Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting Recipe

Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting

Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting

Every bite of this Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd and Lemon Buttercream bursts with lemon flavor. A wonderfully moist lemon cake is layered with velvety smooth lemon curd and frosted with fresh lemon buttercream.

With its’ luscious lemon flavor, it is by far the best lemon cake I’ve ever had.

I wanted to create a cake that you guys like as much as my Easy Strawberry Cake. It is the cake that you make for birthdays, Mother’s Day, and other celebrations time and again. I enjoy reading your comments on how much you like that cake. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd and Lemon Buttercream just as much.

Let’s get to the recipe.


3 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest


preheat oven to 360 degrees F – 170 degrees C – grease and flour two 7 inch round pans mix together the flour baking powder and salt set aside
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy about 6 minutes beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk mixing just until incorporated
pour batter into prepared pans bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean allow to cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes then invert onto wire racks to cool completely

Make filling

In medium saucepan mix together 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth mix in 5 tablespoons butter and 3/4 cup sugar and bring mixture to boil over medium heat boil for one minute stirring constantly in small bowl with a wire whisk beat egg yolks until smooth whisk in a small amount of the hot lemon mixture pour the egg mixture into the sauce pan beating the hot lemon mixture rapidly reduce heat to low cook stirring constantly 5 minutes or until thick – not to boil –pour mixture into medium bowl press plastic wrap onto surface to keep skin from forming as it cools cool to room temperature refrigerate 2 hours

Make frosting

In large bowl beat confectioners sugar 1/3 cup butter 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon zest until smooth beat in milk and increase speed and continue to beat until light and fluffy


With long serrated knife split each cake layer in half horizontally making 5 layers place 1 layer cut side up on a serving plate spread with half of the lemon filling top with another layer and spread with 1/3 cup frosting add third layer and spread with remaining half of the lemon filling press on final cake layer and frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting refrigerate cake until serving time.

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