Luscious Lemon Cake

Serves 12
Makes 1 large double layered cake or 24 medium cupcakes
For the Cake You'll Need: 1 Super Moist Lemon Cake box mix*, 3.4 oz instant lemon pudding (small box), 4 large eggs (room temperature), 2 cups sour cream, 1.5 tsp fresh lemon zest, 3/4 cups vegetable oil, 1/3 cup limoncello liqueur (or fresh lemon juice), 6 oz white chocolate chips

How to Prepare the Cake: Spray two 9x9" round cake pans with non stick butter flavored spray (or spread bottoms and edges with butter and sprinkle with flour to avoid sticking). Using an electric mixer, beat the cake mix, pudding, eggs (add one at a time), and sour cream together until you have a smooth consistency (about 2-3 minutes on medium speed). Mix in the lemon zest, oil and lemon liqueur, until it is all well incorporated. Fold in the white chocolate chips. Evenly pour the cake batter into both cake pans. Place into a preheated oven at 350 degrees F on medium rack for 30-35 minutes (insert toothpick to check for doneness). Let cool for 10 minutes and then transfer cakes to a cooling rack. Once cake is entirely cool (45-60 minutes later), you can frost the cake.
For the frosting, You'll Need: 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature), 1/8 cup butter (room temperature), 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1.5 tsp fresh lemon zest, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 2.5 cups confectioners' powdered sugar. How to Prepare Frosting: Beat all ingredients together until you have a very smooth texture. Using a frosting spatula, or a butter knife, gently frost the top of the bottom layer of the cake. Place the top layer of the cake on top of the bottom layer. Frost the top and entire sides of the double layered cake. Garnish with lemon peel if desired. You can place in refrigerator for hours before serving, or serve right away!

NOTE: You can make 24 medium cupcakes, instead of a large cake if you'd like. Prepare the batter as described above. Fill the cupcake wrappers 3/4 full and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool, frost them and serve. The batch of frosting above, will be enough for all 24 cupcakes as well. Kids love these!

* Betty Crocker sells great moist cake box mixes at most grocery stores. I get mine when they are on sale for $2 or less a box. I recommend buying a couple boxes and keeping them on hand for a last minute celebration!

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