Zesty Bliss: Baking the Perfect Lemon Curd Cake

Hello, my fellow dessert aficionados and baking enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into the world of bright and tangy flavors with a recipe that'll tickle your taste buds and bring a ray of sunshine to your day - the Lemon Curd Cake. and I couldn't wait to share it with you all.

Source of Inspiration:

Before we start our baking adventure, I want to give credit where it's due. You can find the original video on TikTok [here]

Ingredients You'll Need:

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Lemon Curd:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • Zest of 1 lemon

For the Lemon Buttercream:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the Lemon Curd

- We'll start with the lemon curd because it needs some time to cool. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the lemon juice, granulated sugar, eggs, butter, and lemon zest. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens, which should take about 5-7 minutes. Remove it from heat, strain it to remove any bits of cooked egg, and let it cool completely.

Step 2: Preheat and Prep

- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. This ensures your cake layers won't stick.

Step 3: Mix the Dry Ingredients

- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set this aside - it's going to make your cake airy and fluffy.

Step 4: Cream the Butter and Sugar

- In another bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until it's light and fluffy. This might take a few minutes, but it's worth it for that perfect cake texture.

Step 5: Add Eggs and Lemon Zest

- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the lemon zest. Keep mixing until everything is beautifully combined.

Step 6: Lemon Love

- Stir in the fresh lemon juice and vanilla extract. Your kitchen will start to smell amazing!

Step 7: Mix Dry Ingredients and Buttermilk

- Gradually add the dry ingredients to your lemony mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Start and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until it's all blended together, creating a luscious lemony cake batter.

Step 8: Bake and Cool

- Divide your cake batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 9: Lemon Buttercream

- While your cakes cool, whip up the lemon buttercream. In a bowl, beat together the softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until it's creamy and dreamy.

Step 10: Assemble and Frost

- Once your cakes are completely cooled, spread a layer of lemon curd on top of one cake layer. Place the second cake layer on top and frost the entire cake with the lemon buttercream. You can get creative with the frosting, adding swirls or patterns, or just smoothing it out with a spatula.

Step 11: Serve and Savor

- Slice yourself a generous piece of this Lemon Curd Cake, and let the zesty flavors and moist crumb take your taste buds on a delightful journey.

There you have it, folks! Thanks to [@inbloombakery](https://www.tiktok.com/@inbloombakery), we've uncovered the secrets to creating a Lemon Curd Cake that's both zesty and sweet, making it the perfect dessert for any occasion or simply for indulging in a slice of sunshine.

Give it a try, and share this delightful cake with friends and family. It's a ray of happiness on a plate. Happy baking, and enjoy every zesty bite! 🍋🍰🌞