Olive Garden Inspired Lemon Cream Cake

Olive Garden Inspired Lemon Cream Cake is a light white cake with a creamy lemon, cream cheese and whipped cream filling garnished with a crumb topping. Serve chilled for a refreshing dessert.

Today I am continuing to catch up with my Easter recipes. I tried out a recipe for an Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake. The verdict was it was very delicious, although not an exact match to Olive Garden, it was close enough to satisfy the craving.

Plan ahead to chill it for a few hours

This cake gets a better flavor the longer it chills in the fridge, soo make this ahead of time and let it chill for a few hours before serving.

Be sure to fully whip the heavy cream

I noticed a few reviews remarking that the filling was 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 Inspired Lemon Cream Cake

Use a cake leveler ensure even layers

A cake leveler is perfect for a recipe like this. I recommend picking one up at the store. I love mine.

You can bake the crumb topping if you prefer

The original recipe calls for raw flour to be used in the topping. You can toast the flour at 350-f degrees for 10 minutes to make it safe to eat. I haven’t tried this method out yet, but wanted to provide this option for those that are concerned about it.

Double the crumb topping if you plan on coating the sides

For simplicity I only garnished the top of the cake with the crumb topping. Less hassle for me and I didn’t mind that the sides of the cake wasn’t fully coated. If you are planning on using crumbs on the sides of the cake you should consider doubling the recipe for the crumb topping.

Olive Garden Inspired Lemon Cream Cake
Olive Garden Inspired Lemon Cream Cake

Olive Garden Inspired Lemon Cream Cake Recipe

Olive Garden Inspired Lemon Cream Cake is a light white cake with a creamy lemon, cream cheese and whipped cream filling garnished with a crumb topping. Serve chilled for a refreshing dessert.
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 447 kcal


  • 10-inch Cake Pan



  • 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. Set aside to cool.
  • Blend softened 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 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 cake is cooled, cut in half. Spread cream cheese mixture, saving 1/2 cup, on bottom half and carefully place top layer back. Spread rest of cream cheese mixture on the sides of cake. Press crumb topping onto the top of the cake.
  • Chill for 3 hours.


Calories: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 403mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 1gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 669IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Ali this looks wonderful! I've always wanted to give this a try, since lemon is a favorite!

  2. Great with a layer of lemon curd between the cake and the creamy mixture. Did the curd on both cake layers. Delicious! Also, added lemon zest to the creamy mixture fir some extra zing.

  3. Making this for a third time today!!! I add lemon zest to the cake batter, looks pretty! So delicious, great recipe!!

  4. I am having a problem with the crumb topping–I don't see anywhere describing the cooking instructions. I was thinking it was a slightly crunchy topping which is what I wanted. After-all the topping does call for flour–doesn't that need to be cooked–will you illuminate me. 🙂

    1. No the topping isn't baked. The butter should be chilled or room temperature, but not melted.

  5. How do you crumble the butter? Looking forward to making this cake for our Italian themed Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.

    1. Cut it into small pieces and either use a fork to cut it in or use your fingertips. I would use a fork.

  6. This has become our family’s birthday cake! Perfect in every way…I’ge probably made it 10 times in the past few years and it NEVER disappoints!

  7. I've made this cake several times! Everyone loves it, made it again today! I came across a different recipe, the crumble was lemon cake mix and butter. The crumble for this recipe sounds so much better!

  8. I made a 3 layer six inch of this, so I was able to generously frost the whole thing and it was PHENOMENAL. Soo creamy and moist with just the right amount of lemon, and the crumble was great as well.

  9. Made this recipe tonight and I had to stop myself from eating the lemon cream cheese filling, it was sooo good! I did bake the crumb topping at 350F for about 15 minutes because I did not want to risk giving my kids any raw flour. I also wanted a nice crunchy topping.

  10. 5 stars
    I have made this cake twice now, definitely one of my new favorites. Something different then chocolate, everyone enjoys it!