Lemon Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

by Kate on April 9, 2014

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With spring finally sprouting here in New Jersey and Easter right around the corner, a change takes place. It’s like the calendar flips from March to April and my whole culinary outlook changes. This lemon cake with chocolate fudge icing is a perfect illustration of that. As soon as the temperatures begin to creep toward the 50’s I want to make lemon anything, lemon everything, lemon everywhere!

There’s something so “spring-y,” bright and refreshing about lemon. The mere scent of lemon signifies a fresh start for me. It’s just a happy scent and flavor. Does that even make sense? I’m not sure but one thing that makes complete sense is this enticing lemon cake. This classic yellow cake gets a double dose of my favorite spring flavor by using both lemon zest and then upping the lemon flavor even more with lemon extract.

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In a unique combination, I finished my cake with a rich, decadent, fudge chocolate frosting. Lemons and chocolate are certainly not a routine combination but they are partners that work really well together. The smooth, dark chocolate is complemented by the bright, tartness of the lemon. It totally works. This chocolate frosting is made just a little more decadent by the addition of chocolate extract.

Have you ever used it? Recently I had the opportunity to sample some extracts from my very favorite vanilla and flavoring company, Nielsen-Massey. I’ve long been buying their high-quality vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste. Knowing the quality product I have always received, when it comes to those times when I need a special extract I always know exactly where to go. So when they sent over a care package filled with extracts I knew something wonderful was about to happen.

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Inside I found my beloved Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, Pure Lemon Extract and Pure Chocolate Extract. The lemon extract added a bright burst of citrus to this basic yellow cake in a way that couldn’t be achieved simply using lemon juice. I also loved that it didn’t lend any sort of bitter aftertaste to my cake which I’ve noticed with other lemon extracts I’ve tried in the past. This lemon extract would be wonderful used in cookies, ice cream, icing and sweet breads. My wheels are already turning!

When I opened the chocolate extract, I can say this was an extract I hadn’t had experience with in the past. I was enamored. I added a small bit to my flavored coffee and loved it! When added to my chocolate icing, it gave the simple chocolate flavor greater depth and complexity. This extract will enhance all your baked goods where you want a subtle kicked up chocolate flavor.

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This lemon cake with chocolate fudge icing is the perfect dessert to showcase all these beautiful Nielsen-Massey extracts or create your own magnificent treat using them because I’m so happy to be able to offer one lucky reader one of each of these quality extracts today! Just use that nifty Rafflecopter form below to get started. Good luck! And remember, if you’re on a mobile device please be patient and allow the Rafflecopter form a little extra time to load.

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Enjoy!

~K

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Lemon Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing

Yield: 10 servings

Lemon Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing

A bright, lemon layer cake frosted with decadent, fudgy chocolate frosting.

Ingredients

Instructions

    Make Cake Layers:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray three 9-inch cake pans with nonstick baking spray containing flour and line the bottom of each pan with a parchment paper circle.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and 3/4 cup of milk and beat on medium speed until evenly moistened then increase to medium-high and continue to beat until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining milk, eggs, lemon zest, lemon extract, and vanilla extract.
  4. With mixer running on medium-high speed, slowly add the egg mixture and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack in pan for 1 hour then turn cakes out of pan and cool completely.
  6. Make Frosting:
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat butter until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the cocoa and mix until incorporated. Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time, beating after each addition until incorporated. Alternate powdered sugar with small amounts of heavy cream and mix to desired consistency. Once fluffy spreadable consistency has been reached, add vanilla bean paste and chocolate extract. Mix once more until well incorporated.
  8. Assemble:
  9. Using a serrated knife cut the rounded domes off each cake layer, making three level cakes. Place the first cake layer, cut side up on cake stand or serving dish. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with second cake layer, cut side down. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with final cake layer, cut side down. Cover entire cake in a very thin layer of frosting. Place cake in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove cake from refrigerator and frost cake with remaining frosting.

Notes

Adapted from Love and Olive Oil

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suzanne April 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

Mmmmm… beautiful cake and I love the chocolate and lemon combination.

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Willow Jarosh April 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

I love your blog! I knew it was going to be great. 🙂 The chocolate extract sounds so intriguing and fun…and this cake looks SO GOOD. Hope to run into you again! =) Willow

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Kate April 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Aww, thanks SO much for stopping by Willow! It was wonderful meeting you yesterday and so happy you like what you see here. I definitely hope we run into one another again.

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steph@stephsbitebybite April 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

Looks so good!! Never thought of chocolate and lemon going together before, but now I want a BIG bite!

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Kate April 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

It’s definitely a different combination but in the best possible way!

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Debbie Brainer April 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

This is really amazing, and live that cake!

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Kate April 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Thank you Debbie! Good luck!

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Dori April 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I would loooooove to try these delectable flavors!

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Kate April 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

They’re really wonderful extracts!

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Terra April 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

A cake hubby and I would both want! He is the chocolate lover, I am the lemon cake lover! Your extracts sound delicious, and perfect compliment for your lovely cake! Hugs, Terra

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ChristineM April 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

oooh I want to try the chocolate extract! I would love to take my chocolate up a notch!

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Amanda P April 9, 2014 at 8:25 pm

I would attempt this cake, looks delicious!

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Lauren April 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I would make crepes!

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Jeffrey April 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm

What you have here looks great! I would also make some double chocolate chip cookies.

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Tammy van Dongen April 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

I didn’t think of the lemon/chocolate combination but then I remembered having dried, candied lemon slices dipped in quality chocolate and how divine it was.

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Beth April 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I love the subtle hint of lemon in things. My hubs makes lemon sugar cookies that are to die for… this would probably make the process much easier! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

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Becca F April 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I’d make vanilla bean blueberry pancakes with the bean paste

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Kelly P April 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Oh geez I don’t know what I’d make, so many possibilities! Maybe an assortment of delectable Cannolis!

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Krista April 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

CAKE.. For sure!

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Kelly O'M April 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I would make so many yummy things. Starting with Chocolate chip cookies, Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting. So many options. Thank you for sharing the Lemon Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing, it looks very good 🙂

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Kelli W. April 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

I would definitely use the lemon extract first. I love citrus flavors! I’d probably make this cake or scones.

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Amy S April 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I would make lemon rolls with a vanilla bean cream cheese frosting!

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Avery K. April 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Lemon poppyseed bread!

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Kristin P April 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I am not sure specifically but something delicious! Chocolate extract would be great to work with!

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Terri C April 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Vanilla bean shortbread cookies, vanilla bean ice cream. Lemon poundcake , and so much more!

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Natalie G. April 9, 2014 at 10:55 pm

My sugar cookies!

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Lora Anne M April 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

I’ve never used vanilla bean paste so I would have to find a yumny recipe to try that one first.

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Wehaf April 10, 2014 at 12:50 am

I would make a lemon wacky cake, and some chocolate chocolate-chip cookies.

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seana m April 10, 2014 at 4:16 am

They all look delish. I’ve tried this brand and would love to try the chocolate exctract in cake!

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Mandy B April 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I would definitely make this cake!

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Nornee April 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I need these great for the lemon-blueberry cake I always make for Easter. Now, of course, I want to make this lemon-chocolate cake, because everything’s better with chocolate!

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Katrina April 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Mmm, it would be hard to decide what to make with those, and your cake looks delicious! I would love to make some vanilla meringue cookies, heck, lemon meringue cookies and chocolate meringue cookies all sound really good!

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Lena jones April 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Anything lemon!! Some fudge, and cake

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Meg April 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I’m thinking chocolate fudge cookies with a vanilla-lemon frosting would hit the spot!

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Maggie Wallace April 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I’d make some fudge with with lemon drizzle!

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Heather April 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I would love to make some ice cream and a cake to go with it!

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Tina W April 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

chocolate extract. hmmmmmmm. I’m thinking a cake with chocolate and rum flavors.

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Marnely Rodriguez-Murray April 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I’d make chocolate mousse flavored with these extracts!

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Kari Applegate April 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Cake Sounds good! The extracts sound awesome too!

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Defne Erginer April 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Ice cream for sure! And maybe some cookies:)

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susan harkins April 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I cant wait to try these. I bet they are amazing!!!!!

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Sandy April 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Nothing compares to homemade vanilla ice cream.

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sarah April 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

I would make this cake!!! Looks amazingly yummy!!

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Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) April 11, 2014 at 12:51 am

Oo that cake sounds so good! I’d make cupcakes and use the extracts for different kinds of frosting!

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Lori C April 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I have been craving a lemon bundt cake like my mom used to make.

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Ellen M. April 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I’d love to add the flavors to ganache for truffles! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Kandy Craig April 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Looks incredible! I can’t wait to try it!

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Kim McCallie April 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

I would made vanilla cupcakes with the vanilla bean paste.

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michele nicastro April 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

i would make truffles & this cake!

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shari w. April 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

this cake looks so good………I always use the Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste and the combo might be great!! and those other flavors–WOW hope i win!! 🙂

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Malissa W April 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

This cake looks amazing! I would definitely try it and then make some icecream to go on top!

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Julie April 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Cookies would be fun to make. Or, cupcakes. Hmmm…so many choices.

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laurasmess April 17, 2014 at 5:30 am

I have missed so much goodness on your blog Kate. This cake looks seriously amazing. I am a big fan of lemon with chocolate (I only really discovered it last year but it is so good!) and I know I would devour a huge slice of this beautiful cake. It looks so moist and delicious. The essences look really high quality. I always assume that this giveaways are country-specific, but is this an international comp? Just making sure that I don’t “not bother” to enter these things with an incorrect assumption. Beautiful! x

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Kate April 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Chocolate and lemon was a relatively new discovery to me as well and I adore it. So good! Thank you for your kind words. And yes, sadly this giveaway was US only. I’m so sorry!

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