How to make Lemon Lover’s Layered Lemon Cake

I am a Lemon Lover. I am a Cake Lover. This Lemon Lover’s Layered Lemon Cake is my sanctuary.

Too much? Okay, but this cake was super delicious.

Cook eat Delicious Rating: Layered cakes take time and a bit of practice before making the perfect one. I still have a lot of work to do but hopefully I will get there soon! The lemon curd and the Lemon Meringue Buttercream also take some skill but if you follow directions really good this recipe may be as easy as pie.

The lemon cake is delicious, moist with a good crumb. It holds up well too. The Lemon Curd Cream Cheese filling is to die for. I had to make double because I ate the first batch out of the bowl. Seriously, so good. The Lemon Meringue Buttercream is alright. It is super light, fluffy, and a perfect frosting but something was just not right for me. Everyone raved about it, saying the frosting was their favorite part. What about you, what do you think of it?

Layered Lemon Cake

This delicious, moist lemon cake is perfect for any lemon lover! It is made with three layers of homemade lemon cake, filled and frosted with a lemon cream cheese frosting. The cake is then garnished with fresh lemon slices and a dusting of powdered sugar. This cake is sure to please any lemon lover, and is the perfect dessert for any occasion!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 large slices
Calories 789 kcal


Lemon Cake:

  • 3 cups Cake Flour
  • tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 sticks of unsalted Butter softened
  • cups white Sugar
  • 4 Eggs room temperature
  • 4 tsp Lemon Zest
  • cup fresh Lemon juice
  • ½ cup milk

Lemon Curd:

  • 8 Egg Yolks
  • cups white Sugar
  • 3 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 cup fresh Lemon juice
  • 1 stick Butter
  • ½ tsp Salt

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling:

  • cup Heavy Cream
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Lemon Curd

Swiss Meringue Lemon Buttercream:

  • 1 white Sugar
  • 4 cup Egg Whites
  • 3 sticks unsalted Butter softened
  • cup fresh Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease & flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
  • In a medium bowl sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed for one minute.
  • Add in sugar and beat at high speed for 3 minutes.
  • Add in eggs, mixing until well blended.
  • Add in lemon zest and lemon juice. Reduce speed to low and add in the flour mixture and milk, alternating with both starting and ending with the flour mixture. Divide batter evenly into cake pans, smooth tops with a spatula.
  • Bake for 23-26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool cakes on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert both cakes onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Lemon Curd:

  • Set a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl.
  • In a saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until blended.
  • Turn on heat to medium and whisk in lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and butter.
  • Whisk constantly for 8-10 minutes or until mixture greatly thickens.
  • Do not let it come to a boil because it will curdle and be ruined.
  • Immediately pour the mixture through the sieve, pressing it through with a rubber spatula.
  • Set the hot lemon mixture bowl in a larger bowl filled partway with ice water. Do not splash water into lemon mixture.
  • Whisk the lemon curd frequently for 15 minutes or until slightly chilled.
  • Cover curd with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling:

  • In a large bowl, electric mix on high speed the Heavy Cream until firm peaks form.
  • Place in a smaller bowl and refrigerate.
  • Place softened cream cheese in the same large bowl and electric mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Change to low speed and add vanilla and lemon curd, combine well. Gently fold in whipped cream with a spatula.

Swiss Meringue Lemon Buttercream:

  • In a double boiler, whisk sugar and egg whites for 3 minutes over heat.
  • Pour into a large bowl and electric mix the egg mixture on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • Add in butter, one stick at a time, mixing until smooth.
  • Turn mixer to high speed and mix for 8 minutes.
  • Turn mixer to medium speed and add in lemon juice and vanilla.
  • Set aside until ready to use.

Assemble the Cake:

  • Using a long sharp serrated knife, slice each round cake horizontally in half. If the sides are to firm, cut them off and even the tops to that each layer is even.
  • Place first layer, cut side up, on cake dish and top with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling, spreading evenly.
  • Refrigerate for 6 minutes or until the filling is a bit firm.
  • Add on next layer, top with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling, spreading evenly, and refrigerate for 6 minutes or until filling is firm. Repeat for third layer.
  • Top with last layer, cut side down. Lightly frost the sides and top of cake with the Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until the light layer is firm. This helps frost the cake more smoothly and leaves out crumbs.
  • Frost and decorate the rest of the cake using the remaining Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate the whole cake. Let stand at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before serving.



The perfect dessert for anytime of the year. Serve with coffee or tea.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 789kcalCarbohydrates: 108gProtein: 23gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 287mgSodium: 690mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 1gSugar: 78gVitamin A: 1168IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 165mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cake, lemon
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tips for making Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake with Fluffy, Less-Sweet Lemon Frosting
Lemon Cake with Fluffy, Less-Sweet Lemon Frosting

Lemon cake is a delicious and refreshing dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Here are some tips for making the perfect lemon cake:

– start with a good quality lemon cake mix or recipe. This will ensure that your cake is moist and flavorful.
– add some fresh lemon zest to the cake mix or batter for an extra boost of flavor.
– use fresh lemon juice in the frosting or glaze for the cake. This will give it a nice tart flavor.
– decorate the cake with fresh lemon slices and a sprig of mint for a beautiful and tasty presentation.

FAQs about the Lemon Cake

Lemon Layer Cake
Lemon Layer Cake

What is the Lemon Cake?

The Lemon Cake is a cake made with lemon juice, lemon zest, and eggs. It is often made with a pound cake or sponge cake base, and is usually served with a lemon glaze or frosting.

How do I make a Lemon Cake?

There are many recipes for Lemon Cake, but they all generally follow the same basic ingredients and method. First, you will need to gather your ingredients: lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Next, you will need to cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then, you will add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined. Next, you will add the lemon juice and zest and mix until combined. Finally, you will add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined. Once everything is mixed together, you will pour the batter into a prepared cake pan and bake at a preheated oven until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

What are some common variations of Lemon Cake?

There are many variations of Lemon Cake, but some of the most common include adding poppy seeds, using buttermilk instead of milk, using olive oil instead of butter, and adding a cream cheese frosting.

What are some tips for making the perfect Lemon Cake?

There are a few tips to keep in mind when making Lemon Cake to ensure that it turns out perfectly. First, be sure to use fresh lemon juice and zest for the best flavor. Second, be sure to cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy before adding the eggs; this will help create a more tender cake. Finally, be sure to mix the batter until just combined before pouring into the cake pan; over-mixing can lead to a tough cake.

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