This past Easter my family tried out a recipe for an Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat.

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat Recipe

The verdict was it was very delicious, although not an exact match to the Olive Garden, close enough to satisfy our needs. This cake gets a better flavor the longer it chills in the fridge. You may want to make this ahead of time and let it chill for a few hours before serving.

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat Recipe

Overall the cake was a bit sweeter than the original. I noticed a few reviews remarking that the filling was too runny. Please take care to whip the heavy whipped cream until it reaches stiff peaks. If you do not beat it long enough it will cause your filling to be runny. I would recommend chilling your mixing bowl and beaters in the fridge before you beat the whipping cream. You want all of the elements to be nice and cold.

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat Recipe

Some reviews have said that there wasn’t enough crumb topping to coat the cake. For simplicity, we only garnished the top of the cake with crumb topping. Less hassle for us and I didn’t mind that the sides of the cake weren’t garnished. I dig the rustic look. If you are planning on using crumbs on the sides of the cake you might consider doubling the recipe for the crumb topping.

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat Recipe


Notes: A cake leveler is perfect for a recipe like this. I recommend getting one! I love mine. Recipe from SparkRecipes.

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat Recipe

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat

Olive Garden lemon cream cake copycat recipe made with cream cheese, powdered sugar, whipping cream, and lemon juice!
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  • 1 white cake mix prepared


  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream whipped to stiff peaks
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice

Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. butter


  • Prepare cake as directed in a 10" round cake pan or a 10" round springform pan.
  • Blend cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice together. In a medium bowl, whip heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into cream cheese mixture and blend by hand. Chill until ready to add to the cake.
  • Mix flour and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Crumble butter in and dribble in vanilla extract. The crumbles should be no larger than pea-size. If you have trouble crumbling mixture, chill for a few minutes. Chill until needed.
  • After the cake is cooled, cut in half. Spread cream cheese mixture, saving 1/2 cup, on the bottom half and carefully place top layer back. Spread the rest of the cream cheese mixture on the sides of the cake. Press crumb topping into sides gently. (We only added it to the top)
  • Chill for 3 hours. Cut into 12 slices.

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat Recipe

And speaking of lemon recipes, must sure you also check out this Lemon Cake Mix Cookies recipe by Tammilee Tips!