Lemon Curd Layer Cake

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Lemon Curd Layer Cake

With its light, delicate texture, this cake pairs perfectly with tangy lemon curd and a simple whipped cream topping for Easter or another springtime celebration. Serve fresh berries alongside if desired. You can use jarred lemon curd or make your own.


Lemon Curd Layer Cake


5 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 tsp. lemon extract

1 cup cake flour, sifted

4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1 1/2 cups lemon curd

3 cups lightly sweetened whipped cream (made from 1 1/2 cups heavy cream)

Assorted fresh berries for serving (optional)


Have all the ingredients at room temperature. Preheat an oven to 375°F. Line the bottom of a 9-by-3-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on high speed until tripled in volume, about 5 minutes. Beat in the lemon extract. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Sift the flour over the egg mixture in 2 additions and carefully fold in with a large rubber spatula. Fold a large dollop into the melted butter, then fold back into the egg mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until the cake is puffed, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool completely.


Run a table knife around the edge of the cake pan and unmold the cake onto a work surface. Turn the cake right side up, leaving the parchment in place. Cut the cake horizontally into 2 equal layers. Put the top layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Top with the lemon curd, spreading with an offset spatula to the edge of the cake. Position the second layer, cut side down, on the lemon curd and peel off the parchment. Using an offset spatula, spread the whipped cream on top of the cake. Serve with fresh berries. Serves 10 to 12.


6 comments about “Lemon Curd Layer Cake

  1. Chloe @Ergo-Blog

    I almost always use lemon curd in my layer cakes. It’s such a great flavor! My recipe I use is slightly different so I’m excited to try out your recipe featured here! =)

  2. Jay

    I have tried to make this cake twice now, and it just does not puff up when baked…it turns into a solid, rubbery mass at the bottom of the pan. I beat the eggs fully, and I know how to fold. The batter doesn’t sit at all…as soon as I get the butter mixture folded back in, it goes into the pan, smooths out, then right into the oven. I’m not sure where I’m going wrong.

    1. Rosina Makedonska

      I have not made this one yet but have you checked if there is baking powder in the cake flour – if not add a teaspoon of it and I believe you will have a wonderful result

  3. Olivia Ware

    Hi Jay, I spoke with our Test Kitchen and they’re not sure what the problem might be. Honestly, not sure what is happening. They suggested that you try another sponge recipe (this one works great):


    It’s pretty comparable to the one in this recipe, and you may see better results.You could substitute a little lemon extract for the vanilla to go with the flavor profile. Hope this helps!

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