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  • Lemon Surprise Cake

    filed under: Cakes on August 13, 2017

    Just six ingredients are all you need to bake the most flavorful and delicious Lemon Surprise Cake!Super easy, super delicious!

    Why did I call this a lemon “surprise” cake? Because it has lemon-lime soda as an ingredient! I was a bit shocked that one little can of soda can make such a wonderful difference in a cake, but it did. I can’t wait to try this with other flavors!

    Super easy, super delicious!

    4 from 1 vote
    Super easy, super delicious!
    Lemon Surprise Cake
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 30 mins

    Just six ingredients are all you need to bake the most flavorful and delicious Lemon Surprise Cake!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Lemon Surprise Cake
    Servings: 6 SERVINGS
    Author: Amanda
    Lemon Cake
    • 1 1/2 c 339g or 3 sticks butter, room temperature
    • 3 c 600g sugar
    • 5 large eggs room temperature
    • 3 c 384g all-purpose flour
    • 2 tbsp. McCormick Lemon Extract
    • 3/4 c lemon-lime soda like 7-up or Sprite
    Lemon Icing
    • 3 c 330g confectioners sugar
    • 4 tbsp. butter room temperature
    • 1 tsp. McCormick Lemon Extract
    Lemon Cake
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or spray with non-stick spray) a bundt pan.
    2. Cream sugar and butter in the bowl of stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy and light.
    3. With the mixer on low, add eggs one at a time and mix well.
    4. Add in lemon extract and soda and then slowly add in flour and mix until fully incorporated.
    5. Bake at 350°F for one hour and fifteen minutes or until inserted toothpick is removed with very few crumbs.

    Lemon Icing
    1. Place butter in bowl and mix (with hand held mixer or stand mixer) until light. Add in confectioners sugar and extract. (If frosting to too think it can be thinned with a little milk.)

    Recipe from Incredible Recipes.Super easy, super delicious!

    Let me know if you try this super easy and delicious cake! Photography by Ashlee Marie.

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    Why is the video directions different than the printed? Differences in cooking times for cake, no reference to the lemon zest in the printed version, and the frosting video calls for melted butter creamed into the confectionary sugar, while printed version calls for room tempt. This last mishap results in having to use more milk to think it down.

    Hi Amanda. Could I put a layer of cake mixed in the bottom then small layer of lemon curd …and the rest of the cake mix . Would this work do you think ?

    can this be done in the microwave?

    Please repost your recipe for blueberry lemon cake. I saw the video but need exact measurements and I cAn’t find it 😇Thank You!

    What about the zest. How much? When is it added? “Always follow the recipe as written.” ??? No zest written in the recipe . . . ???

    the recipe shows lemon but how much please reply I really want to make this asap, can I use reg. 7up and not lemon lime soda

    do baking powder go in the lemon cake

    Hi What does the C stand for, example
    3/4c lemon lime soda
    and 3c flour.
    I have made various cakes in the past but never come across the c I am making my wife a lemon drizzle cake for the allotment open day
    Thank you in advance

    Do liquid go in the icing for the lemon surprise cake

    I just want to say that I tried the lemon surprise cake and it was delicious thank you for the recipe

    The taste is so yummy and so sweet. The cake is gone in 30 minutes.


    I make a cake like this, but I add pineapples/a little juice with 7up….for sure melts in your mouth!

    This is the second recipe I’ve tried that the recipe ingredients don’t match the video. This video has lemon zest and the recipe doesn’t call for that. This is frustrating. Another cookie recipe had an ingredient in the video that wasn’t listed in the recipe or instructions.

      Always follow the written recipe. Sometimes I hire video’s to be made by others and there can be errors.

    I tried this lemon cake it was so amazing. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    Hi, I made the lemon surprise cake and the cake itself came out nice in the consistency, but I believe my lemon extract was outdated…it gave a hint of pinesol taste to it :/
    and that was my fault. I will definitely try it again with a new lemon extract. I would like to use lemon juice if possible and was wondering if its been done with lemon juice instead of lemon extract.

    Do you have a book?if yes how much and where can I get it

    Thanks for your recipe but 2 tablespoons of lemon extract would be inedible. It is way too strong.

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