Luscious Lemonade Cake with Lemonade Butter Cream Frosting

by Sugar on August 29, 2012 · 31 comments

Luscious Lemonade Cake Print

My Luscious Lemonade Cake is perfect for your Labor Day BBQ this weekend. The lemonade butter cream makes it extra special. I used Country Time powder but you can use any brand.

Have you ever made a dessert that everyone loved and was an instant hit? Well if you make this cake I am sure it will be a new family favorite. How can you go wrong with the great taste of lemonade in a cake? I served it this past Sunday at our family dinner and there wasn’t a crumb left over. Even my son who isn’t a big lemon fan loves it. It’s super simple to make and looks so beautiful.

If you try it, be sure to let me know how you like it.


Luscious Lemonade Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Start to Finish: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 10

For cake

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® Vanilla cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on box
  • 1/2 cup powder lemonade drink mix like COUNTRY TIME

For frosting

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powder lemonade drink mix
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)


Prepare cake mix according to directions on box, add the powdered lemonade mix and mix well. Divide cake batter evenly among two round 9-inch greased cake pans and bake according to direction on box.

With an electric mixer cream together sugar, butter, vanilla, lemonade mix, heavy whipping cream and food coloring (if using). Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for 2-3 minutes until frosting is fluffy. If mixture seems too thick add a little more cream.

Cool Cake Completely before frosting.

Cooking Tips:

Zest of one lemon can be added to the top of the finished frosted cake for extra flavor and color.

Fresh mint leaves make a pretty garnish.

Yellow cake mix can also be used in place of the vanilla.

Refrigerate Cake until 20 minutes before serving.

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Jamie says:

Could you use this recipe and instead of a white or yellow cake mix use a strawberry one. Making it a strawberry lemonade cake? Thank you :)

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Sure! I love that idea. I will have to try that. :)

Jamie says:

I am getting ready to try it. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Awesome!! Enjoy it.

Jamie says:

It’s amazing, they almost taste like starburst :)

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

LOL I’m do glad you liked it. Thanks for writing back. XO

Corey says:

Am I able to save any of your recipes to some type of a recipe box? This cake looks delicious!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Below the photo of the cake you will see some icons. The last one is green and white and it’s PrintFriendly. That will let you save and print with or without photos. I hope this helps. It is a yummy cake. Enjoy :)

Corey says:

Thanks Sugar! I will follow these directions and plan to make the cake for my brother’s birthday in two weeks.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Happy Birthday to him. Enjoy!

eva says:

sounds like a great receipe, I will try it.

mc_janine says:

It’s great to keep a few cake mixes around for when you want to release your inner “Sugar” but don’t want to go all out.

This cake was a hit with my family and neighbours. I baked it in a Bundt pan because I find it easier to find “sharing tins” that fit that slice size :).

Try it, lemon fans. You will like it. Thanks, Sugar.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Oh that is so great to hear. I like the idea of the bundt pan too. :)

Lily says:

Omg!! This cake looks soo good! I can’t wait to try it. Sugar, I miss your videos! Will you still be making some?


Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Lily, you are so sweet. I will be trying to get some videos done this fall. I had to have surgery over the summer so I have been taking it easy. I’ll be sure to get to some new ones as soon as I can.


Lily says:

Oh, I’m sorry! I didn’t know you were having surgery. Feel better! Take your time.


Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Thanks Lily. I’m getting better. :)

Luana Grace says:

I am going to try this recipe as it looks so good. I was wondering, though, if you add the lemonade powder to the cake mix and do not add any more liquid than what is called for on the cake box, won’t it be too dry? I will wait to hear from you before trying this. Thanks so much for all your emails with the delicious recipes.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Launa, no it works just fine because the main ingredient is sugar so it just dissolves and doesn’t change the texture just the flavor.

Enjoy and let me know how you like it. :)

lexie says:

Dear sugar… I am a huge fan of peaches so can you please make a reciepe for peach cobbler? Thank you and you are awesome :)

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Lexie I do have a super simple peach cobbler on my page. Just go here.–-a-simple-dessert/

Oh and if you want to see my older recipes you can go to the bottom of the front page and click on previous entries and you can see many more. Enjoy