Copycat Olive Garden™ Lemon Cream Cake

The perfect combination of cake and the yummiest lemon cream filling…Copycat Olive Garden™ Lemon Cream Cake!

Olive Garden Copycat Lemon Cream Cake

I love lemon all the time, but it’s a perfect match to springtime and summertime. Since we’re nearing spring (at least I’m hoping), I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite recipes ever, Lemon Cream Cake. It’s a copycat Olive Garden™ recipe, and if you’ve never had it, this is definitely the time to try it. If you already love it, then this is the perfect way to enjoy it at home, and share with everyone you love.  Think of it for all of your spring parties, Easter menus, and all through the summer–you’ll have people chasing you down for the recipe!

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This is SO SO yummy.  Layers of moist cake and mascarpone filling (which is the secret weapon), topped with little crumbles of powdered sugar & butter—it just melts in your mouth!  What I love about it even more, is that it uses a boxed cake mix (Duncan Hines French Vanilla is my favorite!), so it speeds up the process.  The creamy filling adds so much to the cake that you can’t even tell it’s not homemade. It’s light, and fresh, and creamy, and the flavors perfectly meld together. 

I make this as part of our Easter Sunday menu, and it’s my favorite.  It’s lighter than a typical cake because of the filling, which is also the frosting, and it looks pretty as well as tastes divine.  I also like to serve it all summer when we have friends over.  Spring parties, gatherings, dinners, lunches, even baby showers and bridal showers are the perfect places to serve this cake.

Olive Garden Copycat Lemon Cream Cake

Lemon Cream Cake (Olive Garden Copycat)

4 from 3 votes
Kierste Wade | Old Salt Farm
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 white cake mix, I like French Vanilla
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. cold butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  • Make and bake as directed in 2 nine-inch cake pans.
  • Lemon Filling: In a medium-size bowl, combine mascarpone cheese and 2 cups powdered sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in lemon juice. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on high, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Using a spoon, fold cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream; set aside.
  • Crumb Topping: In a medium-size bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add butter and dribble in the vanilla extract. Cut cold butter into flour mixture until mixture is in pieces no larger than a pea. NOTE: If you don't want to consume raw flour, you can bake the crumbles for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees first. Refrigerate until ready to frost cake.
  • Assembling the cake: When the cake is completely cool, spread about half of the filling on the bottom half of the cake. (You can tell how much you'll need...) Place the second half on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the rest of the Lemon Cream Filling. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the Crumb Topping, pressing it onto the sides to cover. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Cut into slices and dust with powdered sugar.
Course :Dessert
Cuisine :American, Cake, Dessert
Keyword :easy desserts, lemon cake, lemon dessert, lemon recipes,
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