Gooey Lemon Butter Cake


Bottom layer:
2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole milk

Top layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 large eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

For the crust, sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and kosher salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg, melted butter and milk. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. The batter should come together into a loose ball.

With the spatula or your fingertips, pat the batter evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 pan. Set the pan aside.

Using the same mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, and beat until smooth. Pour in vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice, stirring to combine. Add powdered sugar and beat well. Finally, slowly add the butter, mixing well to combine.

Pour the batter on top of the bottom layer and spread it evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or just until set. Do not over-bake. The outer edges of the cake should be browned, but the center still juggles when you shake the pan.

Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool before cutting into squares.



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