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lovely lemon buttercream cake with blueberries

(3 ratings)
Recipe by
Barbara Kavorkian
Two Harbors, MN

In the summer, I like nothing more than fresh berries! Blueberries are one of my favorite and buttercream frosting always makes a cake taste just that much better. Blueberry lovers like myself would enjoy this for their birthday cake as well. I sometimes wish mine was during the summer!

(3 ratings)
yield 8 -12
prep time 1 Hr 45 Min
cook time 1 Hr

Ingredients For lovely lemon buttercream cake with blueberries

  • CAKE
  • 1 c
    plus 3 tbsp cake flour (not self rising) sifted
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 c
    milk, 1%
  • 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    lemon zest, grated
  • 1 tsp
    lemon juice
  • 2 lg
  • 2 c
    fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 c
  • 3 tsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    low sugar pectin
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/2 c
    fresh blueberries (to sprinkle on top of jam filling)
  • 1/4
    fresh blueberries (for sprinkling on top of icing)
  • 5 slice
    lemon (for decoration on top of icing)
  • 1 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    milk, 1%
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 tsp
    lemon zest, grated

How To Make lovely lemon buttercream cake with blueberries

  • 1
    First, make the Jam filling by combining prepared fruit with water and juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Over high heat, bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, stirring constantly about 20 min or so. Add sugar, and return mixture to a full rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary and let jam cool before using. Preheat oven to 350°F Line bottoms of two 8 inch round cake pans (if you have 6 inch, use those) with parchment. Spray parchment; set aside.
  • 2
    Make the cake mixture by sifting together flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk together 1/4 cup sugar, the milk, vinegar, butter, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a large bowl; set aside.
  • 3
    On a low speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture in two alternating batches(add flour mix, add milk mix, etc). Beat in eggs, one at a time then fold in the last remaining flour/milk batch. Do not overmix or use a high speed as that can cause the cake batter to toughen. Divide between 2 cake pans.
  • 4
    Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 18-25 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow the layers to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then carefully remove them from the pan to a wire rack. Peel the parchment paper from the bottoms of the layers and turn back over to cool completely.
  • 5
    Now make frosting while the cake cools. Beat butter, powdered sugar (adding a little at a time), 3 tablespoons milk and lemon juice on low speed until blended. Beat 3 minutes on medium speed until fluffy.
  • 6
    On serving plate, place 4 pieces of wax/parchment paper around outer edge of plate to “catch” any frosting. Place 1 cake layer, rounded side up. Spread top of first layer with jam, then sprinkle ½ cup of fresh blueberries on top of jam filling. Place on the second layer and cover the top and sides with lemon frosting. Arrange remaining 1/4 cup blueberries on cake, sprinkle with lemon zest and arrange the top with the 5 twisted lemon slices. Gently tug to remove the wax/parchment paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Let cake stand at room temperature 15 minutes before slicing. Cover and refrigerate any remaining cake.
  • 7
    Note: If you prefer, use buttermilk and omit the milk and vinegar from ingredient list for the cake. Tip: One medium lemon yields about 3 tablespoons juice and 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel. A handheld plane grater makes grating foods easy and can also is a wonderful tool for grating lemonds, oranges, fresh nutmeg and garlic. This kitchen tool in available in stores that carry kitchen utensils such as Kohls, Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Walmart.

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