A friend was kindly teasing me recently because she thought I don’t use cake mixes. Oh no, no, no. I always have a few boxes of Duncan Hines on hand for cake popping and easy cakes. Though I generally prefer from-scratch cakes, I certainly don’t turn my nose up at box mixes and have a few recipes on this blog that call for them as well. No judging going on here. In fact, some of my favorite cakes call for a box mix. 🙂
We are busy people, aren’t we? Sometimes taking a little help from a can or a box is the difference between sanity and crazed moments. And maybe you simply prefer a box mix. Have at it, friend.
My husband adores lemon cakes. This fills his craving and is a cinch. There are many variations on this cake which I think has been around for ages. I’ve also done an orange version with a yellow cake mix. But we are big lemon fans and this is lemon, lemon, lemony. Plus, I have about 3 tons of Meyers on hand so you can bet you’ll be seeing other lemon recipes headed your way soon.
Meyer Lemon Cake with Lemon Buttermilk Glaze
- •1 box lemon cake mix ( I use Duncan Hines)
- •1 small box instant lemon pudding mix
- •1 cup buttermilk
- •1 cup water
- •3 eggs
- •1/2 tsp. vanilla
- •2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable)
- •2-3 Tbsp. Meyer lemon juice (I used 3 because Meyers are not as tart as regular lemons)
- •2 tsp lemon zest
- Buttermilk Glaze
- •3 cups powdered sugar
- •3 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
- •2.5 Tbsp buttermilk
- •1-2 tsp. lemon zest for topping
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9 x 13-in. pan and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix and pudding mix together. Set aside. In another bowl, use a hand mixer (or do it by hand) to beat the buttermilk, water, eggs, vanilla, oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest together. Combine the liquid mixture with the dry mixture and beat with blender until thoroughly mixed. Pour in greased pan. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- While cake cools for a few minutes, make glaze. Combine all ingredients except for zest (simply stir together). Poor over cake while still a bit warm. I let it drizzle down the sides as well. Sprinkle the zest over cake or wait and top slices with zest.