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Lemon Poke Cake

Yield: 1 9x13 cake
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
PERFECT Lemon Poke Cake. Original recipe! Moist, easy, and bursting with lemon flavor, this old fashioned lemon jello cake will melt in your mouth!


  • 1 (3-ounce) package lemon gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix — Grandma says Duncan Hines
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice — from about 2 medium lemons

For serving:

  • Fresh berries
  • Whipped cream


  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water. (I measured the water into a large measuring cup, then stirred the gelatin right in. You could also do this in a heatproof bowl.) Let cool to room temperature.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the oil, applesauce, and eggs until combined. Beat in the cooled gelatin. Reduce the speed to low, then slowly add in the cake mix, stopping as soon as the dry ingredients disappear.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top springs back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
  5. While the cake bakes, in a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  6. While the cake is still warm, use the tines of a fork to poke holes all over the top. Pour the glaze slowly and evenly over the top, allowing it to drip down into the holes. Let cool to room temperature. Enjoy warm or hot with plenty of fresh berries and whipped cream.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Cake Recipe, lemon jello cake, lemon poke cake

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 slice of 20) — Calories: 201, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Sugar: 13g, Protein: 2g

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