Luscious Lemon Cake

Frost the entire cake for a more elegant presentation.

Luscious Lemon Cake
Photo: Jennifer Davick
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
17 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 47 mins
12 servings


  • 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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