Recipe Box, Lemon Sunshine Cake 3 ways

One cake, 3 desserts!

This Lemon Sunshine Cake will brighten any day!

Make a traditional bundt cake or mini “bundtlettes” or cupcakes

Or make parfaits!

And, always the best part,

It is very easy to make!

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs. melted butter, milk and sour cream

Fill a prepared bundt pan, bundtlette pan or cupcake pan with batter

Bake according to directions on cake mix box

Time will depend on size and pan type

Check often near the end of bake time so you don’t overbake

After cooling, I trimmed the excess edges off the bundtlettes,

cut them in 1/2 horizontally and

spread a generous layer of lemon curd on the bottom half

I used prepared cream cheese icing to top them

Garnish the tops with lemon zest and white chocolate curls

You can also cut the cake into cubes

Make a parfait with layers of cake, lemon curd, white chocolate chips

I made these parfaits in green stemmed goblets,

but this would make a great dessert in a jar recipe too

Top with Cool Whip

You can use real whipped cream,

but I find that Cool Whip holds up better for desserts that aren’t served right away

It’s nice to have a serving of dessert ready to enjoy straight from the fridge

Or make a traditional bundt cake

These would be lovely Easter desserts too ๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŒท

Any way you choose, I think you’ll love this Lemon Sunshine Cake!


This versatile cake can be made as a traditional bundt cake, mini cakes, or lemon parfaits!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Bundt pan
  • mini bundt pan
  • parfait glasses


  • 1 box Lemon cake mix
  • 1 box lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 lemon for zest
  • lemon curd
  • cream cheese or buttercream icing*
  • white chocolate chips or curls
  • Cool Whip thawed, for parfaits


  • Combine cake mix with pudding mix, sour cream, milk, butter and eggs and mix according to cake directions on box. Prepare your pan by spraying with baking spray. Fill pan with batter, filling cupcake pans only 2/3 full.
  • Bake according to package directions for the size and type of pan you are using. Let cake cool and then remove from pan. Let cake/cakes cool further.

Lemon Curd

  • Split cake or cakes into layers and spread bottom layer with a generous spread of lemon curd. Replace top


  • Ice top of cake or cakes with white icing and garnish with fresh lemon zest and white chocolate curls or chips


  • Cut cake into cubes and layer in a glass or jar with cake, lemon curd, white chocolate chips and top with Cool Whip


*I used canned icing but you can make your own buttercream if preferred
Keyword lemon bundt cake, lemon cake, lemon curd, lemon mini bundt cakes, lemon parfaits, lemon pudding

Everything is better with a little sunshine!


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24 Responses to “Recipe Box, Lemon Sunshine Cake 3 ways”
  1. Jenna, I love the bright taste of lemon and this looks so delicious and easy. I notice the lemon curd jar said new, I usually make mine, but would love to have a store bought one to keep in my pantry. If only, I had one of those with my coffee right now. Wishing you a lovely first day of spring!

  2. What a celebration of the lemon! Everything from the luscious batter which I would probably want to eat with a spoon, through all the transformations, and the beautiful painting!!!! Happy Spring my friend!

  3. I still haven’t tried lemon curd… Gotta get on that:@) Wish I had a big piece of the bundt cake right now!

  4. You’re talking my language — all lemon, all the time! Love all of these variations!

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I adore anything lemon! This recipe is one I know my family will love. Thank you for all of the delicious recipes you share. Take care, sweet friend!

  6. Cyndi Raines says:

    How awesome is this! 3 different, easy ways to serve a lemon desert-yum! Pinning! Love me anything lemon! Thanks Jenna! โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‹โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‹โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿˆ Happy Spring!

  7. Michelle says:

    These look so good! I love all things lemon when spring rolls around. It’s so refreshing!

  8. Kitty says:

    Thank you for the sunshine in a cake, Jenna! All of your ideas sound yummy!

  9. Jill Kuhn says:

    Hi Jenna, love the mini Bundt cakes and lemon is so good in the Spring especially! ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ’•

  10. lghiggins says:

    Yum! Love all that beautiful yellow!

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