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 any lemon flavored baked goods. 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. I even tried once to make Lemonhead Cookies, thinking I had cracked the lemon code, and they were like, nope.

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 an easy cake recipe with lemonade concentrate added right into the batter

How To Make Lemonade Cake

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. I topped my cake with some lemon peels, which is, of course, totally optional!
LEMONADE CAKE starts with a cake mix and is topped with lemon cream cheese frosting
Like I said, this Lemonade Cake starts with a lemon boxed cake mix, which is a great shortcut. AND you can make this cake a day ahead, which means it’s perfect for party prep!
LEMONADE CAKE is soft, sweet, and starts with a cake mix

Top This Lemonade Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

The cream cheese frosting on this cake is AMAZING! It’s an easy cream cheese frosting recipe, with the addition of lemonade from concentrate. It’s simple, creamy, and the perfect topping for any lemon cake recipe!



Lemonade Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


This ULTRA moist Lemonade Cake is soft, tart, and topped with creamy lemon cream cheese frosting!


  • 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.


Store refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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This recipe was originally posted in 2011 and updated in 2017 with new photos and a video.


Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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137 Responses
  1. 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


  2. 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!

  3. Barbara

    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. 🙂

  4. grace

    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. 🙂

  5. Jennifer

    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!

  6. Mindy

    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!

  7. Joanne

    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!

  8. 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!

  9. Heidi

    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 eating it and that just won't work! The lemon glaze I'm sure adds some wonderful moistness & tanginess to the cake. Thanks for this recipe. I can't wait to try it. Your photos are so good it just makes me want to eat a piece right now!

  10. JHill

    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?

  11. *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.


    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.

  13. Robyn

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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 😛

  17. 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:-)

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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