Triple Lemon Cake
I have been meaning to post this recipe for Triple Lemon Cake for a while now. However I’ve been busy baking it over and over for my parents’ birthdays. Now that both birthdays are over with and I finally have some time, here is the recipe.
And it’s good. The lemon curd is the best part, so sweet and perfectly tangy. Mmmm. I could bathe in it. And the buttercream is so light and sweet, yet still with just enough tang. The cake is nicely dense and delicious. It’s all a perfect combo.
I made it the first time for my mom’s birthday in July and I was surprised how much of a hit it was.
My family has never really been big on lemon. My grandmother loves lemon and we’ve had lemon cakes for her birthday before. But I can’t say anyone else was ever really into it.
So imagine my surprise when my mom requested it for her birthday. Her cake was two-tiered, so I made the smaller tier the lemon cake because I thought for sure it would be less popular than a chocolate cake.
I was wrong.
My mom was fighting people off it! She finally cut off a big chunk and put it in the freezer (She likes to save cake and stockpile it for when she feels like a piece. My kind of lady.)
And then an even crazier thing happened. My dad requested it for his birthday! Never in my life did I think my dad would request a lemon cake!
The only person that doesn’t knock someone over for a piece of this cake is my husband. Of all people I thought he’d love a lemon cake. Part of the reason I think I like lemon more now is that he got me into using fresh lemon on seafood.
But he would barely even taste this cake. I was blown away. How is it that my family likes a lemon cake and he won’t even touch it? Apparently, he thinks lemon should only go on seafood.
Seriously? He’s missing out.
Oh well, more for the rest of us! 🙂
Triple Lemon Cake
- Yield: 12-14 Slices
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons)
- 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp butter (I used unsalted)
- 1 1/2 cups butter
- 1 1/2 cups shortening
- 12 cups (3 lbs) powdered sugar
- 3 tsp finely grated lemon zest
- 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tsp water – plus more to the consistency you want
TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
Want more lemon? This Lemon Icebox Pie should do the trick!