Party Panache, Sugared Lemon Donut Cake


It seems like donuts are all the rage these days


Donut Shop pillow



Donut pillows, donut themed parties, crocheted donuts,

Donut everything!


Powdered Sugar Snowmen Treats



Donut cakes all over Pinterest have been tempting me





I just had to make one!





I recently learned THE GREATEST TIP!





Coat the inside of your cake pan with sugar!

Have you heard this before?

Have I been completely out of touch??




Either way, it’s new to me, and omg

It’s a life changer!




Not only does the baked cake slide right out of the pan,

the sugar bakes into the batter giving it the ever so slight crunch

and just an extra hint of sweetness that leaves you thinking

“Wow this tastes good!”





For the cake itself I used a French Vanilla Cake Mix, Jello instant lemon pudding, 4 eggs, a stick of butter, 2% milk, fresh lemon juice and a dash of Cream Cheese Emulsion {totally optional}





🍋 Don’t forget to zest your lemon before you squeeze it 🍋





Stir the zest into the prepared batter and put it in the prepared pan





Let cake cool completely before icing with this easy cream cheese icing

or you can use a lighter lemon glaze*

*recipe included below






Cream cheese icing takes any cake over the top, and for vibrant colors, use gel food coloring for best results




I made the icing just thick enough to be able to simply pour it on, and have it flow a little down the sides





Add sprinkles!





Before you know it you have a Donut Shoppe!





Sugared Lemon Donut Cake

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cooking spray

1/4 white granulated sugar

1 box Vanilla Cake Mix

1 box lemon Jello pudding and pie filling

4 eggs, room temperature {place in a bowl of hot water to warm them}

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1/2 T vanilla or cream cheese emulsion

1/4 cup lemon juice, approx 1 lemon

3/4 cup milk

Zest from 1 lemon

Spray pan with cooking spray. Put sugar in pan and shake and turn pan to cover the entire interior of the pan uniformly. Do this over the sink just in case some spills.

Combine cake mix with Jello, milk, butter, lemon juice, and vanilla or cream cheese emulsion. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Beat 2 minutes, scraping bowl sides down.  Fold in lemon zest.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake according to package directions, checking often towards the end of cooking time.  Do not over bake.

Cool completely before icing with Cream Cheese Icing or Lemon Glaze

Cream Cheese Icing

8 0z cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

2 T milk

Beat cream cheese with butter, then add sugar, vanilla and milk.  Combine well.  Adjust consistency by adding more milk if desired.  If icing is too thin add more sugar.  Spoon over cake top, letting it ooze down sides just a little.  Add sprinkles if desired.

Store cake covered in refrigerator.  Cake will stay fresh for a week.

Optional topping

Lemon Glaze

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 T fresh lemon juice

Mix together to form glaze.  Add more liquid or more sugar to achieve desired consistency.  Pour slowly all over cake

Lemon glazed cake can be stored at room temperature under a cake dome or cloche



Life is better with sprinkles!


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33 Responses to “Party Panache, Sugared Lemon Donut Cake”
  1. pattyanneart says:

    Yum, the cake looks so delicious! 😋 Sprinkles are so much fun!!

  2. Jodi says:

    what a great idea! It looks adorable. I have used the sugar technique with banana bread, and used the raw sugar. O M G! You are right – life-changing. On a bundt (with My big fat greek wedding accent 🙂 ) WOWZA! and then of course SPRINKLES!!!!!!!! 🙂 <3

  3. Jenna, what a fabulous looking cake! I am thinking this would be great for Easter. Sprinkles make everything festive! Happy Thursday~

  4. Looks fun and pretty — and it DOES look like Super Donut Goes Wild! Yes, it would be a good Easter cake, as Pam said.

  5. Cindy says:

    Why you wanna go and show that dessert? Or better yet, why I wanna go and look at this morning? LOL! YUM! A Must try! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Daphne says:

    Such a cute idea especially for Spring. I know your family, especially the grandkids, will enjoy the cake. That’s for the sugar tip!!!

  7. Daphne says:

    Should be thanks.

  8. Cyndi Raines says:

    Never knew about the sugar tip, will have to try, thanks! That’s one blown up donut! Lol. Looks yummy!

  9. Sharon Mann says:

    Hi Jenna – Oh my goodness, yum yum yum. I was going to post a drawing of a pink donut today, haha. I save it for tomorrow. I love your pillow art.

  10. lulu says:

    A donut cake! Now that is something I’ve never tried and it tickles my fancy.

  11. Lynn says:

    I like donuts… Ha-ha, how fun! The pink icing and sprinkles really make it fun:@)

  12. Rita C. says:

    Oh MY!!! I would love this cake (love lemon anything), but my husband would think he died and went to heaven with what appears to be the biggest donut ever! And the sugar in the pan… you spray pam first? It looks like it sticks too well to the sides to not have pam there. Mr. P. would go crazy over that too.

    • Yes, you spray the pan first. If you read the recipe directions, they tell you exactly what to do. I use olive oil cooking spray but Pam is fine. This cake is really moist so if you want to skip the icing, there are directions for a lemon glaze in the recipe too. Thanks Rita!

  13. Oh, YUM…that cake looks delish. I will have to try the sugar coating in the pan next time I bake a cake….again, I am drooling!!

  14. How clever is this enormous donut. I think everyone would love this treat. Thanks for the idea.

  15. Mary says:

    Adorable and delicious ‘donut’ Jenna~I’ll take two slices with sprinkles! I have heard of using powdered sugar instead of flour in your cake pan but not regular sugar, I’ll have to try it!

  16. JESS44903 says:

    OH wow…this sounds amazing!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. Miz Helen says:

    I love your Pillow and the cake, it is fantastic! Have a great first week of spring and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with FULL PLATE THURSDAY!
    Miz Helen

  18. RS says:

    I made this for a family gathering last Sunday. Everyone loved it, even my husband who usually prefers pies! Thanks for sharing.

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