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Luscious Lemon Cake

Frost the entire cake for a more elegant presentation.

Southern Living JUNE 2012

  • Yield: Makes 12 servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Bake: 17 Minutes
  • Cool: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes


  • 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
  • Luscious Lemon Frosting


1. Preheat oven to 375°. 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 ¾ cup milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in 1 tsp. lemon zest, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans.

4. Bake at 375° for 12 to 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and let cool 1 hour or until completely cool.

5. Spread Luscious Lemon Frosting between layers of cake. Cover and chill until ready to serve.





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