Lemon Chiffon Layer Cake

Something awful just happened. When I walked into my yoga class the lady looked at me like I was a crazy person. Turns out the class was at 7:30…not 8:30. First of all, how embarassing! And second, what a bummer! Stupid schedules!  I knew only 2 things could cheer me up: a stop at Hobby Lobby and writing about this delicious cake.

This Lemon Chiffon Layer Cake was perfect in so many ways. The frosting was lemony and velvety smooth. The lemon curd filling was tangy and delicious. And the cake itself was light and airy. Anybody that loves lemon will love this cake because lemon is prominent in every step.

With that being said, this cake went wrong in a few ways too. First, we filled the center with way too much lemon curd so the subsequent oozing was may-jah. Also, we tried to pipe our frosting like Apron of Grace but we were not at all successful. Hers looked beautiful. However, we came up with a different piping method that was easier and turned out great. We’ll practice her method a lot more and hopefully one day we’ll get it right.

On a side note: Happy Labor Day Weekend everybody!

Note: As you can see from our picture we filled the layers with too much lemon curd and it ended up oozing out. We love lemon curd but this was a sweet, sticky mess. Be careful to not overdo it like us!

Note: According to the recipe, the cake should have been 4 layers because each of the cakes should be leveled. We skipped that part :-/

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Here’s what you’ll need

We started by mixing the egg whites to form stiff peaks. Add the cream of tartar.

Meanwhile prepare your dry ingredients


Make a well and add the oil, egg yolks, water, vanilla and lemon juice and zest

Mix that all together

In 3 increments, fold in the egg whites

Flour and grease 2 cake pans

Pour in the batter

Now for the frosting

Mmm lemon flavoring

In goes the powdered sugar

Here is where we went crazy with the lemon curd. But it tastes so good!

As I mentioned earlier we only did 2 layers. But you could level the cake and do 4

We used lemon slices to fancy up the sides.


Lemon Chiffon Layer Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert


For the Cake:

  • 2 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 7 egg whites, beaten stiff
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

For the Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp lemon flavoring
  • 1/3 cup cold water (may need more)
  • 2 lb confectioners’ sugar
  • Lemon curd for the layers. (we used store bought from Whole Foods)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add oil, egg yolks, water, zest, lemon juice and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Add beaten egg whites to batter in 3 increments, folding gently but thoroughly between each addition.  This step is key in creating a perfect chiffon cake.
  • Pour the batter into 2 greased and floured 8-inch cake pans and bake for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes before flipping onto cooling racks to finish cooling completely.
  • While the cakes cool start your frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add liquids and mix until combined. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar while mixing. At this point you may need to add more liquid.  You are trying to achieve a spreadable and fluffy consistency.  Whip for several minutes.
  • To assemble the cake (we did not level our cakes but rather made 2 layers), place first layer on a serving platter and spread a thin layer of lemon curd on top, continue until all the cake layers are used up, but avoid lemon curd on the top of the last layer. Place a book or light object on top to set the layers for about 10 minutes.
  • Frost the cake as desired. Garnish with lemon slices or a sprig of fresh mint.
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