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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Triple Layer Lemon Strawberry Cake that'll make your mouth "wat-ah"

I am more of a chocolatey, peanut buttery, caramel lovin' type of girl. However, every once in a while when I stumble upon a "to good to be true" fruity dessert...well I make the leap and bake it. 

This cake is a moist, triple layered, strawberry & lemon infused dessert of delectability (can ya feel me here?!). No joke, the whole reason I wanted to make it was because of how pretty I imagined it could be. Then, oh then, I had a piece...and it made me fall in love with lemon flavoring all over again. 

Now, lets talk about the frosting...because it really is what takes this cake to the next level. It's light, fluffy and easy to manage. This sort of balances out the pound cake texture of the layers. I could've slathered this light, fluffy creamy bit of heaven all over the floor, and would have gladly licked it clean. 

So, with that said this cake is worth making. I mean think about all the praise and admiration you'll get as you waltz into a party with this thing in tote. whoa.
 ^^^now starts the fun part...the frosting and decorating***happy fingers^^^
^^^My sisters goldendoodle, Renzi. The biggest beggar of all. 

CAKE:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated
3 cups flour
1 TBS. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 TBS. lemon zest
1 TBS. fresh lemon juice
strawberry-lemonade jam (we used strawberry-pineapple instead)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
2. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients; add butter mix alternately with flour mix. Beat low until blended. Add zest and juice.
3. Beat egg whites in large bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Spoon batter into three greased (and floured) 9 inch pans.
4. Bake at 350 for about 17 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.
5. Place layer on cake stand, spread a nice layer of jam on top. Repeat with second layer.

STRAWBERRY FROSTING:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar, divided
2/3 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 drop pink food coloring
1 1/2 cups heavy whip cream
3 TBS. fresh lemon juice

1. Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar with electric mixer until smooth; add strawberries and food coloring; beat until well blended.
2. Beat whipping cream and juice at medium speed until foamy; slowly add remaining 1/3 cup of sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Immediately spread onto cake layers

***When I make this next time, I think instead of the jam...I'll use the frosting in between the layers. I just think it would be that much better.***

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4 comments:

  1. Ummm ya definitely trying this!!

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  2. My brother-in-law was obsessed with the cake! I was sad that we didn't have any leftover. And it's so pretty too! FYI for a few instructions: add the 1 cup milk alternately when you add the flour mixture to the butter mixture (then fold in whipped egg whites). Also, for the frosting, I used powdered sugar instead of regular sugar and it definitely needed more. I would increase it to 1 cup and possibly omit the lemon juice since it was pretty tart. I used strawberry preserves on one layer and then preserves + some frosting on the second layer. It was great that way. Love the jam!

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    1. thanks Liz! I will definitely have to try out your tips...I did think it was strange that the recipe I went off of asked for regular sugar in the frosting. I was super close to just using powdered sugar. I should've went with my gut! :-)

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  3. Oh, how delicious! Must attempt to make this.

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