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Lemon Jello Cake

While going through our family recipes I found an old fashioned lemon cake recipe. My Grandmother gave this lemon jello cake recipe to my mother in the ’60s.

Grandmother's Vintage Lemon Gelatine Cake Recipe

Grandmother’s Vintage Lemon Gelatine Cake Recipe

It makes a super easy, moist and refreshing cake. It was definitely Mom’s favorite cake.

Lemon Jello Cake

Lemon Jello Cake

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Lemon Gelatin Cake

This recipe uses a lemon cake mix, however you can substitute a yellow cake mix, but replace 4 tablespoons of the water with lemon juice.

Lemon Cake Ingredients

Lemon Cake Ingredients


Cake batter

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 (3 oz.) lemon jello mix (powder)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
Lemon Jello Cake Glaze Ingredients

Lemon Jello Cake Glaze Ingredients


Lemon Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons

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Cake Baking Supplies:

  1. Mixer {this is the one I use}
  2. Measuring cups and spoons
  3. Zester {this is the one I use}
  4. Juice Reamer {this one is the best}
  5. Baking pan 
  6. Wire cooling rack
  7. Whisk

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Using an electric mixer combine, lemon cake mix, lemon jello, eggs, oil and water. Beat until light and fluffy.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 pan {this is the one I used}.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Transfer hot cake to wire cooling rack.

Poking holes in the hot cake

Poking holes in the hot cake

Use a fork and poke holes into the hot cake then immediately pour the lemon glaze over the top the cake. This is the original poke cake! 

Pour lemon glaze over hot cake

Pour lemon glaze over hot cake

Allow cake to cook before serving. 


Lemon Glaze Topping

To make the glaze add zest from one lemon, 5 Tbsps. of lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted) to a medium bowl. Whisk together until it is smooth.

Lemon Jello Cake

Lemon Jello Cake

Easy deliciously refreshing moist cake. Perfect for summer.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Gelatine Cake, Lemon Jello Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Lemon Glaze: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 167kcal


  • 1 box Lemon Cake Mix
  • 3 ounces Lemon Jello Mix (dry powder)
  • 3 large Eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup water

Lemon Glaze Topping

  • cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 5 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 350* F
  • In a large mixer bowl add cake mix, jello mix, eggs, oil, and water.
  • Using an elecric mixer beat at medium speed until smooth.
  • Grease a 13" by 9" pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and place in a preheated oven.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until done. Test doness with a toothpick .
  • Transfer to wire cooling rack.
  • Use a fork and poke holes in the hot cake.
  • Pour the glaze over the hot cake and use a spaula to spread it on evenly.
  • Allow cake to cool before serving.

Lemon Glaze

  • Sift the powdered sugar and place in a meduim bowl.
  • Zest one lemon and place in the bowl.
  • Juice 2 lemons. Add the strained lemon juice to the sugar mixture.
  • Whisk together until there are no lumps.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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Miz Helen

Monday 16th of August 2021

We will really enjoy your delicious Lemon Jello Cake! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,549, we featured your awesome post. Come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Just love everything Lemon. Thanks for sharing.


Monday 7th of June 2021

Thank you so much for this perfect summer dessert. I'm making it this week! It's light and something that everyone eats. I live with one adventurous eater and two pickys. :) Wendy at the Inspired Eater


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

I've never seen a cake made with jello! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Rebecca, you are going to enjoy this simple yet delicious cake. Hugs, Kippi

Sean O'Hern

Monday 3rd of May 2021

I made this Lemon cake and it turned out moist and delicious.


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Thank you for stopping by today. I am so happy to hear you liked the cake too. Hugs, Kippi

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