Making your own cake for your vow renewal is a easy way to save money, particularly if you are having a casual style renewal or have some previous cake decorating experience. A fresh lemon cake is a wonderful option for lemon lovers and summer vow renewals. For vow renewal cakes that delight guests, try a delicious combination of unique flavors of filling and icing to compliment the lemon cake. Try filling the layers with raspberry, strawberry, mango, orange, tropical, coconut, or cream cheese filling. Top it off with either a traditional white, lemon, Chambord, coconut, or cream cheese icing.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons lemon zest (from about 3 lemons)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour cake pans or spray with cake release and set aside.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
Cream butter and sugar with mixer on high until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each. Beat in lemon extract and lemon zest. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk and lemon juice.
Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake cakes until golden brown and testers inserted in centers come out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Immediately run a knife around edges of pans to loosen cakes; invert cakes. Let cool. Cakes will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days or freeze wrapped in waxed paper or plastic wrap for up to a month.