Party Panache, “Snownut” Cake

We celebrated my son in law, NG’s, birthday last weekend

CC and I made him a lemon cake

covered with white buttercream and white chocolate chips…

It looked just like a giant powdered donut!

It’s made with lemon cake mix,

lemon jello, lemon juice, eggs, butter,

white chocolate chips, and sour cream {not pictured}

CC got her very own baking things for Christmas

and she was very excited to put on her new apron

and help make her Daddy’s cake

White chocolate chips were stirred into the prepared batter

and some were reserved for garnishing

Once the cake had cooled,

we covered the cake with a simple lemon buttercream,

and pressed white chocolate chips all over the frosted cake

A winter wonderland cake!

I couldn’t resist take pictures of it outside

with the sugar white sands of Orange Beach in the background

Snownut Cake

Lemony Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Icing 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • Bundt pan



  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 box 3.4 oz. lemon instant pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar

White Chocolate Buttercream

  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or milk*
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips


  • Combine cake mix with all the other ingredients, except the granulated sugar and white chocolate chips, in a mixing bowl. Beat until combined, 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Spray bundt pan generously with cooking or baking spray. Put sugar into pan and shake and turn pan until it is coated everywhere with a thin layer of sugar.
  • Add batter to pan and bake according to cake mix directions, checking near the end of baking time. Do not over bake.
  • Set cake on rack to cool for 1 hour. Gently invert cake onto a plate or cake stand and continue cooling before icing.

White Chocolate Chip Buttercream

  • Combine softened butter with powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add lemon juice or milk, a little at a time, until icing reaches desired consistency.
  • Ice cake with buttercream and then add whited chocolate chips all over the cake, pushing chips into icing to secure.
  • Store cake covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator


*add liquid, a little at a time, to icing until desired consistency is reached
Use 1 12 oz. package of white chocolate chips, half in the cake batter, and half for the icing
Keyword bundt cake, donut cake, lemon cake, lemon cake mix cake, snowy cake, white chocolate chip buttercream, winter cake

A winter wonderland “Snownut!”

If you’d like to make your own birthday candle plates, glasses or buckets,

see the tutorial here

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31 Responses to “Party Panache, “Snownut” Cake”
  1. Nancy says:

    Oh how fun for you both! And delicious too! Happy Birthday to NG!
    Enjoy your day Jenna!

  2. Mary says:

    CC is an adorable baker in the making! Your Snownut / birthday cake looks delicious too!

  3. Rita C. says:

    CC is adorable – I love her dimple! I need to make this cake for ME! I have a few questions, Jenna: 1) what size box pudding? 2) is the 1/2 c sugar only for lining the bundt, not to be included in the cake mixing? 3) do you use a stick of butter in each of the cake mix and the icing? I only saw one pictured. I think sour cream makes a huge difference in any recipe. It pretty much guarantees moistness if you don’t overbake.

    • Just the regular size pudding, 3.4 oz. and the 1/2 cup sugar is just for the pan and you can skip that part if you want. {Coating the pan with sugar gives the cake a slight crunchy texture}. Yes, you use a stick of melted butter in the cake batter, and a softened stick of butter in the icing. Sorry I didn’t get everything pictured, it was hectic while we were baking 😂 I did edit the recipe with these changes, so it should be clearer now if you want to print it out. Thanks for the questions, Rita, I appreciate the chance to make the changes!

  4. CC is a beautiful little baker with those dimples and Happy Birthday to NG! Lemon cake and buttercream frosting looks and sounds so delicious. I am saving this one for a special occasion. Happy cold and gray Thursday, Jenna!

  5. Bonnie Morgan says:

    What a sweet time with CC baking. She is adorable with her beautiful smile. Your cake looks delicious and I would LOVE a piece for breakfast right now!

  6. Martha says:

    Such a beautiful cake and I love your cute little helper!

  7. Now, that’s what I LOVE — a really lemony cake! It sounds like a great day and I love your sous chef! And the cake is just gorgeous!

  8. thefrenchhutch says:

    What a sweet little baker and she’s learning from the best! Yum to the cake, looks delicious!

  9. Ricki Treleaven says:

    How cute! It does look like a donut.

  10. CC is a great baker! This is so cute!

  11. Always nice to have a helper in the kitchen! Sounds like a great B-Day cake:@)

  12. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, your granddaughter is precious! I can see she is going to be a wonderful cook just like her grandmother. The cake looks both beautiful and sounds scrumptious! My husband has a birthday next week, and he loves lemon cake. I just may have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. What a delicious looking cake and I love your little helper too.

  14. Kitty says:

    Happy belated birthday wishes to your SIL! Isn’t CC a darling baker??!! I’m sure she loved making her daddy’s snownut cake. It’s so nice to have a helper in the kitchen.

  15. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations! Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday, 520 this week. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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