Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe with Cake Mix and Lemon Glaze

You are going to love this Lemon Coffee Cake recipe with cake mix! When I made this recipe originally, I used Meyer Lemons for the glaze on top. But, I wanted to make it again and wasn’t able to find them in my store. So, instead I used regular lemons and it came out just as delicious! Feel free to create this recipe with either Meyer Lemons or regular lemons. You’ll love it just the same.

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Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe with Cake Mix

This Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe with cake mix is one of my favorite recipes to make when we’re entertaining. I’ve served it for Easter and Mother’s Day. It has always been a huge hit because it is so moist.  You can create a streusel topping for it or make a glaze with confectioner sugar and lemon juice like I did. Or, you can serve it without a topping.

Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe with Cake Mix

If you choose to make the Lemon Glaze for the top, you will need to follow these directions. If you prefer a lemon coffee cake with streusel, you can simply add a streusel topping before you bake it.

Simple Lemon Icing

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (Meyer lemon or other)
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest (you will need a zester)
  • 1 tbsp milk

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until there are no lumps remaining. Drizzle over the lemon coffee cake.

lemons on a cutting board

Did you know that Meyer Lemons are actually a cross between a traditional lemon and a mandarin orange? They are sweeter and have a thinner skin. Since it is much sweeter than a traditional lemon, you need to add less sugar when making drinks like lemonade. You may want to try my homemade lemonade with stevia using Meyer lemons to see the taste difference. Looking for more lemony goodness? Try my Buttermilk Lemon Poundcake.

Check out the video above for a few tips about zesting lemons.

Love lemons? Try this lemon cake from scratch.

Yields 16

Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe with Cake Mix

This Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe with cake mix is one of my favorite recipes to make when we're entertaining.

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 package yellow cake mix with pudding
  • 1 package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cups vegetable oil


  1. Combine cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, eggs and oil.
  2. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans.
  4. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until tests done.



3774 cal


171 g


540 g


27 g
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  1. Scarlet of Family Focus Blog says
    Looks delish!
  2. This looks delish! Thanks for linking it up in my Pinterest Link up! I just gave you a pin! Have a great weekend!
  3. I love the picture of the lemons in the pot! The colors are fun! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have pinned it and tweeted!
  4. I love coffee cake and I love lemons! It's great that you used fresh lemons for the cake recipe!
  5. This looks so yummy and pretty easy to make too :) Thank you so much for sharing. I just might have to make this with my little ones this spring.
  6. Yumm!  I'm going to try this for my next ladies' craft group. Thanks!! LBC
  7. Melissa Rheinlander says
    This looks so good!! I love lemons : )
  8. That looks super yummy!
  9. What a great way to bring in the Spring. I'll need to pin this so I can keep track of it to make myself. Thanks!
  10. I have never ever tried a lemon coffee cake but Ellen yours look so yummy I think I'm going to try this out over the weekend!
  11. I adore lemon cake and this looks delectable!
  12. BusyWorkingMama says
    This looks absolutely wonderful!  I love lemon flavored desserts.
  13.  I would love to say you make this look easy but I know it just isn't easy and thus you look all the more amazing to me. LOL Thank you for sharing this piece of yummy! 
  14. www.thefreebiejunkie.com says
    I love anything with lemon in it. Thank you for sharing
  15. Love it! I am going to have to try this recipe out
  16. great post and recipe! I'm so gonna try it!
  17. I love lemon and I love coffee cake!  I might just have to try this recipe.  :D
  18. This cake looks delicious! I love lemon cake, but haven't tried this particular recipe... YET! I have to now. Thanks! :)
  19. Tina Helmstetter says
    Can't wait to try this!


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