How To Make Lemon Meringue Cake
Enjoy the intense flavors of lemon in this meringue cake. It has a lemon curd filling and a topping of lemon-infused meringue.
To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans. Flour pans, tapping out excess; set aside. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition.
Beat in the vanilla and the lemon zest. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until just combined.
Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand in pans until cool for about an hour and a half.
Prepare an ice water bath; set aside. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar in a medium heatproof bowl. Add the lemon juice, butter, and lemon zest. Place over a pan of simmering water and cook, whisking occasionally, until thick, about 15 minutes.
Transfer bowl to ice water bath and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd.
Transfer to refrigerator until completely cold, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Makes 3 cups.
Remove cakes from pans. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes. Slice each cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place one layer on a serving platter.
Spread with 1/4 cup lemon curd. Top with second layer of cake. Spread with 1/4 cup curd. Repeat with remaining cake and curd, finishing with a layer of cake. Transfer to refrigerator until ready to use, at least 2 hours.
Combine the sugar, egg whites, and lemon juice in the bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
Transfer bowl to the mixer stand fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed for 10 minutes. Increase to high speed and beat until stiff glossy peaks form, 10 to 15 minutes more. Makes 12 cups.
Remove cake from refrigerator. Spread a thin even layer of meringue over sides of cake. Mound the remaining meringue on top of cake. Use a handheld torch to brown meringue.
- Calories: 489.38kcal
- Fat: 22.25g
- Saturated Fat: 13.16g
- Trans Fat: 0.77g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 6.00g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.36g
- Carbohydrates: 66.46g
- Fiber: 1.04g
- Sugar: 41.70g
- Protein: 7.35g
- Cholesterol: 145.74mg
- Sodium: 237.00mg
- Calcium: 134.51mg
- Potassium: 114.96mg
- Iron: 2.09mg
- Vitamin A: 208.75µg
- Vitamin C: 5.05mg
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