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Lemon Velvet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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There’s nothing quite like the delightful combination of tangy lemon and creamy yogurt in a cake. This recipe for a Luscious Lemon Yogurt Cake with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect blend of flavors and textures. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to impress. Follow along as we guide you through the steps to create this moist and flavorful treat.

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The Cake Base:

To start, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and prepare two round cake pans by greasing and flouring them. In a large bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups of cake flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Set this mixture aside; we’ll come back to it shortly.

In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Incorporate a teaspoon of vanilla extract for that extra layer of flavor.

The Flavorful Twist:

In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of lemon zest. This combination adds a zesty and refreshing twist to the cake. Alternately add the flour mixture and the yogurt mixture to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the flour. Beat until the batter is thoroughly combined.

Baking and Cooling:

Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This step is crucial for achieving the perfect texture.

The Icing on the Cake – Creamy Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

While the cakes cool, let’s whip up the pièce de résistance – the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. In a mixing bowl, beat together 8 oz of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of butter until smooth. Gradually add 4 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Continue beating until the frosting is smooth, fluffy, and oh-so-irresistible.

Assembling Your Masterpiece:

Once the cakes are completely cooled, generously spread the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting between the layers and on top. You can get creative with the decoration, adding extra lemon zest or a few lemon slices for a visually appealing finish.

Conclusion:

This Luscious Lemon Yogurt Cake with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting is a symphony of flavors that will undoubtedly make it a staple in your baking repertoire. Perfect for special occasions or as a sweet treat to brighten any day, this recipe is a testament to the magic that happens when simple ingredients come together in just the right way. Enjoy every moist and flavorful bite!

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Frosting Ingredients:


For Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease and flour two round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar in another bowl until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, incorporate vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  6. Alternately add the flour mixture and yogurt mixture to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  7. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. While the cakes cool, prepare the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting by beating together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then, add powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Continue beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
Lemon Velvet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Velvet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Cake Ingredients:

  • – 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • – 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • – 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • – 3 eggs
  • – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • – 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • – 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • – 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Frosting Ingredients:

    For Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

    • – 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
    • – 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
    • – 4 cups powdered sugar
    • – 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • – 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease and flour two round cake pans.
    • In a large bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    • Cream together butter and sugar in another bowl until smooth and fluffy.
    • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, incorporate vanilla.
    • In a separate bowl, mix Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
    • Alternately add the flour mixture and yogurt mixture to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until thoroughly combined.
    • Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • While the cakes cool, prepare the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting by beating together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then, add powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Continue beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.

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