3 Ingredient Lemon Cake

3 Ingredient Lemon Cake | Our Lady of Second Helpings

I planned to take a break from making treats. I was going to focus on savory side dishes and warm-your-tummy dinner suggestions. I was going to make a bit more effort in presenting a reflection of how our family eats on a daily basis. Instead I made a cake.

After sitting quietly in the back of my cupboard for months, a box of lemon cake mix began calling to me. A few weeks later I couldn’t shake its siren song, I needed to find a reason to turn it into something. As luck would have it we received an invitation to a casual dinner party and the hostess asked me to bring a simple dessert. Bingo!

I have previously made cupcakes by combining crushed pineapple with a box of cake mix. They come out light, fluffy, and quite tasty. For this dessert I had in mind something more moist, almost gooey in texture. Mixing yogurt into a cake creates an indulgent richness and density. Both of these ingredients help to reduce the calories and fat in your recipe because they allow you to reduce or omit the oil and eggs normally used. Looking at the box of cake mix, I imagined a final result both light in flavor and rich in texture. Then without a second thought I dumped in both the yogurt and the pineapple before popping my concoction into a hot oven.

3 Ingredient Lemon Cake | Our Lady of Second Helpings

Before I washed the dishes I licked the spoon clean. The batter was pretty much amazing. I crossed my fingers and waited to see if the finished cake maintained the bright flavor. The smell from the oven was scrumptious and indeed the fully baked cake was fabulous! Topped with a little squirt of whipped cream it was a smash hit at the dinner party. I’m pretty sure seconds were had by  most, if not all, of our friends.

3 Ingredient Lemon Cake | Our Lady of Second Helpings

Once again I blame the grey midwinter days for my strong desire to eat all things citrus. And really, why not? If the sun isn’t shining outside what better way to brighten up the place than with sunny foods? Lemons have got to be one of the most versatile foods available. They are usually very affordable, they lend fantastic flavor to both sweet and savory dishes, and most of the fruit can be used in some way leaving very little waste. When it comes to turning them into a cake – this lemon cake – well, it pretty much explains itself as far as I’m concerned.

A few words on using a boxed cake mix: There are some who will say, using a mix is not really baking, nor is it faster than preparing a batter from scratch. To them I say, no problem, I like to cook from scratch too. I consider this method to be more assembling than baking but starting with a mix is a great way to get from mixing bowl to oven in just a few minutes. If you are not a regular baker, have little time to spend in the kitchen, or find recipes frustrating and confusing – start with a mix. Additionally, a fully stocked baking pantry can be challenging for some who are trying to stick to good eating habits. If you keep your cupboards bare of baking ingredients to prevent accidental chocolate chip cookies, this is a great way to whip up something for a potluck with nothing leftover to temp you. It is also a heck of a lot cheaper than buying all the from scratch ingredients at one time.

3 Ingredient Lemon Cake

Prep time: 5 – 7 minutes, Cook time: 35 – 40 minutes; Yield 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) Pillsbury Moist Supreme Lemon Cake Mix (box contents only)*
  • 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in 100% pineapple juice
  • 6 oz. (approximately 3/4 cup) Chobani non-fat Greek yogurt – lemon flavor

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, prepare a 13×9 baking pan with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all three ingredients making sure to mix throughly eliminating any pockets of dry cake mix. The bater will be thick.
  3. When fully combined, pour the bater into the prepared baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 – 40 minutes until a tooth pick or cake probe can be inserted and removed cleanly.
  4. Cool completely before serving. Cake will be moist and slightly sticky, clean knife after each cut to prevent the cake from tearing.

Per serving: calories 154, fat 2.6, carbohydrates 32, fiber .3, protein 1.7, PP=4

*This cake mix box has 18.25 oz of mix and makes 12 servings per the package instructions. If your box contains less mix and makes fewer servings it may work better to withhold a couple tablespoons of yogurt and pineapple so the cake isn’t too sticky. This will also affect the nutritional information.

3 Ingredient Lemon Cake | Our Lady of Second Helpings

Comments

  1. Hey there! Stumbled across this site trying to give my readers some options for “Dessertmas” and I have cake as one of the categories. This recipe looks fantastic and I am definitely going to refer my readers to your blog. You have some very insightful posts and great information to give. Keep up the good work!

    Happy Holidays!

    • Great question. This cake is very moist. It may not be a good candidate for layering. The topping in the picture is canned whipped cream. If you make your own whipped cream it would be really great with a little lemon, or coconut/rum flavoring. If you do try and layer this I would be curious to hear how it goes. All the best!

      • ok so I made a Bunny cake for Easter..ears bowtie and all…super yummy. I had a hard time knowing if you make the cake mix recipe with water and eggs?? then add other things? So I made it with mix, and eggs, yoguart & pinneapple.
        It was great and I think the eggs worked as a great binder! Not sure if they were part of your recipe, but it worked! Do you have a cookbook?

        • Thank you for letting me know how the cake worked! The recipe is intended to use the contents of the cake mix box only. It sounds like adding eggs helped you layer and shape it to make your bunny. The result sounds really cute!

          There is no cookbook in the works at the moment but I appreciate the question, perhaps there will be in the future :)

  2. I sometimes think some of the best recipes come from a box. It provides such a great base for you to get creative with. Lemon is such a refreshing flavor..this looks perfectly cheerful!

  3. I love citrus flavors too and imagine the pineapple’s great here. I like baking from scratch but I also like fast, and I use brownie mixes occasionally. Think I could get away with yogurt there?!

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