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Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

This Lemon Curd Cake is sure to brighten any party or special event! It’s bursting with lemon flavor from the lemon zest and homemade lemon curd in the cake itself, and the fresh lemon glaze drizzled on top.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Chill Time (for lemon curd)2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bundt Cake, lemon, lemon curd
Servings: 10
Author: Savoring Italy

Ingredients

Lemon Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (or you could use all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter , softened (I used Earth Balance Vegan sticks)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd , divided (1/4 cup for batter, 1/4 cup for filling)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest (I used organic)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or buttermilk)

Lemon Curd:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (I used organic)
  • 8 large egg yolks (egg whites reserved for another use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 10 Tbsp butter (I used vegan sticks)

Lemon Glaze:

  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • juice of two lemons

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray with baking spray a 10- or 12-cup Bundt pan, making sure to get into all the grooves of the pan.

Make the Lemon Curd:

  • If you are making your own lemon curd, prep the curd the a few hours (or night)before so will be completely cool. Whisk together in a medium sized sauce pan the sugar, zest, and egg yolks; whisk in lemon juice and salt.
  • Place the pan over medium heat and add in the vegan butter sticks (or butter). Stir until the butter has melted. Keep stirring until the curd is thick enough to coat back of a wooden spoon. Take care not to boil and to whisk very quickly; 5-7 minutes.
  • Spoon out the curd over a fine-mesh sieve into a glass bowl. Be sure to spoon it out a small portion at a time into the sieve. Place plastic wrap over the surface of the curd and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight.

Make the Cake:

  • In large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until pale and fluffy using the paddle attachment (you could also beat it with a hand mixer), 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the oil. Beat in the eggs one by one, waiting until each has been incorporated to add the next. Be sure to scrape the mixing bowl after each addition of the eggs. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Add in the lemon zest and 1/4 cup lemon curd and mix well.
  • Add half of the flour mixture to the mixer beat on low speed until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate.
  • Add in the almond milk (or buttermilk)and beat until incorporated followed by the remaining flour mixture; scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate.
  • Spoon half of the cake batter into the Bundt pan; spread evenly with a spatula. Spoon the 1/4 cup remaining lemon curd around the batter (make sure not to touch the edge pan). Spread on the rest of the batter evenly with a spatula. Tap the pan heavily on the counter a few times to help even out the batter and remove air pockets.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes, then flip the pan onto a cooling rack set inside a baking sheet. Tap the pan heavily onto the rack.

Make the Glaze:

  • Before I glazed the cake, I mixed two tablespoons sugar and some lemon juice in a small bowl. I brushed that on the cake and let it sink in.
  • In another small bowl combine the confectioners’ sugar with lemon juice. Add more juice (or water) if too thick or more confectioner’s sugar to make it to your liking. 

Notes

  • Lemon curd adapted from Martha Stewart.