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Triple Lemon Layer Cake

It is Valentines Day this week and everything should be red and hearts. But here I am with a lemon layer cake! Just think of lemons as puckery food!

Lemon on lemon on lemon. How can it get any better? This is the ultimate cake for the lemon lover. Follow it step by step for your Lemon Dream. I candied lemon peel to use as a garnish but I didn't feel it was showy enough so I bought a yellow rose to add as a garnish with the candied peel. I like the look.

Triple Lemon Layer Cake
For cake
2 1/3 c. cake flour            550 mL
2 3/4 tsp. baking powder      13 mL
1/4 tsp. salt                           1 mL
1 3/4 c. sugar                   430 mL
2 tbsp. grated lemon zest      30 mL
3/4 c. unsalted butter, room temperature       180 mL
1 c. whole milk, room temperature                 250 mL
5 large egg whites, room temperature
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar                           1 mL

For filling
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened            45 mL
1 c. sugar                                               250 mL
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2/3 c. fresh lemon juice                            160 mL
1 tsp. grated lemon zest                              5 mL

For frosting
1 c. unsalted butter, softened                       250 mL
2 tbsp. grated lemon zest                               30 mL
3 1/2 c. sifted confections sugar                   875 mL
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice                                  45 mL
Make the lemon curd first so it can chill. Beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in eggs and yolks. Beat 1 minute more, then stir in lemon juice. The mixture will look curdled but don’t worry.
Cook in a double boiler until thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest. Press plastic wrap on surface of the lemon curd to prevent a skin from forming and chill thoroughly.
Make cake by preheating oven to 350F(180C) and place a rack in the middle of oven. Butter and flour two 8 inch (20 cm) round cake pans. Sift cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Pulse 1/4 of the sugar with lemon zest in food processor.
In large bowl, beat butter and lemon sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add remaining sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in 1/4 of the milk just until blended. On low speed, add flour mixture alternatively with milk in three batches, scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat until just blended.
In another bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until whites are foamy and add cream of tartar. Continue to beat until the whites form stiff peaks. Add one quarter of the whites to batter and gently fold in with a rubber spatula. Continue to fold in the whites one quarter at a time, being careful not to deflate the mixture.
Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centres comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Loosen edges of cake along sides of pan and invert onto a rack. Flip right side up and let cool completely.
Carefully remove cake from pans and cut horizontally, using a long serrated knife.
Place one layer on serving plate, cut side up and spread a generous 1/3 cup of lemon curd (160 mL) filling on it. Add each layer in the same manner until the final layer is placed and do not top with filling.
Make frosting
In a medium bowl, beat butter and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar in batches until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice and beat for one minute.
Frost cake
Up to a few hours ahead, spread thin layer of frosting on cake. Chill about 1/2 hour. Spread remaining frosting decoratively over the top and sides of cake. Scatter with bits of lemon zest and silver dragees, or garnish as you like. (Adapted from Fine Cooking)


  1. Now I know what to make for my wife's birthday next Monday; look great!

  2. Lovely, cake...I do love anything lemon! I am pinning this one...

  3. I made chocolate for Valentines Day, but if the truth be know I would prefer lemon over anything.

  4. The love of my life adores all things lemon (as do I), so I think it's a perfect Valentine's Day food. The rose is perfect!

  5. I love lemon:)
    And that yellow rose?

    A symbol of friendship:)

  6. Made this cake on the weekend and it is delicious (although quite rich!). Didn't quite get the rise Iw as hoping for during baking but likely operator error in folding in the egg whites (have never done that before). A very good cake and you only need a small piece!

    1. Great! Yes, a little goes a long way. Baking does take practice. Another important thing is to have the egg whites at room temperature. That takes a couple of hours, at least, after taking them out of the fridge.

  7. This cake looks delicious! I have a whole bag of Meyer Lemons and have been scouring the internet to find some good lemon recipes. I think I will have to give this one a try!


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