slice, Lemon Lava Cake on a white plate served with powdered sugar
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5 from 33 votes


This Easy Lemon Lava Cake recipe has a layer of warm pudding on the bottom and moist lemon cake on top. All sprinkled with powdered sugar!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Lava Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • (ingredients listed on back of box; eggs, oil and water)
  • 2 (3.4 oz) boxes instant lemon pudding
  • 1/3 cup sugar optional
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  • Pour batter into baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, combine dry pudding mixes with sugar, milk and water.
  • Whisk briskly for 2 minutes until it begins to thicken.
  • Spoon pudding mixture over cake mix batter. Once it is on there, it is hard to spread out since it kind just ends up sinking into the batter.
  • Put a large baking sheet underneath your baking dish before sliding it in the oven.
  • Bake for about 55 minutes to one hour.
  • It's a bit tricky to tell when it is done because the pudding layer in it always stays a bit jiggly. So, what you want to do is take a toothpick and insert it into the middle of the cake.
  • If it only comes out with pudding - you are good. If you still see gooey cake batter on it, then you need to bake it for a bit longer.
  • When it’s finished baking, allow it to cool for about 20 minutes. This will allow that pudding layer to thicken up a bit more.
  • Then serve with a bit of sprinkled powdered sugar on top.



Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 91mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg