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The Perfect Party Cake

August 9, 2009

august 116Okay, so a cake decorator I’m definitely not!  But I think piled high with fruit it doesn’t look all that bad!

This is my favorite “go to” to cake recipe.  It’s easy, it tastes good and has a nice texture and you could  go about it 100 different ways!  The recipe comes from “Baking from My Home to Yours”  by Dorie Greenspan


  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour (yes, cake flour makes a difference but i didn’t have any so i used all purpose and it still worked out)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk or buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and line two  9″ round cake pans.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine sugar and lemon zest.  Rub together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together in a seperate bowl.

In another bowl, mix the egg whites and the milk.

Add the butter to the sugar and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes until everything is light and fluffy.   Add the extract. 

Add one third of the flour mixture, followed by 1/3 of the milk mixture and beat well after each addition.  Once all combined beat the batter for about 2 minutes.

Divide the batter evenly into the two pans and bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

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Cool cakes slightly and remove the from the pans.  I wanted to cool them quickly so I popped them in the deep freeze for about 20 minutes.

Once cakes have cooled prepare basic buttercream Using 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 tsp vanilla to flavor the frosting.

To Assemble this awesome cake…

Slice each cake layer horizontally.   Put the first layer cut side up on your cake plate and Smother it was Jam!

I used this kind…you may have to warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds.

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follow this with a layer of buttercream (if anyone can tell me how to spread buttercream on top of Jam without making a colossal mess I’d love to learn!)

Repeat this with the other layers.

When you get to the top layer, cover the entire cake with buttercream and decorate as desired. 

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. kate permalink
    August 9, 2009 9:38 pm

    ok seriously…when do you have the time!?!?!? It looks VERY yummy!

  2. August 10, 2009 5:10 pm

    Ok, seriously, you are going to make me week with hunger pains! I sooooo need to try this now! Thanks a lot! LOL…

  3. Auntie Lin permalink
    August 21, 2009 2:37 am

    and I had the honor of being the recipient of that cake for my birthday and was it GOOOOD. The freshly picked blackberries from her backyard really where the icing on the cake. Katie never fails to amaze me. thanks Katsie
    Auntie lin

  4. wentong permalink
    April 15, 2010 4:34 am

    blackberries! yum.

    oh, try spreading the buttercream first, then the jam! worked for me when i made this cake (:


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