Lemon Blossoms

This recipe has been a Thanksgiving morning staple in our family for a number of years.  It’s a Paula Deen creation that is amazing!  It makes a bunch, so it’s perfect for taking to a party.  It’s also a great brunch item if you’re hosting.  And, it can be made ahead and frozen…so, it’s a time saver, and you can just take out and thaw the amount you need.  It’s so perfect!  My family adores them.  They taste like little glazed donuts…need I say more!  The Twelve Weeks of Holidays series continues!

Gather together…


Blend together…



Spoon into mini muffin tins…


Make the glaze…


Dunk the tops…



Allow to set up for a few minutes


Remove to a parchment lined sheet to put in freezer…



  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 3 1/2 ounce instant lemon pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • slightly less than 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  •  1/4 tsp.  vegetable oil
  •  1 T water


Preheat oven to 350.  Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray.  Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs and oil.  Blend with electric mixer for about 2 minutes.  The mixture will be very thick and dough like.  Spoon a small amount into each muffin tin about 1/2 way full.  Bake for about 10-11 minutes.  Do not overbake.  Pop out and place on a wire rack with wax or parchment paper underneath to catch spills from glaze.  I altered the glaze proportions just a bit from the original because it made way more than I needed.  This makes pretty much just what you need with only a small amount left.  To mix the glaze, add lemon juice, zest, oil and water to powdered sugar in mixing bowl.  Blend with a spoon until smooth.   When blossoms have almost completely cooled, dunk the tops of them in and out of the glaze quickly, just to lightly coat them.  Then, place them glaze side up on the cooling rack to let the glaze set.  The glaze dries and becomes like a donut.  To freeze ahead, place them on a sheet in freezer until firm, then place in resealable bag and and freeze until needed.  Allow them to thaw in fridge the night before serving.  I am able to get 48 blossoms from this recipe.


Author: Debbie Nance

I am a working wife and mom, and I live with my family near Charlotte, NC. I am originally from Texas and have lived in a number of states in the southeast due to my job in radio. It sometimes requires moving to chase the dream. My husband and I have been married since 1994 and we host a country music radio show together. I am passionate about cooking and, I spend most of my time watching the Food Network, reading about food and testing new recipes.

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