Yellow Lemon Cake With Candied Lemons and Pistachios

Yellow Cake With Lemon Curd Filling, Lemon Frosting, Chopped Pistachios, and Candied Lemons
Christopher Baker
A chopped pistachio coating adds a great nutty contrast to the lemon-curd-filled cake iced with lemon frosting.

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Serves 12
preparation
60
minutes
cooking
180
minutes

Ingredients

1
cup
(2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
2 1/2
cups
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans
1 1/2
teaspoons
baking powder
1/4
teaspoon
baking soda
1/2
teaspoon
kosher salt
1 1/2
cups
sugar
2
teaspoons
pure vanilla extract
3
large eggs, at room temperature
1
cup
whole milk
1
recipe
Lemon Curd
1
recipe
Lemon Frosting
2
cups
chopped pistachios
1
recipe
Candied Lemons

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment, butter again, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes for 8-inch pans and 22 to 25 minutes for 9-inch pans. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.
  5. Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a plate and spread with 1 cup of the lemon curd. Top with the remaining cake and refrigerate to set, 30 minutes. Spread the top and sides with the frosting. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the pistachios into the sides of the cake and top with the candied lemon slices.
Dawn Perry
April 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories From Fat 600
  • Fat 68 g
  • Sat Fat 37 g
  • Cholesterol 268 mg
  • Sodium 255 mg
  • Protein 12 g
  • Carbohydrate 112 g
  • Sugar 85 g
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Iron 3 mg
  • Calcium 99 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.