Martha Stewart's 1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake

1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake, Martha Stewart

On March 10 it was my mom 70th Birthday.  We finally celebrated her, the past week-end, on March 19.  It's always a challenge, in my family, to find a date where we can all meet.  We all live apart and are busy with children, family, careers.  The best gift that we could offer my mom was to be all together, with our spouses and her grandchildren for this special day.  When we were planning the event we decided that each of us, the four children, would either make an appetizer, an entrée or dessert for Dinner.  It's no surprise to anyone that they asked me to bring dessert.  My mom loves strawberries, lemon, whipped cream.  It took me two days to finally decide on this cake from Martha Stewart the 1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake.  It's an old-fashioned cake that has one cup butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour and four eggs.  That's why they named it 1-2-3-4 Lemon Cake.

With the four eggs it has a texture that is a bit more dense than a classic cake and it almost has the texture of a pound cake.  To the four main ingredients you incorporate, in the batter, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and buttermilk to achieve a perfect lemony taste that I was looking for and that old-fashioned taste.  That is a cake that you prepare in three steps.  First the cake itself, then the Lemon Curd and the Sweetened Whipped Cream.  The challenge for me was the Lemon Curd.  I had never made it before and was nervous about doing it for the first time for my mom's birthday.  As I was reading the reviews for the cake someone said to double the recipe for the Lemon Curd and I am glad I did.  The Lemon Curd turned out really good and if you follow the recipe you will have good results.  If you make this cake I would suggest that you assembled the cake at the last minute.  This cake has four layers, in between layers you spread the Lemon Curd.  The top of the cake is decorated with whipped cream and fresh fruits.  It is my son's boyfriend, Justin, that decorated the cake. He did a great job.  My mom called today and said that she had the best birthday and loved the cake.

My daughter Geneviève
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24 comments

  1. Happy Birthday to your mom! That is one delicious looking cake!

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  2. Quel beau gâteau avec ses petits fruits, et bien tentant au citron!!

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  3. What an absolutely gorgeous cake! Happy Birthday to your Mum! I bet she loved it all. You've presented it beautifully

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  4. 70 years - a fantastic milestone! You are blessed to have your mom with you.
    What a delicious looking cake that is!!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your mom! That cake is splendid.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. Happy birthday to your mom Helene!!! She was obviously surrounded by her loving family and some wonderful food I am sure of it!

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  7. For sure your mom love the cake is beautiful. Love the flavor combo here

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  8. Gorgeous cake..:) The presenter is lovely too:)

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  9. Thanks so much! The presenter is my daughter Geneviève, the oldest of the grandchildren.

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  10. quel magnifique gâteau bien présenté avec ces beaux fruits
    joyeux anniversaire pour la maman doit être toute contente et fière de sa fille
    à bientôt

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  11. Well who wouldn't love that stunning cake! What a work of art. So happy to hear all that effort and loved paid off. :)

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  12. Happy Birthday to your mom, what a wonderful cake for her.
    And how lovely that you all managed to get together for her special day.

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  13. Le gateau aux citrons a l'air tellement delicieuse. Je voudrais bien avoir un morceau :)

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  14. Gorgeous cake! Especially with all those berries on top!

    I love lemon cakes, and I love lemon curd. Therefore, I would love this cake. Martha Stewart knows what she's doing.

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  15. awww happy birthday to your mum indeed. when i make it to 70 i want to party too....with lots of food and cake. ha ha
    wonderful party.

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  16. Happy Birthday to your mother! Looks like a neat cake dear!

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  17. Looks so pretty with all the berries on top!

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  18. Happy birthday to your mom. What a fabulous looking cake. Almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

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  19. I hope your mom had a very happy birthday!
    The cake looks and sounds delicious - I love lemon cake.

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  20. That cake is a work of art! I bet your mom was totally impressed. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-10.html

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  21. What a beautiful cake for your mom's 70th. That was when I started celebrating my mom's birthdays. I had her 75th, too - and by the time she had her 80th - I had my blog. He birthday (Helen's 80th) is posted there... as is mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary. There is nothing like documenting such special occasions. This cake is one I will definitely try. It looks scrumptious and I adore the picture of your beautiful daughter with the cake. She is beaming!
    :)
    valerie

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  22. What a beautiful cake for a wonderful celebration!! All the best to your mom!

    I have such a love for lemon cakes...the fruit on this looks just heavenly! Hope you are well!

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