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Cream Cheese Lemon Cake Recipe

This Cream Cheese Lemon Cake is so easy to make and tastes amazing. It has the perfect amount of glaze (which is coming from a total frosting hog), and is perfect for summer. It is so light and delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cake, lemon dessert
Servings: 20
Calories: 40kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • 9x13-inch Baking Pan


1st Layer

  • 15.25 ounces lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced

2nd Layer

  • 2 (8 ounce) cream cheese softened to room temp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  
  • Mix all of the 1st layer ingredients together and pour into a greased 9x13-inch cake pan; set aside. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together all the 2nd layer ingredients until smooth.
  • Pour over the 1st layer in the cake pan and spread evenly.  
  • Using a butter knife, cut into the layers making "S" shaped strokes to swirl the two layers together. 
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the cream cheese layer is barely golden. 
  • Let cool completely before serving.


Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg