Lemon Buttermilk Layer Cake

Lemon Buttermilk Cake brushed with lemon syrup and frosted with lemon buttercream. Decorated to look like a bright and cheery garden.Lemon Buttermilk Layer Cake

It’s funny what makes me happy these days. Things that I didn’t think that I liked doing actually bring me great amounts of joy. I always thought that editing video would be horrible. Turns out I love it. It is super relaxing and one of my favorite ways to spend a quiet evening. I also love to edit photos. When I first started taking digital pictures, I didn’t spend a lot of time learning how to edit them, and my images suffered for it. Now I learn as much as I can to get better and more efficient. Turns out I also love making layer cakes.

Lemon Buttermilk Layer Cake

Ava and I watch a ton of YouTube videos and the cake making ones are our favorite. It turns out that making cakes is actually not as complicated as it looks. (Some really are, I’m a little scared of fondant.) But an iced layer cake can be really beautiful with a few simple tools. An offset spatula, gel colors, piping bags, tips, and a scraper.

Lemon Buttermilk Layer Cake

I made this cake and decided to put a garden on top of it. I tinted frosting four different colors – golden yellow, lavender, pink, and pale green. I used 4 different tips (the same ones I used here), and just covered the top of the cake with flowers. It took me a couple of minutes (not kidding) and I love how it turned out. I had some light blue sugar pearls and used tweezers to add them to the center of the yellow flowers. The key to making this cake look full is to layer the flowers on top of each other.

Lemon Buttermilk Layer Cake

The inside is a lemon buttermilk cake brushed with lemon syrup and is frosted with lemon buttercream. It is bright and full of citrus flavor. I love this cake. It is perfect for spring and summer.


Lemon Buttermilk Layer Cake

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Nadia

    This cake looks beautiful. You certainly are inspiring me to give this a try. Some of the flowers themselves still seem intimidating however. I’ll have to search for videos to learn how to make them.

    For the golden yellow flowers did you use the #104 tip, the same tip you used for the pink zinnias in your cupcake post? They seem so neat that they look like a star tip was used.

    1. Nadia

      Oh never mind, after closely reading the cake instructions you tell us what tips you use.

  2. Irene Werley

    Beautiful is all I can say

    1. bakedbree

      All I can say is thank you!

  3. Kim

    That cake is so pretty!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you!

  4. Christina

    that is beautiful. Nothing is more satisfying than making your own layer cake and decorating it! i love it too! who do you like on youtube? my boys and I would love some recs- we’ve been watching cookie decorating channels lately. lol

    1. bakedbree

      Cupcake Jemma and How to Cake It are our favorites. 🙂

  5. Lauren @ Heealthy Delicious

    This is GORGEOUS and the flavor sounds amazing!! Wish I could have been there to share a slice with you. <3

    1. bakedbree


  6. Debra

    Beautiful cake – looks so cheerful and summery – AND delicious! I will be making this! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Debra! It is delicious. My son was asking about it yesterday, he wants me to make another one. 🙂

  7. Dianna Muscari

    Isn’t it funny the things that can be relaxing sometimes? I guess in comparison to hectic days, sitting down and focusing on something (no matter how tedious) has a certain “zen” to it! 🙂 This cake is so pretty! Though layer cakes are not what I would call one of my strengths, I do enjoy the challenge every now and again. I might have to give this a try!

    1. bakedbree

      I agree, it is nice to sit and focus on something. I guess it could be anything, but it is so relaxing.

  8. Emily

    This cake is so beautiful! Layer cakes intimidate the heck out of me, but I love the way you brought up things that you never thought you would love but now do. I feel like 2016 has been very eye opening so far, so perhaps a layer cake is something I should try 🙂 This is a work of art, Bree <3

  9. Nadia

    I absolutely love this! And your page.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you!

  10. Valerie

    If I were to use four 6″ pans, do you have an estimate of what the baking time would be?

    1. bakedbree

      It isn’t a huge difference, so maybe start checking it at 7 minutes before?

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