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Lemon Daffodil Cake

You're sure to impress dinner guests when you present this eye-catching sponge cake. A light lemon filling and frosting make it a perfect springtime dessert.—Eunice Richardson, Shullsburg, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups large egg whites (about 9), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup cold water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Divide mixture in half. Fold vanilla into one portion; set aside. In another large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Stir in almond extract. Fold in unflavored egg white batter.
  • Alternately spoon batters into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Gently cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake on the lowest rack at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely.
  • For filling, soften gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water; let stand for 1 minute. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and remaining water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir 1/2 cup hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and lemon zest. Gently stir in lemon juice and softened gelatin until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Cool room temperature without stirring. Fold in whipped cream. Refrigerate until mixture achieves spreading consistency, about 40-50 minutes.
  • Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan. Remove cake; split into two horizontal layers. Spread filling between layers and over top of cake. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 334 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 169mg cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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