As I mix and whip and bake to get ready for Easter weekend, I am excited about this year’s ‘piece de resistance’- a Triple Layer Lemon Cake with rich lemon curd sandwiched between its layers and clouds of lemon curd buttercream piled high on the top and sides. Perched atop its pedestal, it’s something to behold.  It’s my favorite color, sunshine yellow.  And I love it.  I hope my efforts do Easter dinner proud.  But more than that I hope my efforts will make my guests feel warm and special

Triple Lemon Layer Cake iced with lemon yellow butter cream garnished with lemon slices, mint leaves, and powdered sugar.

With every stroke of the spoon, my guests are on my mind.  I am mindful of what this holiday is all about. The sacrifice, the love, the restoration.  And with each carefully measured cup, I know that I can share that love through the way that I open my home and the food that I share. I can use what I have to BE the Good News to each person who enters my house.

Lemon layer cake iced with yellow buttercream on a turquoise cake pedestal and pastel checked napkin.

Because at the heart of hospitality is good stewardship- good stewardship of the things you have.  Obviously being hospitable means being a good steward of your home by opening it up to and sharing it with others, by making it a welcoming and inviting place where your guests feel comfortable and loved. 

Close up of lemon cake topped with 7 buttercream swirls, lemon slices, and a sprig of mint.

But more to the point, true hospitality is only really possible through being a good steward of the love and acceptance you enjoy as a part of God’s family.  As hostesses, what are we doing with the love and acceptance we receive from God? Do we walk in it daily so that we are full to the brim with it? Are we full enough so that spills over the top and reaches out to those around us?

Whatever is on your Easter menu this weekend, I hope that hospitality is the main ingredient!


Triple Layer Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd Buttercream

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What You’ll Need:
  • lemon cake mix
  • lemon pudding
  • sour cream
  • oil and water
  • eggs
  • butter
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • lemon juice
  • lemon curd
  • vanilla
  • yellow food coloring
Let’s Get Started:

Isn’t always exciting at the beginning of any cake recipe?  Sometimes, I get so excited to get started that I forget the basics.  So, don’t forget to preheat your oven (I am terrible at this!) and grease your pans.  And this lemon cake recipe doesn’t leave much time for preheating either!  You just add all the ingredients at the same time and get to mixing.  Make sure you use a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl.

It’s a good idea to use room temperature eggs in your cake mix.  Room temp eggs tend to beat up higher and fuller, giving your cakes extra body.

After the batter is all mixed up, poured into 3- 9in cake pans, and popped into the oven, it’s time to get your butter out so that it can be softening to make icing!

Lemon Buttercream Icing on a whisk attachment for a stand mixer. In the foreground are 3 lemons and a brightly colored pastel checked napkin.

After your cakes bake for 35-40 minutes, allow to cool ten minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack. Running a knife around the edge before turning them over helps them come out cleanly. To speed up the cooling process, I usually put my cakes in the freezer for 30 minutes after I turn them out onto the cooling racks.

While the cakes are cooling, it’s time to get busy making the icing. This lemon curd buttercream is a simple recipe that provides a plenty of lemon kick. No lightly flavored anything here. So get ready to pucker, we like our lemon with a bite!

2 layers of lemon cake uniced on a turquoise cake pedestal. Between the layers are lemon curd and lemon buttercream.

Now, lemon curd may sound… um, well, less than appetizing if your aren’t familiar with it.  But believe me, if you love lemon, it’s definitely for you.  Lemon curd is a soft custard that’s often used as a tart filling. It’s simply made from lemon juice, sugar, eggs and butter and has a flavor and texture similar to lemon pie filling. 

You can make your own lemon curd, if you like.  But I usually don’t have time for that.  There are some amazing jarred lemon curds on the baking aisle of your local super market.  I recommend a couple at the end of this post.

Now for our super lemony lemon cake, lemon curd is not only used in the icing, but it’s also spread on the top of the first two layers of this cake, then topped just a bit of our buttercream before another is layer stacked on.

Lemon cake with lemon buttercream on a turquoise cake pedestal

I am no cake decorator for sure.  For me the key is a good icing spatula, a cake icing turntable, and lots of patience.  Creating a crumb layer first also helps.  A crumb layer is just a thin layer of icing all around the sides and top of the cake.  Put your cake with its crumb layer in the  fridge for 5 minutes to set the layer.  Then pull it out and continue icing.  This will help keep cake crumbs out of your final layer of frosting.

To ice this cake, I decided on a smooth finish and large swirls of icing on the top.  These swirls are easy to pipe on using a piping gun.  Believe me, no talent required! Lemon slices and a light dusting of powdered sugar finish it off.  And I will just level with you.  Powdered sugar is our friend. My icing finish wasn’t so fab on the top of this cake.  A light dusting covered a multitude of sins as well as just making the cake look even more light and refreshing!

Close up of the top of the lemon cake with a triangular slice missing. A slice of cake is in the background.

Look at those layers!  No dry cake here.  These layers are ladened with moist lemony goodness.  Just what you would want to finish off a special meal with friends and family.

A large slice of lemon cake on a white plate.

 

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Click the pics to shop the products I use to make this fluffy lemon layer cake and full-flavor lemon buttercream.

 

Want more Easter/Spring inspiration? Check out these ASD favorites!

Homestyle Deviled Eggs

Old Fashioned Coconut Ice Box Cake

Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwiches

Woodland Easter Tablescape to Celebrate Spring

You can find this and other great recipes and ideas on Foodie Friday, Meal Plan MondayWeekend Potluck, Full Plate Thursday, and Wow Us Wednesday.

Triple Layer Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd Buttercream
Serves 10
Full-flavored lemon kick in this moist lemon cake with lemon curd filling and a lemon curd buttercream.
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Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Cake
  1. 2 boxes lemon cake mix
  2. 2- 3.4 oz. boxes lemon pudding
  3. 16 oz. sour cream
  4. 1 1/2 C water
  5. 2/3C canola oil
  6. 8 large eggs
Icing
  1. 1 C butter, softened
  2. 6 C confectioner's sugar
  3. 1/4 C lemon curd
  4. 1/4 C lemon juice
  5. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  6. yellow food coloring (gel)
Filling
  1. 2 10 oz. jars lemon curd
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3- 9 inch cake pans.
Cake
  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Pour equal amounts into the cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  2. Remove from cake pans, and cool on a cooling rack before icing.
Icing
  1. Cream softened butter and 1 C of sugar together. Slowly add the rest of the sugar. Add lemon curd, juice, vanilla. Add food coloring to get desired color. Beat until fluffy.
  2. Place first cake layer on icing turntable. Top with 1 jar lemon curd. Top lemon curd with just enough buttercream to cover it. Add second layer and repeat.
  3. Add third layer. Spread a thin layer of buttercream over top and sides as a crumb layer. Refrigerate 5 minutes to set. Remove from fridge and use almost all of buttercream to completely ice the cake. Use the rest of the buttercream to decorate. Make more icing if necessary.
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