Chilled Lemon Cake

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Susan from Missouri.

Portions: 20

Serving size: 2” x 2” square


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 ounces lemon gelatin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease and flour a 13” x 9” x 2” pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend the cake mix, gelatin, eggs and water for 30 seconds on low speed to mix. Increase mixer to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour cake batter into prepared cake pan and bake 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Cool cake completely. Do not remove from cake pan.
  6. While cake is cooling, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until blended.
  7. Poke holes over the top of the cooled cake 1/2” apart.
  8. Spoon the glaze over the top of cake, allowing it to seep into holes. Eventually it will coat the top of the cake with an opaque covering.
  9. Chill thoroughly and serve.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  224
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  31 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  33
  • Sodium  2 g
  • Potassium  31 g
  • Phosphorus  10 mg
  • Calcium  40 mg
  • Fiber  0.2 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • The colder the cake, the better it tastes. This is a great recipe for spring and summer.

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Chilled Lemon Cake
mlm1956 says:

Excellant recipe my whole family loved this on. Easy to make. I'll bake this again and again.

Mar. 30, 2013, 7:38 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Mike559 says:

Very good .Bake the cake twice.

Feb. 26, 2013, 7:06 AM - Inappropriate review?
Chilled Lemon Cake

It was really easy to do but it is quite flavourless. Maybe a dash of vanilla extract might help with the tast. Thanks,

Feb. 10, 2013, 4:09 PM - Inappropriate review?
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cvoss says:

This is an awesome recipe that is loved by everyone.

Aug. 28, 2011, 12:47 PM - Inappropriate review?
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dogdazed says:

Wonderful! Very easy and very tasty. My family loved it!

Jun. 10, 2011, 6:30 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Debbie___ says:

This cake is very easy to make. Everyone who tried it thought it was great. When I told them it was a dialysis recipe they couldn't believe it. The portions may be small but if it's kept in the refrigerator you can enjoy it for many days. A+

Oct. 01, 2009, 9:02 AM - Inappropriate review?
Chilled Lemon Cake

This is truly delicious! Even I who do not love sweets enjoyed it. BUT...and it's a tiny one. Portion: 2" x 2". Please it just isn't worth the work for that small a piece! I believe strongly in portion control, but one needs to be sensible and a 2 x 2 inch piece just isn't sensible. Admin: Thanks for your input Patricia. You could have a double portion, but may need to include phosphorus binder and reduce sodium in other meals to compensate. Thanks, DaVita Dietitian Sara

Apr. 29, 2009, 9:56 AM - Inappropriate review?
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grogg2 says:

So easy to make & a hit with the entire dinner party. I will be making this cake again!

Sep. 03, 2008, 8:11 PM - Inappropriate review?
Chilled Lemon Cake

This was such an easy thing to make and tasted delicious! Good tip about leaving it in the fridge!

Apr. 28, 2008, 1:15 PM - Inappropriate review?

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