Lemon Cake Pie


Lemon cake pie is an old stand-by spring holiday classic that combines the best of both dessert worlds–cake AND pie. And who wants to decide between cake and pie? Especially on a holiday. It is, in fact, almost a diet dessert because it spares you the anxious-ridden decision of loading up on both a slice of cake and a slice of pie at a holiday dessert spread because it’s a two-in-one.

If you think about it that way.

It’s also very lemony and sunshiny and springish. A perfect light, fresh pie with a layer of cake on top and a pudding on the bottom.

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How to make Lemon Cake Pie:

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1 cup milk
one unbaked single-crust pie shell

Combine sugar, flour, butter, salt, and egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Beat. Stir in lemon juice and peel. Add milk and beat again. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form.

Since you’re just using two egg whites, be sure to use a small bowl for beating the whites. (Excuse my messy kitchen!) Fold into filling mixture. Pour filling into prepared pie shell.

Bake at 350-degrees for 40-45 minutes (or till set–do the toothpick test!). Cool. Chill to store. Serve with strawberry sauce. (I used strawberry jam and strawberry syrup.)

Eat abundantly. It’s cake AND pie, remember!

Note: It’s best if you use fresh lemon and grated peel, but if you don’t have fresh lemon, you can get away with using bottled lemon juice.

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  1. senovia says:

    The only thing I’ve ever canned so far is pickled beets (my Nana’s recipe) and this time, after a month or so, the beets got dark brown in the sealed jar. It looks like I could use some help!

  2. Jackie C says:

    My mouth is watering. I have never seen a cake pie. What an outstanding idea. Please enter me in drawing for BBB. Thanks. :hungry:

  3. Julie B says:

    My kids will eat nearly anything if the word pie is in the name. Hamburger Pie, Spaghetti Pie, you get the idea. We’ve never had Cake Pie; though I doubt they need convincing to eat this!
    Enter me for the BBB drawing please!

  4. Maureen says:

    The recipe looks delicious. My mother loves anything lemon so I’ll have to try this for her. BBB

  5. Laura B. in Greenwood, IN says:

    You say it’s a “diet dessert”. What if you eat all of it yourself? :hungry: BBB!!!!

  6. lauren says:

    Gotta make this one! lemon deserts are a favorite at our house BBB Lauren

  7. Denise says:

    That looks good. My Mom loves lemon deserts, so I will have to try this for her. Please enter me in the drawing for the BBB.


  8. Kat says:

    Ooooohhh, Lemon Pie AND Lemon Cake all rolled into one? I think I’ve just gone to lemon heaven! Can’t wait to try this one out! BBB!

  9. Johanna says:

    Mmm, I love lemony cakes (and pies). I baked a lemon pound cake this week! Then it suffered a tragedy — https://www.busysolitudefarm.com/2010/03/tale-of-sweet-tart-cake.html. But we ate it anyway!!!

    Yours is much prettier!

  10. Connie Trippett says:

    This looks so good and your are right, It is springy. Please enter me for the ball blue book.

  11. mamawolf says:

    I was looking for something lemony for Easter dinner. Thanks for the recipe. BBB

  12. Anke says:

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as a cake pie… Looks yummy!
    BBB, please.

  13. CindyP says:

    Oh Suzanne, you never fail us! I’ve never heard of a cake pie, but of course you whip it up! πŸ˜† That would be awesome with a strawberry mixture overtop! Strawberries, lemons……..heaven on earth! Oh yea, whip cream on top of all that! I’m pretty sure the word diet will leave it then.

    BBB please! Thank you Carolyn for sponsoring……a very nice blog, check it out everyone!

  14. Connie Crowl says:

    I have never seen a cake/pie. It looks delicious. Please enter me in the drawing for the BBB. Thank you


  15. Sheri Fulks says:

    Yum, how can one beat cake and pie! Best of both worlds for sure. I will be making that this weekend! BBB

  16. Abiga/Karen says:

    Sounds yummy, something else to try. BBB

  17. Miss Becky says:

    this look absolutely delicious Suzanne. I have never heard of a cake pie but it is now on my list of desserts to make. thanks for the inspiration! :eating:

  18. Miss Becky says:

    I forgot~ please enter me to win a BBB!

  19. Miss Kitty says:

    It looks like a lemony chess pie. Please enter me into the Ball Blue Book drawing. Thanks!

  20. nikki says:

    I love lemon! i have been looking for something to make for easter and this just might do it! Yum

    BBB Please!

  21. IowaCowgirl says:

    I would gladly consent to winning this!

  22. Amy Hill says:

    Everything I’ve made from your blog has been wonderful, its my weekly cooking project. My favorite has been the Strawberry Jam and yogurt! I’ve not done much canning only apples and peaches last Fall and several jams, I would love to learn more though… BBB come my way:-)))

  23. Diane says:

    Yummmy. I need to make something to take to my mom’s this weekend. Going to try this and see how we like it. Looks very nice.

    BBB Please. Because I made up my mine. I am learning to can this year. πŸ™‚

  24. Jennifer says:

    Looks like a dessert my sons would love! BBB please!

  25. Lisa Cummings says:

    Just looking makes my mouth pucker! BBB!

  26. BuckeyeGirl says:

    This is a perfect answer to my ‘what to take’ problem, and I just happen to have a bag of lemons!

    I haven’t been entering the BBB giveaways lately, so here goes! BBB Please?

  27. MMT says:

    Cake and pie, oh my! Sounds like an Easter delight that my Mom would really enjoy. I made your Strawberry Cake and Drunken Rum Cake lately and both were delicious. Need the BBB so I can make my own jam to use in your recipes.

  28. mommy2kai says:

    Mmm, lemons! I love anything with lemon, so I may have to make this soon! And please put me in for the BBB drawing! My friends and I have talked about wanting to learn how to can, so it’s time to take it to the next level!

  29. Mesha says:

    I love your blog site. Thanks for all of the great cooking ideas! BBB

  30. jane says:

    Please sing me up for the BBB

  31. Nancy says:

    Do you top it with anything? It looks like it needs a topping! BBB

  32. Beverly says:

    It looks good. Put me in the drawinf for BBB

  33. Bonnie Schmidt says:

    BBB! I am ready to do some canning!

  34. Glenie says:

    I love lemon desserts and i’ll be sure to try this one. BBB

  35. Gini says:

    Oooh, delicious! And I love all things lemon! I think I might take this to my in-laws’ tomorrow. πŸ™‚ Thanks S!


  36. Barbee' says:

    No, no, no, no diet thing… it means we should have TWO pieces: one for the cake, another for pie.

  37. NorthCountryGirl says:

    That looks so good! AND, it looks so easy to make. BBB

  38. anne says:

    Love that Delectable Lemon Cake Pie. My favorite flavor. BBB Please. Thanks.

  39. jan~n~tn says:

    Thank you Carolyn and Suzanne.

  40. Mary Ellen Rice says:

    All your recipes sound lovely. I may want to try this one for Easter Dinner. BBB

  41. Debbie in Memphis says:

    Yum!! Lemon Cake Pie sounds perfect for Easter!! Thanks Suzanne!!! (BBB)

  42. Geena says:

    please enter me for BBB thanks.

  43. Linda says:

    This looks very delish…..I’d probably have to eat it all myself…son-in-law who doesn’t like lemon-y stuff…..daughter who doesn’t like pie (what the?)……anyway, please enter me for the BBB. Happy Easter!

  44. Klabmom says:

    That looks so good! I will be making this for sure. BBB please and thank you πŸ™‚

  45. Dorothy says:

    :shocked: I am always amazed and astounded by your creativity, but TODAY you have just flattened me. I Love Love Love your justification for your Lemon Cake/Pie being diet fare. Sort of like Miss Piggy when she asked “If you’re supposed to weigh your food, what would you rather eat: a pound of squash or a pound of chocolate”. Makes you think. BBB please and thank you!

  46. Heather from KY says:

    I will be making 2 of these for this weekend! Thanks Suzanne, I can always count on you for the BESTEST recipes! I wish we lived closer. BBB please. Happy Easter to you!!

  47. BethAnn says:

    Happy spring! And I would love a chance for the BBB

  48. LeAnn, in Washington (the state) says:

    Lemon pie and cake in one? Sounds fabulous! BBB, please.

  49. Cate says:

    Oh, yum! Making this for Easter. Please enter me in to the BBB giveaway. Thanks! :sheep:

  50. Marianne G says:

    Perfect timing yet again! I have one pie crust left in the freezer and I was looking for something different to bake…looks delicious!

    BBB please

  51. Marymac says:

    I love any thing lemon!!!….BBB please

  52. jerrie jackson says:

    I love anything lemon! Sounds great! Please enter me in BBB

  53. MousE says:

    I have to make this pie. Tonight. After work.

    And I would love to win that book!

  54. Just Kris says:

    Oooo – we LOVE all things lemon, especially this time of year. I have a lemon ready to be used, fresh eggs on the counter and a pie crust on hand!! Think I will make this for hubby since he is out of town on a service call today and won’t be home until late – it will be the perfect “Welcome Home”! :hungry:

    Also, would still LOVE the BBB!! Thanks!

  55. Aedrielle says:

    Oh, that looks heavenly!!

    BBB for me me me! πŸ™‚

  56. AndiK says:

    Looks tasty! BBB, please!

  57. Chic says:

    Hello Suzanne! Mmmmm this looks so good..think I’ll try it this weekend. Please put me in for the BBB!!!! Thanks

    Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage

  58. pattyb says:

    Could you enter me into the BBB drawing, please? Thank you, Pattyb

  59. Jill says:

    Please enter me kn the contest.


  60. Tammy says:

    Sounds delish! Would love BBB too. Happy Spring. psmflowerlady

  61. Susan at Charm of the Carolines says:

    Never heard of a cake-pie, but it looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it at home. BBB!

    Susan at Charm of the Carolines

  62. Ilene says:


    This recipe looks yummy! I have to tell you, also, that I’ve been using the dough enhancer recipe from this site and I am making better bread than ever!

    Love your website(s).

  63. Betty Moore says:

    I love your daily posts. Would love the BBB.

  64. Melanie says:

    BBB please! Happy Easter. :sheep:

  65. Robbin says:

    I would LOVE to have me a new Ball Blue Book. Ours is old and stained :0! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  66. Debbie in PA says:

    This looks like what I know as a lemon sponge pie…..I will have to compare the recipes. Yes, spring is the time for lemon…I am sitting here eating a bowl of lemon ice cream (one of the “five” brand from Haagen-daz) with a lemon cake in the kitchen, coourtesy of my Mom for my son’s birthday. YUM!

    I would love to win a BBB!

  67. Nikki says:

    Oh yes. Definitely diet food!
    BBB please!

  68. Shirley says:

    Lemon Cake Pie…..looks like a great spring treat…can almost smell the lemon scent! Please enter me in the BBB give away. Thanks.

  69. mommafox says:

    This will certainly be a keeper. Makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. The strawberries really put a pretty touch to the cake/pie. Thanks to you and Carolyn for the BBB drawing.

  70. Marlena says:

    I have this cooking in the oven now just because the idea of cake and pie together sounds just too good. I’m wondering if there is a way to make this chocolate…hmmm.
    I would love the BBB!!
    Thanks for a new recipe πŸ™‚

  71. Paula says:

    This recipe looks delicious and easy too. BBB please!

  72. lavenderblue says:

    Too late for the drawing, congrats,pattyb. But I had to stop by to say how good this looks. Love lemon, do not like meringue. This sounds so good.

  73. Karen in Ohio says:

    Just dropped by to thank you for the recipe, which is going into my “gold” file. I made it for Easter dinner, and it got rave reviews. We had it with sliced fresh strawberries, and it was luscious. Easy to make, too! Thanks again, and Happy Easter, Suzanne.

  74. Linda says:


    This sounds very much like the pie called Lemon Sponge Pie, which is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. I saved your recipe.


  75. morningstar says:

    Would the cake part work without the piecrust? Or is that necessary for some reason that escapes me?

  76. Sheila says:

    I’m gonna make this and give it to my neighbor for xmas as she likes lemon flavored stuff :).

  77. Sheila says:

    I have a quick question (I know I know another question LOL) but I made this for my neighbor for xmas and she said she never got to try it because as soon as she remembered it , it had mold growing on it , I had made it the night before and put it in the fridge , all my ingredients were fresh. When I asked her about it she said she had set it on top of her freezer and forgot about it. Should mold have set up that quickly? she said she also thinks it’s because her kitchen was hot from all of her holiday baking.Is this normal? I’m just wondering so that way I can let her know next time not to leave it set out. πŸ˜• .

  78. Sheila says:

    Thx I’ll let her know , next time I make this for her.

  79. Squeegees Mom says:

    I have one in the oven as we “speak”, and it smells wonderful!

    Squeegee’s Mom

  80. Squeegees Mom says:

    My Hubster and I taste-tested the lemon cake pie and it is a hit. Definitely on the favorite list. The texture was so different in a wonderful way. A perfect winter dessert for those who are longing for Spring.

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