Meyer lemons. If you've never had one then you are missing out. These are a fruit that is a hybrid between two citruses: lemons and mandarin oranges. So they aren't quite as acidic as most lemons and are best saved for sweet applications. If you are looking for the fruit then you'll see them appear mostly from November to January. However, this product likes to make its debut when they aren't in season. And that is ok in my books.
Memorial Day has come and gone. What did I bring to my Mom's BBQ? Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake. If someone is taking care of dinner, it is only fair to bring dessert right? If you are heading to a BBQ this summer, then you might want to keep a box of this on the shelf. Let me explain.
Meyer lemons are a really fun and interesting fruit. They aren't available year-round sadly. They seem to be available from November to about March. They make for some amazing baked goods or even in iced desserts. They don't seem to be ideal for squeezing over say seafood because as they taste like a mix of lemon and a mandarin orange.
When I saw this I got a bit excited. Best of all, there are minimal ingredients required to make this. Butter, water, and an egg are all that is required in making this.
Most of the time is truly inactive. You'll spend about 5-10 minutes in actually getting this ready, but most of the time will be spent either baking or cooling this.
The end result is a moist, tender, and citrusy cake. It has a soft texture with sprinklings of orange and lemon peel to reflect the natural flavor of a Meyer lemon.
The icing is just as simple. Mine only needed a tablespoon of water. If you want a thinner frosting, then yes, add extra. What is pictured on the box looks more like a glaze than the icing that I got from the package.
How do you know if something you brought is a success at a party? When you don't have leftovers. And everyone around the table has cleaned their dessert plates.
For $3.29 this is reasonably priced and a worthy item to keep on your shelves. Just keep in mind this is a seasonal item on Trader Joe's shelves.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix with Lemon Icing:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get two packages: one icing, one mix:
Before going into the oven (and yes, parchment paper will prevent you from scrubbing those corners of a loaf pan):
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix with Lemon Icing again. It seemed to be a hit with the crowd that I brought it to.
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Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix with Lemon Icing
Product Name: Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix with Lemon Icing
Product Description: Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix with Lemon Icing is a returning seasonal favorite cake.
Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix is a seasonal favorite on store shelves.
- Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cake Mix with Lemon Icing is a very well done seasonal cake mix variety.
- This is seasonal.
Hello, I made this cake and we loved it. Had to bake it about 15 minutes longer than what the instructions said. Regarding the icing, I did use melted butter as per the box and it came out like a glaze. I spread it on the top and let it drip down the sides. Very yummy. I refrigerated it and enjoyed it a bit more that way. Yes, it was dense, like a pound cake, but I prefer it like that. Will definitely buy again.
Susan M. says
I haven’t bought it again; I’ll leave it on the shelf for those who like it lol.
I have made this two times. the first time the result was as described. the second time it did not seem like the center was done. I wanted to know why you went an extra 15 minutes? I am ready to go for the third cake and wondered if I too should go for the extra 15 or up the temperature, or go to cupcakes. I would like to hear your thoughts. Thank you. Jean
Narissa Yusuf says
Just made this yesterday and I wish I had saw your post before about the parchment paper ...instead of water, I use milk and for the glaze I used one tablespoon milk and melted butter, it came out as a glaze , drip it all over the cake but didn’t use all since my Hubby doesn’t like too much sweet...it was delicious...buying more soon..
Thanks for sharing Narissa!
Excited to make this, curious if adding blueberries would be weird to add to this recipe?
Blueberries and lemon compliment each other. So I say go for it.
Parchment paper is highly recommended. I didn’t use it the first time and my loaf came out in 5 pieces (after cooling 45 minutes). It was still delicious 😋
Thanks for sharing Patti!
That cake is disgusting
Thanks for sharing Sue!
Not impressed at all. This was a big disappointment, Even after over an hour of cooking the top was overdone and the center was raw. Won’t be purchasing this again.
Hi Jean - I apologize, just seeing your question about why I baked the cake an additional 15 minutes. I did that because the cake wasn't done after the specified time listed on the box. I kept the cake in the oven and checked on it maybe every 5 minutes or so until it was finally done (which for my oven, it took an additional 15 minutes more than the box indicated).
I never rely totally on what the recipe says is the time it should be done baking. I find that depending on the type of pan I use (metal or glass) or even that my oven might not be calibrated correctly - that my cake or brownies, etc., might be done sooner or might need more time in the oven. Thank you, Jojo
It was my time making this. Based on other reviewers comments about it being undone in the center, I decided to bake mine in paper lined cupcakes. I lost track of how long it took but followed the recommended temperature checking after 25 min until tooth pick came out clean. Yielded 16 cupcakes. Added 1-2 tsp of milk and 1 tsp melted to the frosting. It came out thick but pourable. Drizzled some frosting with a small spoon on top of each, and dumped leftover frosting. It came out pretty good. Was easy to make, would make again.
Thanks so much for sharing!