If you need a dessert recipe to feed a large group of people, then you need to try my mother’s Lemon Silk. And the beautiful thing about this recipe is that you can make it a day ahead.
This is not an original recipe. My mother attended a meeting about 15 years ago, and a chef from Charleston was the featured speaker. He prepared this dish and everyone raved about it, and my mother has been making this ever since. I have made this dish many times, too, and I always get requests for the recipe.
First, you will need a pound cake. I made my mother-in-law’s pound cake, whose recipe can be found here. But if you don’t have time to bake one, you can always buy one in the bakery section of the grocery store.
Next, add 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice to the mixture and beat until everything is incorporated. If you are worried about using uncooked egg yolks in this recipe, don’t worry. No bacteria is going to grow in such an acidic environment!
This is a luscious, lemony trifle that can be made a day ahead. Everyone loves it!
- 1 pound cake already purchased or prepared
- 8 egg yolks
- 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice bottled
- 1 16 ounce frozen whipped topping thawed
- 1 lemon for garnish
Beat egg yolks on medium speed until they turn a creamy, yellow color.
With the mixer still running, slowly pour in the sweetened condensed milk.
Add the lemon juice and beat until fully incorporated.
By hand, gently fold in the whipped topping into the egg yolk mixture.
Tear the pound cake into small pieces and layer in the bottom of a trifle bowl or serving dish.
Put a layer of the Lemon Silk mixture on top of the cake layer.
Continue to layer the cake and the Lemon Silk mixture until you run out of room.
To garnish, zest the lemon and add the lemon zest on top along with a twisted lemon slice.
You can use a previously baked pound cake or a purchased one to make this recipe, and you will probably have some cake left over.
This recipe can be made a day ahead.
Leftovers keep very well in the refrigerator for several days.
You can halve the recipe and serve it in individual dessert dishes.