Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting

Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting

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"This is a wonderful Easter cake. Everyone at my Easter barbeque loved it. Very moist and delightful."
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4 h servings 601 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 601 kcal
  • 30%
  • Fat:
  • 24.5 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 92.5g
  • 30%
  • Protein:
  • 5.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 173 mg
  • 58%
  • Sodium:
  • 434 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8 inch round pans. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To make filling: In medium saucepan, mix together 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth. Mix in 6 tablespoons butter and 3/4 cup sugar, and bring mixture to boil over medium heat. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. In small bowl, with a wire whisk, beat egg yolks until smooth. Whisk in a small amount of the hot lemon mixture. Pour the egg mixture into the sauce pan, beating the hot lemon mixture rapidly. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes, or until thick (not to boil).
  5. Pour mixture into medium bowl. Press plastic wrap onto surface to keep skin from forming as it cools. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate 3 hours.
  6. To make frosting: In large bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon zest until smooth. Beat in milk, and increase speed and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
  7. To assemble: With long serrated knife, split each cake layer in half horizontally, making 4 layers. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Spread with half of the lemon filling. Top with another layer, and spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Add third layer, and spread with remaining half of the lemon filling. Press on final cake layer, and frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Refrigerate cake until serving time.


  1. 440 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is a great cake. The only adjustments I would make is to the frosting. I added yellow coloring to the icing. I would increase the frosting to allow for extra to pipe onto the cake to decor...

Most helpful critical review

I made just the filling and frosting from this recipe, choosing to make the white cake from a box mix. The filling was oddly tart and sweet at the same time, and the recipe made way too much fo...

This is a great cake. The only adjustments I would make is to the frosting. I added yellow coloring to the icing. I would increase the frosting to allow for extra to pipe onto the cake to decor...

I've made this recipe a number of times and I always get rave reviews!! I have changed it a little: I have increased the filling ingredients by one-half and I've changed the cake by reducting t...

For someone that loves lemon everything, I found this recipe to be nothing short of exceptional! The flavor was so intense! Because I was in a hurry over the Memorial Day weekend I used a whit...

After reading reviews that many thought this cake was to dense, I substituted cake flour for all purpose flour. As a result, I didn't find this cake to be dense at all. It's also very importan...

I'm sure this recipe is delicious as written, but I used it for inspiration and here's what I did instead. I used a box lemon cake mix to make two 8 inch round cakes. Left one cake in tact and c...

this cake was very good. I Did make a few changes when I made it though. For the cake I added Lemon pudding filling and Lemon extract so that The cake itself would have a Lemon extract. My other...

I wish I would've read the whole recipie before cooking, I didn't give myself enough time to make it, but let me say, it was the best cake I've ever tasted! Absolutely divine! Everyone loved it ...

I 11/2 times the recipe and made it in 9" pans. I had plenty of filling and just enough frosting. Next time I will pipe frosting around the inside edge of the layers with filling. I began with m...

My rating is for the filling, as that is the only part of the recipe I have used. The filling is wonderful! I received rave reviews from my entire family after using this in a plain yellow cak...

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