No-Bake Lemon Cake with Lemon Zest Frosting Recipe

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With this delicious no-bake lemon cake you can create a lemony delight. With little ingredients and no oven you will have a great tasting and easy to make dessert.

No-Bake Lemon Cake with Lemon Zest Frosting Recipe

How To Make No-Bake Lemon Cake with Lemon Zest Frosting

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Prep: 25 mins
Chill Time: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 25 mins


For Lemon Cake:

  • 16 oz cream cheese , at room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar, divided
  • cup lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp salt
  • lemon zest, (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups heavy cream, cold
  • lb graham crackers, rough estimate
  • yellow food coloring, a few drops

For Lemon Zest Frosting:

  • cups heavy cream, cold
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • lemon zest, (from 1 lemon)
  • yellow food coloring, a few drops


  1. Cream together the cream cheese, salt, and ¾ cup of powdered sugar in a stand mixer until fluffy.

  2. Add lemon zest and lemon juice then continue beating until fully incorporated. Set aside.

  3. Beat your cold heavy cream until stiff peaks, then gradually add ¼ cup of powdered sugar while beating your cream.

  4. Fold in vanilla extract and set aside.

  5. Fold the cream mixture and yellow food coloring into the cheese mixture until evenly incorporated. Add enough food coloring to resemble a light yellow tinge. Set aside in a chilled area.

For the lemon zest frosting:

  1. Beat your cold heavy cream until soft peaks, gradually adding the powdered sugar while beating your cream.

  2. Fold in vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

  3. Add yellow food coloring drops a little at a time, while folding, to achieve the desired color. Set aside in a chilled area.

  4. Layer graham crackers onto your preferred baking pan and add ½ of the cake filling. Spread evenly until all spaces are covered with the filling.

  5. Repeat until you make 3 layers. Finally, top this with the prepared frosting.

  6. Place in the fridge covered for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

  7. Enjoy it the next day over a cup of tea. You can also top the cake with crushed graham before serving


  • Calcium: 226mg
  • Calories: 1189kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 126g
  • Cholesterol: 205mg
  • Fat: 71g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 398mg
  • Protein: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 37g
  • Sodium: 1354mg
  • Sugar: 54g
  • Vitamin A: 2292IU
  • Vitamin C: 10mg
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