Clear Lemon, Orange & Pineapple Fillings

“We use the lemon filling the most in conjunction with the Lemon Coconut Cake, my husband’s favorite birthday cake.” – Calla Ferre

“Wonderful filling. My roommate in college, Danielle, loves lemon. So one year for her birthday I stayed up after she went to bed and made a lemon cake, this lemon filling, and a lemon flavored Butter Frosting.” – April Ferre

Clear Lemon, Orange & Pineapple Fillings

Course: Frostings & Fillings


  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Rind Grated
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice


  • Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in saucepan. Stir water in gradually. Bring to boil over direct heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and lemon rind. Add lemon juice in gradually. Cool thoroughly.
  • Rich Lemon Filling: Follow above recipe, but after the mixture has boiled 1 minute, stir half of hot mixture into 2 slightly beaten egg yolks. Blend into remaining mixture. Boil 1 minute more. Remove from heat and add the butter, lemon rind and lemon juice.
  • Clear Orange Filling: Follow basic method, but use: 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons grated orange rind, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  • Pineapple Filling: Follow basic method, but use: 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup pineapple juice, 1 cup well-drained crushed pineapple, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cool thoroughly.

Recipe – Calla Ferre – From Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook, 1956

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Lemon Coconut Cake