Light and fluffy lemon layer cake slathered with delicious cream cheese frosting. This cake is sized perfectly for two people!
Today we are celebrating a virtual baby shower for one of my very favorite bloggers. Christina and I became friends a few years ago by commenting on each other’s blogs (you must read Dessert for Two) and exchanging a few emails. She was always so kind and generous with her blogging knowledge.
When I went to Foodbuzz in San Francisco, she met me in the city to be my “date” to one of the events. She’s just as wonderful in person as you’d imagine. The best combination of sweet and sass!
Now Christina is having a baby girl and I am so incredibly happy for her. Tina, from almost six months of experience, I can tell you that being a mom is pretty much the best thing ever.
Now, onto this cake! Given her love of lemon desserts and small batch treats, I thought this mini lemon cake would be the perfect recipe to share for the shower. It’s light and fluffy and topped with a generous helping of cream cheese icing. I made it the first time for Valentine’s Day and Matt loved it, but I made it a second time last week with a couple of tweaks and it was even better.
Scroll down to see what everyone else made!
- Lemon Cake:
- 73g (~1/2 cup + 5 teaspoons) all-purpose flour
- 1½g (3/4 teaspoon) baking powder
- 1g (1/4 teaspoon) salt
- 28g (2 tablespoons) plain greek yogurt (I used fat free)
- 30 milliliters (2 tablespoons) milk (I used skim)
- 30 milliliters (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice (~1/2 of a lemon)
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest (~1/2 lemon)
- 2½ milliliters (½ teaspoon) vanilla extract
- 57g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter softened at room temperature
- 80g (~6 tablespoons) granulated sugar
- 50g (~1 large) whole eggs, at room temperature
- Cream Cheese Icing
- 85g light or regular cream cheese, cold
- 71g (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 160g (1 cup) powdered sugar
- 2½ milliliters (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla extract
- ½g (1/8 teaspoon) salt
- Lemon Cake:
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; grease and flour two four-inch cake pans (lining the bottom of each pan with parchment paper will make for easier removal as well); set aside
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; set aside
- In a separate bowl, combine yogurt, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla; set aside
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on high speed for several minutes or until light and fluffy; at this point you can’t really overbeat the batter, you want to get as much lightness at this stage as you can; scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula
- Add egg and beat at medium speed for one minute; scrape the sides of the bowl with the spatula
- Reduce speed to low and slowly add ½ of flour mixture and then all of the wet ingredients; finish with the remaining flour mixture and remove from mixer immediately (there should still be lumps in the batter)
- Gently fold batter so that you can no longer see any dry ingredients but there are still some small lumps; do not overmix
- Evenly distribute batter between cake pans
- Bake 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center; do not overbake
- Set aside to cool and prepare frosting
- Cream Cheese Icing
- In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and shortening on high speed for several minutes until light and creamy; make sure there are no clumps from the cream cheese
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and add one cup of powdered sugar; beat on high speed until combined; repeat with additional cup of sugar
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and add vanilla and salt; mix on medium speed for one minute and then on high speed for at least five minutes and until frosting is light and creamy
- Once cake has cooled and icing is ready, use a flat metal spatula to frost the first layer of cake; top with second layer and frost outside of cake
Store cake in refrigerator and store at room temperature (best enjoyed within 24 hours but can be eaten within 4 days)
For additional lemon flavor, add some lemon zest to the frosting; just add it at the beginning with the butter and cream cheese
Other Shower Treats:
Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas from Well Plated
Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Country Cleaver
Mini Bourbon and Bacon Tater Tot Casseroles from Climbing Grier Mountain
Maple-Chia Overnight Oatmeal from Feed Me Phoebe
Lemon Cake for Two from Keep It Sweet Desserts
Mini Raspberry Rhubarb Pavlovas from The Baker Chick
Almond Berry Cake Parfaits for Two from Edible Perspective
Peanut Butter Bourbon Blondies from The Frosted Vegan
Mixed Berry Mascarpone Scones from Bluebonnet Baker
Greek Yogurt Funfetti Cupcakes for Two from The Housewife in Training Files
Bourbon Barbeque Sliders with Bleu Cheese from Saucy Pear
Steak Fajita Tacos for Two from The Sweetphi Blog
Mango Madeleines from Stetted
Citrus Salad with Mint, Honey, and Lime from Rachel Cooks
Parfaits for Two from Order in the Kitchen
Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream from Joyful Healthy Eats
French Breakfast Puffs from Stephie Cooks
Blueberry Vanilla Cream Hand Pies from Eats Well With Others
Banana Pudding Cheesecake from The Domestic Rebel
Oh that Foodbuzz weekend. Definitely a lot of great friendships were made! :) I’m sure that Christina would adore this cake! I mean, she has a pulse after all. :P
I love lemon desserts — this looks divine!
Such a fun occasion! This little cake looks delicious and sounds incredible!
Lauren!!! What are you doing to me? This is SO sweet! Thank you SO much! I still remember hanging out at Foodbuzz with you like it was yesterday. Can you believe it’s been 4-5 years? Thank you SO much for the kind words, and I just love you!
Heart you! Hope you are enjoying the first week of mommyhood:-)
Can this mini cake be made in one 6 inch pan? If so, how should I adjust the bake time?
Hi Diane – you can definitely try it in a 6-inch pan. I’d start with 12 minutes and then check the cake every few minutes after that.
What a perfect cake for a surprise baby shower for Christina! Also love that you are still using meyer lemons cause I’m about to post one last recipe tomorrow.
I’m in LOVE with lemon desserts and in LOVE with how pretty this is!
I will take a slice of this gorgeous lemon cake! It’s one of my favorite flavors!
Lemon desserts are my favvvve! This is totally adorable, now I need to go find a mini pan asap :)
this is too cute! i also love christina’s blog. this cake looks so amazing!
How precious! This little cake is just too too cute! Love all of the shower recipes, they are splendid!
So adorable! These cake looks so yummy. Love lemon cakes
Totally agree Christina is amazing!!
This cake is two! Love the lemon flavors in it, so perfect for the summer!
High five for the cake decorators!! This looks heavenly and perfect for Christina and baby Camille’s shower!
This is super cute!
This is just the sweetest post, with the sweetest dessert to go along with it. I love lemon everything, and I want to go at that perfect icing with a spoon!
Hi, in the directions for the frosting on 13. it says to beat cream cheese, butter and shortening on high speed for several minutes, but the is no shortening listed in the ingredients. Should there be shortening and if so, how much? Also, it states on number 14 to Scrape the sides of the bowl and add one cup of powdered sugar; beat on high speed until combined, repeat with additional cup of sugar. However, the recipe only states to use one cup of powdered sugar. Could you please clarify? Thank you so much!