lemon layer cake

lemon layer cake | bethcakes.com
Well, hello! I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. I spent the weekend baking my tushie off, and so I finally have new blog posts to share with you!

I started writing this post two weekends ago, a couple weeks after my family threw the loveliest baby shower for my cousin and his wife Ashlee, who has become one of my best friends. And I get to be an AUNT. As an only child, I never really thought I’d have that opportunity, but now I’m so excited! Baby Henry better get ready. ?

lemon layer cake | bethcakes.com
lemon layer cake // bethcakes.com
I posted the baby shower cake on instagram several weeks ago, but it didn’t really look like a lemon cake, so I decided to remake it for blog purposes. Plus I wasn’t able to get an inside shot or anything like that. So technically I *had* to make it again, very necessary. 😉


  1. As per usual, I baked this one in three 6-inch pans, but it works perfectly in two 8-inch pans as well. (For the baby shower, I actually made this recipe twice to create a four layer 8-inch cake. We ended up cutting two-layer slices though, if that makes sense, so the cake fed a ton of people!)
  2. This cake is based off my new fave classic yellow cake recipe. I just swapped vanilla extract for lemon, added some zest, and a couple tablespoons of lemon juice.
  3. The frosting is lemon as well, but I added a pinch of cardamom. It just smells SO FRESH. Before that I was tempted to add a tiny splash of lavender extract, but I’ll have to save that for another day, another cake. 🙂
  4. I can’t tell you how easy this cake is to make. It uses oil instead of butter, so you don’t even have to cream anything. Just mix it all together!

lemon layer cake | bethcakes.com
lemon layer cake // bethcakes.com
And here’s the baby shower cake! I’d never really put flowers on top of a cake before this, which is so very ~trendy~ right now. I’m low key obsessed.

The drips are made from a mix of white and light blue candy melts, which I melted with some heavy cream like a ganache. You could easily change the color to pink for a girl baby, or any other color to go with a wedding or birthday! They make some pretty fancy flavors of candy melts these days. Cheesecake, caramel, and my fave, color burst–aka confetti! Haven’t tried drips with those yet, but it’s only a matter of time. 😉

baby shower cake
I had so much fun with all the ladies in my family while we prepared for this baby shower! My aunt’s backyard was covered with shade, so the weather was perfect for May in Alabama. Honestly, I was really dreading the heat, but it actually felt like spring. There were white and blue balloons everywhere, and gold letter balloons that spelled out, “OH BOY.” We had fun, blue dranks and cute baby games, my favorite of which was writing silly phrases on the backs of diapers. Like “OPEN AT YOUR OWN RISK” and “AT LEAST I’M CUTE.” Baby Henry is only the second great-grandchild in the family, so we’re all super pumped to meet him!

baby shower cake

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lemon cake
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
lemon frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening, cubed
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • ¼ tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
garnish (optional)
  • lemon slices
  • dried lavender
  • flowers
for the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray three 6-inch (or two 8-inch) round cake pans with nonstick spray. Line with parchment paper and spray again.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, oil, eggs, lemon extract, zest, and lemon juice. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  4. Add half of flour mixture and half of the milk. Mix until just blended. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
  5. Divide batter evenly among cake pans and bake 22-25 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
for the frosting
  1. Cream butter on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. With mixer running, add shortening a little bit at a time until completely incorporated. (This helps prevent lumps.)
  2. Add lemon extract, cardamom, and half of powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until mostly combined, then medium-high speed until completely combined. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar. Mix on medium-high speed 1 additional minute.
  1. Use a serrated knife or a cake saw to cut off domed tops of cakes so that cakes are even and smooth. Place one cake layer on a plate or cake stand. Spread frosting over cake. Repeat with the next two layers.
  2. Optional: Spread a thin crumb coat over the cake and chill for 20 minutes.
  3. Spread frosting over outside of cake and garnish as desired.
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