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Chess cake is an old fashioned recipe my family loves.

Lemon Chess Cake

You can make this lemon chess cake without the lemon extract and lemon glaze and just have a plain cake that is very good, too.  Makes a wonderful dessert cake and so good with a cup of coffee. You might also like to check out our recipe for blackberry crescent roll bars.

Lemon chess cake is a wonderful dessert cake for any occasion.

2 sticks butter or margarine or 1 cup, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
4 egg yolks
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
4 egg whites
1 cup nuts of your choice, Optional
Melt the butter and combine with brown sugar, white sugar and egg yolks mixing well with mixer.  Add flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract and lemon extract and continue beating.  Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff and fold into batter with a spoon mixing well.  Fold in nuts.  Generously spray bundt pan and pour in batter. (You can make this cake in a 9 x 13 pan, too.)  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes until center tests done.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle on lemon glaze recipe below.  
Lemon chess cake
Lemon Glaze
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
Beat with whisk or spoon until you get the right consistency to pour over cake. Can add more milk if needed.  (Can heat a few seconds in microwave. This makes it easier to pour. I use a small pitcher and drizzle over cake.)
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  1. Can I use 4 egg substitutes instead of 4 separated eggs?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Sorry, Beth, I have not tried this using egg substitutes. Maybe, someone else will answer you on this.

  2. Have you published a cook book?

    Kathleen, Dallas

  3. Sharon Smich says:

    I’ve tried several of your recipes…where were you all my life! Everything is awesome…can’t wait to try the lemony cheesecake…thank you!

  4. Margaret Mosley says:

    For brown sugar measure-is it packedajamos99

  5. Candace Payne says:

    I refused to let the Lemony Chess cake defeat me…I made a new one today and it was perfect. Thank you soooo much for a lovely cake.

  6. Suzie Waclawski says:

    I want you to know with all my heart I am a fan of the south and if I could have chosen my place of birth it would have been in the south some where. I am from England, (can’t get any further north) Chess pie originated there and was brought to New England some say Virginia. It’s thought to be called Chess pie because it was kept in a pie chest or pie safe,

  7. Love this new place,& all your incredible & unique recipes!!

  8. Really love this place!! The photos & the funny graphic photos & sayings are very wonderful Southern expressions,indeed!!!! Thanks so much!!

  9. can you use fresh squezzed lemon juice fothe glaze.and for lemon extract can you use lemom juice also…….

  10. Does the lemon glaze get poured on the cake while its warm? the recipe doesn’t say. Thank You.

  11. I heard an explaination for the “chess pie” theory. Sometime long ago in the south at a b b q, a lady took out her pie and presented it on the table. When asked what kind of pie it was she stated it was “juss pie” and therefore was known as “chess pie”.

  12. what makes it a “chess” cake?

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