As the summer warm weather as finally hit us it is time to break out the lemon dessert recipes. Anything lemon in the summer is a great refresher on a warm summer day. One of my favorites is a Cooking Light recipe for Lemon Bars with a great shortbread crust. But I think I have found another favorite that is quick and easy to make.
This recipe takes a cake mix and transforms it into a Sweet Lemon Dream cake. The one issue I have is that recipes call for an 18.25 oz. cake mix but mixes are now only 15.25 oz, so it is like not getting the full cake you deserve. And it is not just cake mixes. Seems everything in the grocery store is shrinking while the prices increase.
So give this cake a try. Keep it in the refrigerator to make it even more refreshing and enjoy it with a great Chardonnay too! (Ok only have the wine if you are of legal drinking age!)
Sweet Lemon Dream Cake
1 (18.25 oz ) box Vanilla Cake Mix
Eggs, oil and water that is required for the cake mix
1 can lemon pie filling
1 tub lemon flavored frosting
1 8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
The juice and zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Prepare cake mix as directed on the back of the box. Pour batter into the baking dish. Spread lemon pie filling over the batter. ( The lemon pie filing will sink to the bottom of the pan because it is heavier.)
Bake at 350 on center rack for 35 to 40 minutes until cake springs back to the touch. Let cake cool completely. In a bowl combine lemon flavored frosting with Cool Whip, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix with hand mixer until combined. Spread over cooled cake. Refrigerate until chilled and keep leftovers in refrigerator. Enjoy,