Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes for Afternoon Tea Parties

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Finding creative puddings that are light, pretty, delicious, and easy to make is tough. But fear not! These Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes check all of those boxes! They are made using a basic lemon cake mix and instant vanilla pudding, then topped with lemon frosting and lemon curd, and are ready and looking adorable in 25-minutes. Perfect for afternoon tea parties!

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Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading all the way through for any tips or substitute suggestions, to ensure that you have any specialized ingredients and equipment required and that you understand the steps and timings involved.

We all have a little bit of Martha Stewart inside us. Sometimes it’s the flair for entertaining, other times it’s the need to bake something delicious and share it with friends. The next time you want to entertain, try these mini lemon bundt cakes topped with frosting & lemon curd!

Using a nice shortcut of lemon cake mix and instant pudding (which makes the cakes super moist by the way!), these little bites of joy are perfect for afternoon tea parties or even just as a treat on a lazy Sunday morning in bed.

What is Pudding Mix?

If you’re in the UK you may be wondering what instant pudding is. Let Wiki educate us:

Instant pudding is an instant food product that is manufactured in powder form and used to create puddings and pie filling. It is produced using sugar, flavoring agents and thickeners as primary ingredients. Instant pudding can be used in some baked goods. 


This is not really something we have in the UK – although, we do have Angel Delight which is actually a more similar product than I had realised.

However, we don’t have vanilla-flavored Angel Delight, and I’ve only tested this recipe using Jell-O Instant Pudding, which is an American product.

Fortunately, thanks to online American grocery shops in the UK, as well as Amazon, it’s quite easy these days to buy those American products!

Why Put Pudding in the Cake Mix?

Adding instant pudding mix to cake mixes adds extra flavor, moistness, and a denser texture. You may see some “extra moist” cake mixes – these have had pudding mix included.

You don’t need to make up the pudding, just add the powder!

Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes using Cake Mix

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. Please note, you can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

Recipe for Simple Lemon Mini Cakes

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How Do I Make Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How To Make Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes

Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes

Yield: 22
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Finding creative puddings that are light, pretty, delicious, and easy to make is tough. But fear not! These Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes check all of those boxes!


For the Cakes

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup whole milk

For the Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Lemon curd


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 3 and spray a mini bundt pan well with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Using an electric handheld or stand mixer, combine all of the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl until well blended and smooth.
  3. Fill each bundt cavity about 3/4 and bake for 12 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Leave to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Use an electric handheld or stand mixer, combine all of the frosting ingredients except the lemon curd in a mixer until well blended and smooth and can hold a peak.
  6. Transfer the frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a star tip.
  7. Pipe a swirl of frosting on top of each cooled cake and add a teaspoon of lemon curd on top of the frosting.

    How To Make Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 22 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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