Baking Lemons

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“Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.”

– Patricia Briggs (favorite author!)

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Though I’m a woman, I don’t always find it comforting to bake comfort food. With a toddler running around the house, baking from scratch becomes difficult because she’s not quite at the age where she can help. But that doesn’t stop her from believing she needs to help, because she’s under my feet the entire time. So, I usually end up buying a package of premixed ingredients that only need me to add things like, 1 egg, milk, or water. They always taste good, but I always feel like they are missing something.

I’m a huge lemon fan (if you haven’t already noticed), and of course that includes lemony desserts. I’ve been craving them a lot lately, and I’d like to bring out my cookbook for some baking. I have a few recipes that make boxes of cake mix into something more, and I thought I’d share some of them.

Hope you enjoy!

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Layered Lemon Cake

– From my cookbook –

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting
  • 3/4 cup lemon curd (or lemon pudding, or lemon pie filling)

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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and flour two 8-9 inch round cake pans. (I use square ones)
  2. Prepare, bake, and cool cake following package directions.
  3. To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate. Place 1/4 cup frosting in a small zip-lock bag, and snip off a corner. Pipe a bead of frosting around the top outer edge. Fill the remaining area with lemon curd. Top with the second cake layer, and spread the remaining frosting on the sides and top of the cake.

Arianna’s Lemon Chai Cookies

– From my cookbook –

  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/8 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • few drops of vanilla
  • 1 tube lemon frosting (or chai frosting – instructions below)
  • 1/4 tsp powdered chai tea (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet.
  2. Mix cake mix, eggs, oil, lemon juice, vanilla and powdered chai in a large bowl.
  3. Roll into small balls (I use a teaspoon) and place on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the sheet and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely, then frost.

Chai Frosting (lemon)

– From my cookbook –

  • 1 tbsp powdered chai tea
  • 8 oz thawed cool whip
  • few drops of lemon juice (optional)

  1. Combine ingredients; chill 30 minutes before serving.

Tip: Also tastes great on apple, cinnamon, or pumpkin flavors!

Lemonade Cake

– From my cookbook –

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 container of frosting
  • 1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (I like to use strawberry lemonade)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9×13 pan.
  2. Prepare and bake cake mix as directed. Cool for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Stir lemonade concentrate and powdered sugar together. Poke holes into warm cake with fork and drizzle the mixture evenly over the cake.
  4. Refrigerate until cold. Spread frosting over cake.

Tip: Instead of using the lemonade and powdered sugar, you can use Jello. You can also do this in cupcake form!

Lemony Crispies

– From my cookbook –

  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1/3 cup Crisco oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Stir until thoroughly moistened.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Place sugar into a shallow dish. Dip the bottom of a glass into sugar and then use it to flatten cookies out to about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  5. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown. Cool for a minute or so and then remove them from the cookie sheet.
  6. Combine lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over cookies, then top with remaining sugar.

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If you’re interested in lemony desserts from scratch, you should check out Top 10 Lemon Desserts. Super awesome, and delicious recipes!

For other awesome lemon ideas, check out my page The Whole Lemon!

Enjoy! :)

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Thanks for reading!

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