Prep 2 hrs
Cook 1 hr
I got this dessert recipe from my sister who has a catering business and this is one of her best sellers. It makes a spectacular finale to a special meal.It's a lightly lemon flavoured cake filled and frosted with a tangy lemon mousse and topped with sweetened lemon slices and fresh raspberries.Don't let the length of the recipe intimidate you, the steps can be divided over a couple of day.
- 1 cup sugar
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 2 lemons, very thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 teaspoons grated fresh lemon rind
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh lemon rind
- 2⁄3 cup lemon juice
- 4 eggs
- 1 package unflavored gelatin
- 1⁄4 cup cold water
- 2 cups whipping cream
- Bring sugar and water to a boil in saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.
- Add lemons;return just to boil.
- Pour lemons and syrup into bowl, and let stand at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours.
- Grease 9" spring form pan; line bottom with parchment or wax paper.
- Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, and lemon rind.
- Combine dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture alternately with milk making 3 additions of flour and 2 of milk.
- Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
- Cool completely.
- Bring sugar, lemon rind and juice to boil.
- In a bowl beat eggs; pour in hot lemon mixture and mix well.
- Pour back into pan and bring to just a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Cook and stir constantly for 5 minutes, or until thickened.
- Scrape into a bowl.
- Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small saucepan; let stand 5 minutes.
- Heat over low heat until dissolved; stir into lemon mixture, mixing well.
- Place plastic wrap on surface of mousse and let cool, stirring once, gently,for 30 minutes or until no longer warm.
- In another bowl, whip cream and fold into lemon mixture.
- Line 10" spring form pan (I use the same pan for baking the cake and assembling) with enough plastic wrap to leave overhang to cover top.
- Arrange lemon slices over bottom of pan, reserving syrup.
- Spoon half of mousse over lemons.
- Cut cake in half and brush cut sides with 3/4 cup reserved lemon syrup.
- Place one cake layer over mousse, cut side up.
- Spoon remaining mousse over cake.
- Place second cake layer over mousse, cut side down, and press to surround cake with mousse.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place on tray to catch any leaks.
- Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or up to three days.
- Uncover cake and invert gently onto plate, remove plastic wrap and smooth sides if necessary with metal spatula.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries.
This turned out outrageously beautiful & delicious too! Made for 2 lemon-lovers' birthdays. The cake is dense - next time I'll be using buttermilk in stead of regular to see if that gives it a bit more lift - but the taste is great! Lemony perfection in cake encased in the creamiest, dreamiest lemon mousse you have ever tried. Technique works exactly as described. The final inversion reveals a lacy candied lemon top that rivaled any high end bakery. Did I mention how good the mousse is? The cake, though dense provides a nice pop of lemon from the syrup drenching & also provides internal structure to maintain cake integrity. Great cake! Thank you Carrie Ann - this is going into our keeper file! A big birthday hit! Thank you!
This was a delicious lemon dessert! It was time consuming, however, as mentioned in other reviews, it was very well worth it. I tested it out on my husband, he thought the cake was a little dry, although, I did not use the entire 3/4 cup of syrup to brush the cake with. Next time I will be sure to use all of the syrup. This reminded me of a dessert cake that you would find in Europe--something that is not overly sweet. The tang from the lemons is superb! The mousse was sooo good! I will make this again.
Rating the mousse only: This is an excellent lemon mouse, not too tart or sour IMO, just right! I made it to use on a different cake. This would be great all by itself in a pretty dessert glass with a dollop of whipped cream. Thanks for posting!