Lemon Custard Cake

Catherine Cappiello Pappas


This cake is a three part process but it moves along rather quickly. I started with an eggless cake base, layered with a refreshing lemon custard, and finally, I topped it all off with fresh whipped cream.

The result was enchanting and delightful. This certainly is not a ‘heavy’ dessert which is refreshing after the holidays, but it’s still perfect for such a celebratory occasion.

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10 Min


20 Min




eggless vanilla cake:
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ - ¾ cup milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
lemon custard:
1 egg
4 tablespoons sugars
zest and juice of 1 large lemon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
whipped cream:
1 cup wheavy cream
1 teaspoon confectioner's sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

Eggless Vanilla Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in oil and vanilla until a thick batter has formed.

Add milk. Start with ½ cup. If the batter still seems a little think, add another ¼ cup. Make sure to whisk thoroughly so there are no clumps. Lastly, add in vinegar.

Pour cake batter into a prepare 8-inch cake pan. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cake is golden and the tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack before transferring to a cake plate.

Using a serrated knife, carefully slice cake in half. If the center still feels warm, leave to cool completely for an extra 15 minutes or so.

Lemon Custard:
In a saucepan or double broiler, combine sugar, lemon juice and zest over medium-low heat or simmering water.

In a bowl, beat one egg and add to the lemon/sugar mixture. Stir constantly, until mixture has thickened (about 8 minutes). Alternate and take on/off heat while whisking. Remove custard from heat and stir in butter. Set aside to cool completely and then chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
In a medium bowl, whip 1 cup of heavy cream with a teaspoon of confectioners’ sugar.


Spread the chilled Lemon Custard on one layer of the cake. Spoon a dollop of whipped cream in the center and place the other cake on top. Use the remaining whipped cream and spread over the cake entirely. Grate a chocolate candy for garnish (I grated a Ferrero Rocher).

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American