Making a 4 tiered wedding cake and having to deliver it over 1 hr away. Never made a delivery before and don't really have time to try a bunch of different lemon cake recipes to see which will hold shape/bake well. I also need to make sure the 14" cake pan will bake evenly. I have never baked a tier larger than 12" and hear many people have issue with cake collapsing in the middle. Please help. Wedding is in 1 1/2 weeks and CAN'T afford ANY hiccups. Please. Calling all experienced professional wedding cake decorators!!!!
Do you have a good butter cake recipe? You can use lemon extract or fresh lemon zest (not juice) in place of or in addition to the vanilla in the recipe. If a recipe calls for two teaspoons of vanilla, you could do one tsp. of vanilla and one tsp of lemon. If you want a stronger lemon flavor, use all lemon.
Use the WASC recipe and add lemon flavoring instead of almond.
Try Warren Brown's Light and Lemony Cake from his book Cake Love. I tried many lemon cakes recently and this was the best. I used it for two tiers of a 5 tier cake delivered 2 weeks ago and it cut beautifully. It has a nice bright lemon flavor, and doubling the recipe was not a problem. If you want scratch, this might work for you. I also think that lemon oil gives better truer flavor than extract without being bitter. Use less of it than you would of extract though, a little goes a long way.
I will have to try warren browns recipe. i forgot i had the book. I made 4 scratch lemon cakes several weeks ago and all were bad. They were from great bakers, but mine didn,t turn out good. I then used cakepro's(c/cer) lemon cake mix enhancer and it was delicious. I used from scratch lemon curd and from scratch raspberry filling. Every one loved it. I think she calls it amazing lemon cake recipe.