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For the Love of Lemon 
Mar. 11, 2010 7:32 pm 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2010 6:16 am

I love lemon. There, I said it. I prefer it to chocolate and most other flavors out there. My family, however, is strictly chocolate and vanilla.

I recently volunteered to bake a dessert for a fundraising luncheon for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. As I tried to think of what to bake, I was cruising the new photos on AR (one of my favorite pastimes) and I saw Kathleen's photo of Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting. It was a beautiful cake and my mind was made up.

Part I: The Cake

First, let your butter and eggs sit out to warm to room temp.

I like to line my baking pans with parchment paper, just in case. I use one of those sprays with flour, too.

Zest those lemons (this one's a little modest). I zest them all and freeze the leftover zest for other recipes. Then juice them in whatever way you prefer.

Once all the dry ingredients are mixed and set aside, start on the wet ingredients.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Let that work until it's nice and light colored.

Mix in the eggs, one at a time. The vanilla went in with the eggs.

Alternate the dry ingredients with the milk (I used lemon juice instead of some of the milk. I also tossed in a little lemon zest. (I saved a customized recipe which is linked at the end.)

Into the pans - I actually weighed mine to be sure they were close. It was more out of curiosity than anything. They were pretty close. :)

After baking, the cakes cool a little in the pans, then slip right out to finish cooling on the rack. After cooling I wrapped the cakes and kept them cool overnight.

Part II: The Filling

I also made the lemon curd a day ahead. That starts with lemon zest and cornstarch.

Lemon juice is added, then butter and sugar. The whole delicious mess is cooked...

then egg yolks are beaten, tempered with some of the hot lemon mixture, then whisked into the pan with the remaining lemon mixture and cooked to thicken.

The mixture is covered with plastic wrap, cooled to room temp, and then refrigerated.

Part III: Assembly and Frosting

I have a cake leveler. It's supposed to slice cakes into layers, too. I like a big knife for this instead. A very long piece of dental floss works too. I do use the leveler to, well, level the cakes before slicing. You would think that the installers would have leveled my oven during installation. Um, no.

Next I mixed up the frosting. I ended up making an extra half batch, but somehow failed to get pictures. It's fair to say I was just a little too eager to get this cake together.

On to the assembly: I pipe a large bead of frosting around each layer before adding the lemon curd. This sort of worked, but some lemon filling still oozed out. It was tasty. :)

I did a crumb coat - a thin layer of frosting (thinned down with a little milk) to keep crumbs from getting all through the frosting on the finished cake. I chilled this for about half an hour, then finished the job.

I piped frosting around the top and bottom, then added swirls on top to hold the candies. These were half-slice lemon gummies (sugar-coated). I cut each in half and stuck them into the frosting.

I still had enough frosting to add decorative touches around the sides. It turned out better than I'd expected. It tasted even better than it looked. It was a time and labor intensive cake, but well worth the effort.

Luscious Lemon Cake (my custom recipe)

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Mar. 11, 2010 9:15 pm
And they take such pretty pictures!!! I love lemons too... just don't get them as often as I like. I actually just came across Oprah's Lemon Drop Martini again while digging through some recipes and I think I've got to have it soon.. sooo good.. how bout some lemon with that vodka?!! ;)
Mar. 11, 2010 9:36 pm
I LOVE LEMON TOO! Oh, that cake is sooo gorgeous. You are talented! I love the censored lemon shot, very cute.
Mar. 12, 2010 3:28 am
What an inspiring blog! Going to have to buy some lemons on this weeks grocery shopping trip. Love the photos and your cake is beautiful!
Mar. 12, 2010 7:45 am
Very nice, beuatiful cake!!!
Mar. 12, 2010 9:17 am
I like your pictures and sequence of events. Awesome cake.
Mar. 12, 2010 9:37 am
great blog, Pam, I also love lemon, can eat it like oranges. The cake is beautiful.
Mar. 12, 2010 4:22 pm
Beautiful Pam!!! I adore lemon too- love the idea of the lemon slices!
Mar. 12, 2010 7:09 pm
Kathleen! Your picture made me remember how badly I wanted to try this cake. Yours was beautiful, too!
Mar. 12, 2010 7:12 pm
That cake is GORGEOUS, and so are your photos of the process. Let us know if it is as delicious as it looks. I might have to make this cake for Easter dinner dessert. Love love LOVE anything lemon!
Mar. 13, 2010 2:50 am
What a beautiful cake! You inspired me to give it a try for my next special occassion! Thanks for sharing.
Mar. 13, 2010 4:56 am
beautiful cake, makes me think of summer on this rainy, cold day. Love the process pictures too.
Mar. 13, 2010 10:18 am
It was delicious, WAYATTDOGSTER. Redneck gramma - I bow to you. I'd be in a state of perma-pucker! lol
Mar. 13, 2010 7:07 pm
This looks fantastic. So beautiful and I can just taste the lemon.
Mar. 14, 2010 6:55 am
I LOVE your blog. I'm obsessed with lemons and even more with limes! i buy them even if I have no plans for them that week. I like to cut slices of either and drop them in my water bottle everyday. Your pictures make my mouth water. I loved the censored lemon, too cute. Keep blogging!
Mar. 15, 2010 4:32 pm
Oh, citrus is such a light, refreshing flavor! Lemon cake w/whipped cream frosting is our favorite BD cake. You did such a good job on your cake. Really makes me hungry for a slice!
Mar. 22, 2010 6:04 am
WoW!!! love your blog. and the pics are great. what a beautiful cake. i'm going to try it soon. between yours and kathleens blog, i can't go wrong. Nicely done:)
Mar. 22, 2010 9:14 am
Weeble, it's so weird - I didn't know Kathleen had blogged about the same cake until this AM. I have to sneak on during breaks and such at work, so I don't get to browse the blogs like I want to.
Mar. 26, 2010 7:08 pm
totally unrelated to this blog but I had to tell you I love the Peeps Pictures. Too cute!
Mar. 27, 2010 7:34 am
Thanks, Sugarbean! I needed a creative outlet... :)
Mar. 28, 2010 10:43 pm
Pam, this was so beautiful. I had heard of crumb coats, but did not know until this what was meant. TY. Also, the modest lemon, zest-less before the world. How cute! That cake is really pretty. The edges to contain the curd...brilliant.
Mar. 29, 2010 4:47 am
I am a lemon nut as well! The glass bowl on my counter never has less than 12 lemons in there. In fact, most of the time it is overflowing with lemon happiness. Your cake looks fantastic – look forward to giving it a try.
Apr. 2, 2010 7:25 pm
oh my...just bought a bag at least a dozen lemons on wednesday...thanks for sharing and yes your pics r great@!!!
Apr. 5, 2010 12:26 pm
Such a beautiful cake!!! Almost too pretty to cut!! I love lemon too and really must make this cake!!....Ginny
Apr. 21, 2010 3:45 pm
I want to come play at your house - everything you make looks so delish!
Jun. 17, 2010 6:58 pm
Pam, How can I thank you for doing a lemon cake blog! I ADORE lemon. I have soo many lemon recipes, you might laugh. Now, I have more courage to try a lemon cake. What kind of decorator kit do you use? Thanks. I will check back
Jun. 18, 2010 6:16 am
Hi Maureen. I don't actually have a kit. I've accumulated a lot of different tips (I used a star tip for this cake) and I just use the disposable plastic decorator bags. They're available at Michael's, Wal Mart, any craft or cake/candy store. My tools are all Wilton. I hope that answers your question. Let me know if I can help any further. :) Thanks for your kind words!
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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