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Lemon Lime Cake

A vintage lemon-lime cake recipe using packaged cake mix and jello!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Vintage Lemon Lime Cake is made with a boxed cake mix combined with jello for a quick and easy citrusy dessert.

So, by now, you must know how much I enjoy vintage recipes, right? Oh, I like learning about new ingredients, techniques, and cuisines, of course.

A serving of cake on a white plate.

Exploring new ideas in the kitchen is fun! But vintage recipes? Those just take me right back in time. Some of my favorite old recipes come from the era when “convenience” foods were being introduced.

Boxed and frozen ingredients were a huge boon to home cooks back in the day. When these products arrived in the grocery stores, suddenly busy cooks were able to get a meal on the table with record speed making a huge difference in people’s everyday lives.

One of the most beloved of the mid-century convenience products is probably the boxed cake mix. Available in every variety under the sun, these mixes were a huge value to those who weren’t particularly great bakers.

Inventive cooks took those mixes and created all kinds of goodness with them. Like this Lemon Lime Cake.

I know you’ve seen this one before. I’m guessing it originated in the 1970s, maybe? Really easy and quick. And really, really delicious.

How to Make Lemon Lime Cake

Preheat the oven according to the baking instructions on the cake mix. Grease a 9×13 pan and set it aside.

Cake batter in a stand mixer.

Combine the cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and jello in the bowl of a stand mixer or beat with a hand mixer in a mixing bowl. Mix for the time stated in the cake mix’s instructions.

Finished cake batter in a baking pan.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake according to the time stated in the cake mix instructions.

Baked cake cooling on a rack.

Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely before frosting.

Icing being applied to the finished cake.

Turn the cake out onto a platter or tray. Beat the cream cheese and butter until they’re light and fluffy. Add the zest, juice, and sugar, then mix well.

Frost the top and sides of the cake.

Completed cake on a white platter.

I added a little lime zest and a few slices of lime for decoration!

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Lemon Lime Cake

A vintage lemon-lime cake recipe using packaged cake mix and jello!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 517kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


  • 15.25 ounces lemon cake mix recommend: Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme
  • 1 cup water
  • cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • .3 ounces lime Jello sugar-free


  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar sifted


  • Preheat the oven according to the baking instructions on the cake mix. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  • Combine cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and jello in mixer bowl. Mix according to the cake mix’s package instructions.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake according to the cake mix instructions.
  • Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add zest, juice, and sugar. Mix well.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 517kcal | Carbohydrates 110g | Protein 7g | Fat 34g | Saturated Fat 15g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 144mg | Sodium 624mg | Potassium 105mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 25g | Vitamin A 857IU | Vitamin C 2mg | Calcium 159mg | Iron 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. 5 stars
    It was awesome and easy to make even for me. Considering I usually do 2 ingredient recipes. Everyone loved it. Will make it again soon.
    Can this be made into cupcakes with this same recipe?

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Tammy. I haven’t made this as cupcakes, but I’m sure it would work fine. Mix it up just like for cake and follow the directions on the cake mix package that you used for baking cupcakes.

  2. Beautifully photographed. Can’t help but wonder how in the world you got that size cake out of the pan and onto the pretty platter.

    1. It was easy, Stella. I put a sheet pan over the cake pan and flipped the cake onto it bottom side up. Then I put the platter over the cake and flipped it onto the platter. Viola!