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Lemon Praline Cake



This tart and crunchy Lemon Praline Cake is a lemon lover’s fix! Lemon buttercream and lemon curd nestled over a honey sponge cake. Then you add the pralines.......excuse me, I have to go make this cake NOW!

This tart and crunchy Lemon Praline Cake is a lemon lover’s fix! Lemon buttercream and lemon curd nestled over a honey sponge cake. Then you add the pralines…….excuse me, I have to go make this cake NOW!



Lemon Praline Cake

Lemon Praline Cake
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This tart and crunchy Lemon Praline Cake is a lemon lover’s fix! Lemon buttercream and lemon curd nestled over a honey sponge cake. Then you add the pralines.......excuse me, I have to go make this cake NOW!


    Cake:
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
    Pralines:
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
    Lemon Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
    Lemon Curd (You can use jarred if you do not want to make your own)
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed



  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 baking pan, line with parchment paper and grease again.
  2. In a medium bowl sift the flour and baking powder 3 times. Reserve.
  3. Whisk egg and sugar with an electric mixer over high speed for 8-10 minutes, or until pale, thick and tripled in volume.
  4. Sift half the flour mixtures over the egg mixture and gently fold with a spoon. Repeat with the remaining flour.
  5. Mix to combine butter and honey. Add to cake batter and gently fold.
  6. Pour batter into the baking pan and bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until golden and springy. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
    Prepare the pralines:
  1. Increase the oven temperature to 400º F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lightly grease it. Sprinkle sugar evenly on the baking tray. Cook for 12- 15 minutes, or until sugar is melted and golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle almonds over the melted sugar. Allow to cool. When cooled break the praline into pieces and process in a food processor until fine.
    Prepare the frosting:
  1. With an electric mixer on medium speed cream butter for 8 - 10 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners sugar gradually, beating after each addition. Beat in lemon extract ,salt, and heavy whipping cream until desired spreading consistency is reached, about 2 minutes.
    Prepare Lemon Curd:
  1. In a 2 quart saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs, and butter. Cook over medium-low heat until thick enough to hold marks from whisk, and first bubble appears on surface, about 6 minutes.
    Assemble the cake:
  1. Carefully cut the sponge cake horizontally into 2 equal parts. Trim the edges if necessary to make it even. Spread lemon curd, frosting, then a second layer of lemon curd over one layer and sprinkle with pralines. Repeat with the other layer, finishing with a layer of frosting and pralines.

Prep Time: 15 minutes - Cook Time: 45 minutes Yield: 8 servings



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