Lemon Meringue Cake

Homeamde three tiered lemon meringue cake featuring layers of moist lemon cake, fresh lemon curd and meringue frosting! A perfect dessert for Spring!

Moist homemade lemon meringue layer cake recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m still having a hard time believing that it’s really Spring. Of course, it’s felt like Spring for ages and we don’t have any snow on the ground. A big plus for when the weather finally stays nice and consistently warm! We still seem to be on a roller coaster ride with the temps though. Up into the 60s and back down into the 30s. Rainy and then sunny. It’s New England, so it’s expected, but still weird. I’m totally okay with it being like this though. I’d take this strange weather over our extreme Winters and early Springs any time!

And another ‘I can’t believe’… it’s almost April! How is that even possible. The end of this week and we’ll be venturing into a new month. But that’s a good thing. Inching towards all things green and warm(er). Also… April Fools’ Day! Do you do anything special to celebrate the day? Play pranks on your family, friends or co-workers? I haven’t done anything to trick the kids, but I’ve definitely pulled the old elastic on the sink sprayer bit on the Mr. I saw a post recently that shared a bunch of pretty hilarious pranks to play on kids. Many included fake bugs or snakes…all of which I don’t have, but if I did, you bet I’d be using them. A giant spider in the mailbox. A giant bug inside of a lamp, causing a shadow. Things like that.

I went to see Allegiant last week. I’d been waiting basically since last Fall. It didn’t disappoint. Obviously more futuristic compared to the first few movies, but for good reason. Now I have a long wait until the final movie comes out in another year. Such a long wait! Did you see anything good over the long weekend? Most people seemed to be heading to see the new Batman vs Superman movie. I’m still not sure how I feel about the premise of that one… or the actors.

Moist homemade lemon meringue layer cake recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’ve always been a huge fan of lemon…anything! Drinks, desserts, breakfast goodies… you name it! It’s one of those classic flavors that just screams Spring. The moment the weather starts getting nicer, I’m completely craving everything lemon flavored.

Fresh. Fruity. And bright!

I reinvented one of my all time favorite cupcakes into an over the top layer cake!

This homemade lemon meringue layer cake features three moist layers of lemon cake, fresh lemon curd and meringue frosting! A must make dessert for all of your Spring celebrations and gatherings.

Psst… Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’m positive all moms would love a slice! Be sure to add this fun lemon meringue cake to your Spring baking plans! You won’t regret it.

Moist homemade lemon meringue layer cake recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Lemon Meringue Cake

Moist three tiered lemon meringue cake featuring layers of moist lemon cake, fresh lemon curd and meringue frosting! A perfect dessert for Spring!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, Lemon, Meringue
Servings: 10 plus


  • 1 batch lemon curd


  • 3/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 6 Tb lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 C all purpose flour
  • 1 C sour cream

Lemon buttercream:

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 Tb lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 C powdered sugar

Meringue frosting:

  • 4 egg whites room temperature
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Prepare lemon curd ahead, as directed. Can be prepared days or weeks ahead of time. Keep chilled until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 3: 8-inch round pans, discarding extra flour. Optionally, parchment paper may be added to the bottom of each pan, but is not necessary. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time, followed by lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. With mixer on low, add salt, baking powder and baking soda. Finally, alternate additions of flour and sour cream, mixing until fully combined and no streaks remain. Divide between prepared baking pans. Use a small offset spatula to spread batter into an even layer. *(see note)
  • Bake cakes for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely in pans, set on a wire rack. When cakes are cool, carefully run a knife or metal spatula around the edge of the cakes. Invert pans and wrap well in plastic. Store overnight in the refrigerator to firm up.
  • In a medium bowl, prepare lemon buttercream. Beat together butter and powdered sugar, followed by lemon juice. Mix until just combined. Transfer to a piping bag fit with a small round tip, or snip off the end, creating a 1/4-1/2-inch opening.
  • Place one cake layer on a cake turntable or cake stand. Pipe a border of frosting around the top edge. This will create a wall to hold the curd in. Add roughly 1/2-cup lemon curd to the center of the first cake layer. Spread out with a small offset spatula to the edge of the frosting. Place a second layer of cake on top, pipe an additional edge of frosting and fill with remaining lemon curd. Top off with remaining cake layer. Chill cake while preparing meringue frosting. If using a cake turntable, transfer cake to desired serving plate or cake stand prior to frosting with meringue.
  • In a large metal bowl, set over simmering water, whisk together egg whites, granulated sugar and cream of tartar. Continue whisking until frothy and egg whites are warm to the touch. Transfer bowl to a stand mixer, fit with a whisk attachment. Beat until stiff and glossy peaks form. Add vanilla in last 30 seconds. Meringue may be spread on the cake with an offset spatula or added to a large piping bag fit with a large flat piping tip. Start at the top or bottom of the cake, working your way in the opposite direction. Use an offset spatula or teaspoon to create patterns in the frosting. Lightly char with a handheld kitchen torch.
  • Slice and serve.
  • Store remaining cake covered in an airtight container for up to several days. For best results, press plastic wrap against exposed cake layers to retain freshness.


Serves roughly 10-14, yields 1: 3-layer 8-inch cake.
*If fewer than three 8-inch pans are available, divide batter equally between clean bowls and prepared pan(s). Repeat preparation and baking process as directed.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Moist homemade lemon meringue layer cake recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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22 Responses to “Lemon Meringue Cake”

  1. #
    Medeja — March 28, 2016 at 6:54 am

    This cake looks so amazing! Especially the meringue frosting!

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Thanks Medeja!

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    Heather @Boston Girl Bakes — March 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Oh this cake screams spring :) gorgeous! And I can’t wait to see Allegiant!! And my opinion on the new batman vs. superman I was confused for 3/4 of it and not sure it was worth the 3-d movie cost! I’d wait to until it’ comes in dvd form ;) but that’s just my opinion!

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Definitely waiting to see that one on DVD. I only occasionally go to the movies so when I do it has to be something I REALLY want to see. :)

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — March 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Oh wow – Rachel – this is one spectacularly gorgeous cake! Perfectly flavored for the changing seasons – I went and saw Allegiant too, but was disappointed – it’s nothing like the book – and thanks for the idea to put a bug in the mailbox – I’ve pulled pranks on co-workers and my daughter in the past – but never put a bug in the mailbox before! :)

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Thanks so much Shashi! And you know what… it’s been so long since I read the book that differences weren’t super noticeable to me. I guess I was just hoping to enjoy it no matter what. Maybe that’s a good thing. :)

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — March 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I’ve decided that if we ever meet we have to eat something lemon if it’s spring and apple if it’s fall, we clearly love both of these things! This lemon meringue cake is so beautiful and the meringue is that perfect toasty brown color! Love.

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Yes!! We definitely do need to have a seasonal food fest if we ever meet up. :)

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    Catherine — March 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Dear Rachel, you have combine two of my favorites for one stunningly decadent dessert. This is just bursting with flavor..such a bright cake to welcome Spring with. xo, Catherine

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Catherine!

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — March 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    This cake looks so stunning!! I love lemon and it instantly makes me think spring too! Our weather has been insane here as well. Last Tuesday it was 70 degrees then the next day a full force blizzard!

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Malinda!! Stay warm! :)

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    Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — March 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Love the lemon in this cake!

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — March 29, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Your meringue is so gorgeous!

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      Rachel — March 29, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Julianne!

  9. #
    Trina and Tina — March 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    This is stunning! We will be pranking our families by telling them they can have brownies for breakfast. Instead we’ll be serving brown letter”E”s!

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      Rachel — March 31, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks so much Trina. And I love that brown-E trick. :)

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    Lucy — April 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    This cake is stunning! I love any desert with lemon in. Can’t wait to try making this. ?

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      Rachel — April 14, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Lucy!

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    Bruno — December 31, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Do you have to do the cake batter 3 time ? I made it once but I feel like it’s not enought and the layers are too thin?

    Thank you

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      Rachel — December 31, 2016 at 10:56 am

      The ingredients listed are for the full three layers. If yours turned out thin, it’s possible that your baking powder or baking soda have expired. Be sure to check those, as they’ll have a huge impact on the cake.

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