Layered lemon cake with lemon icing

    3 hours 55 min

    This is a wonderful lemon cake for Easter or a special occasion like Mother's Day. It's light, lovely and citrusy and will definitely brighten up your day!

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    Serves: 12 

    • For the cake
    • 250g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 110g butter
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250ml milk
    • For the filling
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
    • 120ml fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 85g butter
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 4 egg yolks, beaten
    • For the icing
    • 450g icing sugar
    • 110g butter, softened
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 2 tablespoons milk

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:3hr chilling  ›  Ready in:3hr55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 20cm round cake tins. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated.
    3. Pour mixture into prepared tins. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tins on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then turn out to cool completely.
    4. To make filling: In medium saucepan, mix together 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 120ml lemon juice and 1 tablespoon cornflour until smooth. Mix in 85g butter and 3150g caster sugar, and bring mixture to the boil over medium heat. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. In small bowl, with a wire whisk, beat egg yolks until smooth. Whisk in a small amount of the hot lemon mixture. Pour the egg mixture into the sauce pan, beating the hot lemon mixture rapidly. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes, or until thick (don't allow it to boil).
    5. Pour mixture into medium bowl. Press cling film onto surface to keep skin from forming as it cools. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
    6. To make the icing: In large bowl, beat icing sugar, 115g butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon zest until smooth. Beat in milk, and increase speed and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
    7. To assemble: With long serrated knife, split each cake layer in half horizontally, making 4 layers. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Spread with half of the lemon filling. Top with another layer, and spread with some icing. Add third layer, and spread with remaining lemon filling. Press on final cake layer, and cover the top and sides of cake with remaining icing. Keep cake covered and in the fridge until serving time.

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    Such a lovely, yummy cake! Surprisingly easy to make too! don't be put off by the making of the lemon's so easy I've made jars of it!  -  13 Apr 2012


    Possibly the best cake I have ever made! Everyone who tasted it kept talking about it and said how delicious it was!  -  04 Nov 2012


    I adapted mine to three layers. I also added whole raspberries between the layers.  -  06 Apr 2013