Cyndee's Neiman Marcus Cake
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 55 mins
  • for the cake layer:*
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • *{Instead of making the cake layer from scratch you can also use a vanilla/ yellow box cake (one without pudding) mixed with 1 stick melted butter and 2 beaten eggs (nothing else is added!). This is what my neighbor Cyndee does.}
  • for the topping:
  • 1 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3 + ¾ cup powder sugar (1 box)
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  2. To make the cake layer from scratch, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. On medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, then the sour cream, vanilla, and lemon zest, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix well. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir just until smooth. Finish mixing by hand to be sure the batter is well mixed. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Mix the ingredients for the topping and spread evenly on top of the batter.
  4. Bake for about 30 -35 mins and let the cake cool before removing it from the pan.
Recipe by My Kitchen in the Rockies | A Denver, Colorado Food Blog at