August 5, 2013

Lemon Dream Yogurt Cake with Lemon Marshmallow Buttercream

My friend just gave me the best smelling Lemon Tree candle.  It almost smells like lemon buttercream and that is what started it all :)  I really wanted a lemony treat.  

I made my FAVORITE GO-TO cake mix recipe for the lemon cake.  This recipe creates the softest, most tender cake that just melts in your mouth.  I topped it with a pillowy soft lemon marshmallow buttercream and it is a perfect pair.

Both the cake and frosting are lightly flavored with lemon.  Just a hint.  This is not a make you pucker lemon cake and I love it.
Lemon Dream Yogurt Cake
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 white cake mix
1 (3.4 oz.) box lemon instant pudding mix
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. vegetable oil
1 c. non-fat plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. lemon extract

Lemon Marshmallow Buttercream
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp.
1 (7 oz.) carton Marshmallow cream
pinch of salt
1 - 2 tsp. lemon extract, to taste
grated zest of one lemon
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For the Cake:  Combine dry cake mix, dry pudding mix, water, oil, yogurt, eggs and lemon extract.  Beat until smooth and well combined.  Pour into a greased 9x13-inch cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.  Cool completely and frost.

For the Buttercream:  Beat butter and marshmallow cream until fluffy.  Add salt, 1 teaspoon lemon extract and lemon zest and beat until combined.  Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time and beat until very light and fluffy.  Taste and add more lemon extract, if needed.  Spread over cooled cake.  

Jenn's Notes:  I prefer the flavor of imitation lemon extract over pure lemon extract.  The recipe above is written using imitation lemon extract.  The cake gets pretty brown during baking, but it does not taste burnt.    

Linked up at Link Party Palooza! and Weekend Potluck!


  1. I love this! The addition of yogurt and instant pudding mix sounds like it would make this a very moist cake!
    Pinning to my Cake board.

  2. What a fun cake!! This looks like an easy recipe my family would love!

  3. Oh wow, this cake really does look like a dream!

  4. Oh my goodness, I wish I lived nearby. I really need some of this cake! :)

  5. hello jenn , this cake looks delicious! i am an italian foodblogger! come & visit me soon:

  6. Hmmm...I followed the recipe exactly but so far it doesn't look pretty. The edges are higher than the middle and pulled away from the pan. I haven't frosted or tasted it yet. It smells great. Please tell me this is the way it is suppose to be or do you have any suggestions on what might have gone wrong? I want to love this cake! ��

  7. I made this cake yesterday and it was delicious!! I made it into a 2 layer cake and frosted it with your marshmallow frosting recipe- so yummy. My family loved it. Thanks!

    1. That is so good to hear, I'm glad they liked it! Thanks for letting me know - Jenn

  8. WOW! What a beautiful, flavorful cake. LOVE the addition of the pudding and the yogurt...really dresses this recipe up. I will have to try it soon. SO glad you shared at Weekend Potluck. Pinned!

  9. Visiting from Weekend Potluck. I saw your post featured and pinned it. Can't wait to try it.

  10. I've made this cake twice now; it smells wonderful but looks not so much. After it cools it shrinks down to about half of what it was when I took it out of the oven. What is wrong?


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