Light Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

This EASY Lemon Bundt Cake makes the perfect light dessert for any occasion!

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For this recipe, we just take my Vanilla Bundt Cake recipe and change the flavors!

It’s SO easy to make, but don’t let that fool you – it is SO good and turns out perfectly every time! My 11-year-old could make it in her sleep ;)

lemon bundt cake, baked in pan

I’ve mentioned before, the key to making the perfect bundt cake is BAKING TIME. The first few times that you make a bundt cake, pay close attention to the baking time.

When you stick a tooth pick in, it should come out just slightly coated. Once you know the precise number of minutes, make it the exact same way each time. Then you will always have a perfectly moist bundt cake that your guests rave about!

lemon bundt cake fresh out of pan on checkered platter

This bundt cake starts from a boxed cake mix, but don’t worry, it gets better. From there we add in a pudding mix and sour cream…the secret to the incredible moistness of this cake.

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Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe


1-15.25 oz. lemon cake mix
1-3.4 oz. pkg. lemon instant pudding
1 1/4 c. sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 c. warm water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 container cream cheese frosting of choice (you may not use it all!)


Pre-heat oven to 325.

Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer, hand mixer or by hand until well mixed.

Pour into well greased bundt cake pan.

Bake for 50-70 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out slightly coated but not wet.

Remove from oven and let stand in pan for 20 minutes.

Invert onto plate or cake stand.

Let cool to touch before frosting (although it tastes best served slightly warm!!).

Note: If you want to make it extra fancy, you can pour in half of the batter, then add half a can of lemon pie filling in the middle (make sure it doesn’t get to the edge!) and then add the remainder of the batter!

lemon bundt cake batter in pan

Frosting your Lemon Bundt Cake

Most often I use store-bought cream cheese frosting. This inexpensive one from Aldi isn’t bad but Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting is my favorite. (Someone almost always asks me if it’s homemade!) And I always use a gallon size Ziploc bag with the corner cut off so that I can throw it away when I’m done!

Not sure about piping the frosting on? You can always warm it up for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Then give it a good stir and microwave it a little longer if it isn’t “pourable.” Once it is near liquid you can pour it on the cake so that it drizzles down the sides. I’m telling you, you can’t mess up frosting this Lemon Bundt Cake!! :)

lemon bundt cake with icing

We often use bundt cakes as a center piece when we entertain because they look so great, and this Lemon Bundt Cake is NO exception! I’m not kidding, if you bring this anywhere people WILL ask you for the recipe, so be prepared! ;)

I hope you enjoy this Lemon Bundt Cake as much as we did!

Happy baking!

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If you like this recipe, you might also want to try our other popular Bundt cakes (that start with a cake mix)!!

>> The Best Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake Recipe!

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