17 Reviews

Not even close! This recipe is tasty, don't get me wrong, but it's nowhere close to Olive Garden's in terms of flavor or texture. I made it about 3 hours ahead of time and it ended up tasting like boxed cake mix with rich frosting. It was sickeningly sweet. There is hope though! I altered the recipe & got it pretty darn close! First of all, there is nowhere near enough lemon in this recipe. I added 2 tsp lemon juice & the zest of one lemon to the cake mix. Then I add 2 TBSP lemon juice to the filling-- it's sickeningly sweet otherwise. Additionally, after I cut the cake in 1/2, I drizzled about 2 tsp of lemon juice on the dry cake. This does not make it overly lemony or sour. It brings it up to par with Olive Garden's. Tip1: Double the filling if you want it to spread over the entire outside of the cake as well as between layers. The recipe does not call for enough. Tip2: Mix the crumb topping in a food processor, add a tsp lemon juice, then use your hands to mash it into big crumbles.

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bluemidnighttt_10971509 April 03, 2010

Sooo maybe it does, maybe it doesn't taste like Olive Gardens'-I've never had theirs, but this IS fantastic. I used my own white cake recipe, I drenched the layers with juice from the lemons and loved it-ESPECIALLY the "crumb" topping. It's so easy and I always have these ingredients. Thank you for such a great recipe, I will make this over and over.

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CharityAnn July 09, 2007

Super good! Made this for a group of gals I scrapbook with and every one of them wanted the recipe! Even the gals who aren't big dessert lovers liked this cake! :)

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baklundnc December 22, 2011

I used the tips from bluemidnighttt_10971509 about adding more lemon to this recipe and it came out FANTASTIC! My fiance loves lemon cake and every year I try and find a new recipe, but I know from now on that this is the one we will be having!!! i didn't add anything extra t the cake mix itself because honestly I forgot, but I did add extra lemon the icing and it was so good. I didn't have a single piece left over! Excellent!

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ShanCathrine June 10, 2010

I was so dissapointed. This recipe didn't even come close to the Olive Garden cake.

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beckibecki March 01, 2009

Good, refreshing cake (I used a Lemon cake mix) but NOTHING like OliveGarden's. Help! The real recipe must be somewhere.

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cheryl_duchess August 26, 2008

This was an easy cake to make & overall tasted great! We did not think it tasted like the Olive Garden cake. It was only slightly lemon tasting. If you want a lemon flavored cake, definitely doctor the recipe. I have been trying different cakes claiming to be like the Olive Garden cake. I have found others that were more like it. But, if you just want a great tasting cake, this would be it!

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hrice77 July 17, 2008

This is a great recipe! I haven't tried the Olive Garden version, but I really enjoyed eating this cake! The only thing I changed was I used the zest of a whole lemon in the frosting and the juice of a whole lemon-- most of the juice I put in the frosting, and the other part I drizzled over the bottom layer of the cake before frosting it. It still had a very subtle lemony flavor. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing.

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I_Can_Only_Bake March 10, 2008

I have not had the Cream Cake from Olive Garden, but I have had a similar one from Cheesecake Factory. I modified the recipe a bit, but not too much to repost a recipe. Next time I would decrease the amount of powdered sugar in the lemon cream, and increase the lemon -- perhaps adding a layer of lemon curd. Very good!

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Cook4_6 August 03, 2007
TSR Version of Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake by Todd Wilbur