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Need lemon or caramel birthday (cake) ideas

A friend's birthday is coming up and I'm in charge of making the cake. His two favorite flavors are lemon and caramel. He also likes pound cake. Anyone got tried and true recipes that would be good for a birthday?

thanks

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    Lemon layer cake with lemon curd and mascarpone (Bon Appetit). Had it at a friends and enjoyed it.

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    1. re: itryalot

      I was just going to suggest this. It is superb and gorgeous.

      1. re: itryalot

        I forgot to mention that when I make it for adults, I add limoncello liqueur to the simple syrup to give the moisture a kick.
        Here is the link
        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      2. cheat recipe from a mix. yellow cake mix with lemon curd. baked and then iced with whipped cream mixed with some more lemon curd. its absolutely scrumptious.

          1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/376493

            I think it is the last recipe on this link - the one with lemon curd filling - is the best! I have made it twice and really went over well.

            1. This Caramel Cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen is wonderful:

              http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/12/car...

              You could probably add some lemon zest to the cake batter if you need both caramel *and* lemon, but making the recipe as written would probably be the best way to go otherwise.