• 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!

    Lemon Surprise Cake



        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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        Can I use cake flour instead of flour?

        It look good i,m going to bake me one

        I have a lemon tree and love all things lemon. Can I substitute lemon juice and zest?

        Great recipes!

        I just made the cake and served it with vanilla ice cream. Kids request

        Hi Amanda, There are different sized Bundt pans, What size do you recommend for your Bundt cake recipes…Thank you!!

        Lemon Surprise Cake looks awesome. Planning to bake it. Watched the video, not sure how much lemon zest to use. Lemon zest is not listed in the written recipe. Thanks

        This looks like the 7up cake I have been making for years.

        I just pulled this cake out of the oven and in order for the inside to be done, the outside was overcooked. I only put it in for the amount of time that the recipe called for. Even though I sprayed the bundt pan with cooking spray the cake would not come out of the pan cleanly and broke in half. I would not make this cake again.

          Every oven is different and every recipe needs to be adjusted to fit your specific oven. This is a great recipe that has been made hundreds of times successfully, so it might be worth your time to calibrate your oven, determine and hot spots, and adjust accordingly.

        Does this cake require refrigeration after being made and not eaten at one sitting?

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