Paula’s Lemon Cake with 7-Minute Frosting

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Servings: 16 to 20 servings
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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1-cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 cups sifted self-rising flour
4 eggs
1-cup milk
1-teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Lemon wedge, for garnish
Sprig of mint, for garnish

8 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
Juice and grated zest of 3 lemons

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
1/8-teaspoon salt
1/3-cup water
2 egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract





Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.

Using electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6-8 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour.  Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed.  Divide batter equally among prepared pans.  Level batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4-inches above counter, then dropping flat onto counter.  Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure you of a more level cake.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool in pans 5-10 minutes.  Invert cakes onto cooling racks.  Cool completely.

To make the frosting, place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler.  Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute.  Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan.  Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

To make the filling, place the ingredients in the double boiler over boiling water. Don’t let top pan touch the water. Cook and stir until mixture begins to gel or thicken.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

To assemble, add 1 tablespoon of filling to the cake pedestal. Run hands along the side of the cake to remove excess crumbs. Place the cake layers on the pedestal, spreading filling between the layers and on top. Spread the sides and top of the cake with the remaining filling. Frost top and sides of cake with frosting. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of mint.

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Reader Comments:


I'm not good at baking, but my husband is a sweet lover ask me for a cake and I try this one and it was a sucess, thank you Paula!!!!!! LEMON CAKE WITH 7 MINUTE FROSTNIG GREAT!!!!!!

By evelise alicea on July 26, 2012


I just love your show.I have tried many off your recipes.I am going to make the chicken divan this weekend. Bernice Washington

By Bernice washington on May 17, 2012


A good customer of mine came into my Bakery and asked me to make this recipe. She even brought me the recipe. I made it exactly as it was written. Cake was good, so was the filling, BUT the icing slid off the sides of the was a BIG mess...anyone else have this problem? Think I will make it again this week and not spread filling on the sides of the cake...maybe the frosting will stick....customer bought the cake and loved it...we had a good laugh about the sliding frosting.

By Valerie on May 13, 2012


i like your show and like your cooking to im a fun

By marjorie e loughran on January 17, 2012


SAW THE SHOW ON CHICKEN DIVAN AND CANNOT WAIT TO TRY IT. ALSO THE lemon cake looks so delicious/ will let you know how it turns out! i also am diabetic and am always looking for good recipes to suit the diet. keep them coming thanks

By Jeannette Rathfon on January 17, 2012


This cake came out moist. I didn't over beat the eggs, and I allow it to cook till it was almost done, still a little moist. The filling was tart, my family loved it. It was fun to make, everyone pitched in; and the slicing of it was hilarious! Each time we went to slice the cake it wanted to slide. It was delicious!!! I will be making this cake again in the near future. Paula keep up the good work! I'll be watching and waiting for the next best recipe to try.

By Angela Goss on November 10, 2011


when making the lemon cake if you spread filling on the outside and top when you go to frost doesn't that get sticky and hard to keep frosting from mixing with filing.

By betty on October 07, 2011


I lost my Lemon Cake/LemonFilling/Lemon Buttercream frosting. It was in the Paula Deen's Holiday Baking magazine.(Special collector's issue; 139 pages of recipes) The cover is of you holding a white box of cookies with silver ribbon and 2 green trees. You are wearing a silver sweater. I make this cake for mlany occassions and people ask me for the recipe. Please make my day. Dee Harold

By Dee Harold on March 22, 2011


By Anonymous on March 12, 2011


Hello everyone, can someone help me please, I want to make a coconut cake and I am using the box cake. I want to make my frosting I know my mother use the short old fashion coconut. I forgot some the ingre. she used in cooking the coconut to make it sticky and thick to put on the cake. I do know you add a cup of milk, sugar and when it boil she would add the coconut and it would simmer slow until it became sticky. She may have used condense milk. If there is anyone that knows what I am talking about please send me a message to the address above. I have wanted a old fashion coconut cake for a long time. All the other cakes sprinkles the raw coconut on the top. I do not want that I want the cooked recipe. Thank you very much and Happy New Year to you. joyce

By joyce moorman on December 28, 2010


This comment is only to say Thank you Paula, I love cooking is in my blood,My grandmother teach me and my mother to,but I have my delicios touch,I was`rease in Puerto Rico so we love cooking,arroz, habichuelas,bacalao,tipical food is unic. You teach me how to make a cake, because I'm not a good baker,but I did the Lemon cake with 7 minute frosting and my husband love it. I did the frosting and I was amaize it was perfect the filling to I,m so happy. I love your show because you are simple human been and you cook every dish like is your first one. Good Bless You!!!!

By Evelise Alicea on December 13, 2010


This was a great cake!! The amount of butter had nothing to do with it not being moist,more than likely they beat the batter too long after adding the i said,it was a great cake!

By marquisln on September 22, 2010


Never make this cake in your life. This cake was the worst cake I ever had since I was a kid. All of the cake that I have made of paula was delicious exept the lemon cake. It was so dry that you have to eat it with Icecream and it was still dry. I will never make it in my life unless I have too and if I do I will put 4sticks of butter instead of ONLY 2 (that's why it was sooooooooöooo dry. And also of u ever make never use that icing unless it is on coconut cake. ALAN DAILEY,III. AKA Boosie or lil jr (buddy lee to one of my cousins). Love u paula and have a blessed day!!!!!!!!my mom is 41 and she has never tasted a cake like that and by the way I'm 11

By Anonymous on May 17, 2010



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