Heavenly Lemon Cake. Recipe for a delicious lemon dessert cake. Moist and tender cake with a whipped frosting.
Heavenly Lemon Cake
- 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature plus more for pans
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for pans
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar divided
- 2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 lemon thinly sliced and seeded
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter and flour two (8x2-inch cake pans) tapping out excess flour.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in eggs and yolks, one at a time. Beat in 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined.
Divide batter between pans; smooth tops. Bake until cakes pull away from sides of pans, 32 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of pans and invert cakes onto a wire rack.
While cakes are baking, bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add lemon slices and simmer 25 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer lemon slices to a waxed-paper-lined plate. Stir remaining 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice into syrup.
Using a toothpick, poke holes in warm cakes on rack. Brush with lemon syrup. Let cool completely.
In a heatproof bowl set over in a saucepan of simmering water, combine egg whites, sugar, salt, and water. Cook over medium, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer to a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until glossy, stiff peaks form (do not overbeat), about 3 minutes; reduce speed to low, add vanilla extract, and beat just until combined. Use immediately on cooled cake.
Top with fresh lemon slices and shaved lemons. (optional)
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