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PORTILLO'S LEMON CAKE | It's Back by Popular Demand (Yum!)

Portillo's Lemon Cake, Glancer Magazine


Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, announces today the seasonal return of the restaurant’s previously discontinued Lemon Cake.

Baked daily in-store, the dessert features two yellow cake layers, each topped with lemon frosting. In honor of the cake’s spring comeback, Portillo’s created a video documenting all the ways the iconic cake can alleviate everyday stresses.

After being retired for over a decade, Lemon Cake made its triumphant return to Portillo’s last year, when a Reddit user put up a $300 bounty for anyone with information on how to obtain the cake recipe. The cake became an overnight sensation for Portillo’s; the brand sold more than 90,000 whole Lemon Cakes or 900,000 cakes slices last summer and even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel live.

From April 10 – September 10, 2018, customers can purchase the legendary cake in-store at all Portillo’s locations and via delivery through Portillo’s mobile app. For the first-time, customers can also ship the Lemon Cake to any location in the United States via Portillo’s online Shop & Ship store($49.99).

For more information on the brand, please visit or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” Years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 50 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve award-winning ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.

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