April is birthday month at our house.  2 out of 3 boys will be celebrated for turning a year older. Birthdays at our house have turned into an all out food fest as they have gotten older.  Homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a favorite meal at supper and a special dessert.

For dessert this year, the birthday boy requested a 3 layer cake with lemon curd and whipped cream frosting AND he wanted to make it himself.  I’ll let the pictures do the story telling, but let me just add;   I never realized how much one can concentrate on cracking eggs, how far flour truly can fly and that if making a layer cake was always this fun, I would make them every week.

Layered Lemon Cake

Layered Lemon Cake

Layered Lemon Cake

Layered Lemon Cake

Layered Lemon Cake

Lemon Layer Cake


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish
  • For Filling: I'll be honest, I cheated and purchased the lemon curd (Trader Joe's). Very delicious.
  • For Frosting:
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans.
  2. To make the cake: Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
  3. Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Add vanilla extract and lemon zest.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. Invert cakes onto cooling racks.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. To make frosting: Using an electric mixer, on medium high speed, with whisk attachment, whip heavy cream until it just begins to form soft peaks.
  12. Add in confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  13. Continue to whip just a few more seconds until cream thickens and forms soft peaks.
  14. To assemble: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon curd to the cake stand.
  15. Place the cake layers on the pedestal, spreading lemon curd between the layers.
  16. Frost entire cake with whipped cream frosting.
  17. Garnish with lemon wedges.

*Cake recipe adapted from Food Network, frosting recipe my own.

5 Responses to Lemon Layer Cake

  1. Kathryn says:

    I love the look of concentration on his face as he cracks the egg – wonderful! Happy birthday to him, I think this is an excellent choice of cake : )

  2. Jennifer says:

    This post makes my heart smile! And the combination of happy yellow lemons and that zesty lemon flavor for a birthday cake… perfect I’m sure!

  3. wow! your kid is amazing, a little baker.. how old is he? sent my two thumbs for him.

  4. Katie says:

    This is great – I LOVE that he made it himself, and wanted to! So cute.

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