Southern Lemon White Cake with Lemon Curd

Maggie May Schill


Lemons were on sale. So besides mixing them up with kumquats to make my friend some kumquat cake I also started messing with my recipe for traditional Southern style white cake. You see I saw the movie Django a few weeks ago and at Monsieur Candy's plantation they were serving white cake. I had an odd conversation with a friend after that who didn't know what white cake was. So I felt very compelled to make white cake...but I also have all these lemons you see. So what I ended up with is lemon white cake. YUM!

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30 Min
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3 c
cake flour
2 Tbsp
baking powder
1 Tbsp
2 1/2 c
1 1/2 c
(3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 large
egg whites
1 c
1/4 c
lemon juice, fresh
2 Tbsp
lemon zest, fresh
2 Tbsp
pure vanilla extract


3 large
egg yolks
8 Tbsp
4 Tbsp
unsalted butter, divided
1/4 c
lemon juice, fresh
1 Tbsp
lemon zest, fresh


1 c
(2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp
lemon juice, fresh
3 c
confectioner's sugar

How to Make Southern Lemon White Cake with Lemon Curd


  • 1Preheat oven to 350'F
    Grease and line with parchment 2 9inch round cake pans. Be sure to grease parchment as well once it is laid in pans.
  • 2For curd:
    In a small sauce pan combine egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Heat over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, be sure to stir mixture almost continuously. Once mixture becomes thick enough that it sticks to your spoon almost like a syrup remove from heat and stir in one tablespoon of butter at a time until all 4 tablespoons are complete dissolved.

    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours at least. You can store it for 2 days at the most.

    Side note: if you lay the plastic wrap directly against the lemon curd while it sets you won't get that weird skin curds and pudding always get while they set typically. It'll make it easier to mix and spread on your cake later.
  • 3For cake:

    In a large mixing bowl sift cake flour, salt and baking powder together, set aside.
  • 4In another large mixing bowl cream butter, 2 cups of you sugar and lemon zest together until completely creamy.
  • 5In a measuring cup pour of 1 cup of cream, mix it with vanilla extract and lemon juice, set aside.
  • 6In another large mixing bowl whisk egg whites vigorously, gradually add 1/2 cup of sugar as you whisk. Bring egg whites up to soft peaks. Be sure to not over whip or whites will separate.
  • 7Add flour to creamed butter mixture in thirds, adding cream mixture to batter in between adding your flour.
    In all you will interchange adding three batches of flour and two batches of the cream. Completely incorporate, but do not over mix.
  • 8Gradually fold egg whites into batter until completely incorporated.
  • 9Pour out into greased lined cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until just golden on top.
  • 10Cool cakes on wire wrack for 1 hour and turn out of pans to completely cool.
  • 11For butter cream frosting:

    In a mixing bowl cream butter until fluffy. Gradually add confectioner's sugar until completely incorporated. Add vanilla and lemon juice and whip until smooth. Set aside.
  • 12Once cakes are completely cooled, level any doming off with a serrated knife or cake leveler.
  • 13Place one cake on a cake board and spread lemon curd on top of it.
    Stack second cake on the first, and frost as desired with butter cream.

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About Southern Lemon White Cake with Lemon Curd

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: Lovable Lemon

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