Nana Recipe Wednesday! Lemon Cake

by Sarah on February 9, 2011

Just when you thought you had a reprieve from all the Nana last week, here I come again, with another Nana recipe, and yes, another one with packaged convenience food products.

I would like to publicly apologize for all of the packaged food products.

But let’s be real.  In the 50’s and 60’s, packaged food products were seen as an improvement for housewives and working mothers.  And in some instances, they are ok products.  Like cake mixes.  I use them fairly often.  And Jell-O.  I don’t really make Jell-O that often, but could you imagine making it from scratch?

And this cake was really good.  I got a lot of compliments on it, even from non-relatives who have to be nice to me.

It was a cinch to put together, and the unnatural yellow color will keep you on your toes!

The glaze is super-lemony and you lend the cake a helping hand by poking a hundred holes in it with a skewer.  The glaze really soaks in and becomes one with the cake.

I made this cake on Sunday.  By Monday, it was gone.  Can you see how moist it is?

Actually, I hate the word moist.

I encourage anyone to try this one out.  You could practically make it with your eyes closed.  It’s a delicious little lemony cake!

Nana Recipe Wednesday! Lemon Cake


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box lemon Jell-O
  • 3/4 cup Sprite or 7-Up
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350*.
  • Mix together all ingredients well. Pour into a greased 9 x 15 Pyrex pan. Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and pierce all over with a fork or skewer. Pour glaze over the top and spread out with a spatula if necessary.

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