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Lemonade Layer Cake

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling

Makes

16 servings

Lemonade concentrate gives both the cake and frosting fantastic flavor. I like to garnish this dessert with lemon slices and mint leaves. —Jana Randich, Phoenix, Arizona
Lemonade Layer Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add the lemonade concentrate, lemon zest and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Coat two 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray and dust with flour. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the lemon zest, lemonade concentrate and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 340 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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