My love of baking doesn't seem to be slowing down and if I have the opportunity to bake a cake for someone I take it! Last week was my mum's 60th birthday and we threw her a surprise BBQ. My dad and a few of his friends did all the cooking and I did the cake baking. My mum has two favourite flavours, lemon or caramel. I decided on a lemon flavoured cake because it was the perfect light and fresh flavour to finish a summer BBQ off with. I used a recipe online for the triple layer lemon cake and made my own famous buttercream icing. The cake was perfect, however, I should have probably baked two because everyone loved it so much. The recipe was great, it was moist with a great lemon flavour that was echoed in the icing and lemon curd between layers. Below is the recipe for the cake and my recipe for the icing.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 eggs
- 2 1/3 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup buttermilk
- lemon curd (homemade or bought, I used bought due to time restraint)
Grease and line three 9" round cake pans with parchment paper. Preheat oven for 350 degrees. In one large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a second mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating between each until mixed together. Evenly pour into each pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely before assembling cake and making icing.
Recipe for Icing:
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp essence of lemon (or lemon juice) (add more as needed for taste)
Mix all the ingredients together. If it seems too hard add a little more milk. Taste to ensure it isn't too sweet or buttery. I use this recipe for everything I ice, it really is the easiest and most delicious. You can add food colouring, liqueur or cocoa to change the flavour or colour.
When you're ready to assemble your cake (after it has completely cooled), remove from pans and set aside. Take out first layer and place down, cover the top with lemon curd and repeat with next layer. When the final layer is on top begin to ice the top and sides. You can do a crumb coat to ensure it looking more professional, however, as time was limited I was just careful with my icing. Garnish with lemon peel and mint and enjoy!