My mother and aunt made this recipe for years and years. My sister and I still love this cake. My blog entry on Molly Wizenberg’s recipe for French-Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon reminded me of this old favorite.
Today, I do appreciate the subtle tastes and textures in the French-Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon. A tiny slice of that cake makes me very happy. But there is still a place in my repertoire for this sixties lemon cake made from a cake mix and lemon jello. It remains an old favorite.
I grew up in a house on a half-acre in Southern California. We had a lemon tree in the yard, and my mother would go out back and pick lemons from that tree to make this cake. I remember making lemonade too from those lemons . . . dipping graham crackers into the sweet-sour juice just until they almost gave way, savoring the soaked crackers and then downing the lemonade on a hot and sultry summer day of childhood.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 pkg. lemon jello
- 3/4 cup water
- 4 eggs
Mix together and beat for 4 minutes. Pour batter into a lightly greased 8 1/2 x 11 1/2-inch pan.
Bake at 350˚ for 45 minutes.
While the cake bakes, mix 2 cups powdered sugar with the juice and rind of two large lemons.
Remove the cake from oven and make fork holes in the top. Pour the sugar-lemon juice mixture over the cake.
We always served this cake directly from the pan. It’s a great traveling cake, and always a hit.