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Citrus Cake

on July 11, 2016

I just have to share this summertime photo of my mom and my uncle from one of their childhood trips to Big Pine Lake. I love this one – it’s so perfectly a summer shot!! They have their fishing poles and it looks like they’ve caught a lunker! The looks on their faces is just priceless!!! “I’m not so sure – were we supposed to catch this thing?”


They’re so cute! I love my mom’s pigtails and my uncles little coveralls and the fact that they’re still right there next to the lake! I just love it!

The recipe for Citrus Cake is one I found at my sister’s house last January, and it looks like it originally came from my mom – it has her initials on it. This is another delicious cake perfect for this time of year. You could even get one baked and have it in the freezer for those last-minute picnics or potlucks or drop in guests. Just don’t put on the glaze until you’re ready.


This cake is just plain good.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Citrus Cake


1 box yellow cake mix

1 small package of lemon instant pudding

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)

4 eggs, beaten

Beat 10 minutes.

Pour into greased and floured tube pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Cool in pan.

For Glaze:

Combine and heat to boiling:

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup orange juice

Top cake with glaze (I poked the cake with a toothpick before drizzling the glaze over the cake so the glaze could get down in there a bit).


Take the time to grease (I used butter) and flour the tube pan so the cake will come out nicely when done.


This is pretty easy to mix up and get into the pan, all ready for the oven.


It’s a beautiful cake when it comes out!


I’m glad I put it on something when putting on the glaze.


It does make a lot of glaze and of course, I had to put it all on! Ha! Well, some of it got on the cake! I think the glaze could be cut in half.


The cake is so moist and the glaze is a bit sugary when it dries, making it absolutely delicious. This cake is the perfect summertime cake. The lemon and orange flavors are so refreshing and the cake is just beautiful. Make this, wrap it well, get it immediately into the freezer, and be ready for when you need a last-minute dessert!



2 responses to “Citrus Cake

  1. Rita Holm says:

    Hi Carla,

    When I looked at the recipe it looked like it said 1/3 cup of orange juice for the glaze and when you typed it out it says ½ in your recipe on here. I got out my trusty magnifier and it sure looks like 1/3 cup instead of ½…maybe that is why you say it got more runny? I’m sure it doesn’t make that much of a difference.

    Rita Holm

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