1 ⅓ cup Whole Milk
2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Zest
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon salt
For a boozy touch add up to 2 Tbsp Lemoncello
1 cup Lemon Curd
Lemon Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
½ cup Butter softened
1 - 8 ounce package Cream Cheese softened
4 cups Powdered Sugar may need 1/4 cup more depending on consistency
1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
½ tsp Lemon Zest plus more for garnish
1 tsp Pure Vanilla or Vanilla Beans optional
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, add oil, eggs, whole milk, and lemon zest. Cream for 2 minutes. In large bowl, add sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the egg mixture and fold. Spray two 9-inch or three 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Place batter into baking pans. If using three 8-inch pans, bake for 20-26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. If using two 9-inch pans, bake for 30-36 minutes. Cool.
To make the frosting:
In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl often. Add powdered sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest and cream together. Chill.
To assemble the cake:
Remove cakes from pan. Spread frosting on top of one cooled cake layer. Place other cooled cake layer on top and spread frosting all over. Garnish with lemon zest and fresh blackberries.
Optional: Spread lemon curd on first cake layer and then top with frosting.
Let chill for 20-30 minutes to let the frosting set up.
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