Easy, Moist, Lemon Pudding Cake Recipe

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Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you’ll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you'll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

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Pudding cake has to be one of the most simple desserts there is! Well, unless you count tearing into a package of Oreos, that is. But if you want to bake something yourself that is simple and delicious, this lemon pudding cake is the recipe for you.

This lemon pudding cake only has five ingredients and is so easy to make. I’m betting you already have many of the ingredients in your pantry, too!

The taste and texture of this cake sure give Oreos a run for their money. I love the light, lemon flavor, especially during the sping and summer, when I tend to enjoy desserts that are less heavy.

If you aren’t a fan of lemon, there are so many different options you can do with pudding cakes!

Remember this chocolate pudding cake and this butterscotch pudding cake? Yep, they’re both pudding cakes. You really can do your combination of favorite flavors in with pudding cakes. Yum!

This lemon pudding cake is perfect when you want something cold and refreshing for dessert and it’s so easy! No measuring out sugar, flour, and other ingredients. It’s all in the cake mix and pudding mix.

This lemon pudding cake is best served cold. Some pudding cake recipes are served as a warm pudding cake, which is more like a lava cake. But I like the cold and refreshing change that this cake provides.

Pudding cakes are much more dense and moist compared to a regular cake, so don’t be shocked if it’s not the type of cake you are used to! Enjoy!

How to Make Lemon Pudding Cake

Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you'll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mix together, until smooth. Beat in the lemon cake mix at medium speed until well blended. Gently fold in the white chocolate chip morsels.

Step 2: Pour your batter into a greased 13” x 9” baking dish. Bake according to the instructions on the cake mix. (Follow the cooking times for a 13” x 9” cake pan. Usually 35 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on the cake mix brand.)

Step 3: Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until it’s time to serve. Top it with Cool Whip (and sprinkles) and enjoy!

Can I make Lemon Pudding Cake Cupcakes?

Are you more of a cupcake fan than a cake fan? Want to make this lemon pudding cake as cupcakes for your next get together or party? You can turn this lemon pudding cake into lemon pudding cupcakes.

Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you'll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

Can I swap out flavors of cake mixes and/or pudding mixes?

Yes! There are so many possibilities with this easy pudding cake recipe!

You can easily swap out the cake mix and pudding flavors to make your own pudding cake. Go to any grocery store and you’ll see a shelf full of different flavors of pudding—coconut cream, vanilla, cheesecake, butterscotch—there are so many choices. Not to mention all of the seasonal flavors.

I can’t wait to try this with peppermint and pumpkin pudding this year!

Can I use Homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip

Instead of using Cool Whip as the frosting, you can make your own homemade Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting for a rich, decadent, lemon twist!

This frosting is a less sweet version of my Lemon Buttercream Frosting and is perfect for these lighter cupcakes. It is so light and refreshing and pairs well with the flavors of the pudding cake.

Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you'll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

Tips for making the Perfect Lemon Pudding Cake

  • Add lemon zest and lemon juice to your batter to give it an extra lemon zing.
  • You can also dust your cake with powdered sugar once it’s done cooking and leave it frosting-free for a lighter treat.
  • If you opt for a different cake mix and pudding flavor, make sure they complement each other well. Here are some fun combinations:
    • Rainbow chip cake and cheesecake pudding
    • Red velvet cake with french vanilla pudding
    • Strawberry cake with strawberry cream pudding
    • Spice cake with pumpkin spice pudding
    • Chocolate cake with peppermint pudding

What you need to make Lemon Pudding Cake

Ingredients

  • Lemon Cake Mix
  • Instant Lemon Pudding Mix
  • Milk
  • White Chocolate Morsels
  • Cool Whip Topping

Tools

  • Large Bowl
  • Electric Mixer
  • 13” x 9” Baking Dish
  • Whisk

Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you'll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

Let me know if you make this lemon pudding cake recipe! What cake mix/pudding flavor combination are you most excited to try with this recipe?

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Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you'll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

Lemon Pudding Cake Recipe:

Yield: 24 servings

Lemon Pudding Cake

Lemon Pudding Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Lemon Pudding Cake is flavorful, moist, and made with only 5 ingredients. From the first bite, you'll love this dense citrus cake recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25oz) lemon cake mix
  • 1 box (3.5oz) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 11oz bag white chocolate morsels
  • 12 oz Cool Whip Topping, thawed

Instructions

  1. In large bowl whisk milk with pudding mix. Add in dry cake mix. Stir until blended. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  2. Pour batter into a greased 13x9 baking dish. Bake according to cake mix (for a 13x9 cake).
  3. Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours or until serving. Frost with cool whip and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 211 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 199mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 21g Protein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published March 21, 2012. Photos updated April 2019.

Lemon Pudding Cake recipe with 5 ingredients is the perfect light dessert for summer.

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37 comments on “Easy, Moist, Lemon Pudding Cake Recipe”

  1. I have got to try that! Very quick, very yummy, does it get better than that?!

  2. fast, simple, and tasty! Sounds delicious and perfect for our family’s weekend potlucks. 🙂

  3. Cold refreshing dessert for a hot summer like day! I actually prefer dense moist cakes too:-) And topped with good ole cool whip…doesn’t get much better!!!

  4. This looks so so yummy! Have you heard of http://www.reciperiot.com, they have food competitions, I think this would be great… Not that I want more competition or anything, lol. You have the best pictures!

    Carlee
    http://www.ladybirdln.com

  5. I had no idea that pudding cake was so easy to make. It looks delicious !

  6. I seriously love pudding cake, and love love the idea of a fun lemon pudding cake! This looks soooo moist and amazing! Take care, Terra

  7. Wow, what a lovely and simple recipe. I love the plate in the picture- so springy!

  8. Mmmm, pudding cake 🙂 Looks delicious, and with lemon it must be perfectly appropriate for Spring!

  9. My family would love this! And so simple…yay!

  10. Ahhh…looks delish!!! Simple, with a new spin – white chocolate morsels!

  11. Oh this looks just lovely. Love how easy it is to put together.

  12. This cake looks super stunning – white chocolate and lemon? Perfect together 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Double Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

  13. Cant wait to try this. I also Pinned it! Thanks for sharing.

  14. That looks amazing!! Save a piece for me. 🙂

  15. MMMMm These look so yummy! I would love for you to share at my Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party!

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-33.html

  16. Want, want, want. I’ve never made pudding cake, can you believe that? I must remedy that soon!

  17. I ADORE lemon!♥ Can’t wait to try this!

  18. Lemon sounds awesome right now! Double awesome at how easy the recipe is. I’d love for you to come share at my linky party. 🙂

    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/03/wednesday-whatsits-1-link-party.html

  19. Mmmmmm yum! Love lemon cake! 🙂

  20. Oh, Aimie, you had me at lemon! I pinned this and will be making it as soon as I run to the store!!

  21. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. This looks delish!
    Found you through the Tidy Mom link party…following you now!
    alderberryhill.blogspot.com

  23. This looks amazing! We just made lemon cookies if you want to check those out! I found you through a Creative Princess and I am now your newest follower! I’d love it if you visited my blog! : )

  24. The cake is wonderful!!! It was so easy to make.

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  26. lauren kelly

    I am the biggest lemon lover (especially in the spring and summer) and this cake is incredible! Thank you for a yummy recipe!

  27. Ashley F

    Such as simple and easy dessert to make! Love the lemon flavor

  28. Allyson Zea

    My kids absolutely LOVED this – thank you!

  29. I loved it! Such an amazing cake recipe!

  30. Beatrice Poultney

    I have everything except for the white chocolate bits. Do you think I could make it without them?

  31. This looks so delicious! I love easy and super professional looking recipes like this one!

  32. Tasha Waldon

    Question do we add all the ingredients that’s on the back of the cake box the oil the eggs and water 

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