Triple Layer Lemon Cake

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    90 mins
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Nothing is more refreshing and satisfying than this Triple Lemon Layer Cake. Three cake layers, filled with a tangy lemon curd and a lemon coconut cream cheese icing make this dessert irresistible.

What You'll Need

  • Lemon Curd Filling:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • Grated zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup ​fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • Lemon Cake:
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Grated zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon-Coconut Frosting:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Grated zest from 1 lemon

How to Make It

1. Make the lemon curd filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk the sugar, eggs, and egg yolks until well blended. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and butter. Cook, stirring often, over low to medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. As the mixture begins to thicken, stir constantly, for 20 minutes more until it thickly coats the back of a metal spoon (don't boil or the mixture may curdle). Strain the filling through a sieve set over a small bowl.

Lay a sheet of waxed paper or plastic directly on the surface of the filling and chill for at least 4 hours. The filling will thicken as it cools.


2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease three 8-inch cake layer pans. Line the bottoms with waxed paper and lightly grease the paper.

3. Make the cake: In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, salt, and vanilla on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour alternately with the lemon juice, beating well after each addition. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, dividing it evenly.

4. Bake until the tops spring back when gently pressed and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Set the cakes in the pans on wire racks to cool for 20 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto the racks and remove the waxed paper.

5. Make the frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, lemon juice, and sugar, and lemon zest with an electric mixer until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour, or until firm but spreadable.

6. To assemble: Trim the top of the cake layers with a long serrated knife, cutting off any raised areas. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread half the filling evenly over the layer. Top with another cake layer and the remaining filling. Top with the remaining cake layer. Coat the top and sides with the frosting. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

• The cake layers can be wrapped well and refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 3 months.

• Store the cake at cool room temperature until serving time; then loosely cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.