Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Recipe

olive garden lemon cream cake
Prep. time:
60 min
12 dishes

Get ready for a lemony journey into dessert heaven with our Olive Garden-inspired Lemon Cream Cake recipe!

This delightful treat is a citrus-infused masterpiece that’ll transport you to the sunny orchards of Italy. The origins of this cake trace back to the Italian tradition of incorporating fresh, zesty flavors into their delectable desserts. Now, you can bring a slice of that Mediterranean magic right into your own kitchen.

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Serving Size: Serves 12-15
  • Difficulty Level: Medium




  • · 1 box of lemon cake mix
  • · 4 large eggs
  • · 1 cup water
  • · 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • · 1 package (80 g) instant lemon pudding mix
  • · 1 cup sour cream
  • · 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • · 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • · For the Creme Topping:
  • · 1 package (250 g) cream cheese, softened
  • · 1 cup powdered sugar
  • · 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • · 1 cup heavy cream

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preparation:
  2. Gather Your Troops: Preheat your oven to 175°C and grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Get your ingredients ready for a lemony party!
  3. In a large bowl, combine the lemon cake mix, eggs, water, vegetable oil, instant lemon pudding mix, sour cream, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  4. Use an electric mixer to beat the ingredients until smooth and well combined. The batter should be velvety and infused with that citrusy goodness.
  5. Pour and Bake:
  6. Pour the luscious batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of lemony bliss.
  8. Creme Topping Preparation:
  9. While the cake is baking, let's whip up the cream topping. In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  10. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to mix until well combined.
  11. Whip it Good:
  12. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until it becomes a velvety, cloud-like topping.
  13. Chill and Frost:
  14. Once the cake is out of the oven, allow it to cool completely. Then, generously spread the creme topping over the cooled cake. Pop it in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors mingle.
  15. Serve and Enjoy:
  16. Slice into squares, serve on your favorite dessert plates, and savor the delightful citrus symphony that is Olive Garden-Inspired Lemon Creme Cake!

Nutrition Advantages:

  • Packed with the zesty goodness of lemons, this cake provides a refreshing burst of vitamin C.
  •  The inclusion of sour cream adds a creamy texture while contributing to the calcium and protein content. 
  • It’s a delightful treat that can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Dietary Alternatives:

  • For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free lemon cake mix.
  • Swap out traditional ingredients with their dairy-free counterparts for a lactose-free option.
  •  You can also experiment with alternative sweeteners for a lower-sugar version.

Tips for Improvement:

  1. Boost the lemon flavor by adding extra zest or a splash of lemon extract.
  2. Garnish with fresh berries or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an extra visual and flavor pop.
  3. Experiment with different cake mix flavors for a unique twist – try orange or raspberry!
  4. For a lighter creme topping, use Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream.
  5. Serve slices with a scoop of lemon sorbet for a refreshing twist.

Remember, cooking is an adventure, so feel free to get creative and make this Lemon Creme Cake your own! Your taste buds will thank you. Enjoy!

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