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How to make it

  • Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour three 9 x 1-1/2-inch round cake pans. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, lemon peel, and lemon juice; beat until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Add flour mixture and buttermilk or sour milk alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.
  • To assemble, place a cake layer on a cake plate. Spread with half of the Lemon Curd. Top with second layer; spread with the remaining Lemon Curd. Top with third layer. Frost top and sides with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. Cover and store cake in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with lemon peel curls. Makes 12 servings.
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting: Finely shred 1 teaspoon lemon peel; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine two 3-ounce packages cream cheese, softened; 1/2 cup butter, softened; and 1 teaspoon lemon juice; beat with electric mixer on low to medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 cups additional powdered sugar until spreading consistency. Stir in the lemon peel.
  • NOTE: Sometimes I also grate a bit of orange peel for the top just to give it additional color. And, I did my fruit peel in egg whites and roll them in sugar before adding to the cake top.

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  • firestorm20034 5 years ago
    I really want to make this and think it sounds really delicious. I can't seem to figure out how to make the curd. Would you be so kind as to clarify that for me? I guess that's what getting old does to you!! LOL Thanks!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    Mystikcakes ate it and said...
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  • dravencrow 7 years ago
    I had made this and the whole family loved it to the point there was none to take home.
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  • sassycalichick 7 years ago
    I just made this and it was FABULOUS! Amazingly moist and just the right amount of lemon flavor without being to sweet or too tart. This is a permanent recipe in my collection now.
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    " It was excellent "
    dariana ate it and said...
    chefmeow, I am honored you chose this and so happy your co-workers enjoyed it!
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  • chefmeow 10 years ago
    I was asked to make a lemon cake for a co-workers birthday on Monday. I chose this one and it is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    dariana ate it and said...
    Etternal, I am so glad it was a hit for you. Happy belated birthday to your Mom too!
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    " It was not good "
    etternal ate it and said...
    I made this for my mother's birthday and it was amazing if you like lemon. Everyone who tried it LOVED it.
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    " It was excellent "
    hottamale ate it and said...
    OH MY!!! I can't wait to try this! It looks & sounds amazing! I think I've just found dessert for Easter dinner:0)
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