Bright and lemony, this cake serves as the base for Martha's Meyer Lemon Anniversary Cake Assembly.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper. Butter parchment, and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a medium bowl; set aside.

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  • Put butter and 2 cups sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in egg yolks, 1 at a time, and zest. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with milk. Transfer batter to a large bowl.

  • Put egg whites into the clean bowl of the electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until foamy. Add a pinch of salt; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat until stiff peaks form.

  • Fold one-third of the egg-white mixture into batter with a rubber spatula. Gently fold in remaining egg-white mixture until just combined; do not overmix.

  • Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake until cake is golden and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool slightly, about 20 minutes. Invert onto rack. Remove parchment; reinvert. Let cool completely. Cakes can be refrigerated, wrapped in plastic, up to 1 day.

Cook's Notes

You will need thirty-six cups (multiply following batter ingredients by 4 1/2) of batter to complete the entire cake.

Batter Amounts and Baking Times for 2-Inch Deep Square Pans: Each 6-inch: 3 cups batter, 35 minutes baking time; each 8-inch: 5 cups batter, 45 minutes; each 10-inch: 10 cups batter, 70 minutes.

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