Get your pucker ready for the most deliciously Luscious Lemon Layer Cake you’ve ever tasted! Moist layers of a tender crumb lemon cake topped with a fluffy lemon cream cheese frosting.
Earlier this week I mentioned that I was up to my eyeballs in cake baking last weekend. It began with a basketball themed cake for Paul’s son’s basketball team. Then I whipped up a batch of some Delicious Cookies and Cream Cupcakes. Finally this Luscious Lemon Layer Cake for my nephew’s birthday. It was a weekend full of celebrations.
My nephew was celebrating his Sweet 16 and requested a Lemon Layer Cake. I was a little surprised at the request because he’s normally a chocolate lover. In the past I’ve either made him my Chocolate Blackout Cake or Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake. Not this year though. He wanted lemon!
This is a kid that hates almost all fruits and vegetables. He’s into BMX and has a new broken bone or bruise every week. Do you understand my surprise at his request? The tough kid wanted a a tart, fruity, tender, Lemon Layer Cake.
I love lemon cake but to be honest I don’t think I’ve met a cake that I didn’t love. It was just a little surprising to find out that my nephew loves lemon too.
So I went to the market, bought my ingredients, rolled up my sleeves and baked him the most deliciously Luscious Lemon Layer Cake you ever tasted!
I wasn’t really sure how I was going to decorate his Lemon Cake to make it at all masculine. It’s a little difficult to “man up” a pale yellow cake. Since I couldn’t think of any manly decorations I decided that I would make it festive and fun instead. Nothing screams festive, birthday fun more to me than rainbow sprinkles. So that’s what I went with. Not just a few sprinkles of rainbow sprinkles though. I actually rolled the cake in the rainbow sprinkles to completely coat the sides of the cake.
When I showed him his cake I apologized for not making it more masculine. He replied,”Auntie! Rainbow sprinkles are my favorite!” I guess I learned two new things about my nephew on his sixteenth birthday. The one fruit he likes is lemon….well…as long as it’s in the form of a cake…and rainbow sprinkles!
Get your pucker ready for the most deliciously Luscious Lemon Layer Cake you've ever tasted! Moist layers of a tender crumb lemon cake topped with a fluffy lemon cream cheese frosting.
- 3 1/2 Cups Cake Flour
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- 6 Large Egg whites
- 2 1/4 Cups Sugar
- Zest from one large lemon
- 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted butter (12 Tablespoons) ,softened
- 1 teaspoon Lemon extract
- 2 ,8 ounce packages Cream Cheese ,softened
- 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (16 Tablespoons) ,softened
- 5 1/2 Cups Confectioner Sugar
- Juice from one lemon, about 2 Tablespoons
- Zest from one lemon
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Grease and flour three 8 inch round cake pans. Set aside.
In a large bowl sift together, cake flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl combine egg whites and buttermilk. Whisk to combine and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine sugar, zest, and butter and mix for about 3 minutes until smooth. Add lemon extract and beat for another minute.
With the mixer on medium speed alternately add dry and wet ingredients in 3 batches. Scrape down the sides of mixer between each addition. Once all is added mix on medium speed for and additional minute.
Pour batter evenly between your three prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven on the center rack for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove to cooling rack and cool completely. While cake is cooling make frosting.
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. About 3 minutes.
Gradually add the confectioner sugar and mix to combine. Add lemon zest and juice and beat for about 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
Remove cooled cakes from pans. Frost the top of your first cake and top with the next cake. Frost the top of the second cake and place third cake on top. Frost top and sides of all cakes. For the tutorial that I use for coating with sprinkles click here.
If you are going to add the sprinkle to the cake. Frost a crumb coat first then chill your cake for about 1/2 hour in the fridge to firm it up. Add another coat of frosting to the sides of the cake and coat with the sprinkles before a crust forms so that they will stick to the the frosting.
Bake this Luscious Lemon Layer Cake for the lemon lover in your life!
Here are some more of my favorite cakes and cupcakes. Just click on the picture for the recipe.