Lemonade Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

LEMONADE CAKE! This is an easy cake with lemonade concentrate added right into the batter AND the frosting. It's a MUST MAKE!

This Lemonade Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting is an all time favorite recipe!

So, my kids won’t eat lemon cake, lemon pasta, lemon cupcakes, lemon muffins…they say they’re too sour. BUT they drink lemonade, and can’t seem to get enough Sour Patch Kids, Cry Baby Candy, Sour Skittles or Lemon Heads.

Explain this to me.
Even the other day as I was making this cake, my child SAW me use lemonade in this recipe and STILL says he won’t like it. I DON’T UNDERSTAND!!
Anyhow, now here I sit, staring at a giant Lemonade Cake with no one to share in it’s deliciousness with…except maybe you guys…you get it, right?
LEMONADE CAKE! This is an easy cake with lemonade concentrate added right into the batter AND the frosting. It's a MUST MAKE!

What would I do without you?

This cake isn’t hard…plus you can make it ahead until you’re ready to frost it…AND it all starts with a boxed cake mix and Frozen Lemonade from concentrate.  Good stuff!
You have a lemon cake mix, amped up with some lemonade concentrate, topped with a lemonade sugar glaze to keep the cake supremely moist and finished with a creamy, gorgeous, lemonade cream cheese frosting.
I even like to make the cake and let the glaze soak into them overnight. You don’t have to do that, but if you’re making this for a special occasion, it’s a really nice option!
I topped my cake with some lemon rinds, which is, of course, totally optional!
LEMONADE CAKE! This is an easy cake with lemonade concentrate added right into the batter AND the frosting. It's a MUST MAKE!
When you try this cake, you will be amazed at how soft it is. The creamy frosting that’s just the perfect amount tart…it’s a keeper for sure!
LEMONADE CAKE! This is an easy cake with lemonade concentrate added right into the batter AND the frosting. It's a MUST MAKE!

Lemonade Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: serves 10


  • 1 Lemon boxed cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemonade from Concentrate, thawed
  • Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons Lemonade from Concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8- ounce) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Lemonade from Concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2, 8″ round cake pans generously with cooking/baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix cake mix, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and 2 tablespoons of Lemonade from Concentrate on low for 30 seconds, and then on medium for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Keep the remaining frozen lemonade concentrate in the freezer…you will need it again.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake is set and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Let the cakes cool in pan, approximately 1 hour. Do not remove.


  1. When the cakes are cooled level them off with a serrated knife, so they are flat on top.
  2. If the cakes didn’t dome much and don’t need to be leveled, poke holes with a skewer throughout the top, so the glaze will sink in.
  3. In a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, Lemonade from Concentrate and water.
  4. Stir until smooth and pour equally over the top of the cakes, still in the cake pans.
  5. Cover and let sit for at least an hour, or overnight in the refrigerator is best.


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter and cream cheese together for 2 minutes on medium speed, until combined and creamy.
  2. Turn mixer to low and add your lemonade and vanilla.
  3. Slowly add in your powdered sugar and then beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. When ready to frost, remove your cakes from the refrigerator.
  5. Loosen cake around the edges with a butter knife so they will release easily.
  6. Frost as desired.
Helpful tip… out of sour cream?
This recipe was originally posted in 2011 and updated in 2017 with new photos and a video.


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Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Lauren at Keep It Sweet

I'm finally beginning to appreciate lemon flavored desserts and this looks wonderful! That lemon cream cheese icing and I would get along real well:-)


I love that this has glaze AND icing. That way, I don't have to feel like I'm doing without. 🙂

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet
Jenn @ BentoForKidlet

Lemon desserts are my absolute favorite! This looks so tasty, it's going on my must make list for once the Easter candy has subsided 😛

bridget {bake at 350}
bridget {bake at 350}

Oh my goodness! That sounds SO fabulous, Shelly!

My son LOVES lemon, so this is going on my "must make" list. And I agree with Kristan….glaze PLUS icing? Winning.

Diane {Created by Diane}
Diane {Created by Diane}

oh I LOVE lemon, your cake looks wonderful.
I'm so glad my kids just moved past the stage of not liking lemon pasta, they love it now….funny think about the sour candy..LOL kids are so funny.
My kids have never had trouble when it came to the lemon desserts though, they always seem to get devoured.
Maybe I should call all dinners..dessert. That'll get them to try more dinners 🙂
I love short cut cakes and this recipe is a keeper for sure!


Lemon is my new favorite flavor so I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!


I love lemon. I might make this while my family is out of town so I don't have to share!


I love, love, love, love, love all things lemon lately and know I'd scarf down this entire cake. It looks absolutely scrumptious, Shelly!


I'm in the same situation. nobody wants to eat it.I give it my neighbors. I hope they like the cake. Sorry about my english, because I'm brazilian woman.

my husband wrote it.


Let me know how it comes out please when you make it..


Yum! I also made a lemon-cream-cheese cake for Easter, so we must be on the same delicious cake wavelength! 😉

maura trujillo

sin palabras … es que se me hace la boca agua…

*Just Fran*

I make a very similar sheet cake that is missing your yummy frosting. We make it all summer for cookouts, and with your frosting, I bet it will be an even bigger hit! Thanks.


Pretty sure that if you swapped out the lemonade for limeade and a little of the liquids with tequila… you'd have a Margarita Cake. Mmmm.

Make one, sprinkle some sea salt on top and mail it to me for Cinco de Mayo, k?


I'm definitely trying this one – even if I'm the only one in the house who'll eat it. I LOVE lemon!

I do love baking from scratch but I am all for using a cake mix at times. In fact, I think I prefer the texture of cake mix cakes most of the time! They are kind of no fail. This lemon cake sounds delicious. I have 3 young kids and I know they do not appreciate a good lemon dessert but I certainly do. I will have to wait for a special ocassion to arise where I can make this cake to share with others. If I made it and kept it at home, I would be the only one… Read more »
nicole / Twitter: BTHM1
nicole / Twitter: BTHM1

Haven't had this in YEARS- thanks for the reminder!

Sending you a blog award- you can collect it here:

Sherry G

I love lemony desserts. This even reminds me of a tres leches cake with the soaking process. Putting the two together tastes great I bet!


See I felt like Easter seemed like it would take FOREVER to get here because it was so cold outside until the bitter end! How could it be Easter when we're wearing winter jackets?!?!? Craziness.

I think this cake brought in the sun, though. Looks delicious!


I love anything lemon….except lemon cleaning products. Can't stand the smell.

I also drink coffee by the gallons but can't stomach coffee-flavored ice cream or candy.

Weird, huh?

Can't wait to try the cake….I'm thinking it sounds like a great Mother's Day idea!

Emily P

I have to make a lemon cake very soon for a garden cake! LOVE this recipe! Thanks so much! Can't wait to try it!


This sounds so bright and Springy. I can't wait to try this cake. Bookmarked!


Looks delicious!!
I just made a lemonade ruffle cake too! Don't know how the inside came out since I gave it away but it SMELLED delicious!


I adore lemon cake, it's soooo damn tasty! I definitely give this recipe a go 🙂


Oh man my mouth is totally watering right now!!!:)


Lemon cake – one of my favorites! You've outdone yourself with the glaze and the frosting. YUM!


way to amp up a cake mix! i never felt the desire to have a lemonade stand, but a lemonade cake stand, well, that's a different story. 🙂


I'd share it with you! We'll just pig out and let the kids drink lemonade!
I gave up trying to figure out children's tastes ages ago. 🙂


my MIL LOVES lemon and this is her kinda cake . . . of course she'd have to wrestle me for it!!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats
Amy | She Wears Many Hats

Oh … I need this … now!

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls
Mary @Delightful Bitefuls

Oh!My! This looks so moist and delicious… I love lemon cake and this is bookmarked to try!

New to your blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Pink Little Cake

Did you make this cake for me and forgot to ship it to Princeton? It looks so good, perfect for my pregnancy cravings!

Jasmine Gee

Hello, I happened to stumble on your blog && that cake looks very delicious… I've been looking through your other tasty creations, && I honestly gotta say I have major props to you :]] I'm new to blogging and just start to create one… stop by if you have the chance, thanks hope you dont mind that i grabed a button



I love the thought of this cake. It looks so good.


Mmmm, my mouth is puckering in anticipation for the zippy zing of that delicious lemony cake!


Simple Girl

This looks delicious! And Lemonade Cake sounds so much more fun that plain old lemon cake! 🙂

Allison @ Alli
Allison @ Alli 'n Son

I love anything with cream cheese frosting. Delicious!

I'd love to have you share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/28/mint-infused-plum-tarte-tatin/

~The Bargain Babe

So. 36 people have already commented on this. I'm gonna have to be number 37! Your cake sounds amazing. The glaze before the icing…yum!

Thank you so much for sharing.

I saw you at Tidy Mom's link party. Hope you can come say hi at my friendly little blog sometime. 🙂


Madigan at madiganmade
Madigan at madiganmade

Love the idea of using lemonade concentrate. That sounds so refreshing! Your kids don't know what they are missing! (more for us! hehe)

The Farm Girl

Oh my!! I just found your blog at Tidymom and I LOVE it. We have the same lemon dilemma at our house but I make them anyway even if I have to eat them all myself. I just made some lemon curd cupcakes and would love you to stop by and see. By the way, I am also a new follower 🙂

The Farm Girl Recipes


What a great looking recipe! Looking forward to trying it!


Thanks so much for linking up this week Shelly!! I featured your post on my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-5-1-2011/ Have a great weekend!


Finished making this cake yesterday and dug right in – it's amazing!! So sweet and delicious – a very small piece goes a long way. Thanks!

Cakes by R.C.

Wow that cake looks so yummy, i will try to make it this weekend for mothers day.;-)


wow, all I can say is YUM!!! That cream cheese frosting looks incredible. I can't wait to make it!


Featuring this today! Looks so yummy and screams summertime!


Ok, my mouth actually started watering when I saw this! I'm begging you to come link up this, and other recipes too to my recipe linky/contest?


And of course, I have to follow!


I can tell just how amazingly moist your cake is!!!! I am a sucker for anything lemon!!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments

Oh my oh my! I LOVE cake and cupcakes and cookies…a definite sweet tooth (more than one) in my mouth! I am following you now (#2019), so I can see what other treats you share!

Blessings & Aloha!


I searched for a lemon cake to make for my mom today, for Mother's Day. Of the recipes I perused…I decided to try this one! My mother likes lemon desserts and she loved this! I served the cake on (off?) a cake stand and garnished the edges with strawberries. Pretty AND tasty–thank you! I DID have one question though. Is there a reason why you used 4 eggs vs. the 3 included in the package instructions? Just wondering for when I make it again…

Meaghan Luby

I HAVE NEVER SEEN A LEMONADE CAKE LIKE THIS! whoops, caps lock. keeping it because my excitement was caps worthy i guess. i have seen the kind with the mixes and some with just lemons… this seems like a win! thanks so much for sharing, love you and your blog 🙂
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