Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lemon Meringue Cake

Oh, how I love a good bargain!
My daughter and I especially like to browse for books in our local thrift store.
(Neither of us is content unless we are in the middle of a good book.)

On our last trip, we hit the jackpot!
She found a treasure trove of Star Wars books and I found a pile of cookbooks.
While flipping through "Southern Living - 1999 Annual Recipes",
I spotted a picture of Lemon Meringue Cake.

Wow! I had never seen a cake covered with meringue before!
And I knew I had to make one.

I adapted the recipe to include a lemon cake (the original was a white cake)
along with the lemon filling and meringue frosting.

This cake is SO GOOD!!!
Like, "I skipped lunch and ate a piece of cake instead" good!

Lemon Meringue Cake
by Bird On A Cake

Lemon Filling
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 egg yolks (save whites for the cake)
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
Lemon Cake
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package lemon instant pudding powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 6 egg whites
Meringue Frosting
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Lemon Filling
Bring the first 5 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly.
Boil 1 minute or until thickened, still whisking constantly.
Remove from heat; whisk in butter and lemon zest. Gradually whisk in lemon juice until smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Lemon Cake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottoms of three 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper, grease the sides.
In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening with electric mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in the sugar.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, lemon pudding powder, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in lemon extract.
Beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of egg whites in to batter; gradually fold in remaining egg whites.
Divide batter evenly into prepared pans; spread and smooth the batter with a spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes our clean. Cool on a wire rack before removing from pans.

Meringue Frosting
Beat meringue powder and water on high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar, beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.

Assembling Your Cake
Level your cake layers. Spread lemon filling between the layers, with the cake on an oven-proof cake stand or platter. Spread meringue frosting on top and sides of cake. Bake at 425 degrees for 5-10 minutes, until golden. Watch carefully so it doesn't get too dark! The top will brown more than the sides. Keep covered and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

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 You need to plan ahead for this cake. I recommend making the lemon filling the night before.
You should also chill the cake for a few hours after you brown the meringue.

I made the filling layers quite thick, so It got a bit messy when I sliced my cake...
but no one cared because it was so delicious!

I know you will. :)

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Another yummy lemony recipe...

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

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  1. so beautiful and looks YUMMY!

  2. This looks divine! I will definitely try this!

  3. Wow.. this looks amazing! I love lemon anything!

  4. WOW. Now that is a gorgeous cake. I love this idea! YUM!

  5. Stunning - seriously. I want to eat that filling by the spoonful.

  6. I'm fascinated with your recipes. Sorry if my English is not correct, I am Spanish and use a translator. Congratulations on an excellent job.

  7. My momma's birthday is this month-- she LOVES lemon. This is gorgeous!! Though I've never made ANY meringue. Cross your fingers for me-- I'm gonna try it!
    Gorgeous cake. And yay for thrift store cookbooks!

    1. You can do it, Heather! The meringue really isn't hard...just watch it closely when you put it in the oven to bake. I hope your momma loves it! :)

  8. The cake looks delicious. I love the presentation, pictures & everything about this cake. I am sure this must have been a hit. I would love to try making this.

  9. This looks and sounds incredible! I am a huge lemon fan and definitely pinning this now :-D Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  10. Yum, I love lemon desserts! That cake looks like heaven and belongs on my to make list. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I love the frosting that doesn't have raw egg whites
    and the fact that you use the whole 6 eggs.
    I'm making this one to celebrate Ordinary Tuesday!

  12. Just beautiful! Stopping by from PintSizedBaker, have a great week....i will be dreaming of this cake!
    Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

  13. I want to eat my monitor now...Lovely!!
    Stopping by from Time to Sparkle party..
    Aniko @

  14. Hello! Thank you for sharing with us your recipe, I'll definitely try this at home, I was really looking for something new for my kids who always go to school and I really wanted to bring with them my home made recipe as their snacks because I don't want them to buy anywhere in canteen or outside the school. I have already copied it in my recipe notebook. Thank you so much for this and I'm looking forward for you more recipes to post.

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  15. Phenomenal! I love when I find great cookbooks at thrift stores!

  16. You had me a Meringue; that looks fantastic!

    Bry from Fishtitch

  17. So pretty! I don't like the taste of meringue myself but I know a ton of people of whom I can make this for!

  18. I LOVE lemon meringue pie, so this looks divine! I'll definitely be pinning it to share with my Five Heart Home followers. Stopping by from Fun & Crafty Link were my linky neighbor. :)

  19. Looks awesome! What a great spin on the classic Lemon Meringue Pie!

  20. This cake is gorgeous! :) Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  21. Your cake sounds delicious and looks BEAUTIFUL! The meringue is done just PERFECTLY!!!!

  22. This lemon cake looks incredible and I would be delightful with my coffee right now :)


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