Lemon Bar Magic Cake

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!


This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three gorgeous layers of deliciousness in one super easy cake!

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Ok, let’s talk about these layers.

First of all, if you haven’t checked out my original Pumpkin Magic Cake (and it’s chocolate sister), then you haven’t seen the beauty of these magic cakes!

You start off with a basic box cake mix. For this one I went ahead and used a French Vanilla flavor.

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Then I whipped up the ingredients needed for a deliciously tart and sweet lemon bar.

Super simple – eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and just a touch of flour.

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Then you pour this over the top of that French Vanilla cake mix and bake it!

The magic happens during the baking process. The lemon bar filling slowly sinks to the bottom, while the cake bakes to the top! You’re left with two perfectly even layers of lemon bar and fluffy cake!

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Now let’s make a super simple, lemon infused frosting!

All you need are three ingredients – lemon pudding mix, milk and cool whip. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk, then fold in the cool whip and your frosting is done!

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

If you’re a lemon fan, you’re going to absolutely LOVE this cake!

Of course we could have made an actual lemon cake rather than a French Vanilla cake, but I didn’t want to overpower the dessert with too much lemon. As it stands, this is perfection.

The lemon bar filling on the bottom is perfectly sweet and tart with a moist and fluffy cake and creamy lemon infused frosting on top. It’s a party in your mouth!

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Bring this cake to your next get together and watch it disappear!

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

I mean, doesn’t everyone just love lemon desserts?

This will be one that NO ONE has ever seen before!

If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

What other flavors of Magic Cake would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!

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Lemon Bar Magic Cake

This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three gorgeous layers of deliciousness in one super easy cake!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 277 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 1 French Vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients needed to make - eggs, oil, water

For the Lemon Bar Filling:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 lemons , zest
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice, about 4 lemons

For the Frosting:

  • 1 sugar free instant lemon pudding mix, 1oz pkg.
  • 1 cup milk, cold
  • 1 Cool Whip, 8oz container, thawed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13" cake pan and set aside.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to package instructions and pour into the prepared cake pan. DO NOT BAKE, set aside.
  • Combine the 2 cups sugar, flour, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl and whisk together until sugar is dissolved. Pour over the prepared cake mix. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting! Whisk together the lemon pudding mix with the cold milk until smooth and thickened (about 2 minutes), then fold in the thawed Cool Whip, until fully combined.
  • Spread the frosting over the cake and enjoy right away or chill, covered, in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: cake, Lemon, lemon bar, lemon juice, lemon zest, magic cake, whipped topping
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If you're a lemon fan, this dessert is for you! This Lemon Bar Magic Cake has three delicious and easy desserts in one! Lemon bars on the bottom, moist cake in the middle and a super easy lemon mousse on top! My family thoroughly enjoyed this one!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
64 Responses
  1. Jennifer isley

    I’d love to see a strawberry magic cake or peach magic cake or banana magic cake oh yes lemon blueberry and raspberry vanilla magic cake

    1. Shawn

      Sorry I’m getting back to you so late Vickie, but yes, you can make the day before and serve the following day. Just make sure to refrigerate the cake. Enjoy!

  2. Barbara Allen

    What the heck happened? I had no magic layer on the bottom. I just poured it on top of the cake mix I didn’t stir it. Its very dry and there is no lemon layer on the bottom. What could have happened?

  3. Linda

    You asked what other flavours we would like to see…… I love chocolate but pumpkin not so much….. So how about a black forest (chocolate and cherries) or a Dusty Rose (Chocolate and Strawberries) Or even just chocolate and chocolate (I am a chocoholoic and would DIE for this option…. lol

  4. Sarah Fischer-Tubbs

    Can I use a classic lemon curd in place of the bar filling you made? Or does it need flour in it for the layering? I have a ton of lemon curd left from a party and this family is lemon bar-ed out!

    1. Shawn

      Hi Sarah, The flour in the lemon bar layer is crucial for helping it to set up. You might try stirring in the 1/2 the flour to the lemon curd and pouring that over the top? Hope that helps!

  5. Kim Baumgart

    I haven’t tried this yet, and I don’t usually post something before trying because I want to read people’s experience with the recipe not that it looks good. By the way, it really does and I have NO doubt about it taskting heavenly. But what I really wanted to say is I LOVE your site name. It reminds me of many, many evenings doing dishes with my Dad.

  6. Laurel O'Shea

    THE RECipe calls for one cup of flour in the lemon filling, while the illustrated instructions say a “touch ” of flour. Is one cup correct?

    1. Shawn

      Hi Laurel, Yes the recipe should have a cup of flour in it. Since I first published the recipe I have revised it to make it better. 🙂

  7. Linda

    The only instant pudding I can find comes in 3.4 ounce packages. Your recipe calls for 1.0 ounces. Is this an error, or do they really make an instant oudding in 1.0!ounce pkg?

    1. Shawn

      Hi Linda, the sugar free version is just 1 ounce, while the regular version is 3.4 ounces. Either one will work for the recipe. 🙂

  8. Dee

    Could I just use regular lemon pudding and not the sugar free instant since I bought the wrong one?please answer quickly as cake is made and realized I got wrong pudding mix

  9. Toni

    What is a cool whip? Pleade excuse my ignorance but I am not a seasoned baker, but this recipe looks gorgeous and I will try it..

  10. Victoria

    I normally replace the oil in a box cake mix with melted butter. Do you think this will interfere with the end result? This recipe looks amazing! Thanks!

    1. Shawn

      Cool Whip is a stabilized whipped cream that they sell in the freezer section of the grocery stores. You could just use whipped cream in place of the cool whip. 🙂

  11. Debbie Black

    The ingredient list says 2 cups of suger. The instructions say use one and a half cups. Which is correct? Thanks…this looks so good!

  12. Jan C

    I wonder if this would work with a sugar free yellow cake mix (Pillsbury, I think). My husband is type 2 diabetic so I try to keep desserts low sugar.
    This looks amazing!

  13. SaraLily

    Hmmm this reminds me of your pumpkin magic cake!! 😉 I loved that for Thanksgiving so I can only imagine how much I’ll love this – lemon is one of my favorite flavors!!!

  14. Carol

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE lemon bars so I know I’m gonna fall in love with this cake. It looks delicious.

    Hmmmm other kinds of magic cakes would I love to see? How about one with Nutella or Biscoff incorporated into it somehow? I know whatever flavor you come up with is going to be amazing.

    I can’t wait to try this! Thanks SO much, Shawn,

    Carol

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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