Lemon Pudding Cake

Need a quick dessert? This 5 ingredient Lemon Pudding Cake is where it's at! So easy and perfectly delicious!

This Lemon Pudding Cake is a self-saucing summery cake that’s just 5 simple ingredients and super easy to make!

Need a quick dessert? This 5 ingredient Lemon Pudding Cake is where it's at! So easy and perfectly delicious!pinterestWith Spring in full bloom I’m craving all things lemon and berry.

My allergies are also giving me a run for my money, but I’m determined to not let them take me down for too long.

How to Make a Lemon Pudding Cake:

  • This cake is so easy it practically makes itself! Just combine a cake mix with some milk, sour cream, lemon juice and a little bit of lemon zest.
  • Pour the cake batter into a baking dish and pour boiling water over the top.
  • DO NOT STIR the boiling water and cake mix together!
  • Let the cake bake and watch the magic happen!

Combine the cake mix with milk, sour cream, lemon juice and lemon zest, then pour the batter into a lightly greased baking dish.


I love this quick and easy cake so much because it’s perfect for an easy summer-inspired dessert. The lemon really pops in this cake.

If you’re feeling extra lemony, try using a lemon cake mix instead of a vanilla flavored cake mix.

Pour boiling water over the top of the cake mix and bake!

The trick to this self-saucing pudding cake is to pour boiling water over the top of the cake mix. Once baked, the cake mix will rise and the boiling water creates a soft lemon pudding sauce underneath.

No frosting necessary for this delicious warm lemon cake.

Don't stir the boiling water into the lemon pudding cake. Just bake and watch the magic happen!

With summer right around the corner, fresh berries are plentiful. I like to dress this warm cake up with some fresh whipped cream and lots of berries.

Since the cake is served warm, adding the whipped cream on top of the full cake is probably not the best idea as it will quickly melt away, but if you add a dollop to the individual servings of the cake, you’ll be better off.

Once baked, serve the cake warm with the lemon pudding spooned over the top. Add fresh whipped cream and berries on top for an extra treat!

I love serving this light and refreshing dessert at the end of a bbq or swim party. You can check out more pudding cake options here and here!

This delicious Lemon Pudding Cake is just 5 simple ingredients and SO EASY to make! My whole family LOVES it!

You’re going to LOVE how quick and easy this simple dessert comes together!

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Serves 10 to 12


Lemon Pudding Cake

This 5 ingredient Lemon Pudding Cake is a quick mixing cake that's sure to impress!

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (18.25 oz) box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1/2 cup low fat sour cream
  • 2 lemons; juice and zest of
  • 1 1/3 cups boiling water
  • Optional Toppings:
  • fresh berries
  • whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the cake mix, milk, and sour cream. Zest and juice the lemons to get 2 tsp zest, and 1/2 cup juice. Quickly add to batter and stir until just combined.
  3. Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Pour batter into a 7x11 or 9×13 dish.
  4. Gently pour the boiling water over the lemon cake batter. DO NOT STIR.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Top with fresh berries and whip cream. Best when served warm. Enjoy!!

Originally published 1/6/2012. Updated photos and recipe on 4/3/2018


Need a quick dessert? This 5 ingredient Lemon Pudding Cake is where it's at! So easy and perfectly delicious!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
18 Responses
          1. Lori
            Oh my, I must have done something wrong !! I love anything lemon but I could not eat this. Definitely not what I expected.
  1. Julie M.
    A panic room sounds like sheer heaven. In fact, I might just toss all the boys in that room for the obligatory 5 minutes and keep the rest of the house for myself. HA!

    That looks delicious! And can I just say that I love those dishes?! Where'd you find them?
  2. Krystal Cooley
    Love lemon! This looks yummy. As long as it isn't too bad for us because we are trying to be healthier...it's loads of fruits and veggies for us Cooley's! (Well, we're getting there, okay?! haha!)

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; 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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