Easy Lemon Butter Cake

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I’ve created heaven: Easy Lemon Butter Cake starts with a cake mix and has the perfect lemon flavor. The warm cake is soaked with a lemon butter sauce!!

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Easy Lemon Butter Cake starts with a cake mix and has the perfect lemon flavor. The warm cake is soaked with a lemon butter sauce!!

Jordan had her first day of middle school last week. How my baby got to be a 7th grader, I’ll never know. I wasn’t sad when I dropped her off really, more nervous. Nervous about if she’ll like it, what classes she’ll have, if she’ll have good teachers, if the girls will all get along.

If I’m being 100% honest I’m more worried about the seventh grade girl drama than I am about school. Jordan’ll get by in school; that I’m not worried about. It’s the hormones and craziness of middle school girls I’m worried about. I’ve head some horror stories from veteran parents…and I remember my 7th grade year…it wasn’t awesome.

I have a feeling we’re both going to need lots of comfort food as the months progress and lots of hugs…and patience…something I need to work on when it comes to her emotions. You know what can help me with my emotions? Cake. Lemon Butter Cake – an easy lemon cake soaked with a sweet lemon butter sauce. It’s, quite literally, heaven and is proven to improve any mood.

Lemon Butter Cake starts with a cake mix so it’s an easy recipe soaked with a buttery sweet lemon sauce. This cake is moist for days…if it lasts that long.

Easy Lemon Butter Cake starts with a cake mix and has the perfect lemon flavor. The warm cake is soaked with a lemon butter sauce!!

What is a Butter Cake? Well, it’s a cake with lots of butter in it, for one. (Obviously!) I’ve heard it referenced as a Kentucky Butter Cake also, so maybe it originated in the south? The southerners invented the best foods didn’t they? My love for red velvet cake, pecan pie, and biscuits tells me I was born in the wrong section of the country!

A Butter Cake is an easy pound cake recipe that, while it’s hot, is soaked with a butter sauce. Butter sauce is a boiled concoction of butter, sugar, and vanilla. When you pour it over the hot cake and then let the cake cool it soaks in and the cake stays moist for days – plus it adds SO much flavor. This cake is even better on day 2 but I doubt it’ll last that long.

Easy Lemon Butter Cake is soaked with a lemon butter sugar sauce when it's warm from the oven!

Traditional butter cake recipes I’ve seen are plain old vanilla, or maybe vanilla bourbon. I decided to switch it up a bit and make my easy butter cake recipe into a LEMON Butter Cake. Everything is better flavored lemon, am I right?

To make the cake even easier, I started with a lemon cake mix. I love the extra lemon punch lemon cake mixes give. I know of at least two brands that sell that flavor, so use your favorite. The lemon flavor and tender cake is punched up a notch by adding pudding mix to the cake batter. I always love adding some pudding mix to my bundt cakes – they add so much flavor and keep the cake moist (kind of like they do for pudding cookies).

While the cake is baking, you make the butter sauce by heating butter, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until it boils. It turns into a thick sweet sauce. Once the cake comes out of the oven, poke tons of teeny holes in it with a skewer or toothpick, then carefully pour the sauce over the top. As the cake cools the sauce soaks into the cake making it gooey and delicious.

Did I mention the TRIPLE lemon makes it so super lemony? Guys, I had to re-home this cake ASAP or I would have taken a fork to it I’m not kidding.

Easy Lemon Butter Cake starts with a cake mix and has the perfect lemon flavor. The warm cake is soaked with a lemon butter sauce!!

How to make the perfect Lemon Butter Cake:

  • Be sure to grease and flour your bundt pan really well. That’s the secret to easy release and a pretty cake.
  • If you can’t find lemon pudding mix, you can use vanilla or even cheesecake flavor.
  • Be sure to let it cool completely before removing from the pan so the flavor soaks into every single bite.
  • The cake is sweet enough because of the sauce so it doesn’t need frosting; just a dusting of powdered sugar will do!


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Easy Lemon Butter Cake

Easy Lemon Butter Cake starts with a cake mix and has the perfect lemon flavor. The warm cake is soaked with a lemon butter sauce!!

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract (optional; it pumps up the butter flavor of the cake)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla or lemon pudding mix

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1-2 lemons)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray (the kind with flour) or butter and flour it.
  2. Use a hand or a stand mixer to beat the cake mix, butter, eggs, milk, extract, and pudding mix until a thick batter forms. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. Remove the cake from the oven and cool for 10 minutes but keep it in the pan.
  4. While the cake is baking, make the sauce. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice, and salt and cook until it just simmers (bubbles around the edges). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  5. Poke several holes in the cake using a long skewer and pour the butter sauce over the cake. Cool in pan completely, then remove to serving plate. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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If you like my easy lemon butter cake recipe you’ll love this Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake by Wishes and Dishes or a Gooey Butter Cake by Tidy Mom.

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19 comments

  1. The third pic down, the one where the cake is still in the pan, and that pool of liquid that’s reflecting….omg that is heaven right there! Gorgeous pic too!

    The girl drama. Yes the struggle is real!

  2. Cake helps me with my feelings too lol. This looks so good! Good luck to Jordan 🙂

  3. Wow, this cake is so pretty. The dark, rich, yellow screams lemon!

  4. Hi,
    Cake looks delish. Please advise if this recipe is based on the old boxes of cake mixes that had 18.5oz, or the new boxes of mixes that now have 16.5 oz. of cake mix? The box of Lemon Supreme cake mix that I now have has 16.5 oz. Will this work in this recipe? The difference of the 2 oz. less of cake mix has made a big difference in some of my old recipes not being satisfactory. Do you have any suggestions how to remedy this problem?? Thanks in advance for your advice.
    LindaM

    • I have the same question . . . wish someone would answer! Many recipes call for a box of cake mix, but are based on the old boxes, not the new smaller ones. This is a problem, especially when one uses a cookbook like Cake Mix Doctor, etc. Just my opinion.

    • It’s approx a 15 ounce box!

  5. Oh I can hardly wait to try this. I’m going to add some Lemoncello to the butter sauce and I will add the butter flavoring. I have a rum cake recipe similar to this that is to die for so this is right up my caloric intake. LOL.

  6. My daughter had a mean girl in her 7th grade class who was 11 years old, aggressive in chasing older boys in the class, and she caused a lot of drama. But in 8th grade she finally turned around her behavior, so things were calm then. I guess it’s a rite of passage, learning to deal with difficult personalities. Jordan will be fine. Love the lemon recipe!

  7. Do you want your daughters or sons to go to food (cake) in a stressful situation!! Much better methods for the 2 of you to use! You and your child could weigh 200 lbs by end of the yr!

    • Really – that’s what you get from this? I bake to release stress, my co-workers and others benefit from the stress relief in more ways than can be counted. To be able to have the company of a loved one is just an added bonus. Just because we love food doesn’t mean overweight.. So, I’m going to save this because I love lemon, baking, and stress relief. Great combo.

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  8. For the perfect ‘Southern’ Lemon, you have to use Meyer Lemons!!
    Meyer lemons have that sweet southern flavor that just lets the true
    Lemon flavor come through.
    I keep them on my counter all the time so that I have them for any ‘
    recipe that calls for a true lemon.

  9. hey girl-this looks amazing!

  10. Ohhhh it looks and sounds perfect. A perfect comforting cake, like a warm hug.

  11. I made this cake yesterday and my husband’s friend had a piece then took home another 2 pieces for him and his wife, then ask for the recipe!!!😃

  12. these cakes are marvelous, I have had so many compliments on them, I felt like a bakers chef. thanks for the receipes.

  13. I WILL DEFINITELY MAKE THIS CAKE, WE LOVE LEMON.

  14. wow, It looks and sounds perfect.Lemon butter cake is my favorite cake, on my birthday i make it.Thanks for the cake recipe.Last Saturday I also make Chicken Keema paratha recipe its looks and taste so delicious and yummy.Sharing a link of Recipe: ( )

  15. made it and it was fabulous, it now my go to for family and friends

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