Luscious Lemon Cake

It’s my birthday! And this was my birthday cake! It is tradition in our family that you can select any meal that you would like to eat. Included in that deal, is the dessert that you want to enjoy. I have an advantage, my husband can bake.  Unfortunately, for him he does not have the same advantage, because I don’t bake so well. 

A velvety rich lemon cake with a delicious lemon frosting.  This cake seals my husband’s reputation as a  fabulous baker.  

Luscious Lemon Cake
Serves 12
Recipe from Southern Living

8 egg yolks
3/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
2-1/2 cups cake flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Beat egg yolks at high speed with an electric mixer 4 minutes or until thick and pale.
2.  Beat butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.  Add beaten egg yolks, beating well.
3.  Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with 3/4 cup milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.  Stir in 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans.
4.  bake at 375 degrees F. for 12-17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.  Remove from pans to wore racks, and let cool for 1 hour or until completely cool.
5.  Spread Luscious Lemon Frosting between layers of cake.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Note: You can frost the entire cake for a more elegant presentation.
Luscious Lemon Frosting Recipe:

1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (32-ounce) package powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tablespoons half-and-half (optional)
1.  Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; stir in lemon zest and juice.  (Mixture will appear curdled).  Gradually add sugar; beat at high speed 4 minutes or spreading consistency.  Gradually beat in up to 2 tablespoons half-and-half, if necessary, for desired consistency.

57 thoughts on “Luscious Lemon Cake

  1. Happy birthday!! Lemon cake is one of my favorites, too! I made one for Easter and it turned out incredibly well. I'll definitely give this one a shot! The Booze Hound can bake a pizza, that's about it, but I'll keep him around anyway 🙂


  2. Wow, this is beautiful and sounds delicious! My mother has made a lemon pound cake every year for my fathers birthday…I may send this one to her in case she wants to try something new!


  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY VELVA!!! Your husband is certainly talented and made you a beautiful cake. Lemon desserts top my dessert list quite often. I know I would thoroughly enjoy this cake.P.S. One time my husband made a box cake and used maple syrup in place of oil…..I think you have a much better deal than me. LOL!


  4. Velva, I'm a little late to the party but best birthday wishes to you! In my opinion, a birthday should be celebrated for at least a month sooo let the party begin!!That cake looks divine! Just the \”crumb\” texture that I love. My husband is the baker in our house too. I am showing him this cake with the hint that my birthday is only a few months away.Happy! Happy!Best,Bonnie


  5. Velva, I could eat a piece of that beautiful cake for breakfast. It looks absolutely divine! I'm not much of a baker, but would love to make this cake. Love lemon.


  6. Did I miss it on facebook? Hmmm, I have to go back now and see, but how luscious of you to post this divine cake…when I come back for a visit, tell hubby to make me one…P L E A S E 🙂


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