Lemon Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I made this beautiful lemon cake for my Nana's 80th birthday. This tangy cake is very moist and not too sweet.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 9-inch layer cake



  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ⅓ cups milk

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups lemon curd


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9-inch round baking pans.

  2. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.

  3. Heat milk and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat until milk is hot and butter is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until thickened and lightened in color. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until blended. Slowly pour in hot milk mixture and beat until combined.

  5. Divide batter evenly between the baking pans.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cakes in the pans for 10 minutes. Invert onto cooling racks to cool completely, about 15 minutes more.

  7. Make frosting while cakes are cooling. Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar gradually on low speed. Add lemon zest and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

  8. Carefully split each cooled cake in half horizontally. Spread lemon curd between each layer. Spread cream cheese frosting over the top and sides.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

680 Calories
28g Fat
102g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 680
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 102g 37%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 78g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 127mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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