May 5, 2016

Amazing Lemon Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Lemonade: the perfect blend of sweet, sour and lemon in a cold drink perfect for warmer weather. When that tall glass of lemonade gets turned into a cake, it's heaven on a plate. One of my signature cakes is amazing lemon cake that does just that. An amazing, light, fluffy lemon buttercream frosting tops it off, taking the cake to absolute bliss.

The recipe takes all the wonderful aspects of lemonade and cake, balancing them just so, leaving with you with a dessert that is simply amazing. Seriously, imagine the absolute BEST lemonade you're ever had as cake and this is it.

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Fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and a dash of vanilla are the secrets to this lemon cake. While you could use concentrated juice, or skip the zest, it wouldn't have the same "zing" or fresh, lemony taste that make it great. The vanilla -- an unexpected ingredient when it comes to lemon -- kicks the cake and frosting up a notch to amazing.


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I always like adding vanilla to recipes so figure I'd try it on this one, no matter how odd it sounded. While the batter and frosting were both good without it, I couldn't believe how that little bit of vanilla changed the flavors just enough to make it absolutely delicious. I had a hard time not eating up all the batter and frosting! I'll share a little secret with you -- I add eggs into recipes last, that way I can taste as I go and adjust as needed without fear of salmonella.

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Even people who aren't usually big into lemon tend to love my lemon cake. It's not too sweet and not too sour. Any of the lemon cakes I've tried before don't meat those criteria. Even more cakes resemble a pound cake more than a bakery cake. I'm not really a fan of those types, so created this recipe to solve the problem.

When it is left out of the fridge, the cake has a bakery-cake type soft, moist crumb. Stick it in the fridge (like I did) to turn it into a lemon-bar/cake hybrid. It would go great with a glass of iced black tea (no sugar, there's already enough sweet here).

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The easy-to-make amazing lemon buttercream frosting tops the cake. I've contemplated using vanilla or cream cheese, or even adding lemon curd as the filling, but nothing compares to the lemon buttercream on this cake. It makes it perfection.

The amazing lemon cake recipe is getting added to my repertoire of awesome cakes, which includes my signature spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting, hummingbird cake and vanilla butter cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.

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Amazing Lemon Cake


by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (8 in, 2 layer cake, serves 12)

    For the Cake

    • 3 Tbsp lemon zest approx. 3 lemons
    • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice, approx. 3-4 lemons
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 1/4 cup flour
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 cup whole milk mixed with 1 Tbsp lemon juice to create homemade buttermilk

    For the Frosting

    • 3 Tbsp lemon zest approx. 3-4 lemons
    • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice approx. 2 lemons
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp whole milk
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • Splash of vanilla extract

    Instructions


    For the Cake

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Zest lemons
    Juice lemons by hand or with a juicer
    Combine lemon juice, zest, vanilla, butter and sugar in a mixer, beating until smooth
    Add salt, baking soda and baking powder, beating until well blended
    Slowly add flour and homemade buttermilk, beating continuously until well mixed
    Add eggs, one at a time, beating continuously until mixture is smooth and completely blended
    Line two 8 in round cake pans with parchment paper, then spray generously with nonstick spray
    Pour batter evenly into cake pans
    Bake 25 minutes, or until cake is golden and toothpick comes out clean
    Using parchment paper, remove cakes and place (on parchment paper) on cooling racks
    Let cool completely before frosting


    For the Frosting

    Zest lemons
    Juice lemons by hand or with a juicer
    Combine juice, zest, butter and sugar in a mixer
    Beat until smooth
    Add 1 tsp milk, blend until smooth
    Add a splash of vanilla, beating continuously until frosting is smooth and fluffy
    Frost cake
    Chill in the refrigerator 



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    7 comments:

    1. I love lemon in desserts and this look amazing!! Pinned for later! :)

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    2. Wow! This cake looks and sounds incredible! As you know, I've been getting into lemon a bit lately. Yum!!

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    3. um, YUMMMM. holy moly--this cake sounds amazing! pinning!

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    4. Yum I LOVE lemon deserts! I'm going to try it with gluten free flour :) I'll let you know how it goes!

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    5. Lemon desserts are my absolute FAVE, and this looks scrumptious. Saving so I can play around with this recipe later and try to come up with a #glutenfree version. Thanks so much for sharing! (:

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    6. Hi Melissa!
      I love anything lemon! This sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It :)

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