Monday, October 3, 2011

Best Lemon Cake Recipe


Sweet, sour, moist, are all perfect descriptions of this fantastic cake. Who doesn't enjoy something with enough lemon to pack a punch?

I'm not very experienced in the art of making cakes, especially when it comes to filling. Oh, filling, why must you be so scary?? And why must you take so long? I don't really like to wait... Who does? It's especially hard for things like waiting for pizza to arrive, netflix to buffer, music to load, microwaves to beep, workouts to end, and fillings to thicken. However, I had a brilliant thought... at least I thought it was brilliant when the idea fell upon me. I know! I'll just microwave the filling! It will be so much quicker!

Nope. I was wrong. Although it did thicken significantly faster, it turned into a hard bowl of overcooked scrambled eggs. Yuck. My advice? Don't microwave fillings containing excessive amounts of eggs. Follow instructions, or you will end up with egg glop!



Best Lemon Cake Recipe:

Oven: 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup milk

Lemon Filing:

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

6 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup white sugar

4 egg yolks

Lemon Frosting:

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons milk

Cake Directions:

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.

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.

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.

Filling Directions:

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).

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.

Frosting Directions:

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.

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.

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