Triple Layer Lemon Meringue Cake

 Triple Layer Lemon Meringue Cake

This week, it had been unseasonably hot – the sun growing stronger by the day shining its bright and warm rays. It was the kind of hot temperature that demanded fresh foods, light dinners and cool, icy treats.

I was so excited that the first signs of the summer season had finally begun to show as it marked the beginning of the upcoming December holiday period – a time for gift-giving, gatherings with friends and family and ample time for relaxation.  

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However, as quickly as this hot summer weather arrived, it had disappeared just as fast – replaced with heavy rain and humid thunderstorms. I have no patience for a seasonal tease, I like my seasons all out on the table – not confused and muddled together.

Inspired, I embraced the past heatwave by eating quintessential summer foods and creating summer inspired desserts. Recently, I’ve been playing around with elaborate, multi-step desserts, in particular decadent cakes. I love a good layered cake. Nothing compares to the instant gratification one feels when a slice is cut for the first time and the layers are stacked and perfectly intact.

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This Three Layered Lemon Meringue Cake brings a little reminder of the upcoming summer into my life. It brings memories of sunshine filled times spent lazing languidly and humid nights doing absolutely nothing. This cake is fresh and bright, with a pure lemon flavour that can be appreciated even by those who do not have a palette for tart tastes.

Lemon Meringue Cake is comprised of a basic vanilla cake batter that is infused with freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest. It has three lusciously light and moist cake layers that have just a little hint of tartness.

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Between each aerated layer is an oozy, smooth as silk and out of control lemon curd that just wants to sneak out of its confines. The cake is then smothered in a sweetly sugared Italian meringue, torched and topped with dried pineapple flowers – which brings the appearance from ordinary, to extraordinary.

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Triple Layer Lemon Meringue cake is a true celebration of lemon… and summer. This cake has become etched in my heart, and I am certain I could not forget its taste even if I lived for a thousand years. The bright citrus taste turns this simple cake into one that will remain in your heart forever. It is best enjoyed in the warm afternoon, when the sun is bright and thoughts of summer are on your mind.

Triple Layer Lemon Meringue Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9-12
For the Cake:
  • 1 ½ cups butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ¼ cups caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp lemon zest
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 ¼ cups cake flour
  • 3 ½ tsps baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
For the Italian Meringue:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 370 g caster sugar
  • 100 g water
For Assembly:
For the Cake:
  1. Preheat an oven to 170 C (350 F). Grease and line 3 x 20 cm cake tins.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs on at a time, beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract, lemon juice and zest and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flours, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine and add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Beat the wet and dry ingredients together until just beginning to combine. Add the milk and mix well.
  5. Divide the batter between the three tins and bake each for 25-30 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven and set to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, level any domed tops.
For the Italian Meringue:
  1. Over medium heat, combine the 300 g of the caster sugar and water in a saucepan. Watch careful and bring it to 115 C (240 F).
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites on a slow speed until foamy with a pinch of salt. Add 70 g of the remaining caster sugar, gradually increasing the speed until it reached soft peaks.
  3. Once the syrup is at a boiling temperature, pour the syrup down the side of the bowl to mix in with the egg whites. Increase the speed and whisk until the bowl no longer feels hot to the touch and the egg whites have become thick, sticky and hold their shape.
  4. Set aside for assembly.
For Assembly:
  1. Place a levelled cake layer base side down on a cake platter. Spread a thick layer of the chilled lemon curd over the top. Sandwich with a second cake layer with the cut levelled side pressing onto the curd. Spread another thick layer of lemon curd over the base of the second layer and then sandwich with the last cake layer, base side facing upwards.
  2. Spread the Italian meringue with a spatula across the cake top and sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then add another layer of Italian meringue over the first.
  3. Gently torch the tops and sides with a blow torch.
  4. (At this point I piped a ring of Italian meringue over the top of the cake and rested my dried pineapple flowers ontop).
  5. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.

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  • Reply Annie June 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Another beautiful cake! I can’t wait to make this for my lemon-cake-loving friend! Can I ask, which brande or bloom of gelatin sheets did you use? All I can find in my local stores in the US is the Knox powder brand and the conversion from powder to sheet seems tricky. I’d like to get the right sheets from Amazon. Thank you!

    • Reply thalia June 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      No problems! I used the McKenzie’s Gelatine leaves Xx

  • Reply Denton November 29, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Had the chance to make this cake over the weekend. Cannot recommend it enough. The cake itself is moist and the meringue takes it to the next level. Did your meringue weep at all? At first I was bothered by mine – appearance wise – but the sugar soaking into the cake and make it even more moist on the tops and bottom. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Jen L | Tartine and apron strings February 6, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Rustically charming!

  • Reply Sharon @ savormania January 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Lemon meringue pie is my dad’s favorite! I’m sure he’d love this one too. Printed the recipe and will attempt to make it next weekend!

  • Reply Kristin December 21, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I just made this cake and it was excellent! Great flavor and texture. Didn’t have caster sugar, just made it with graduated and added a bit of confectioners and tasted just (I think!?) as good. Wonder recipe

    • Reply thalia December 21, 2014 at 2:39 am

      So glad that it worked out for you Kristin x

  • Reply Danielle | Krafted Koch December 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Lemon meringue has always been one of my favorites, and this cake version looks amazing!

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen December 14, 2014 at 12:23 am

    What a stunning cake Thalia!! As I’m having a semi warm Christmas I’m inviting this cake right into my home!!

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy December 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Beautiful pictures! This cake looks absolutely amazing.

  • Reply Maggie @HomeSweetJones December 11, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I don’t know how you do it, Thalia! This cake is so stunning – and just perfect for our schizophrenic December weather here in LA. Wow!

  • Reply Alana December 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    WOW. I grew up in Hawaii, so eating a lemon meringue cake (topped with the cutest dried pineapple flower rings) in December totally makes sense to me. This cake is GORGEOUS!!

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  • Reply Kacey @ The Cookie Writer December 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Ahhh! This cake is beautiful! How creative! My dad would love this.

  • Reply Stacey@bake eat repeat December 8, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    That cake is absolutely beautiful Thalia! What a great idea making lemon meringue cake instead of pie, I love the change!

  • Reply Raymund December 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Absolutely stunning as usual! I feel like having a slice now

  • Reply nancy December 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    This cake is stunning! This is definitely going to be one of the desserts I make for Christmas dinner this year! You have such beautiful creations and they’re always photographed in amazing and romantic way. More please! xo

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 8, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I love lemon desserts all year ‘ round. This looks amazing!

  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire December 7, 2014 at 3:53 am

    This cake is perfect for me! I adore very bright lemon flavors in my desserts. The mix of sweet and lemon is my absolute favorite combinations. I am definitely going to pin this recipe!

  • Reply Victor December 7, 2014 at 12:31 am

    This cake is gorgeous, Thalia. Love your photography!

  • Reply Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies December 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love anything lemon 🙂

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) December 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    This cake is absolutely beautiful!!! I am in love with this!

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali December 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    gorgeous cake Thalia! and please send some of that sunshine here!!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery December 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I’m just going to live vicariously through you and your beautiful summer sweets. I wouldn’t be opposed to you posting a beach picture now and then, either. Just so I can remember the joys of summer while I’m sitting in 3 layers of clothes in my living room.

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    This is an extraordinary looking cake Thalia! So gorgeous – and the pineapple flowers takes it over the top!

  • Reply Bec December 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What an amazing recipe, come Christmas I love getting all meringue-y. The pineapple flowers just top it off! Bec x

  • Reply Laura December 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Wow, this cake is gorgeous Thalia! soo beautiful..and the photos are absolutely mouthwatering.

  • Reply Chels December 6, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Oh my goodness, this is one gorgeous cake! I pinned this to my gorgeous foods board because it is kind of perfect!

  • Reply Shinee December 6, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Epic, EPIC cake, Thalia!

  • Reply Erin | The Law St Wif December 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Layer cakes are truly something special, and this one is stunning! Please send some of that warmth my way 🙂

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter December 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    This cake is stunning, Thalia! I love all the lemon and the meringue and the pineapple flowers look just perfect!!!

  • Reply Meagan @ The F&B Department December 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    It’s been feeling a bit like summer here as well this week. This cake definitely brings to mind the vibrance of summer. Beautiful as always!

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven December 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    You make the most gorgeous cakes, Thaila! Like seriously, can I have some of ‘yo skills?! I want this cake. The end. 🙂

  • Reply Allison December 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    This looks straight out of a pastry case! Seriously. Lemon desserts are some of my favourites and a lemon meringue pie-esque cake sounds so beautifully tart and tangy and perfect. Gorgeous photos too!

  • Reply JAcquee @ I Sugar Coat It! December 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Totally face-plant worthy. YUM!

  • Reply Renee December 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

    So weird to read about the warm weather while it’s freezing out here! But I absolutely love the cake! It’s gorgeous!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways December 5, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Another lovely cake, Thalia! You seem to have a perfected a whole range now!!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Amanda December 4, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    This cake is gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita December 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    This is one absolutely stunning cake! The meringue looks beautiful, but the pineapple flowers make it a true showstopper. I’m so jealous you’re having such beautiful weather – it’s cold and rainy here!

  • Reply Cheryl December 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I love that while I’m freezing my tuchus off over here, you’re eating summery lemon meringue cake! First of all.. so gorgeous. I just don’t see how you can make so many insanely elegant treats each week! You must be four-thousand pounds. OH WAIT, I follow you on Instagram, you’re the size of a small tree. A SMALL TREE! A sapling!!

    • Reply thalia December 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Everything in moderation Cheryl! x

  • Reply Simone December 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    ooo that looks so gorgeous! Not that were anywhere near summer at the moment as it’s been freezing cold the last couple of day. To hear you talk about a heatwave is almost surreal when the temperatures are below zero here… But I’ll definitely keep this in mind for summer weather!

  • Reply Lori - The Kitchen Whisperer December 4, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Thalia my lord … this just made me stop in my tracks and go “WHOA!” That is not only amazingly delicious looking but your photography is outright stunning!

    You inspire me dear friend!

    Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Reply Meinhilde December 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Your cake is so sunny and happy-looking! Who eats all of the cakes you make?

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the baking December 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The look of this cake is just perfect and I love all things lemon. Two thumbs up!

  • Reply Nagi {REcipetin eats} December 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    As stunning and gorgeous as always Thalia. You honestly should consider a career change and start a fancy bakery!

    • Reply thalia December 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks for the kind compliment Nagi! x

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane December 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Enjoyed this post, Thalia, because it reminded me of the wonderful warm Christmas I had last year in Australia.
    As for the cake, well, it’s just gorgeous. I can’t think of anything more wonderful, actually!

    • Reply thalia December 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Helen!

  • Reply Sippitysup December 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve never seen dried pineapple in rings like that. Gorgeous. GREG

  • Reply Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) December 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    This is a show stopper Thalia.

  • Reply Kari Peters December 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    This cake is absolutely stunning, both simple and elegant!

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert December 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    This cake is stunning as always! You have so much talent, Thalia!

  • Reply Adri December 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    What a beautiful cake!

  • Reply anna @ annamayeveryday December 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    That cake looks amazing, truly! Love your description of out of control lemon curd. I must make this cake because I would certainly like to taste it!

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy food dance December 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    What a beautiful cake! Lemon meringue anything is my favorite kind of dessert!

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  • Reply Judy @ I'm Bored, Let's Go December 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Looks beautiful… lemon meringue pie is my favorite and I love cake too so I know this must be awesome!

  • Reply Martha @ A Family Feast December 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    What a GORGEOUS dessert!! It is almost too beautiful to eat – but I know I wouldn’t be able to resist a bite!

  • Reply Susie Gall December 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Oooh – love this cake and love your blog/photos. Great job, once again. The dried pineapples are something I have wanted to try – love them!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou December 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Thalia this time around you outdid yourself. That meringue is pure perfection!

    • Reply thalia December 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Mike!

  • Reply Nora @ Savory Nothings December 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Wow Thalia, this cake is stunning! Love the pictures!

  • Reply Annie+@+ciaochowbambina December 4, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I can imagine how bright and delicious this must taste! Beautiful cake…love the meringue!

  • Reply AIMEE@ twiggstudios December 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Wow this cake is beautiful I love the decoration xx

    • Reply thalia December 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Aimee! xx

  • Reply Susan | Simple Healthy Kitchen December 4, 2014 at 5:34 am

    WOW! really WOW! everything you make is like a work of art. Pinned!

  • Reply chrysta@noshed December 4, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Omg your photos are amazing. I have literally spent the last hour crusin’ around. So many amazing things I have to make. (The list is sitting next to me=) I love lemon and this one is on the top of my list.

  • Reply Mira December 4, 2014 at 2:29 am

    This cake looks beautiful ! So impressive! Would really like to try it!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice December 4, 2014 at 1:57 am

    You really need to open a bakery, Thalia…this is so gorgeous! I’ve never seen a triple layer lemon meringue cake, so I’m in awe of this. Sounds delicious! Pinned!

  • Reply Ashley | The Recipe Rebel December 4, 2014 at 1:24 am

    This cake looks seriously incredible. I LOVE lemon!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 4, 2014 at 12:11 am

    This cake is so elaborate and impressive! Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina December 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Lemon meringue is one of my fav pies, and I’d LOVE to try your cake version!! It look so amazing and delicious! Pinned!

  • Reply Ahu @ ahueats December 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    What a gorgeous cake! I’m a lover of all things lemon-y so I am fully behind this beautiful dessert!

  • Reply Joscelyn | wifemamafoodie December 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    This cake is absolutely gorgeous, Thalia! Almost too pretty to eat:) Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to make it!

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish December 3, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Thalia! You did it again!!! Quit teasing me with your awesome creations, girl! I have pinned this to some of my group boards, I know it’ll get great attention. Hugs.

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