Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

Absolutely delicious, and a classic. This version is very light.Perfect for summer. I got a low score below for this cake, I would like to say that it is Very IMPORTANT THAT YOU BEAT THE EGGS CORRECTLY. This cake is almost similar to a chiffon, which relies heavily on the eggs for a good outcome. I also recommend that for ANY recipe you make it to try before you give it as a gift or make for a gathering.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Line three 8 inch round cake pans with waxed paper and grease them. In a bowl, sift together the flour and salt, set aside.
  2. Place 6 of the eggs in a large heatproof bowl set over hot water. With an electric mixer. beat until frothy.Gradually beat in 3/4 cup sugar until mixture doubles in volume and is thick enough to leave a ribbon trail when beaters are lifted, usually about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl from the hot water. fold in the orange rind, half the grated lemon rind and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, until blended. fold in coconut.
  4. Sift the flour mixture in three bathches, folding in thoroughly after each addition.
  5. Divide the mixture between the prepared pans.
  6. Bake until cakes pull away from sides of pans, 25-30 minutes, then unmold and transfer to cooling rack.
  7. In a bowl, blend the cornstarch with a little cold water to dissolve. Whisk in the reamining eggs until just blended. Set aside.
  8. In a saucepan, combine the remaining lemon rind and juice, the remaining sugar, butter and 1 cup of water.
  9. Over medium heat , bring the mixture to a boil. Whisk in the eggs and cornstarch, and return to a boil. Whisk constantly until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Cover with waxed paper to prevent a skin from forming and set aside.
  10. For the frosting, cream the butter and confectioner sugar until smoth. Stir in the lemon rind and enough lemon juice to obtain a thick, spreadable consistency.
  11. Sandwich the three cake layers with the lemon custard mixture. Spread the frosting over the top and sides.Cover the cake with the coconut, pressing in gently.
Most Helpful

1 5

This was the biggest recipe disappointment of my life. There's no baking powder or soda listed, so the cake didn't rise AT ALL. This was going to be for my Mom's 77th birthday party tomorrow, so I had to resort to baking a boxed mix. She deserves better.