5 from 2 votes
Lemon Layer Cake
Work Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
This lemony frosting is easy to make, and tastes like butter, lemon and sugar–just pure delicious. I used my favorite Fluffy Vanilla Frosting and added a lemon juice concentrate. I bake a white cake mix in two 7- or 8-inch pans, depending on how tall I want it! Easy, easy. Get lemon curd at the store in a jar and this cake comes together in no time!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Layer Cake, Lemon Lovers, Lemony frosting
Calories: 1563 kcal
Lemon Frosting
  • 1 recipe Fluffy Vanilla Frosting
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 white 2-layer cake
  • ¾ cup lemon curd
  1. For the frosting: Reduce the ½ cup lemon juice to 3 tablespoons by simmering it and letting it evaporate. This will concentrate the flavor. Cool the reduction to room temperature.

  2. Make Fluffy Vanilla frosting but mix the lemon reduction into the butter before adding the confectioners sugar. Add the extra ¾ cup confectioners sugar at the end. Tint to desired color with yellow food coloring. Use immediately or store airtight at room temperature for one day, chilled for a week.

  3. For the cake: Slice each cake layer in half to make 4 cake layers. Place 1 layer on your cake plate or platter and top with ¼ cup lemon curd, spread evenly. Top with a spoonful of Lemon Frosting and spread over the curd; top with second cake layer. Spread that layer with lemon curd and frosting and repeat one more time with the third layer. Top with the last layer.

  4. Frost the entire cake with Lemon Frosting. Tint the remaining frosting with more food coloring for a darker hue if desired, and place in a piping bag. With desired piping tip, decorate the top and bottom edges of the cake to finish it.
Recipe Notes

My secret? A lemon juice reduction. Made in a matter of minutes, this fresh juice reduction is a super concentrated lemon bonanza, that is added to my frosting. The genius here is that because it's concentrated and reduced, it doesn't add a lot of liquid to my frosting. I still end up with fluffy frosting instead of a runny glaze, or frosting that loses it's flavor because you had to add too much confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Layer Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1563 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Sodium 550mg24%
Potassium 658mg19%
Carbohydrates 220g73%
Sugar 200g222%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 47.2mg57%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.