The Best Lemon Cake Ever Please! (Scratch)

Baking By Carda Updated 16 Jul 2009 , 5:43pm by __Jamie__

Carda Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 12:46am
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Okay, so I have gotten this idea to make a lemon-blueberry cake with raspberry filling and maybe white choc ganace over it for some friends this weekend, so I would like all you suggestions for the best scratch lemon cake you know. I have made a good lemon WASC before, but just feel like making a scratch now.

So come on then, don't be shy!

16 replies
KKC Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 12:56am
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here is a lemon cake recipe i posted back in December....


I found this off the food network and my family just loves it.

Ingredients

Lemon Cake
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large whole eggs, at room temperature
3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup whole milk


Lemon Filling
2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup heavy cream


Lemon Frosting:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest


Directions
1. To make the lemon cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of two 9-inch round cake pans. Dust the pans with flour and tap out the excess.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together the dry ingredients with a whisk. Set aside.

3. In an electric stand mixer, using the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter on medium speed for about 30 seconds, or until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, increase the speed to medium-high, and continue to beat until the mixture is light, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

4. Add the whole eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and lemon zest. Reduce the speed to low and gradually beat in he lemon juice (the batter will appear curdled at this point smooth out after you add the dry ingredients). Beat in the dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for another 10 seconds. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans.

5. Bake the cakes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans on wire racks for 20 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rakcs and cool completely.

6. To make the lemon filling, in a medium nonreactive saucepan, whisk together the yolks and sugar until combined. Whisk in the lemon juice, butter, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the mixture turns opaque, thickens, and coats the back of the spoon. Do not let the filling boil, or it will curdle. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Stir in the lemon zest and allow the filling to cool.

7.Cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly onto the surface, and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until chilled.

8. In a clean bowl of the electric mixer, using the whisk attachment or beaters, beat the heavy cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Remove the lemon filling from the refrigerator and whisk until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the filling. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the filling until ready to assemble the cake.

9. To make the lemon frosting, in the large bowl of the electric mixer, using the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 30 seconds. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar on low speed. Add the cream, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest. Increase the speed to medium-high, and beat for about 3 minutes, or until the frosting is light and fluffy.

10. To assemble the cake, place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Pile the lemon filling onto the center using a small offset metal spatula, and spread it into an even layer, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the cake layer. Top with the second cake layer. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the lemon frosting. (If some of the filling oozes out from the middle, just blend it with the frosting around the sides of the cake.) Serve the cake immediately, or refrigerate and bring to room temperature before serving.

KKC Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 12:57am
post #3 of 17

here is a lemon cake recipe i posted back in December....


I found this off the food network and my family just loves it.

Ingredients

Lemon Cake
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large whole eggs, at room temperature
3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup whole milk


Lemon Filling
2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup heavy cream


Lemon Frosting:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest


Directions
1. To make the lemon cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of two 9-inch round cake pans. Dust the pans with flour and tap out the excess.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together the dry ingredients with a whisk. Set aside.

3. In an electric stand mixer, using the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter on medium speed for about 30 seconds, or until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, increase the speed to medium-high, and continue to beat until the mixture is light, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

4. Add the whole eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and lemon zest. Reduce the speed to low and gradually beat in he lemon juice (the batter will appear curdled at this point smooth out after you add the dry ingredients). Beat in the dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for another 10 seconds. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans.

5. Bake the cakes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans on wire racks for 20 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rakcs and cool completely.

6. To make the lemon filling, in a medium nonreactive saucepan, whisk together the yolks and sugar until combined. Whisk in the lemon juice, butter, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the mixture turns opaque, thickens, and coats the back of the spoon. Do not let the filling boil, or it will curdle. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Stir in the lemon zest and allow the filling to cool.

7.Cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly onto the surface, and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until chilled.

8. In a clean bowl of the electric mixer, using the whisk attachment or beaters, beat the heavy cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Remove the lemon filling from the refrigerator and whisk until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the filling. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the filling until ready to assemble the cake.

9. To make the lemon frosting, in the large bowl of the electric mixer, using the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 30 seconds. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar on low speed. Add the cream, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest. Increase the speed to medium-high, and beat for about 3 minutes, or until the frosting is light and fluffy.

10. To assemble the cake, place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Pile the lemon filling onto the center using a small offset metal spatula, and spread it into an even layer, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the cake layer. Top with the second cake layer. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the lemon frosting. (If some of the filling oozes out from the middle, just blend it with the frosting around the sides of the cake.) Serve the cake immediately, or refrigerate and bring to room temperature before serving.

Carda Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:15pm
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thanks, that sounds so delicous!

mariela_ms Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:24pm
post #5 of 17

I think I'm going to try this one too! I feel like having like a "Fresh" tasting cake. I'll give this one a try! Thank for posting!

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:33pm
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I would sub that milk out with buttermilk....that's just me though. Gives it a tang completely appropriate for a citrus cake! Yum! icon_smile.gif

Carda Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:35pm
post #7 of 17

Mmmm. buttermilk can never be a bad thing!

KKC Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:44pm
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I never thought about using buttermilk instead of milk...but then again i'm too scared to alter recipes. Never know what it would taste like, what the texture would be and I hate to waste.

KKC Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:45pm
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I never thought about using buttermilk instead of milk...but then again i'm too scared to alter recipes. Never know what it would taste like, what the texture would be and I hate to waste.

all4cake Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:52pm
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Jeepers! with a 1/4 cup of lemon juice and a 1/2 cup milk.....would ya even be able to detect the buttermilk taste?

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 4:52pm
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Oh you gotta alter and play around. Experimentation is key with scratch baking. icon_smile.gif

matthewkyrankelly Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:02pm
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No, you won't know there i any buttermilk in there anyway. FYI - a substitute for buttermilk is regular milk with lemon juice anyway.

So, if you are looking for good lemon flavor, trust a recipe that has both lemon juice and lemon zest. It is the only combination that gives you true lemon flavor.

That recipe above looks good! I saw lemon juice and zest in the cake, filling, and frosting. Now that's lemon!

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:03pm
post #13 of 17

You wouldn't put the milk in, you would leave that out, and use the buttermilk only. Bmilk isn't that detectable on it's own, persay, just the moistness and tang. I try to use it whenever possible.

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:07pm
post #14 of 17

I just personally love buttermilk. But thanks for the tip!

all4cake Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:12pm
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I understood the substitution of the buttermilk for the milk...I was just thinking...just as matthewkryankelly stated, the milk/lemonjuice(or vinegar) is a sub for buttermilk anyway. As far as taste is concerned, I didn't think it would make a big impact. I do agree with the moistness part.

all4cake Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:21pm
post #16 of 17

Then, again....some r/v recipes have both vinegar and b/m....those that do have both seem(and it may be a mental thing....) tastier...in flavor and moistness....just a thought....

I don't even know why I brought it up Jaime....you're absolutely right, buttermilk in a cake recipe can't be a bad thing....and milk might diffuse the twanginess of the lemon while the buttermilk might be more supportive...

Just forget I posted anything....I posted before I had all my "then, again..." thoughts together.

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Jul 2009 , 5:43pm
post #17 of 17

Lol All4cake! Don't sweat it! I did the vinegar/regular milk thing once, never again. Something about it just gave me the creeps. I'm sure it's fine.....oh! And, I forgot to add vinegar to a pot of boiling artichokes once...didn't taste right, they were not as good, I was so sad. icon_sad.gificon_sad.gif So go figure. It has it's place! icon_biggrin.gif

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