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lemon curd cake filling spread onto a cake layer within a frosting dam

Lemon Curd

Kachina @ Sweet Mouth Joy
This thick and creamy lemon curd is perfect as a cake filling or for other desserts too!

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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 25 tablespoons


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 eggs
  • 135 g ( cups) white sugar caster or granulated
  • 2 lemons' zest and juice roughly 8 tablespoon of juice
  • 115 g (½ cups) unsalted butter


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the eggs, yolk and sugar until smooth.
  • Zest the lemons into the pan, then cut them in half and squeeze in the lemon juice. You can use a strainer to ensure no pips get into the mix. Stir until fully combined.
  • Add in the butter and heat on a medium-low heat, stirring until the butter has fully melted.
  • Stir continuously for roughly 15mins until the curd has thickened to a thin custard consistency and coats the back of your spatula instead of running straight off.
  • Pour your curd into sterilised jars (or heatproof bowl if using for a cake filling) and allow it to cool on the side briefly before covering with the lid (or plastic wrap) and refrigerating until set.


  • This recipe makes roughly 350ml curd, which is 1 ½ jars using a standard preserves jar.
  • Your curd can take several hours to chill until set.
  • If using your curd for a dessert, you can set the cooked curd in a heatproof bowl (instead of jars) and cover it with plastic wrap to refrigerate.
  • This is a gluten-free recipe.
  • Check out the short video showing the consistency before and after your curd is cooked to help you know when your curd is ready for chilling.


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online nutritional calculator, actual values may vary.

Keyword Cake Filling, Curd, Lemon
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