New lemonWith summer just a couple weeks away, everyone needs a light, refreshing dessert. This lemon cake is a delicious treat for any summer day.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package of instant lemon pudding mix
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. softened butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • zest of one lemon

For frosting:

  • 3 tbsp. softened butter
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 5 x 9 loaf pan with a piece of waxed paper. (With a pencil, trace the bottom of the pan on a piece of waxed paper and cut out with scissors.) Spray the pan and waxed paper with non-stick baking spray, then set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, pudding mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. With an electric mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice, oil and yogurt. Mix until evenly combined.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, making sure to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add the lemon zest and mix until combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out crumb free.
  7. After baking, let the cake cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the pan, flip the pan and remove, remembering to remove the waxed paper from the bottom. Cool completely on a cooling rack.

Frosting Directions:

  1. Combine the butter, lemon juice and lemon extract with electric mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar, and beat until smooth and creamy.
  2. Evenly spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
  3. Refrigerate to let frosting set completely before slicing. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.

This cake creates a tasty treat for the whole family to enjoy on a hot summer day. Recipe from lilluna.com

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