Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lemonade Cake

I finally made a winner!  My little Sting beane is so hard to cook for.  First, he has a sever food allergy to milk.  That, in and of itself, is very hard to work with.  The second reason he is hard to cook for is that he does not care about food at all. 

This is something I dont' get.  I love food.  Everything I do revolves around food.  Where we will eat.  What I will cook.  What do they have for dessert.  All the key questions.  None of this matters to String beane.  He is totally unimpressed with food.  So it is pretty much a bummer to cook for him. 

Monday we had some family come visit so I made a new cake recipe.  Lemonade cake!  What do you know?  String beane liked it so much, he asked for seconds and then actually asked for a piece of Lemonade Cake for the next day!  This is a bonanza! 

Here is the magic cake recipe.  It is adapted from two different recipes I found online.  I made them milk free for our family.  Feel free to use regular cow milk in the recipe.  I am sure it would be wonderful.

Lemonade Cake

1 Lemon boxed cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk (I used Almond Milk)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp Lemonade from concentrate 
2 Tbsp Lemonade from concentrate
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray 2 8″ round cake pans generously with cooking/baking spray.
In mixer beat all your ingredients on low for 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 minutes.
Keep the remaining frozen lemonade concentrate in the freezer…you will need it again.
Bake according to package directions (I baked for approx 30 minutes) until cake is set and toothpick comes out clean.
Let the cakes cool in pan…about an hour. Do not remove.
When the cakes are cooled level them off so they are flat on top.

Poke holes in the cake with a fork.  Make your glaze.  In a bowl, mix the Lemonade concentrate, powdered sugar, and water.  Pour the glaze equally over the cakes, still in the pans.  Wrap with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight. 

Frosting Ingredients
1 lb confectioners sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (I used Fleishman's Unsalted Margarine -Milk Free)
3 tablespoon frozen lemonade concentrate

To make the frosting, beat together sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in the remaining ingredients until combined.
Transfer one cake to a cake stand or large platter. Using an offset spatula, spread the top of the cake with a layer of frosting. Place the second cake on top of the first. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of both layers. Slice and serve.

I could not believe how good this cake was!  It was so refreshing and cool tasting.  It did not make me feel like I was already breaking my resolution.  Oh, Well!

I am so happy the my String Beane liked it so much.    Make yourself some.  You won't regret it!

I adapted this recipe from Cookies and Cups and also the Deen Bros. recipes.

I am linking up at Metamorphasis Monday and theses other Awsome Parties!



  1. This looks so yummy that I can't wait to try it. My birthday is next week, so maybe if I leave the recipie out on the counter, hubby will get the idea. Probably not, so maybe I'll just make it myself today.

    Thanks for sharing on Shindig Saturday, and making my birthday a little sweeter! Yum!

  2. wow...that looks so good! Such a nice change from all the christmas chocolate!

  3. Hi!
    This looks delicious! Come join my linky party, A Themed Baker's Sunday. The theme this week is Citrus! I would love for you to bring this recipe and/or any other citrus-y recipe along! See you there! :D
    Cupcake Apothecary

  4. Yumm! This sounds delicious and I love lemon, so I will definitely be trying it :-)

  5. Lemon. So refreshing and delicious! One of my favorite flavors. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week.

    Everyday Mom's Meals

  6. This looks like a little spot of summer in the middle of gray days. I am going to make this for my coffee morning with my neighbors. I'm sure my family won't object to the leftovers...if there are any! Thanks for sharing!

  7. That looks so delicious. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Come visit. We have some really wonderful recipes this week.

  8. Love lemon cake, bet this is even better, can't wait to try. And so glad you found something that String Beane enjoys :-)

  9. Looks really good...I've used almond son thinks its chocolate because it looks darker than cows milk he loves it.

  10. That looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    I joined you at Church Supper.

  11. What a cheerful looking cake. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cake up.

  12. This looks SO good. I have to try it. We also use almond milk so that won't be a problem. Saw your photo on Sunday Scoop (I think thats the name of it). So glad I came. You have a delightful blog.
    I am now following you. I am a new blogger of just seven weeks. Its been so much fun meeting all you wonderful bloggers.


  13. This cake sounds wonderful, I love lemon!

  14. looks delicious just pinned it to remember . visiting from 11th heavan blog, come visit when you get a chance

  15. Yummy Yummy...I will have to try this looks wonderful...I am also a new follower

  16. How fun, and it's always nice when you find something they love.

  17. This looks yummy! I'd love for you to share it on Crazy Sweet Tuesday today!

  18. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  19. This sounds really good! I was planning on making a different lemonade cake this weekend but I may use your version instead.

  20. Sounds wonderful!!

    I'm happy to be your newest (99th!!) follower and am hoping that you'll visit my BRAND NEW blog and follow me back!

    Thanks a million :)
    Sarah @ Dotted Line Crafts

  21. This looks wonderful! Yum! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

  22. Looks and sounds very yummy!

    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I will be featuring this tomorrow! :)

  23. This sounds just yummy! You know you have a good recipe going when many of the comments contain the word yum. :) I will try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  24. We love anything lemon and I know that we would just love your cake, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with our 1st Anniversary Party at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  25. would love it if you could share this on my link party


  26. this reminds me of summer and with it about 15 degrees outside right now here in Minnesota, I'll take this whole cake!

  27. Mamie, your lemonade cake sounds so wonderful!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the creative spirit at Rook No. 17!


  28. Thanks for linking up at {Junk in their Trunk}...this is being featured today as one of our top picks!

  29. I baked this cake, and it is delicious! The grocery store did not have lemon cake mix, so I used yellow, and used 4 T. of the lemonade concentrate. The glaze I made with 3 T. lemonade concentrate and no water. I baked it in a 9x13" pan and don't see how the amount of icing this makes, could possibly fill and frost a layer cake. It is just the right amount for the 9x13 pan. Maybe I did something wrong. At any rate, it is a yummy cake!

    1. It is "just enough" icing to cover the cake. Next time I make it, I might double the recipe for the icing. Thanks.

  30. Yummy! I posted a link to this on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  31. This is one to try this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe:)
    I'm hosting a weekly linky over at Natural Mothers Network and would love it if you popped over and linked this post! It would be great to introduce your blog to my readership! Seasonal Celebration Linky Thank you :-). Rebecca x

  32. This sounds wonderful! My oldest son was allergic to milk protein, but has for the most part, outgrown it. (Thank Goodness) Excesses will give him gas like crazy but at least there are no more rashes.
    Good for you for taking time to try things he can enjoy.