|This is as refreshing as can be for a summer treat or anytime!|
|The twins like to help make cookies with Grandma too!|
1 t. unflavored gelatin
1 C. lemon juice (6 lemons)
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/8 t. salt
4 large eggs + 6 yolks room temperature (Save whites for the cake.)
8 T. unsalted butter cut into 1/2" dice size cubes and frozen
1 C. whole milk at room temperature
6 large egg whites at room temperature
2 t. vanilla extract
2 1/4 C. cake flour
1 3/4 C. sugar
4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
12 T. room temperature unsalted butter cut into 12 pieces
1 C. sugar
2 large egg whites
1/4 C, water
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. corn syrup
Be sure to use two 9" x 2" deep cake pans.
|Picture perfect slices!|
Make the cake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and adjust the rack to the center of the oven. Butter the cake pans and fit parchment paper into the bottom of the pans. Butter the paper and dust well with flour. Using a 4 C. measuring cup whisk together the milk, egg whites, and vanilla. Using a stand mixer with the paddle, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt on low speed until well combined. Add the butter one piece at a time mixing until pea sized pieces form, about 1 minute. Add all but 1/2 cup of the milk mixture, then increase speed to med-high. Beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to med-low and add the remaining milk mixture and beat about 30seconds longer. Give the batter a final stir by hand.
Divide the batter evenly between the 2 prepared pans. Bake about 24-25 minutes until testing with a toothpick it comes out clean. Cook the cakes 10 minutes then remove cakes from the pans and finish cooling on the cooling racks for about 2 hours. Slice each cake layer evenly in half.
Place a layer on a serving plate lined with paper around the edges. Spread 1 C. lemon filling evenly across the layer to the edge. Repeat with the next two layers and top with the remaining last one. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the frosting.
Make the icing. Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and place the bowl over a medium pan with 1" of barely simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does NOT touch the water. Whisk constantly until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. (5-10 minutes) Remove the bowl from the heat and place back on the stand mixer. Mix at medium speed until soft peaks form. Increase the speed to medium high and whip to stiff peaks form and the mixture is cool. Spread the entire portion of the frosting onto the top of the cake and spread down over the sides of the cake.