Perfect Party Cake

Recipe by Scarlett516
READY IN: 1hr 20mins
YIELD: 1 cake




  • For the cake:
  • Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350°F Butter two 9" cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Place on baking sheet.
  • Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg whites and milk.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the lemon zest and sugar until fragrant. Or, you may rub the lemon zest and sugar together until fragrant.
  • Add the butter to the sugar and lemon zest mixture and beat at medium speed for three minutes or until butter and sugar are light.
  • Incorporate the extract and 1/3 flour mixture.
  • Beat in half the milk/egg mixture and beat in half of the remaining flour mixture.
  • Add the rest of the milk/egg mixture, then add in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  • Beat for at least two more minutes until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and the batter is well aerated.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two pans and smooth tops with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the cake is springy to the touch or a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cook for about 5 minutes in the pan, then invert and cool on wire racks the rest of the way.
  • For the buttercream:
  • Put the sugar and egg whites in a double boiler, or heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Whisk constantly, keeping the mixture over the heat, until it feels hot to the touch, or about 3 minutes. (Sugar will be dissolved and it will look like shiny marshmallow creme.).
  • Remove the bowl from the heat.
  • Beat with a whisk on medium speed for about 5 minutes. If using an electric mixer, switch to paddle attachment and add butter one stick at a time, beating until smooth. You will need to beat it for about 6-10 minutes after all the butter is incorporated. The mixture may separate, but keep beating, it will come back together.
  • While still beating at medium speed, gradually add the lemon juice, then the vanilla (be sure each addition is incorporated before adding more).
  • To store, press a piece of plastic over it.
  • For the Assembly:
  • Using a bread knife, level the top of each cake, then cut horizontally into two layers.
  • Lay down one layer of cake on a cake round. Spread 1/3 preserves, then 1/4 buttercream.
  • Repeat layers 1-3 until last layer of cake, which is placed upside down.
  • Cover the cake with the remaining buttercream, then coat with coconut.