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Lemon Curd for Rose-Petal Wedding Cake

Use this recipe to make our Rose-Petal Wedding Cake.

  • Yield: Makes 7 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2005


  • 5 large egg yolks
  • Grated zest of 5 lemons (about 4 tablespoons), plus 1 3/4 cups fresh lemon juice (about 11 lemons total)
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 6 tablespoons (3 3/4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Whisk together egg yolks, lemon zest and juice, eggs, and sugar in a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon, until mixture thickens, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, 1 piece at a time. Transfer to a medium bowl, and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on surface; refrigerate until chilled, up to 1 day.

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