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Easy Lemon Bundt Cake

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This Easy Lemon Bundt Cake is a retro recipe from my childhood. We all need a few shortcuts this crazy time of year! Dense, moist and irresistible, it’s just as appropriate for a summer pitch in as it is for a holiday dessert!

Easy Lemon Bundt Cake slice on a square white plate with lemon and orange slice garnishes

Easy Lemon Bundt Cake

This lemon bundt cake was one of those recipes that my mom got from her bridge club friends. Back in the day, before the Internet, recipes made the rounds the old fashioned way. The ladies would rotate between each others’ homes for a few hands of cards, snacks and desserts. My mom had a stash of handwritten recipe cards from decades of these gatherings. Most were easy and almost all were a hit with my sisters and me.

This lemon bundt cake was dubbed “Mock Baba Cake,” possibly in homage to the Baba au Rhum cake, which is a yeast cake soaked in a liquor spiked syrup. Like many desserts from back in the 1970’s, this one started with a cake mix. Doctored up, this Lemon Bundt Cake bore no resemblance to the uninspired yellow cake mix from which it originated.

Easy Lemon Bundt Cake on a white cake plate with lemon and orange slices

Simple Holiday Worthy Cake

A box of cake mix, instant lemon pudding, eggs, and oil combine to make a sweet, dense pound cake. A unique glaze made with orange juice concentrate (yes, they still sell the stuff!!) doubled the citrus punch. I tend to start with a butter cake mix as it seems to have less of an artificial taste than the yellow cake, but truthfully, both that or a yellow cake mix works well. This lemon Bundt cake is easy peasy to make, yet tasty enough to serve to guests! Both picky palates in the house were thrilled with this cake. I think you will be, too.

Easy Lemon Bundt Cake on a square ceramic dessert plate

Easy Cake Recipes

My blogger friends know how busy it is around the holidays. Shopping, wrapping, and parties fill our days. Easier recipes are a huge bonus, especially when they’re as tasty as those we’re sharing today. If you love this lemon Bundt cake, don’t miss my Kentucky Butter Bundt Cake recipe!

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Easy Lemon Bundt Cake

Easy Lemon Bundt Cake

A doctored up cake mix makes for an easy, delicious Bundt cake that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 servings



  • 1 box yellow or butter cake mix (15.25 ounces)
  • 1 small box instant lemon pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs


  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, defrosted


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Butter and flour a standard Bundt pan (or spray with Baker's Joy). Set aside.
  2. Combine all cake ingredients in a bowl and beat until thick and smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  4. When cake is almost finished baking, whisk together glaze ingredients until smooth.
  5. When cake is removed from the oven, let cool for about 10 minutes. Then poke some holes over the surface of the cake with a long pronged fork. Drizzle part of the glaze over the cake. Invert cake onto a cake plate. Poke the top surface of the cake with the fork and drizzle the rest of the glaze over the cake.
  6. Let cool completely before serving.


ยผ cup of rum can be substituted for ยผ cup of the water if you'd like a lemon rum cake.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g


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40 comments on “Easy Lemon Bundt Cake”

  1. This past week I’ve heard so many things you can do with a box cake. Great idea …. this is something even I can make! hahah

  2. That golden brown crust and soft smooth crumb..a heavenly treat, Liz.

  3. I still have a box of my mom, grandma’s, and great grandma’s recipes, and they are one of my most treasured things.

  4. One of my favourite cakes was an orange cake my Dear Mom used to make, although it wasn’t from a mix, it had a glaze of orange juice and sugar that she would pour into it while it was hot out of the oven. It was such a delicious cake! I haven’t been able to find the recipe but have thought of it many times. Your beautiful bundt cake reminded me of her moist and delicious cake. I do have a bundt pan that I haven’t used in years, perhaps this is the time!

  5. Gorgeous…such pretty photos!

  6. I wish my bundt cakes came out looking as pretty as yours! Happy Holidays!

  7. I’m not always a fan of mixes, but you can’t deny they have a great ability to make some fantastic desserts with little effort. I still have lots of memories making and eating those cakes as a kid and nothing will ever match them in that nostalgic flavor. Merry Christmas, Liz xoxo

  8. Love that you added the lemon pudding to add flavor and moisture! This cake looks great!

  9. This is perfect for Christmas time! This bundt cake is extra. I hope you will have a wonderful Christmas Liz. xoxo

  10. OK, I’m in. Not so sure it will beat your Kahlua Bundt Cake but I’ll give it a Go. Happy Holidays, Bergs.

  11. This sounds so easy and looks so moist!

  12. This is my kind of dessert! It’s simple, elegant and brings back such memories. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  13. Looks so pretty, anything citrus works for me!

  14. Pudding mix certainly does work magic with cake mixes. Memories of your mother with the old-fashioned exchange of recipes and bridge clubs tugged on my heart….Technology is terrific but sometimes simpler times were nice, too =)

  15. I’m a total sucker for a lemon steak. SO good and refreshing.

  16. This cake looks yummy. I love desserts with lemon. I am sure that my family would love this one!

  17. Looks delicious Liz, never thought of doctoring up a cake mix like this, brilliant idea!

  18. What a gorgeous bundt cake, Liz! This looks like a dose of sunshine!

  19. Some of those old recipes are the best. Plus they bring back wonderful memories. I love that!

  20. Your bundts always look so nice!

  21. Oh, this is one great cake, Liz! I’d take lemon over chocolate any day and this is a must try! Made good and easy with a box cake. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Being crazy about lemon AND moist bundt cakes, this cake is a winner! Thanks Liz and many wishes for a most blessed and Buon Natale to you and your family (and Izzy too)!

  23. Looks fabulous! This time of year with citrus at its peak this is a wonderful way to use my meyer lemons.

    Happy holidays.


  24. I do remember this cake! Frankly when you can manipulate a boxed cake mix in this way, well I say just go for it! So glad you did! Merry Christmas, Liz!

  25. Those sound like my kinda parties! We should definitely bring them back into style ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love this bundt cake and am sure it’s bursting with flavor! Perfect for any holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. simple and gorgeous flavor love this to serve with fruit thanks Liz!

  27. I made this. Using your recipe. Delicious.

  28. I am not the best baker, but this cake is so easy that even I can make it! Seriously, this is so easy and it’s so delicious!

  29. I love this recipe year around! I look forward to it every time I make it.

  30. I loved this lemon cake! Soft and smooth! So yummy!

  31. This cake’s crumb is perfect and the lemon is just right!

  32. This is truly the most amazing lemon bundt cake recipe. can’t wait for the weather to warm up and bake more of it.

  33. Lemon cake is my favorite, and this one is perfect!

  34. If this is a lemon bundt cake, wouldn’t you want a lemon glaze on it? I wonder if you use frozen lemonade instead of the orange juice, how it would taste?

    • I bet that would be tasty, Linda! This is a retro recipe from my best friend’s mom, so I always make it just how she did. If you give it a try with lemonade, let me know what you think. Happy baking!

  35. Do you think you could add fresh blueberries and not affect the recipe?

  36. i love the recipe i have known some of the recipe of this kind i may be starting my blog site too so i’ll put those there i hope you’ll appreciate it because my inspiration is you to start it ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks

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