2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks (save the white for the frosting!)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup buttermilk
1 lemons, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-by-2-inch cake pans. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in eggs and yolks, one at a time. Beat in 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined.
Divide batter between pans; smooth tops. Bake until cakes pull away from sides of pans, 32 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of pans and invert cakes onto a wire rack.
While cakes are baking, bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add lemon slices and simmer 25 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer lemon slices to a plate. Stir remaining 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice into syrup.
Using a toothpick, poke holes in warm cakes on rack. Spoon on lemon syrup. Let cool completely.
1/3 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla
The Prettiest White Frosting In The Whole Wide World!
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine egg whites, sugar, salt, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved (2 to 3 minutes). Transfer to a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until glossy, stiff peaks form (do not over beat), about 3 minutes; reduce speed to low, add vanilla extract, and beat just until combined.
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