Preparation / Directions:
1 7-inch diameter cardboard round
1 8-inch diameter cardboard round
1 9-inch diameter cardboard round
FOR CURD: Stir first 3 ingredients in heavy large nonaluminum saucepan over
medium heat until butter melts. Whisk yolks, eggs and sugar in large bowl
until blended. Gradually whisk in hot lemon mixture. Return mixture to same
saucepan; whisk over medium heat until thick and smooth, about 10 minutes;
not boil. Transfer to large bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface
to keep skin from forming. Chill overnight. (Can be made one week ahead.
FOR CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottoms of 8-inch-diameter cake
pan with 2-inch-high sides and 9-inch-diameter cake pan with 2-inch-high
with waxed paper. Sift 4 cups cake flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder,
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt into large bowl. In large
bowl of electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups
sugar, beating until fluffy. Add 5 yolks 1 at a time, beating well after
addition. Beat in 1 tablespoon lemon peel and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. On
low speed, add sifted dry ingredients alternately with 2 cups buttermilk in
batches each, beginning with dry ingredients.
Beat 5 egg whites with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar in large bowl until
medium-firm peaks form. Fold 1/3 of beaten egg whites into batter to
Fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon 4 cups cake batter into 8-inch pan.
Spoon remaining cake batter (about 5 cups) into 9-inch pan. (The batter
should be about the same depth in each pan.) Bake cakes until golden on top
and tester inserted into center comes our clean, about 45 minutes for 8-inch
cake and 50 minutes for 9-inch cake. Cool cakes 15 minutes. Using small
knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cakes. Turn out cakes onto oven racks;
Line 10-inch-diameter cake pan with 2-inch-high sides and 6-inch-diameter
pan with 2-inch-high-sides with waxed paper. With remaining ingredients,
second batch of cake batter as described above, using same quantities as for
first batch. Spoon 6 1/2 cups batter into prepared 10-inch pan. Spoon
remaining batter (about 2 1/2 cups) into prepared 6-inch pan. (Batter should
be the same depth in each pan.) Bake until golden and tester in center comes
out clean, about 45 minutes for 6-inch cake and 1 hour 5 minutes for 10-inch
cake. Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes. Cut around pan sides to loosen cakes.
Turn out onto racks; cool completely. Peel paper off cakes. (Cakes can be
made ahead. Wrap tightly and let stand at room temperature 1 day or freeze
to 2 weeks; defrost in wrapping before continuing.)
FOR FROSTING: Using electric mixer, beat 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) cream cheese
and 1 cup butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in 2 cups
powdered sugar. Gradually add 1/4 cup cream, beating just until blended. Add
1 cup lemon curd and beat just until combined. Transfer to large bowl. With
remaining ingredients, make second batch of frosting, as described above,
using same quantities as for first batch. Cover frosting; chill until very
cold and spreadable, at least 8 hours or up to 1 day.
FOR SAUCE: Whisk jam in large saucepan over medium-low heat until melted and
smooth. Whisk in cassis. Transfer to large bowl. Add berries; toss to
blend. Chill until cold, stirring occasionally, at least 8 hours or up to 1
day. Using long serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally into 3 equal
layers. Spread dab of frosting on 7-inch cardboard to anchor cake; top with
bottom 8-inch cake layer, cut side up. Spread 1/4 cup curd over. Top with
second 8-inch layer. Spread 1/4 cup curd over. Top with third 8-inch layer,
cut side down.
Spread 1 tablespoon frosting over top center of assembled 8-inch cake.
bottom 6-inch layer, cut side up, on top of 8-inch cake. Spread 3
curd over. Top with second 6-inch cake layer. Spread 3 tablespoons curd
over. Top with third 6-inch cake layer; cut side down. Generously frost
tiered cake, using about 3 cups frosting.
Spread dab of frosting on 8-inch cardboard to anchor cake; top with bottom
9-inch cake layer, cut side up. Spread 6 tablespoons curd over. Top with
second 9-inch cake layer. Spread 6 tablespoons curd over. Top with third
9-inch cake layer, cut side down. Generously frost assembled 9-inch cake,
using about 3 cups frosting.
Spread dab of frosting on 9-inch cardboard to anchor cake; top with bottom
10-inch cake layer, cut side up. Spread 1/2 cup curd over. Top with second
10-inch cake layer. Spread 1/2 cup curd over. Top with third 10-inch cake
layer, cut side down. Generously frost assembled 10-inch cake, using about 3
1/2 cups frosting. Refrigerate cakes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead; keep
chilled.) Transfer tiered cake on its cardboard base to tallest cake stand.
Transfer 9-inch cake on its cardboard base to shorter cake stand. Transfer
10-inch cake on its cardboard base to platter.
"Instead of stacked tiers, this impressive wedding cake is set on three
separate stands of varying heights; it makes for an eye-catching
Decorate each layer with an assortment of fresh flowers. Created with the
home cook in mind, this cake is really fairly easy to prepare (yeah, right,
snickers Francine!) and assemble, and can be made ahead in three stages."