Monday, August 9, 2010

Gluten Free Lemon Cake

Have you completely given up on me yet? I know it's been a while. I guess I just needed a little break and what better time to take a break than during the Summer. I've been busy with other things besides my blog. My family went to Lake Chelan in central Washington to celebrate my parents 40th anniversary back in mid July.
My daughter had a great time playing in the water and hanging out with her cousin.
My wife's birthday was a few days ago and since I let off with a cake post, I thought I would start back up with one. I made a nice little lemon cake by following one of Martha Stewart's jailhouse recipes, with a few alterations. It was delicious. There was a nice balance of sweet and tart from the lemons.
Gluten Free Lemon Cake:
From Martha Stewart modified to be GF
For the Cake:
2 1/2 cups GF flour , plus more for pans
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
For the Lemon Syrup:
1 large lemon sliced thin and seeded
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Follow this link for the Lemon Curd filling
For the frosting:
I used Betty Crocker GF Lemon frosting per the birthday girl's request
Baking Directions:
2- 8 inch round cake pans buttered and floured with gf flour
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30-35 minutes
Start by making the lemon curd for the filling. I know the lemon curd recipe link is about waffles, which are delicious by the way, just follow the recipe for the lemon curd portion. Then, whisk together the gf flour mix, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, and lemon zest in a medium bowl, set aside.
Next, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs and yolks. Add the 2 Tbs of lemon juice to the buttermilk. Alternate mixing in the buttermilk and the flour mix until thoroughly combined. Prepare two 8 inch round cake pans by buttering and flouring them with gf flour. Divide the batter between the two pans. Place in a preheated 350 degree F oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. When the cake comes out of the oven, allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting them onto a cooling rack. While the cake is baking, make the lemon syrup. For the lemon syrup, thinly slice and seed one large lemon. Next, place 1/2 cup water and a 1/2 cup of sugar in a sauce pan over medium high heat, bring to a boil. Add the lemon slices and simmer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, use a slotted spoon to scoop out the lemon slices and place them on parchment paper. Finally, stir in 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice into the syrup and set aside. To assemble the cake, start with the bottom layer of cake. Use a toothpick to poke several holes in the top of the cake. Brush half of the lemon syrup over the top of the cake. Next spread an even layer of lemon curd over the cake. Place the top layer of cake on, poke holes in the top and brush on the remaining lemon syrup. I also found that the top layer wanted to slide off of the lemon curd filling, so I pushed a couple toothpicks down through the top of the cake to stabilize the two layers. Just make sure your guests don't eat the toothpicks when you cut them a piece. I frosted the cake with Betty Crocker Lemon Frosting which is GF. I placed my candied lemon slices around the outside and then I wrote Happy Birthday with the neatness and pizazz of a 1st grader learning to write. Delicious Lemony Goodness. Enjoy!!!


  1. This lemon cake looks great! So happy to have a recipe from you again. Glad you are enjoying the summer in your part of the country. Kay Guest

  2. Glad to see you back with a cake post. I'm really more of a chocolate girl, but this lemon cake looks great. And I love the candied lemons you used to decorate.

  3. Waw, Brian!!

    What a stunning & beautiful Birthday cake & all GF!! Yeah!!

    Lucky wife!

  4. Great beach photos, Brian. Welcome back from your hiatus and what a beautiful cake! I love that you added the lemon slices to the side--perfect touch. :-)


  5. I made this for my wife's birthday, and it was fantastic! It was so good my son wants one for his birthday now.

    Like Brian, I had some trouble with the top half sliding off, but the cake cover seemed to hold it in place, and after a while it stayed on its own. A bigger problem was that the curd filling wanted to ooze out, and I couldn't really remove it or frost over it.

    Next time I am going to try to make one of the cake halves a little bit concave. That might help with both problems.


  6. This was AMAZING!! My family and I thought this cake was super moist (I used Pamela's Baking Flour) and had a perfect blend of flavors! And although I burnt the Syrup part, it was easy to redo. The candied lemons were such a nice touch!
    I saw the layering issues so I smothered the bottom layer with the Lemon Curd then placed both layers in the fridge, then stacked it when everything was way cool. There was still a little running out of the sides but when you ate the cake there was plenty of filling to taste.
    It received rave reviews from Gluten Free and Non-Gluten Free Eaters!!
    Will make this Again and Again, Thank You for Sharing!

  7. Looks delish! Love lemon desserts! Thanks for sharing.

  8. This may seem stupid, but do you use ALL of the lemon curd as the filling in between the 2 layers, or do you put some on top also? --Chris