Lemon Lovers Layer Cake

Lemon Lovers Layer Cake Recipe

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Patsy Fowler


my dad makes this cake and it is so good and moist and of course very lemonly

★★★★★ 3 votes


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1 1/2 c
cake flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
1 c
plain greek yogurt
1 1/3 c
3 large
2 tsp
lemon zest, grated
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 c
vegetable oil
1/3 c
lemon juice, fresh


2 c
heavy cream
2 1/2 c
powdered sugar
4 oz
cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp
lemon zest plus more for garnish, optional
1 Tbsp
lemon juice
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract

How to Make Lemon Lovers Layer Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 round cake pans.
  • 2In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, 1 cup sugar, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla.
  • 3Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Fold vegetable oil gently into batter.
  • 4Divide batter evenly between the 2 cake pans.
  • 5Bake for about 20 minutes , or until knife in center of cake comes out clean.
  • 6Remove from oven and set aside for cooling.
  • 7While your cake layers cool, bring 1/3 cup lemon juice plus remaining 1/3 cup sugar to a simmer in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear.
  • 8When your cake layers have cooled for about 10 minutes, pour lemon sugar mixture over each layer and allow it to soak in. Set aside while you make your frosting.
  • 9In a large bowl, whip cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • 10In a separate bowl, whip your heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  • 11Add the whipped cream to your bowl of whipped cream cheese and fold gently to incorporate.
  • 12Gently stir in lemon juice, vanilla, lemon zest and powdered sugar until smooth.
  • 13Chill frosting for at least 30 minutes.
  • 14Turn your cake layers out onto a cutting board and trim the sides/top as necessary to get rid of the brown bits.
  • 15Place one layer on a serving plate/cake stand. Spread a generous amount of frosting on top.
  • 16Lay the other cake layer on top of the frosting, and spread the rest of the frosting on top of that.
  • 17You can frost the sides of the cake too, but it is impossible for me to do that and not make a huge mess.
  • 18Sprinkle the top of your cake with lemon zest. Chill cake until ready to serve.

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About Lemon Lovers Layer Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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