a keeper in our house. I’m submitting a photo of this beautiful cake and would encourage anyone to indulge themselves in creating their own version of this fabulous cake!

HOUSEMANAGER (Charlene) July 25, 2002

YUM, YUM, YUM!!! After dining with friends at a local restaurant, I invited them over for coffee and your "Luscious Lemon Cake". It was a hit and I ended up passing along the recipe. I also told them about and that this recipe came from Zaar.

Merlot June 23, 2002

This is the perfect Summer treat! It's a can't-miss with your dinner guests. It was a nice compliment to our Italian meal.

Rich Tessier August 01, 2008