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Hold on to yer horses, this Lemon Better Than Sex Cake is BETTER than the original better than sex cake! You can have the chocolate, give me all of the lemon please!  Lemon cake, lemon pudding, whipped cream and lemon cream cookies combine to make this dessert a lemon lover’s dream come true!

Lemon Better Than Sex Cake
Lemon Better Than Sex Cake

Lemon Cake is Definitely the Best Better Than Sex Cake

I’m not sure if using “the best better” was proper grammar in the header above, but as a lemon cake lover let me tell you, this is your dessert. Period. It combines everything lemony in one pan and it’s not overwhelming. It’s a great twist on the normal or classic Better Than Sex Cake that I whipped up two weeks ago. Don’t get me wrong, that is one helluva good cake my friends, but I am a lemon lover through and through.

Lemon Better Than Sex Cake
Lemon Better Than Sex Cake

This cake is also called Better than Robert Redford cake or Better Than Anything Cake but really, those crazy 1970’s mom’s LOVED to name their desserts with slightly risque names back then. Sex in a Pan, anyone? That classic is also a layered dessert which is on my list to make! That one will wait for summertime however as it’s perfect for a BBQ. Or maybe not, I tend not to be the patient type.

Lemon Better Than Sex Cake
Lemon Better Than Sex Cake

Tips & Tricks For Making This Lemon Cake

  • I find that instant lemon pudding is harder to source here in Canada, so if you can’t find it go with the lemon pie filling in the box that you have to cook. Make sure NOT to add in the egg yolks! That is what will turn that into a very firm pie filling and not a more smooth and liquid-like lemon pudding. However on the other hand if you would like to make a lemon layer on top of the cake, then make the pie filling firm according to the package directions.
  • You can use any lemon filling that you want to. The beauty of this cake is that you can sub in whatever you want to for the lemon pudding. You can even use a jar of lemon curd if you want super tangy!
  • Let this dessert sit for an hour or two for sure. It’s better when the cookies get soft.
  • You can use real whipped cream or cool whip, the choice is up to you!
Lemon Better Than Sex Cake
Lemon Better Than Sex Cake

If you are looking for some more decadent dessert recipes, try these:

  1. Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Dream Bars
  2. Seven Layer Bars
  3. Blueberry Pie Bars 
  4. Black Forest Cake Trifle 
  5. Hazelnut Cream Pie using Frangelio

Happy baking! Or in this case, not baking!



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Lemon Better Than Sex Cake

Hold on to yer horses, this Lemon Better Than Sex Cake is BETTER than the original better than sex cake! You can have the chocolate, give me all of the lemon cake please! 

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 18.25 ounce package lemon cake mix
  • 2 cups lemon pudding ( instant or cooked pie filling, canned pie filling, lemon curd)
  • 2 cups of broken lemon cream filled cookies
  • 1 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping thawed


  1. Bake the cake according to package directions for a 9x13 inch pan. Remove from the oven and poke small holes in the top ( making sure not to poke all the way through to the bottom.
  2. Prepare the lemon instant pudding according to package instructions.  If you are using cooked lemon pie filling only use ONE egg yolk to prepare it. You don't want it too thick! You can even skip the egg yolk if wanted and just cook the pudding without if you want it more liquidy. Cook it until it thickens slightly. 

  3. Slowly pour the lemon pudding or pie filling over the top of the warm cake, letting it sink into the holes in the cake. Take 1 cup of the cookies and sprinkle them over the top.

  4. Let the cake now cool completely, then top with whipped topping. Decorate the top of the cake with some more lemon cookie chunks.

  5. Refrigerate for an hour or two if you can then serve!

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Recipe Notes

Sometimes Instant Lemon Pudding is hard to find in Canada. Simply use the cooked pie filling that is in the box. Be sure NOT to use all of the eggs! You don't want it to set like a pie filling - unless of course, you would like a layer that sets like that. It's all up to you. It will soak into the poked cake holes better if it's more liquidy, but a nice layer of lemon filling is nice too!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 255kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 342mg, Potassium: 51mg, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 95mg, Iron: 1.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Beverly says

    I love love love poke cakes, but I hadn’t thought about lemon. Great idea. I think I’ll use the canned lemon pie filling ( or make my own), as I think it will taste brighter. Does that make sense? Canned lemon pie filling is very close to my homemade but way quicker.
    Thanks for the idea.5 stars

  2. Linda says

    I was wondering if I use the cooked pudding if it needs to cool before adding to the poked holes?

    • Karlynn says

      No, if you use warm pudding it will spread even better and soak into the cake!5 stars

  3. Jody says

    Can you make this a day ahead of time or will it get soggy?

  4. Terri says

    Has anyone ever tried freezing the better than sex or Robert Redford cakes?

  5. Pia says

    Looks delicious. I think I’ll make it for Easter dessert. Can you tell me though, what is Lemon Food Cake? Thanks.5 stars

  6. Erin Dee says

    Mmm, I love lemon too! This is a must make dessert! Looks so incredibly delicious!

  7. Monique says

    The only lemon pie filling we have is in a can. May I just use that right out of the can?

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      You bet, it’s one of the options! It’s a very easy recipe!5 stars

  8. Monique says

    The only lemon pie filling we have is in a can…can I just use that right out of the can??

  9. Katerina @ diethood .com says

    I have to make this cake real soon!! It’s absolutely ahhmaazing!!5 stars

  10. Amanda says

    Oh my goodness, this is a fantastic lemon dessert!!

  11. Dee says

    Total lemon lover here, and this is my dream dessert!5 stars

  12. Angie | Big Bear's Wife says

    I love the toppings and layers of this dessert! Plus it’s the PERFECT bright color for spring!

  13. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie says

    This cake! I have to make it soon!5 stars

    • says

      Can I use soft lemon cookies in place of the lemon cream?

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