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Lemon Lava Cake Recipe

Lemon Lava Cake

Matt has been asking me to make something with lemon and I’m finally fulfilling his request. I love chocolate lava cake and I make it quite often so I figured, why not try a Lemon Lava Cake made in a similar fashion? Hmmmm! It did not disappoint, this turned out so good! Every bite was an explosion of lemon in my mouth. Matt even declared that this was the best cake I’ve ever made!



1 box Lemon Cake Mix + ingredients
2 boxes Instant Lemon Pudding
2 cups cold milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup water
3 T lemon juice
Powdered sugar, for dusting



Prepare cake mix as directed on package.



Pour cake mix into greased 13×9 baking dish.



Combine dry pudding, milk, sugar, lemon juice, and water in bowl.



Whisk together for 2 minutes until well combined and slightly thickened.



Pour pudding mixture over top of cake mixture. Do not attempt to spread it, just pour it over top.



Place baking dish on top of cookie sheet to catch any drips while cooking. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes to 1 hour.



Allow to cool for 20 minutes while sauce thickens slightly. Sprinkle top of cake with powdered sugar.



Serve warm and be sure to refrigerate any leftovers.



Not that you’ll have any leftovers…..yummy!


Lemon Lava Cake
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  1. 1 box Lemon Cake Mix + ingredients
  2. 2 boxes Instant Lemon Pudding
  3. 2 cups cold milk
  4. 1/3 cup sugar
  5. 1 1/4 cup water
  6. 3 T lemon juice
  7. Powdered sugar, for dusting
  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on package.
  2. Pour cake mix into greased 13x9 baking dish.
  3. Combine dry pudding, milk, sugar, lemon juice, and water in bowl.
  4. Whisk together for 2 minutes until well combined and slightly thickened.
  5. Pour pudding mixture over top of cake mixture (do not attempt to spread it, just pour it over top).
  6. Place baking dish on top of cookie sheet to catch any drips while cooking.
  7. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes to 1 hour.
  8. Allow to cool for 20 minutes while sauce thickens slightly.
  9. Sprinkle top of cake with powdered sugar.
  1. Serve warm and be sure to refrigerate any leftovers.
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  • Anonymous

    can this be made with chocalate cake mix & pudding using6 the same ingredients?

  • This was an excellent recipe!! Huge hit with the kids after school today! Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    You have just made my day complete. Thank you.

  • Hey girl! Thanks for linking up at the Summer BBQ Bash! I’m SO GOING to make this! I LOVE lemon cakes and have never seen anything like this before!! Also featured YOU today on my blog!


  • Oh my goodness. This looks divine. I’ve never thought to try to make a lemon lava cake! Thank you for sharing this with us at our Summer BBQ Bash!

  • I made this cake for a get together with friends this weekend! It was a hit! Thanks! Oh, and we have officially added cowboy cups to the monthy dinner rotation… Yum!

  • DelilahLove

    Hmmm, not sure what happened. I double checked my recipe and it definitely is 1 1/4 cups of water. My pudding mixture thickened up pretty quickly with whisking. Did you use skim milk? That might have made the pudding thinner. I just made this same recipe again using Strawberry ingredients and strawberry sauce and it worked just as well. Was your pudding bubbling over the top of your pan when you baked it?

  • Diane

    I just made this cake for Mother’s Day but it seemed like there was too much liquid.  Is is supposed to be 1 and 1/4 cups water?  I whisked it and it never seemed to get any thicker and then the overflow when I cooked it was way too much!  Did I do something wrong?

  • DelilahLove

    I’m jealous. Enjoy it 🙂

  • Stacey

    Awesome!  Thanks!!  I’m making it now 🙂

  • DelilahLove

    Oops, I should have clarified. Nope, it’s 2 of the regular size 3.4 oz boxes. Sorry ’bout that! You will LOVE how lemony this cake turns out.

  • Stacey

    We are lemon lovers in this house and I am definitely going to make this TODAY!!  One question about the 2 boxes of instant lemon pudding.  Is it safe to assume you mean 2 of the large boxes??  Thanks for sharing!!

  • DelilahLove

    It’s already in the 80’s and 90’s here where I live so I had to pull out some of my Spring & Summer dishes! Thanks so much for visiting!

  • that looks so so good. I hope you’ll stop by and add this and any other posts you’re proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party


  • Gr8trn

    mines been in the oven a loooooooong time and it’s till liquify in the center??
    Was yours?

  • Lisa @ Flourmewithlove

    I love how this is made in one big pan!  It looks scrumptious!   Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  • Ca4ole

    Lovely post … delish

  • Tausha Hoyt

    This looks so delish! I love lemon and I can’t wait to make this! Thanks so much for the delish idea! Pinning!
    Happy Tuesday!


  • Dori

    God in heaven, I love lemon, anything lemon.  Can’t wait to try th is!

  • Stephanie

    I think I’m going to love this.  It looks divine.  I just added the ingredients to my shopping list.  Can’t wait to try it.

  • Charlene@A Pinch of Joy

    This sounds fantastic — and so easy!  Bet “leftovers” would be good straight from the fridge, too!  I would love it if you would consider linking to
    Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas
    that make life easier, better and more fun! 

  • DelilahLove

    My kids loved it and are begging me to make another one immediately 🙂

  • Jodi

    This looks really yummy.  My daughters love lemon anything.  I bet they’d love it. Jodi @ http://www.meaningfulmama.com

  • DelilahLove

    Hi Patsy, thanks for visiting! I love lemon too and this one sure didn’t disappoint!

  • Phdodd

    Wow!  I love lemon desserts, and this looks great. Came over from Mix it Up Monday, and I am a new Linky follower.  Patsy

  • Kayla Domeyer

    I also wish you were my wife. That comment made me laugh out loud. =D And, like most of the other commenters I also *love* lemon. This looks so easy too! I’m definitely going to have to give it a shot! if you have the time, I’d love for you to share on Sweet
    Sharing Monday! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-4/

  • DelilahLove

    Thank you 🙂 I know you’ll enjoy it!

  • Carri Wright

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LEMON!!!  I can’t wait to try this ..it looked so good I pinned it…
    Thanks for posting this to the linky party.. awesome!


  • DelilahLove

    I love lemon too. It reminds me of summer and makes me happy 🙂

  • Recipeswelove1

    I just LOVE lemon this looks SOOOOO yummy 

  • DelilahLove

    Oh you are definitely missing out. You must make this cake, you will die from the yumminess!

  • Jill @ Envirocraftiness

    I have never made a lava cake… clearly I’m missing out!!

  • DelilahLove

    Has it really? My recipe? Woah. I’m going to go search for it now! Thanks!

  • L S

    Do you know how many times this post has been pinned on Pinterest?  omg

    Just search for “lemon lava”, if you haven’t already!

  • DelilahLove

    It’s really yummy. And it’s even better when you serve it warm!

  • Debra Slaughter

    I love lemon and cannot wait to try this !

  • DelilahLove

    I added the extra lemon juice as an afterthought because I wanted it to be really lemony. It definitely added to the yummy factor!

  • Hollie

    I adore lemony desserts… this looks yummy!

  • DelilahLove

    Ooh, lemon and cream cheese…that sounds delicious. Was that the cheesecake episode from Friends? I miss that show 🙁

  • ellie

    I love lemon!  I once ordered a free Jiffy cake mix cookbook, and it had a lemon bundt with cream cheese filling that is so good I could eat the whole thing with a fork in a hallway.  (Okay, if you’re not a Friends fan, you might not get that reference!)

  • Yum, I have to try this.

  • Oh yum. I love lemon desserts and have never had a lava lemon cake.

  • i wish you were my wife