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4 Layer Lemon Delight Cake

This 4 Layer Lemon Delight Cake is a bit of work to make, but let us tell you, it's well worth the effort. The light and fluffy layers of lemon cake interspersed with a deliciously creamy lemon frosting make for a simply heavenly dessert. This is one of those recipes for cake that's really dangerous because it's so good you'll want to eat the whole cake in one sitting! If you're looking for the best lemon cake there is, try this four-layered confection that's sure to earn you some rave reviews from the dessert lovers in your house!

Chilling Time: 1 hr

Cooking Time: 40 min

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of 2 medium sized lemons
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
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  • For the Frosting:
  • zest of 1 medium sized lemon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  2. Lightly grease two 8-inch layer cake pans. Line the bottoms with waxed paper and lightly grease the paper. Dust the pans with a little of the flour and shake out any excess.
     
  3. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
     
  4. In another small bowl, mix the lemon juice and vanilla.
     
  5. In a food processor or blender, process the lemon peel and sugar until the peel is finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl, add the softened butter, and beat with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
     
  6. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
     
  7. On low speed, beat in the flour alternately with the lemon juice, beginning and ending with flour and adding 1/3 to 1/4 of mixture with each addition.
     
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake 40 minutes or until the top springs bake when gently pressed and a tooth pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
     
  9. Set the pans on a wire wrack to cool for 20 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack and peel off the waxed paper.
     
  10. Prepare the frosting:  In a food processor or blender, process the lemon peel and sugar until the peel is finely ground.
     
  11. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar mixture with an electric mixer until smooth (this may be done in the food processor).
     
  12. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until firm but spreadable.
     
  13. Using a long serated knife, slice the 2 cakes in half horizontally to make 4 thin layers. Frost the cake with the frosting using about 1/3 cup between the layers.
     
  14. Frost the outside of the cake and then refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

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