Monday, July 16, 2012

Lemon Dream Cake

Happy Monday morning!  The sun is shining and it's going to be a beautiful day! I have a million things I want to get done today, including lunch with a wonderful friend, who I haven't seen all summer.  But, before I get all that started, I wanted to post this recipe that I tried yesterday.  All I can say is, "Delicious!"  I'm not a huge lemon lover, but it's OK now and then.  This cake, that I got from The Country Cook, is the perfect blend of cake, lemon, and sweetness.  It's light, not rich, and not too lemony.  My family voted it a hit! So, without further ado....

Lemon Dream Cake 


1 (18.25 oz.) box French Vanilla Cake Mix
ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil and water)
1 (15.75 oz.) can lemon pie filling
1 tub lemon flavored frosting
1 ( 8oz.) tub whipped topping, thawed

Mix the cake according to the package directions and pour into a 9x13, greased dish.  

Add spoonfuls of the lemon pie filling onto the top of the batter.  The can of filling I bought happened to be 22 oz. rather than the 15.75 recommended in the recipe so I just didn't use all of it.  

Next, using a butter knife, swirl the batter so the lemon filling is mixed in slightly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes, or until cake is done.  The lemon filling will sink to the bottom during baking.  That's OK!  It's supposed to do that.  After cake is baked, cool completely on a wire rack.  Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine 1 can of lemon frosting and the the entire container of Cool Whip (I forgot to take a picture of this step).  I set the Cool Whip out for about 30 minutes or so before mixing so it was softer and easier to combine with the frosting.  Spread mixture over cooled cake and refrigerate until chilled (we ate it after chilling for 30 or 40 minutes).  

OMG this was good! You can barely see the lemon filling on the bottom of the cake in this picture below.  Most of it sinks to the bottom of the pan, but it's just enough to give you a delicious lemon flavor.  (I've really got to work on learning to use my camera better.  I've only had it for about 3 or 4 years.  You would think I'd be better with it by now!)

This cake was the finale to this fantastic summer meal:  BBQ grilled chicken, fresh picked sweet corn, and steak fries.  These steak fries actually deserve a post of their own! I'll just mention them here though.   

To make these, I simply cut up about 6 medium sized potatoes, lengthwise, leaving the skin on.  I put them in a foil pan to bake because they get messy and this is so much easier for clean up.  I buy the foil pans at the Dollar Tree (L.O.V.E. that place!!!) 2 for $1 so they're pretty cheap.  It's worth the 50 cents to not have the messy clean up.  Also, I had planned to put them on the grill at first, but we didn't have room, so I had to put them in the oven.  
Anyway.....after cutting up the fries, I drizzled a little olive oil on top (don't get too much!) and then sprinkled them with about 2 tablespoons of Pampered Chef's Smoky Applewood Rub.  You could also just use your favorite blend of herbs and spices.  I baked them at 375 degrees for about an hour and a half.  As I said, you could also put these on the grill as well.  Don't they look yummy?????

This is probably my favorite summer meal and now I have a delicious summer dessert to go with it.  If my book club people are reading this, (and they better be reading my blog!) I hope this dessert looks good because that's what we're having Thursday night! :)

Have a beautiful day!!!!!!!

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  1. Thanks! I hope you guys like it :)

  2. I love that it's not to complicated, and it looks amazing!

  3. After you make it once, you'll know the recipe by heart and not have to look it up again. It's really that easy! I can't believe how good it tastes for as easy as it is. :)

  4. In Australia wat would I use instead of cool whip as we dont hav it here thanks Robyn

    1. I'm not sure what products you have available in Australia. Cool Whip is just whipped cream so whatever you have comparable to that would be fine I'm sure.

    2. Do they carry Dream Whip in a box? You could make it by directions and it would be the same as the Cool Whip.

    3. yes I think they do...and it is just as good

    4. I'm sure Dream Whip would work if it's available. If forgot all about that stuff! That's what happens when we get used to buying pre-made food items. LOL!

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  6. How about inverting upside down then frosting it?

  7. I haven't tried that but I see no reason why it shouldn't work. Great idea!

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  9. can I use boxed lemon pie filling instead of canned?


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