Prep Time
42 Mins
Cook Time
32 Mins
Other Time
5 Hours
Makes 12 to 15 servings

You'll find that the lemon isn't overpowering in this cake, but that it gives it a unique taste.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat whipping cream and 2 teaspoons lemon rind in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until hot. Add morsels, and cook 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted, stirring constantly. Cool; cover and chill at least 5 hours.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt unsweetened chocolate and 1 tablespoon lemon rind in a small saucepan; let cool.

Step 3

Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients; set aside.

Step 4

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended; stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture; stir in melted unsweetened chocolate mixture just until blended. Divide batter evenly among 3 lightly greased 9-inch round cakepans.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Step 6

Meanwhile, beat chilled whipping cream mixture at medium speed until stiff peaks form. (Be careful not to overbeat.)

Step 7

Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Store in refrigerator.

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Ratings & Reviews

angestephlina's Review

April 03, 2010
Cake is dry, heavy and I would not make it again. Given how expensive the ingredients were, I expected a much better result. I am a pretty good baker, and I followed the instructions to a tee. Wouldn't recommend it, and I was embarassed having to serve it at my husband's birthday party.