Lemon Velvet Cake

Lemon Velvet Cake

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/4 c sifted all purpose flour
1-1/2 c sifted cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 c sugar
2/3 c vegetable oil
1/3 c shortening (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon extract
3 large eggs
1-1/2 c buttermilk
zest of two lemons, grated and finely chopped

Frosting:
8 c powdered sugar
2 c butter
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp minced lemon zest (optional)
4 TBS milk

DIRECTIONS:

-Grease and four two 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with circles of parchment paper.
-Sift both flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.
-With electric mixer, beat oil, shortening, vanilla and lemon extract. Beat at high speed with whisk attachment until light and fluffy.
-Beat in eggs one at a time.
-Fold in lemon zest.
-Fold in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Begin and end with dry ingredients. Do not over-mix.
-Pour batter into two cake pans.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes an turn out to finish cooling.
-Make frosting. Mix together powdered sugar, lemon zest and butter until it becomes crumbly …

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