It’s February and we’ve been experiencing a lot of gray, rainy, winter days. Whenever I need a sunny pick-me-up, I bake something lemony. This Lemon Curd Filled Cake is just delicious. Lemon is used three ways: to flavor the cake, the filling, and the icing. And the curd is so easy because it’s store-bought (see notes for more information). It would make a great Super Bowl Party dessert. And if your Valentine loves lemon, this would make a wonderful “I love you!” surprise.
Lemon Curd Filled Cake
Ingredients for the cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk*
- 2 tablespoon lemon rind, finely minced**
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- Pre-heat oven 350° F. Prepare 2 eight-inch round banking pans by spraying with cooking spray. Line bottoms with circles of waxed paper (optional).
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Stir to combine well.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Divide the batter between the 2 pans and bake 30-35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out cakes onto wire rack to cool completely.
Lemon Curd Filling
- 1 small jar lemon curd (about 10 to 12 ounces)***
- Place one cake layer on the plate upside down and spread the entire jar of curd on the flat side just to the edges.
- Top with second cake and frost the cake with Lemon Icing.
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon rind, finely minced**
- 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- In a medium-sized bowl, add lemon juice and rind to the melted butter. Stir to combine.
- Add 2 cups powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add more sugar until desired consistency is reached.
I like a thinner icing so I can smear it over the top and let the icing drip down the sides of the cake. See picture.
* If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can create sour milk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or vinegar) to a measuring cup and top off with milk to reach the 1 cup needed. Let sit for several minutes to curdle.
**I use a microplane/zester to remove the yellow part only of the lemon. The white pith can be bitter.
***Most grocery stores sell lemon curd in the jelly/jam section. Look on the top shelf, near the specialty jellies. Amazon also sells lemon curd. Or you can make your own.
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