1 package white cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare 1 package lemon cake mix 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 lemon, juiced 1 cup whipping cream 1 package Mascarpone Cheese (Italian sweet cheese, not cream cheese) 1 cup powdered sugar 4 tablespoons melted real butter
Make the white cake according to the directions on the box, adding the sour cream and vanilla. Bake in a 10-inch round baking pan. Cool the cake completely.
For the lemon cream filling, mix the Mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest of half the lemon and whipping cream, mix until creamy and smooth.
For the crumb topping, combine 3/4 cup of the lemon cake mix with the melted butter to make a crumb topping.
To assemble the cake, cut the white cake in half so you can spread the lemon cream filling between the 2 layers of white cake. Frost the top of the cake with a thin layer of cream filling and sprinkle the crumb topping on top.
This cake tastes IDENTICAL to Olive Garden's. The secret is the Mascarpone cheese.
4 tablespoons of butter will require almost a whole box of lemon cake mix to make it crumble so the topping ends up tasting like very sweet lemon flavored butter. The lemon zest in the cream sours the sweet creamy flavor I'm looking for. Also 8 oz of cheese and 1/2 cup cream is not enough to make a thick middle layer of filling.
naninmi May 13, 2014 REVIEW:
Absolutely the best lemon cake, ever! I have made this recipe twice, I had the same problem with the crumble top and added more mix as others. Last time though I used crumbled lemon cookies, it was just as good and I didn't have to throw out a box of cake mix.
chica July 3, 2013 REVIEW:
I agree that the crumb topping instructions aren't right but like the others I just added more of the lemon mix until it got to the right consistency.
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brendaellington0402 August 28, 2012 REVIEW:
Do you whip the whipping cream or pur in a liquid form?
seasiren April 28, 2012 REVIEW:
CountryGirl- I've only seen 8oz packages of Mascarpone Cheese, and that's what I used and it came out perfect.
Nada- I totally agree about the crumb topping! I ended up using about 1 3/4 lemon cake mix to make it into a proper crumb topping. The other way, it was like mashed potatoes. lol
BonneyBaker April 7, 2012 COMMENT: Is the whipping cream whipped or added as just a liquid. How much is a package of marscarpone chees.
Countrygirl September 30, 2011 COMMENT: This recipe looks wonderful, and I'd love to try it, but can someone please tell me the specific amount of mascarpone cheese? The ingredients list just says, "1 package." I don't want to try it until I'm sure of the quantity. Thanks.
MJ May 11, 2011 REVIEW:
I received rave reviews when I brought this to a dinner party. It is easy to make because you can make the cake the day before. It was a really big hit. Mascarpone is the key as you said. Thanks for posting it.
Nada February 28, 2011 COMMENT: I used the crumb topping portion of the recipe to crumb top an apple pie. Using 3/4 c. cake mix and 4 T. melted butter, the crumb mix was more like cake batter, so I kept adding cake mix and mixing until it was crumbly. Should the recipe read 1 3/4 c. instead?
Colleen August 10, 2010 REVIEW:
I made this recipe last weekend and I got one piece...my husband ate the rest in less than 24 hours! It is delicious and I can't wait to make it again. I want to increase the amount of lemon juice next time....the lemon taste was very subtle...could have been a little stronger for my taste, but all in all, I was very pleased! Thanks!
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