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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans.
- To make the cake: Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
- Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
- Add vanilla extract and lemon zest.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes.
- Invert cakes onto cooling racks.
- Cool completely.
- 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.
- Add in confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Continue to whip just a few more seconds until cream thickens and forms soft peaks.
- To assemble: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon curd to the cake stand.
- Place the cake layers on the pedestal, spreading lemon curd between the layers.
- Frost entire cake with whipped cream frosting.
- Garnish with lemon wedges.
*Cake recipe adapted from Food Network, frosting recipe my own.