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Luscious Lemon Layer Cake

 Luscious Lemon Layer Cake
This is my mom's variation of an old favorite. It's pleasantly tangy, but not too tart.
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring, optional
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using a greased
  • 9-in. square baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For filling, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan.

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Luscious Lemon Layer Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Gradually stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir
  • for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter,
  • lemon peel and food coloring if desired. Gradually stir in lemon
  • juice. Cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually
  • add the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel and enough
  • milk to achieve desired spreading consistency.
  • To assemble, cut cake in half lengthwise. Trim outside edges. Place
  • one half on a serving platter. Top with the lemon filling. Top with
  • remaining cake; spread with frosting. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Jiffy cake mix.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.