Lemony Cream Butter Cake

4 Jun

I saw this cake online somewhere right before memorial day weekend…..and it sounded so good. I had been craving cheese danish lately and this seemed like cheese danish plus lemon – who wouldnt love that?


It seemed easy enough and chock FULL of lemon – both zest and extract! Look at this plate of zest!!!


This cake would be excellent for a brunch or light dinner accompaniment. It’s so fresh and simple, but yet still elegant. I would garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Here is the filling and then the cake batter:


Cake batter

And the finished product – notice how you leave 1/2 inch or so around the border of the cake when pouring the filling:

Ready to bake

I totally goofed when I made this the first time. I made the entire cake and had it in the oven and then I saw that I had forgotten the melted butter in the batter!!!! How could I have done that? I had to scrap the entire cake, clean everything up, get out all the ingredients again, and run to Wawa for more cream cheese. What a mess.


Thank god it turned out amazing!

First piece….

Slice of goodness

Lemony Cream Butter Cake

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (heaping)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (which was about 1 lemon for me)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of two lemons

For the cream cheese filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease or spray a 9″ springform pan with vegetable spray.

Make the filling — In a large bowl or bowl of a standmixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high to high speed for about 5 minutes, until smooth and creamy.

Add confectioners’ sugar and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and beat until completely combined, about 1 minute. Add butter, both extracts and lemon zest. Beat until completely combined, about 1 minute. Set aside.

Make the cake — In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk in melted butter, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest until combined. Do not overmix.

Pour batter evenly into springform pan. Carefully pour filling mixture evenly over the cake batter to within about 1/2 inch of the edge of the pan. (The filling should cover all but the outer 1/2 inch, at which point the cake batter will be visible.)

Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cake has puffed up and toothpick inserted near edge of cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully remove springform sides and allow to cool on rack for 1 hour. Transfer to refrigerator and chill completely before serving.

Serve chilled, with a little sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar.


4 Responses to “Lemony Cream Butter Cake”

  1. heidinj12 June 18, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    I finally did it this past weekend, with gluten free flour. It wasn’t almond flour- that stuff costs $15 for a tiny small bag, but I found some gluten free flour for less. There is a textural change with all gluten free products which make them a little more grainy and I think I may have over baked it slightly, mine was much browner than yours. But all in all I loved it, it was packed full of lemony zest and I nice cool cheesy treat, very similar to a cheese danish which I have been craving.
    I also don’t own a spring loaded cake pan, I’m not as cool as you. So I used one of my of my silicone cake pans and I think it worked just fine.
    Thanks for the recipe Laura

    • lmullane June 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      Oh wow Heidi – so glad it turned out well for you with your modifications!!!!! Cake is always a little tricky to work with so you never know…..yay!!!!

  2. heidinj12 June 6, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    I have got to try this, I too have a hankering for cheese danish and I just felt like saying hankering. I’m going to have to try this with almond flour since wheat is off the table mable for me, I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • lmullane June 6, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      YESSSSS! It should work out with almond flour. That is awesome – keep me posted!!!!!

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