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Lemon Layer Cake

This article, entitled Lemon Layer Cake comes from Alison at thishomemadelife.com

April was birthday month at our house. 2 out of 3 boys will be celebrated for turning a year older. Birthdays at our house have turned into an all out food fest as they have gotten older. Homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a favorite meal at supper and a special dessert.

For dessert this year, the birthday boy requested a 3 layer cake with lemon curd and whipped cream frosting AND he wanted to make it himself; I never realized how much one can concentrate on cracking eggs, how far flour truly can fly and that if making a layer cake was always this fun, I would make them every week.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 cups sifted self-rising flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • Lemon wedge, for garnish

For Filling: I'll be honest, I cheated and purchased the lemon curd (Trader Joe's). Very delicious.

For Frosting:

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans.

  2. To make the cake: Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy.

  3. Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

  5. Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour.

  6. Add vanilla extract and lemon zest.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

  8. Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes.

  9. Invert cakes onto cooling racks.

  10. Cool completely.

To make frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer, on medium high speed, with whisk attachment, whip heavy cream until it just begins to form soft peaks.

  2. Add in confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.

  3. Continue to whip just a few more seconds until cream thickens and forms soft peaks.

To assemble:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon curd to the cake stand.

  2. Place the cake layers on the pedestal, spreading lemon curd between the layers.

  3. Frost entire cake with whipped cream frosting.

  4. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Cake recipe adapted from Food Network, frosting recipe my own.

Alison

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