Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Makes 9-inch layer cake, serving 12 to 14

This a great cake with which to celebrate during the summer!  The flavor of lemon against cream cheese frosting cannot be beaten.

If you like to decorate it with a beautiful bunting, you can make one easily.  You can find the bunting template here.

You can also garnish with candied lemon peel, by following the directions here.  (I made a half recipe.)
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Step 1: Lemon Cake Ingredients

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2 cups regular sugar
2 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs (taken out of the fridge the same time as the butter)
1¼ cup buttermilk
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 2: Cake Method

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Preheat oven to 350.  Spray two 9 inch cake pans with cooking spray.  Cut out parchment sheets the same size as the pans and line pans and spray once again.  Set aside until needed.

In a food processor, pulverize together lemon zest and sugar.  (Doing so releases the lemon oils.)

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, blend softened butter and lemon sugar until thoroughly combined.  Add eggs, one at a time and beat until well mixed, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is well blended.

Add half of flour mixture and mix until just combined. and add half of buttermilk and mix until just combined. Scrape down sides of the bowl.  Add remaining half of flour mixture, mix until just combined and then add remaining buttermilk.  Mix until just combined.again.  At this stage, the less you mix the better for your cake.  (too much mixing makes for a tough cake.)

Divide cake into prepared pans.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until cake springs back when gently pressed with fingertips.  Cool for 20 minutes, then remove cake from pans and cool on wire racks until completely cool.

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It is absolutely gorgeous and sounds delicious. :D
weekofmenus (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thanks Jessy. You are always so supportive and kind.
angelabchua3 years ago
The bunting is so cute! Def looks cuter than spelling that out in icing.
weekofmenus (author)  angelabchua3 years ago
I can't write in frosting to save my life - hence my use of the paper.
I love the little flags for decoration. This is such a pretty summer cake.
weekofmenus (author)  garnishrecipes3 years ago
flags are easy to do! Thank you!
bajablue3 years ago
Really homemade cake! Beautiful work!! Voted!!!
weekofmenus (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Thanks Baja!
ashbegash3 years ago
Very cute! Love it!
echoiceman3 years ago
I'm going to try this very soon! Great pics.