One of my dear friends begged me (well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration!) to bake a cake for her mom’s 90th birthday. The family matriarch wasn’t a huge chocolate fan, so we decided to celebrate her big day with a Lemon Layer Cake. This post is sponsored by Blue Sky Family Farms. See details below.
Lemon Layer Cake
Gini was making dinner for her mom and siblings, who were traveling home from around the country for their mom’s birthday. Without spouses, there would be 12 in attendance. 11 children. Yes, this mother of 11 deserved a party! Gini is a wonderful cook and baker, but she had enough on her plate trying to plan the meal.
I was delighted to help. I baked up a recipe for a two-layer vanilla cake, then sliced each cake in half horizontally to create 4 layers. Next I made enough lemon curd to top three of those layers along with a billowy Swiss meringue with a touch of lemon to ice the cake. This lemon layer cake was a beauty!
Blue Sky Family Farm Eggs
When baking for my family and friends, I like to use the best eggs to ensure perfect results. Blue Sky Family Farms‘ eggs have become available this month in the Indianapolis area along with many Midwest states. They are the latest brand from Egg Innovations, who have been in the egg business since 1917!
I was pleased to receive a dozen of their brown organic pasture raised eggs and their brown free-range eggs to test. Blue Sky Family Farms upholds the highest Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) “Certified Humane” standards for Free Range and Pasture Raised eggs. They’ve also developed a rating system, the Rating Animal Welfare Scorecard, or R.A.W., which helps shoppers understand how the hens are raised as well as find the best quality eggs for their families.
Eggs are rated from one star (caged) to four stars (pasture raised), with specific criteria for each category. I was confident I had top notch eggs for my cake. Blue Sky Family Farms’ tagline, Ethical Eggs for the Human Race is worth noting. Their hens are free roaming, on green grasses, under blue skies. Most egg purveyors cannot make that claim!
What’s Notable About Blue Sky Family Farm Eggs
- Raised With Care — Naturally, free to roam under open skies
- Every Detail Matters, exclusive methods, consistently better eggs
- Supporting Family Farms success, independence & the next generation
- Nourishing Body & Soul, great taste to feel good about
- Family Owned and operated, 3 generations, over 100 years
I hope the next time you’re in the market for a dozen eggs, you’ll stop and ponder how the hens who laid those eggs were treated. Please consider picking up some Blue Sky Family Farm Eggs. You won’t be disappointed.
Layers of cake and luscious lemon curd.
Gini’s snap of the half devoured cake!Print
Lemon Layer Cake
A luscious four layer cake filled with lemon curd and topped with a Swiss meringue.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 10-12 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert, Cake
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (I used Knox brand)
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs (All eggs were Blue Sky Family Farm brand eggs)
- 6 egg yolks, (reserve egg whites for cake)
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cubes and frozen
- 2 1⁄4 cups cake flour
- 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
- 6 egg whites, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, but still cool
Swiss Meringue Frosting
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- Filling: Measure 1 tablespoon lemon juice into a small bowl; sprinkle gelatin over the top.
- Heat remaining lemon juice, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves and mixture is hot, but not boiling.
- Whisk eggs and yolks in a large non-reactive bowl.
- Whisking constantly, slowly pour hot lemon-sugar mixture into eggs, then return mixture to saucepan.
- Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches 170°, about 4-6 minutes.
- Immediately remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture until dissolved. Stir in frozen butter until incorporated.
- Pour filling through a fine-meshed strainer into a bowl.
- Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm enough to spread, about 4 hours.
- Cake: Preheat oven to 350°.
- Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together whites and vanilla.
- In a mixer bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; mix at slow speed.
- Add butter one piece at a time, continue to beat until mixture resembles moist crumbs and no visible butter chunks.
- Add all but 1 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed until mixture is pale and fluffy, about 1 1/2 minutes.
- With mixer running, add remaining 1/2 cup milk mixture, beat 1 minute more.
- Divide batter evenly between cake pans.
- Bake 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean.
- Cool cakes in pan 10 minutes then remove from pan onto greased wire rack, remove parchment paper, invert again and cool completely.
- Icing: Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl or heatproof bowl.
- Set over medium saucepan filled with 1-inch of simmering water.
- Cook stirring constantly until mixture reaches 160°, 5-10 minutes.
- Transfer mixture to mixer bowl (if needed) and beat on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes.
- Increase speed to medium-high and continue to beat until mixture has cooled to room temperature and stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes longer.
- Assembly: Cut each layer in half horizontally.
- Spread 1 cup of lemon filling evenly on each cake, leaving a 1/2-inch border around cake.
- Place top layer on cakes, smooth out any filling that may have leaked from the layers.
- Refrigerate while you make the icing.
- Spread icing on cake.
Adapted from Southern Living
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Blue Sky Family Farm Eggs compensated me for writing this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for and of interest to my readers.