First, beat the cream cheese separately and set aside.
Mix together the lemon zest and sugar.
Then mix the cake mix and cream cheese into the lemon sugar mixture.
Next add the canola oil, hot water, and eggs.
Mix everything together really well, until you have a smooth, creamy batter.
Pour the cake batter into a greased pan.*
Bake at 350° for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes or so in the pan.
Then let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving with whipped cream. Or you can pour the lemon glaze over the cake while it's still a bit warm, allow it to cool, and slice and serve.