Combine 2 1/3 cups sugar and 2 teaspoons cornstarch in heavy medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in fresh lemon juice. Whisk in eggs and yolks; add butter. Whisk over medium heat until curd thickens and boils, about 12 minutes. Pour into medium bowl. Refrigerate until cold, at least 5 hours. DO AHEAD Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.
Beat powdered sugar and 1 1/4 cups lemon curd in large bowl just until blended. Beat cream in medium bowl until firm peaks form. Fold cream into curd mixture in 3 additions. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour three 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides; line bottoms with parchment paper. Whisk 1 1/2 cups cake flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Add 4 yolks, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, orange juice, lemon peel and 3/4 cup curd to bowl (do not stir). Combine whites and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar in another large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, beating until stiff but not dry. Using same beaters, beat yolk mixture until smooth. Fold whites into yolk mixture in 3 additions.
Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on racks 15 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks; peel off parchment. Cool cakes completely.
Spoon 1 cup frosting into pastry bag fitted with plain round tip; refrigerate bag. Place 1 cake layer on cake platter. Spread top of cake layer with 1/3 cup curd, then 1 cup frosting. Top with second cake layer; spread with 1/3 cup curd and 1 cup frosting. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Spread remaining curd over top of cake, leaving 3/4-inch plain border around edge. Pipe chilled 1 cup frosting in bag in small mounds around edge of cake. DO AHEAD Cake can be prepared 1 day ahead; refrigerate. Place lemon slices between mounds of frosting. Slice cake and serve.
This is an old-fashioned cake and a half, let me tell you upfront. This cake is no walk in the park. But it’s worth it. This is cake the way your great-grandmas made it, meaning–it’s not easy, but it’s delicious! It’s a special cake, worthy of special occasions. Make it for an ordinary day and you can make any day special because it’s pretty amazing.
Prep Time: several hours, spread out Cook Time: 25 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans line bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Butter parchment, and dust with flour, tapping out excess set aside.
Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with flour beat until just combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl set aside.
In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes. Do not overbeat. Gently fold a third of the egg-white mixture into the butter-flour mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining whites.
Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, smoothing with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until cakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 20 minutes. Invert cakes onto rack peel off parchment. Reinvert cakes, and let them cool completely, top sides up.
Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cake layers to make level. Place one layer on a serving plate, cut side up. Using a pastry bag fitted with a coupler, pipe frosting around the perimeter. This dam will prevent the lemon curd filling from seeping out. Fill cake with lemon curd. Place other cake layer on top, cut side down. Spread entire cake with frosting, swirling to cover.
This lemon cake is guaranteed to light up your taste buds in the best way possible! The cake is made with fresh lemon juice and is incredibly moist and light. The frosting is a cross between Swiss meringue buttercream (SMBC) and cream cheese frosting. There’s also a tangy lemon curd filling which is unbelievably fresh, vibrant, and seriously addicting!
If you’ve never heard of SMBC, it’s a basic frosting that is made with egg whites that are gently cooked over a double boiler and then whipped to stiff, glossy peaks. It’s perfect for frosting cakes because it’s smooth, light, and spreads or pipes easily. It’s also not overly sweet or rich like American buttercream can be. Adding some cream cheese to the frosting makes it a little thicker and adds a delicious, tangy flavor.
After you’ve added the butter to the frosting it should be smooth, thick, and glossy. If it’s soupy, then your butter was too soft when you added it in. To fix it, just set the bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until it firms up. You can also refrigerate SMBC overnight, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and give it a quick whip once you’re ready to use it.
The frosting should be smooth and not at all grainy. If it looks grainy or curdled then you let the frosting get too cold or the butter was too cold when it was added in. To fix it, place the bowl back over a pot of gently simmering water and whisk until smooth and glossy. You can also microwave the meringue in 15-second intervals, whisking in between, until smooth. If you take it too far and it becomes soupy, just place the bowl in the fridge until it firms back up. Easy!
3. Place the second cake layer with the cut side down on top of the first cake layer. Repeat with another border of frosting, more lemon curd, and top the curd with more frosting. Place the final cake layer on top with the cut side down and repeat with the border/curd/frosting process again.
4. Use an offset spatula to spread frosting all over the top and around the sides of the cake. The first coat is called the crumb coat, it’s okay if it’s not pretty. Place the cake in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before adding a second coat . Use an offset spatula or a cake scraper t o spread it evenly on top of the cake and around the sides.
Make the lemon curd: In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisk together lemon juice, butter, sugar, eggs and salt until butter melts and mixture thickens and coats back of a wooden spoon, about 25 minutes (do not let it boil). Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into another bowl and stir in zest. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly onto surface, let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
Make cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist 2 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter until soft. Gradually add sugar and lemon zest and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stopping once to scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well before each addition. Stir in ¹/3 of flour mixture, then half of sour cream. Repeat, ending with last ¹/3 of flour mixture. Stir in lemon juice.
Divide batter between pans, spreading evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 25 minutes. Cool in pans on wire rack for 5 minutes, then turn out cakes onto rack to cool completely.
Make frosting: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, cream cheese and zest until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl with a flexible spatula. Gradually add sugar. Continue to beat until light and fluffy. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature until the cake has cooled. If frosting becomes too warm, refrigerate it until it firms up, but don't allow it to become too stiff to spread.
Assemble cake: Using a serrated knife, carefully slice both cakes horizontally into 2 layers. Place one layer on a platter. Spread ¹/3 of lemon curd over cake. Top with second cake layer and spread with another ¹/3 of curd. Place third cake layer on top and spread with remaining curd. Top with final cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake. Chill cake for up to 2 hours before serving.
This Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake is made with a moist lemon cake, lemon curd and a smooth and creamy whipped mascarpone frosting!
1. Combine all the ingredients in a double boiler (or in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water). Heat while whisking constantly until mixture thickens and reaches 160 degrees, or coats the back of a spoon.
2. Pour the lemon curd into a heat proof bowl, cover with clear wrap pressed onto the the top of the curd to avoid a film developing, and refrigerate until cold.
3. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
3. Add the butter, oil, sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
6. Combine the milk and lemon juice, then slowly add the mixture to the batter and mix until well combined.
7. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Do not over mix the batter.
8. Add the lemon zest and gently stir to combine.
9. Divide the batter evenly between the cakes pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
10. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
11. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until soft peaks form.
12. Add the mascarpone cheese to the whipped cream and whip until stiff peaks form. It will happen fairly quickly. Set whipped frosting in the refrigerator.
13. To assemble the cake, use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the cakes, if needed.
14. Place the first layer of cake on a serving plate or a cardboard cake round. Pipe a dam of frosting around the outside of the cake. I use Ateco tip 808 for the dam so that it’s tall.
15. Spread half of the lemon curd evenly on top of the cake layer, inside the dam. It should fill the dam about half way full.
16. Add some mascarpone frosting to the top of the lemon filling and spread into an even layer to fill in the remaining dam space.
17. Add the second layer of cake and repeat the filling layer with the remaining lemon curd and additional mascarpone frosting.
18. Add the final layer of cake on top, then smooth out the frosting around the sides of the cake.
19. Frost the outside of the cake, then use an offset spatula to create a striped pattern on the sides of the cake, if desired. Pipe swirls of frosting onto the top of the cake and finish it off with some lemon slice candies and white pearl sprinkles.
20. Refrigerate well covered until ready to serve. I find that the cake is best when served a little chilled, but not cold. Cake should stay fresh when well covered for 2-4 days.
*I prefer to use the mascarpone cheese when still chilled, but soft, so that it’ll in corporate well, without chunks. The warmer mascarpone cheese is, the more likely it is to soften to the point that it won’t firm up well again and can make too soft of a frosting.
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This Limoncello Cake is made with fluffy sponge cake layers, brushed with a limoncello syrup, filled with a thin layer of lemon curd and frosted with a decadent mascarpone and cream cheese frosting.
If you don’t want to use limoncello, you can omit it from the frosting and use lemonade in its place for the syrup.
To create curls of zest for garnish, strip the zest from two lemons with a channel zester. Cover the strands loosely with a damp paper towel they’ll curl as they begin to dry.
Whisk together egg yolks, granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice and cornstarch in a small heavy saucepan until combined. Cook mixture over medium, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture is thick and coats the back of spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in cold butter until melted and smooth.
Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl discard any lumps. Place bowl with strained lemon curd in a large bowl filled with ice water. Let stand, stirring often, until mixture is cool, about 20 minutes. Remove medium bowl from ice bath, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on lemon curd (to prevent a film from forming).
Bake for 40 minutes then place a piece of foil on top to prevent the lemon curd from turning too dark, place back in the oven for an additional 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Everyone's oven is different so I highly suggest checking the cake at a total of 55 minutes just in case your oven runs very warm.
Drizzle on top of the cake when it is completely cool. Store cake in an airtight container, store in the fridge to last longer.
Another lemon loaf cake recipe I love is my Lemon Zucchini Cake or my Lemon Pound Cake try one of these next!
I made this Lemon Curd Loaf Cake for the Spring Blog Hop! Thank you to Kendra for putting it together for us all. How beautiful is that welcome door mat, and those mantels?! I need to get springy in my home!
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