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How to Make a Lemon Meringue Cake

By Edited Jul 17, 2016 4 7

Lemon Cake Recipe

Lemon meringue Cake
Lemon Meringue Cake

   Fresh lemon flavor shines through in the custard filling between the layers, and the light meringue frosting adds a fancy finish. It's not only a deliciously different dessert, it's a conversation piece.

Ingredients for the cake:
1-package lemon or yellow cake mix
3-large eggs
1-cup water
1/3-cup vegetable oil

Ingredients for the filling:
1-cup white granulated sugar
3-tablespoons cornstarch
1/4-teaspoon salt
1/2-cup water
1/4-cup real lemon juice
4-large egg yolks, beaten
4-teaspoons butter
1-teaspoon grated lemon peel

Ingredients for the meringue;
4-large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4-teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4-cup white granulated sugar

Step 1...In a large mixing bowl, combine the lemon or vanilla cake mix, 3  large eggs, 1-cup water and 1/3-cup vegetable oil. Beat on low until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes more or until well blended. Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.

Step 2...For filling, combine 1-cup white granulated sugar, 3-tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4-teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Stir in 1/2-cup water and 1/4-cup real lemon juice until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir constantly for  1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into the 4-large egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in 4-teaspoons butter and 1-teaspoon real lemon peel. Cool completely.

Step 3...For meringue, in a mixing bowl, beat 4-large egg whites and 1/4-teaspoon cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually beat in 3/4-cup sugar on high setting of mixer until stiff peaks form. (to get stiff peaks, be sure egg whites are at room temperature).

Step 4...To assmeble split each cake into two layers. Place bottom layer on an oven proof serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with the fourth cake layer. Spread meringue on top and sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Serve or refrigerate.



Apr 22, 2011 6:36pm
Thanks for the recipe, this is something my husband will love.
Apr 23, 2011 5:22pm
Thanks mulberry.
Apr 26, 2011 8:46am
Lemon meringue cake sounds like a real winner to me. Other than baked Alaska, I have never heard of meringue on a cake. This would definitely be a delicious conversation piece. Thanks for sharing this unusual recipe with us.
May 3, 2011 9:19am
Of all your cakes I like the Lemon Cake one the best. Thank you for this recipe, I will give it a try.
May 5, 2011 3:02pm
Thanks southerngirl and tom_carver. Glad you could stop by.
May 18, 2011 11:59am
This looks delicious...lemon is my fav. Thanks for the detail in this Lemon Meringue Cake recipe.
May 20, 2011 7:06pm
I was just talking with my fiance about my love of lemon meringue! This is a must-try!
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