Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream

If you’re a lemon dessert lover like I am, meet this Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream! It’s moist, sweet, creamy, and loaded with fresh lemon zest. And if the cake layers aren’t filled enough of that fresh lemon-y taste, this cake is layered with a buttercream that spikes more lemon flavor. Besides the flavor and texture, this cake is loved for its easy recipe and simple ingredients.  

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Ingredients

Cake 

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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Lemon Cream: 

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • grated zest for the top (optional)

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How to make Yogurt Lemon Layer Cake:

Begin by preheating the oven to 350F to bake the layers for this zesty cake. Prepare a cake pan.

With an electric hand mixer or in a stand mixer on medium speed, beat together softened butter, lemon zest, and 1 cup of sugar.

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  • Add into the bowl the eggs and yogurt. Beat until smooth and pale.

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  • Turn down the speed to the lowest and sift in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Incorporate together well, then transfer the cake batter to the prepared cake form.

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  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean; then cool completely on a wire rack.

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  • Slice the cake evenly in half horizontally.  

Light and Fluffy Lemon Buttercream

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, butter, and fresh juice from a lemon.

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  • Spread the cream on the bottom layer of the cake and place the next cake layer on top.

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  • Spread the rest of the cream top and sides of the rest of the cake. 
  • Decorate with lemon zest (optional).

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Equipment I Used

Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Yogurt Lemon Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 507 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cake:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Lemon Cream:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • grated lemon zest for the top optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil cake form.
  • With an electrical mixer beat 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 Tablespoon of lemon zest and 1 cup of sugar.
    Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream
  • Add in 3 Large eggs beat for 1 minute, and 1 cup Greek yogurt. Beat until smooth and pale.
    Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream
  • Turn mixer to the lowest speed.
  • Sift dry ingredients together: 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add to the mixing bowl.
  • Incorporate all together.
    Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream
  • Transfer into prepared cake form.
    Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cooldown completely.
    Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream
  • Slice cake in half.

Lemon Cream:

  • Melt 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter in a pan or microwave.
  • Mix together 2 cups of powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp unsalted melted butter, and juice from 1 lemon.
  • Spread on bottom slice of cake, place the top half on top.
    Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream
  • Spread the rest of the cream all over the cake.
  • Decorate with lemon zest (optional) .
    Lemon Yogurt Layer Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Yogurt Lemon Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 507 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 218mg6%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 577IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butter, cake, dessert, eggs, greek yogurt, lemon, lemon juice, lemon zest, sweet, yogurt
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