I made this for our Easter celebration and it was to. die. for. So, I had to share :)

Luscious Lemon Goat Cheese Cake

Adapted from MarthaStewart.com


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 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. 

Filling (optional)

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. 
Just stuff, frost, top (with lemons) and voilà! You have a spectacularly delicious and impossibly beautiful treat. 
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