SMiLes by Meg

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

“Pride keeps you warm on Easter.”

That’s what my mom said to me as we speed-walked to church this morning in the bitterly cold wind wearing pretty dresses meant for much warmer weather. Being back in Massachusetts for the holiday, it really does seem like winter will never end. There actually is still snow on the ground. And I’m not just talking the snow piles in parking lots at the mall. In my parents’ backyard, there is snow.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t suck it up and pretend Spring is here. I think that’s really the sentiment my mom was trying to convey as we braced ourselves for the 7 minute walk. Plus, it doesn’t have to be warm outside to enjoy springtime desserts.

And though this cake is not in the shape of a bunny (which caused quite an uproar, I will admit), it is definitely a good end to any springtime event. I, obviously, made it for Easter.

First, juice and zest a lemon. That should give you about 1/4 cup of juice and two teaspoons of zest.Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 1Next, in a small bowl, whisk together the flours. Set aside.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 2Then, in a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed using the paddle attachment until smooth.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 3 Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 4Add the sugar about half a cup at a time, beating after each addition, until light and fluffy.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 5 Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 6Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each addition until combined.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 7Add the flours in four parts, alternating with the milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. You can put the liquid all in one cup, but be prepared for the fact that the acid in the lemon juice makes the milk all lumpy. If that’s going to gross you out, keep them separate. It doesn’t affect the cake, just your personal feelings toward eating it. 

Beat it until smooth.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 8 Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 9 Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 10Prepare three 9 inch cake pans by spraying them liberally with Pam for baking and putting a circle of wax paper in the bottom of each pan. I wasn’t going to have a repeat of my German Chocolate fiasco, so I actually was very careful here.

Split the batter evenly between the three pans.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 11Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. Fortunately, if you used wax paper, that will be a very easy thing to do.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 12Once the layers are completely cool, you can set up the cake. Put your first layer on your serving dish and spread with lemon curd. You could make your own, but that takes a lot of egg yolks, so I went with Stonewall Kitchen’s Lemon Curd, and it worked wonderfully.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 13 Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 14Sprinkle liberally with blueberries. Mine are kind of scarce because I was also making a fruit salad with the same container, but definitely add more if it suits you.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 15Put on the second layer and repeat. Then top with the final layer. At this point, you can cover the cake and chill it until you are ready to frost it.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 16To make the frosting, put the butter, 2 cups of sugar, lemon juice and zest in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 17Beat until smooth and creamy.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 18Add the remaining sugar half a cup at a time, beating after each addition until the frosting is a good spreading consistency.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 19 Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 20Ice the top of the cake ONLY (you won’t have enough for the sides) and ring the top with blueberries.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 21The cake is best served at room temperature. And if you have a pretty bake center you can take all sorts of gratuitous pictures.

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 22Happy Easter! Enjoy!

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - 23

 

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • lemon curd
  • blueberries

Cake Directions:

  1. Juice and zest one lemon. Set aside.
  2. Combine the self-rising and all-purpose flours in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed using the paddle attachment until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar, half a cup at a time, beating after each addition until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat after each addition.
  6. Add the flours in four parts, alternating with the milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat until combined.
  7. Prepare three 9 inch cake pans with Pam Baking Spray and line the bottoms with wax paper. Split the batter evenly between the three pans.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. To assemble cake: spread first layer with lemon curd and sprinkle with blueberries. Place second layer on top and repeat. Place third layer on top, frost with lemon buttercream, and ring the top with blueberries.

Lemon Buttercream Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, very soft
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Lemon Buttercream Directions:

  1. Place butter, 2 cups of sugar, lemon juice, and zest in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add remaining sugar about 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, until it is of spreading consistency.
  4. Ice the top of the cake.

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