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Lemon Layer Cake–so smitten!

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Armed with a Saveur magazine featuring Southern layer cakes and my will to succeed, I attempted baking my first layer cake from scratch. I felt all “farm-to-table” fetching my own fruit from my backyard lemon tree.

Kitchen Notes:

  • I messed up on halving the two layers into four (definitely not even Steven). Using a long serrated knife to half each cake layer should help.
  • I may or may not have dipped into the frosting a little too much, leaving not enough to fully coat the outside of the cake. Of course, you could add more frosting in between the layers and on top leaving the sides unfinished—baker’s discretion.

In spite of my amateur baker moves, the lemon curd butter cream frosting was perfectly sweet and lemony at the same time. The cake was light and airy with a lovely flavor. If you keep your mitts out of the frosting bowl, you should have enough to properly coat the outside of the cake. Of course, you could add more frosting in between the layers and on top leaving the sides unfinished–baker’s discretion.

Verdict: A solidly good lemon layer cake!

Lemon Layer Cake 

P.S. Please disregard the first couple of reviews of this recipe on Saveur’s site. I’m not sure if the reviewers were not wearing their contacts when reading the recipe or just grouchy, but I didn’t have any of their issues.

June 6, 2014 - 9:06 pm

admin - Cake was delicious! Thank you for the kind words. Please keep reading!

June 4, 2014 - 6:15 pm

alicia Schumacher - Enjoyed all entries, but especially the informative review of “The Goldfinch” since I’ve been looking for a good “start of summer read”–going to get it today! Thank you– I’ll continue to follow your blog for inspiration and tips!

May 29, 2014 - 10:42 pm

maillot PSG 2014 - This is one awesome blog.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

May 12, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Caroline - I am so excited to make a delicious cake like this at my home! I love lemon and baking! Your blog is so cute and I am so excited to explore it once you have more posts up! How was the cake that you made?

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