How to make it

  • Empty cake mix into a large mixing bowl; make a well in the center. Beat in water, oil, lemon extract and egg yolks until smooth, about 1 minute or 150 vigorous strokes.
  • Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in large bowl until stiff peaks form.
  • Gradually pour egg yolk mixture over beaten egg whites, folding with rubber spatula just until blended.
  • Pour into 2 greased and floured 8-inch layer pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly.
  • Cool. Split each cake into 2 layers and frost with lemon crunch frosting.
  • To prepare lemon crunch frosting:
  • Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, to 300 degrees on a candy thermometer, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold or ice water separates into hard, brittle threads.
  • Remove from heat and quickly stir in baking-soda mixture until light and foamy.
  • Pour mixture onto a buttered 8-by-12-inch cookie sheet and quickly spread to 1/4-inch thickness; cool.
  • Break into pieces, then crush into crumbs.
  • Add the confectioners' sugar and lemon extract to whipped cream until well blended.
  • Spread half the sweetened whipped cream between cake layers and the remainder on top and sides.
  • Sprinkle crushed candy generously on top and sides.
  • Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
  • Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving.
  • Note: If desired, substitute lemon sponge or chiffon cake.

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  • skyelydoo 5 years ago
    Oh yeah! Lemon! What could be better than lemon and cake. This will be dessert tonight! Thanks!
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  • michellem 6 years ago
    Wow !!! WOnderful and sounds soooo goood!!
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    bakermel ate it and said...
    Wow---what a beautiful cake! And sounds delicious, too!!! :)
    ~Mel
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  • candygal2008 6 years ago
    Lovely, my whole family liked this recipe
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    How did I miss this one...You should have sent this to me.
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  • lor 6 years ago
    Mmmmmmm... sounds really gooooood!!!
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  • wynnebaer 6 years ago
    Sounds so good...Can't wait to try...:)
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    vickycummins ate it and said...
    sounds great!! Perfect summer dessert!! I'm saving this one for sure!
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    kimmer ate it and said...
    Sounds very good, got my 5 too!
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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    YUM how fantasticly good sounding is this, love it! Great post, you have my five.
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  • rosemaryblue 6 years ago
    Sounds wonderful! Love this. :)
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  • michellem 6 years ago
    Sound so good! Im trying to figure out what gives it the crunch ;).
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  • jonmic 6 years ago
    Whoa! This sounds really good. Thanks, Annieamie! I will try this one for sure.
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