Monday, April 22, 2024

Lemon Cake with Lemon Buttercream and Raspberry Filling

Have you ever come across a recipe over which you become completely obsessed? That happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I had spotted a lemon cake with lemon buttercream frosting that I could not get out of my head. I decided that a thin layer of raspberry preserves would be superb between those layers of frosting, and I became obsessed with making it; it haunted my every waking hour. Despite my obsession, I couldn’t bring myself to make it because I knew it was going to be a project. Over the weekend I simply could not take it anymore, so I made the cake. It took me five hours! FIVE!  It is a good one, I was right about the raspberry filling, but never again am I going to make this cake. In fact, I don’t think I’m ever going to make another cake again. There are four bakeries within a 5-mile radius of my house. Why should I make cake? But if you want to, here…
Lemon Cake with Lemon Buttercream

and Raspberry Filling

Adapted from sprinklebakes

 3 c. sifted flour*

2½ t. baking powder

½ t. baking soda

½ t. salt

1 c. butter, room temperature

1¾ c. granulated sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

2 t. vanilla extract

1 c. whole milk, room temperature

1 heaping T. lemon zest (about 2 lemons)

1/3 c. fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

Raspberry Preserves

Lemon Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)

  Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the heck out of three 8-inch cake pans with Baker’s Joy; set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

 In stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down as needed. On high speed, beat in eggs and vanilla until combined, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients just until combined. With the mixer still running on low, add the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice and mix just until combined. You may need to whisk it all by hand to make sure there are no lumps at the bottom of the bowl. The batter will be a little thick.

 Pour batter evenly into cake pans. Bake for around 21-26 minutes or until the cakes are baked through. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Allow cakes to cool completely in the pans set on a wire rack. The cakes must be completely cool before frosting and assembling. The baked cakes are fluffy, but they are not thick—about 1 – 1.5 inches.

 *Sift before measuring

 Lemon Buttercream Frosting

1 c. butter, softened

1 heaping T. fresh lemon zest

¼ c. freshly squeezed lemon juice

5 c. confectioners’ sugar

2-3 drops yellow food coloring

 In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest until thoroughly combined (about 2 minutes.)

 Scrape the mixture down from the sides of the bowl before setting it on the low speed and adding the 5 cups of confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time.

 Once combined, increase the speed to medium-high and mix for another 30-45 seconds until the frosting becomes light and fluffy. Add the food coloring and mix until combined.

 If the mixture is too thick, add more lemon juice; if the mixture is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar, 2 T. at a time until desired (spreadable) constancy is reached.

 To assemble:

On whatever plate you intend to proffer your cake, place one layer top side down. Spread a layer of raspberry jam on top of this layer. Then, on the top side of your second layer, slather on some frosting. Carefully invert one layer over the other, so that the frosting and jam “kiss.” Continue this process with the remaining layer, and then frost top and sides of your cake. If you intend to pipe rosettes on the top, or do other type of decorating, you will make need to make one and a half times the recipe for frosting.
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Marie Smith said...

Love the idea of the raspberry jam spread on the layers. That would be a real treat!

Linda said...

What a gorgeous cake, and it looks mouth-watering. I'm kind of over cake baking too, but I'll save the recipe just in case. ;)

Gina said...

This looks very special occasion worthy and I love the combo of raspberries and lemon! I once made a from scratch carrot cake that was to die for and everyone raved and I never made it again because it was a giant pain in the patoot. Same with some peanut butter filled cookies in high school. The more my mother swooned over them, the greater my guilt, because I knew I was never going to put that much effort into cookies again! Lucky folks who got to try your cake... said...

Five hours, yikes! It is beautiful though...but I think I'd go the bakery route next time 😂