You’ll love this Lemon Pisco Sour Cake. It’s delicious, simple, and fresh; perfect for summer celebrations. But you must use natural lemons or limes juices, no concentrate please, to get the best taste of the cake.
You can make the lemon curd two weeks in advance and keep refrigerated or frozen. For the genoise cakes, I recommend you bake them one or 2 days before and always assemble the cake the day before serving so that the flavors have time to mingle and the cake is moist and delicious. You should keep it refrigerated.
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Lemon Pisco Sour Cake
For lemon curd,
- 3/4 cup lemon juice from 3 large lemons
- zest of 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 6 tablespoons butter
- In a small saucepan mix together the lemon juice, zest, sugar, and butter (cut into cubes). Heat over medium heat until the butter melts.
- Meanwhile, beat the eggs, yolks, and cornstarch until blended, blend 30 seconds by hand.
- Add half the juice mixture to temper the eggs, beating all the time. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring until it thickens and is about to bubble.
- Pour into a jar, cool and refrigerate. Lasts 2 weeks refrigerated. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months.
For the genoise cake,
- 225 grams of sifted cake flour or 200 grams of all-purpose flour and 25 grams of cornstarch
- 6 eggs
- 225 grams of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 50 grams of melted butter
- Preheat oven to 365F or 185C. Prepare two8″ round cake pans. Cover the bottom with parchment paper. Grease.
- In a bowl mix eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. While whisking, heat in a double boiler until it reaches a temperature of 115F or 46C while stirring.
- As the mixture reaches 46C, remove from the water bath and beat with electric mixer on high speed until the mixture rises and then collapses, leaving a ring on the edge of the bowl (see pictures), about 8 minutes.
- With a spatula, incorporate the sifted flour in 3 steps, using soft folding movements as seen in the video. Add the second addition of flour the lemon zest.
- Add the melted butter and incorporate it with folding motions.
- Empty the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
- Cool on a wire rack and then wrap and refrigerate.
- Do not remove from the pan until you are ready to cut and assemble the cake.
To assemble and decorate the cake,
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons of pisco (you could use vodka too)
- 2 cups fresh cold whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- In a small saucepan mix the lemon juice with the sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and add the pisco. Allow cooling.
- Whip the cream with an electric mixer on high speed until soft waves form. Reduce speed to low and add the sugar and lemon zest.
- Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
- Cut the cakes in half. Place one half on the plate where the cake will be assembled. Moisten with lemon syrup and pisco. Cover with a layer of lemon curd (use 1/3 of the curd).
- Repeat with the remaining cakes, as seen in the video.
- Cover and decorate with the lemon whipped cream. On the video, I used the tip Ateco #846 for the decoration details.
- Keep refrigerated until serving.