Friday, March 27, 2009

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake

The hubby really wanted me to attempt a version of the Olive Garden's yummy lemon cream cake for his birthday dessert. I have to say that this turned out to be very much like the original and he took half the cake to work with him the next day and his co-workers also raved about it.

For the cake:
1 (18 1/4 ounce) betty crocker white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites

For the filling:
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream

For the crumb topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make white cake following directions on box. Pour batter into 10-inch greased springform pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes. Allow cake to cool completely when it comes out of the oven.

Make lemon cream filling by mixing cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in lemon juice.

Whip cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until it forms stiff peaks. Combine cream cheese mixture whith whipped cream.

Make crumb topping by combining flour and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and dribble in the vanilla extract. Use your hands to mix cold butter into flour and sugar. Break butter into smaller and smaller pieces as you incorporate it into the dry ingredients. Be sure not to press the mixture together. You want to end up with a very crumbly consistency with pieces no bigger than a pea.

When the cake is cool, slice it in half through the middle and remove the top. Spread all but 1/2 cup of the lemon cream mixture onto the bottom half of the cake, then carefully replace the top half of the cake.

Spread the remaining 1/2 cup of cream filling over the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle the crumb topping on top of the cake and press it onto the sides all the way around the cake.

Chill the cake for at least 3 hours before your serve it.

See other great recipes over at The Grocery Cart Challenge and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday


Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Oh my goodness. What a great looking cake!! I am excited to have this recipe. I am glad you discovered us and linked up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I hope you will come back, next Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this! Love this recipe.Awesome shots too!

Shelley said...

I have seen this recipe before and can't seem to find the answer. Did you use lemon juice or did you squeeze a lemon for the juice? Thanks, looks great.

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Anonymous said...

Made this cake, but mine did not look like yours. Filling was not high at all. What could I have done wrong?? Please advise. Thanks Sharon

Diane said...

Delicious cake, pretty presentation too! This was my first time to make it and I will have to work with the crumb topping a little more next time as a lot of it was still powdery and falling off the cake. Other than that, it was awesome!!

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