Lemon Layer Cake with Fresh Strawberries

23 May

BeFunky_IMG_3495.jpgI’ve been super slow on posts again and the biggest reason for that is… I am so lazy! Yes I said it. Takes a lot of motivation to write everything down and most of the time I’m procrastinating just like how I did for my essays in college. Some things never change. Here I am with a new post though! So you better get excited. This one is also DELICIOUS and it was so much fun assembling everything. It takes time so be prepared, it ain’t easy coming up with a 6 layer cake I tell ya! It was worth all the trouble though.

Even though I normally try not to eat sugar, full fat dairy, and much gluten; for special occasions I put it all aside and enjoy a cheat treat. I tried using earth balance and almond milk but those were the only changes I could make. So be aware that this is not a clean recipe at all.

This lemon-strawberry layer cake was Andy’s birthday cake that was eaten for quite some time 🙂  Honestly, it tasted best the day of so I would recommend making it for a big party when a lot of people can enjoy it fresh.

Here is the recipe:

For the cake

2 + 1/3 cups cake flour

2 + 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 + 3/4 cups sugar

2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature (I used earth balance)

1 cup milk (I used almond milk)

5 large egg whites, at room temperature (equals to about 1/2 cup)

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the filling 

Egg-less Lemon Curd

2 teaspoons lemon zest

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

8 tablespoons unsalted butter (earth balance)

2 tablespoons corn starch

1/2 cup evaporated milk

For the frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature (earth balance)

2 tablespoons lemon zest

5 cups confectioners sugar

3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

* This recipe gives 2 pans of cake which then turns into 4 layers of cake. I baked a batch first and then baked half a batch in order to have 6 layers. You can totally bake only one batch and have a 4 layer cake.

The cake:

Heat the oven to 350 °F. Butter and flour two 8×2 inch round cake pans. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Pulse 1/4 cup of the sugar with the lemon zest in a food processor until well combined.

BeFunky_IMG_3488.jpgIn a large bowl, beat the butter and lemon sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the remaining sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in a quarter of the milk just until blended. On low speed, add the flour mixture alternately with the milk in three batches, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula; beat just until blended.

In another bowl beat the egg whites on medium speed just until foamy. Add the cream of tartar, increase the speed to medium high, and beat just until the whites form stiff peaks when the beaters are lifted. Add a quarter of the whites to the batter and gently fold them in with a rubber spatula; continue to gently fold in the whites, a quarter at a time, being careful not to deflate the mixture.

Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake for 40 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Take them out of the pans and let cool completely.

With the palm of one hand pressed on top of a cake layer, cut each in half horizontally, using a long serrated knife.

The curd:

Place the lemon zest on a cutting board with 2 tablespoons of the sugar on top of it. Cut the zest and sugar together with a knife; chopping and rubbing the mixture with the flat side of the knife.

In a small saucepan, combine the zest and sugar paste, remaining sugar, lemon juice, butter, and corn starch. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking continuously. After 4-5 minutes, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 2-3 minutes making sure the corn starch is dissolved. Pour the mixture into a heat proof bowl, whisk in the evaporated milk and let it cool at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.


Assemble your cake!!! This is when you bring out the fresh strawberries! Put a layer of cake on a serving plate, with an offset spatula spread some of the lemon curd, and add slices of fresh strawberries on top.


Lay another cake layer on top and repeat until you use all the cake layers.


Crumb coat your cake. Spread a thin layer of the frosting on the cake, filling in any gaps as you go. Chill until the frosting is firm. Then spread the remaining frosting decoratively over the top and the sides of the cake. Garnish it with lemon zest.



I will also put the recipe up for the sangria on another post. It was a blend of fresh fruit and molasses with merlot and orange juice.

I wish I took a prettier picture of the cake when it was cut but this is the only one I have.


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