- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded
***I made a double recipe and then made a three layer stacking cake. I had a bit of extra batter that I threw in some cupcake tins. This recipe makes for a beautiful flat perfect cake for stacking. It make kind of pitiful cupcakes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-by-2-inch cake pans, tapping out excess flour. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in eggs and yolks, one at a time. Beat in 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined.
- Divide batter between pans; smooth tops. Bake until cakes pull away from sides of pans, 32 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of pans and invert cakes onto a wire rack.
- While cakes are baking, bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add lemon slices and simmer 25 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer lemon slices to a waxed-paper-lined plate. Stir remaining 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice into syrup. ***I did this next step and I didn't end of using the lemons because of my decorations, so this isn't necessary***
- Using a toothpick, poke holes in warm cakes on rack. Brush with lemon syrup. Let cool completely. Prepare frosting, substituting 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice for vanilla extract. Frost cooled cakes and top with candied lemon slices.
Before laying the cake on the serving plate I like to put down a border of wax paper. This way you can frost the cake without haveing to be too careful. At the end of frosting slide it out, fix anything that needs it around the border, and you have a clean cake plate to serve from.
- 3 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, combine egg whites, sugar, salt, and water. Cook over medium, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved (or mixture registers 150 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until glossy, stiff peaks form (do not overbeat), about 3 minutes; reduce speed to low, add vanilla extract, and beat just until combined. Use immediately.
After making the frosting I scooped some into a separate bowl and mixed it with slices blackberries. Make sure to rinse and dry the berries well so excess water doesn't ruin the frosting. Spread this in between the layers of cake. It adds a bit of sour that contrasts well with the sweet cake.