Last week was Rick's birthday -- I'm married to an old geezer -- he turned 60! -- and he requested a lemon cake. I scoured my recipe collection, as activity I thoroughly enjoy. As a matter of fact, I think I enjoy that more than the actual baking. Anyway, I found a recipe for an orange cake that looked exactly like what I was looking for, except it was orange flavored instead of lemon.
I knew I would probably need to add some additional sugar, because lemon juice is much more tart than orange juice. Bottom line: I didn't add enough extra sugar. Rick loved this cake, but it was a tad too tart for me.
I baked two layers and split them. The filling (the part that needed a bit more sugar) is similar to the filling you would find in a lemon meringue pie. I used it between each of the layers and on top. The frosting, which was only applied to the outside, is a simple lemon enhanced butter cream.
It was definitely a pretty cake!