Decadent Chocolate Cake Filled With Lemon Buttercream

Decadent Chocolate Cake Filled with Lemon Buttercream Topped with Lemon Candy

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Impress your friends with this divine chocolate lemon cake. The different layers have each bite bursting with flavor. The candy topping will add the perfect crunch to the spongy cake.

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Time needed

45 min preparation + 50 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ C. sifted cake flour
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 C. granulated sugar
  • ¾ C. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs. lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • ½ C. lemon curd
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 1 C. milk, room temp
  • 1 C. chocolate chips
  • Frosting
  • ½ container of store bought buttercream frosting
  • 1 Tbs. lemon zest
  • For topping:
  • 1/2 C. lemon drop candy
  • 2 Tbs. chocolate chips

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9x1 ½” pans and line with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder together and set aside. Using a counter top or handheld mixer, beat butter and sugar for 3 to 5 minutes until soft and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is mixed well. Add vanilla, zest, lemon juice and lemon curd and beat until blended well.

Beat in eggs one at a time and mix well after each one. Alternate gradually adding dry ingredients and wet ingredients until blended. After all that is added, fold in chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for 32-35 minutes. Test with a toothpick by piercing the middle with it. If it comes out clean, the cakes are done. Cool on racks for 10-12 minutes and remove from pans.

Mix lemon zest into frosting container. Spread on one layer of cake and place the other on top.

In a small non-stick pan over medium heat, melt the lemon drops. Stir constantly until melted. This should take 6-9 minutes. Pour over the top of cake. Place chocolate chips sporadically on top of candy shell. Once they are almost completely melted, use a toothpick to create a design in the candy. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and serve.


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