Thursday, June 19, 2014

blueberry cake with lemon whipped cream frosting



You'll love this Summer-inspired cake!

I made it for my mom's birthday last week. She's a big fan of fruit desserts!






I wanted to make her something special, so I browsed through my personal cookbook and came across a hand-written recipe for blueberry cake.




What makes this cake extraordinary is that it's made with real blueberries . . . 4 cups of pureed blueberries. Yes, 4 cups!





The pureed blueberries give this cake its gorgeous dark blueish purple color.




What makes it so special, besides the blueberries, is that I spread lemon curd on each layer before I frost it, brightening each and every layer with lemon.

And the frosting . . . it's a light and luxurious whipped cream that's flavored with lemon curd.




When I was planning this cake, I wanted to make something that was light and flavorful, since rich desserts can taste too heavy during hot Summer months.

What goes great with the subtle flavor or blueberries . . . lemons, of course! So I paired this wonderfully light blueberry cake with a lemon curd whipped cream.




And the result . . . a Summer-inspired cake that is so light and delicious, that you'll find yourself going back for seconds (and maybe even thirds)!

Happy Summer!




blueberry cake
makes 1 (9-inch) 3 layer cake or 2 (6-inch) 2 layer cakes
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2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 large eggs, room temperature
3 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups frozen blueberries, thawed and pureed
*the longer you blend the blueberries, the darker the puree
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
mint leaves for garnish, optional
lemon whipped cream frosting (ingredients & recipe follows)
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Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray 3 9-inch cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour.

In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, blueberry puree, and vanilla.

In another medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with blueberry puree/sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until well combined.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

** For an extra moist and delicious cake, I always slice each layer in half (horizontally), as seen in the photo. Thinner layers of cake mean more frosting between each layer, making every bite that much more delicious, especially when you spread something like lemon curd on top of each layer!





Spread 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Curd on the top of each layer of cake, set aside. Prepare frosting.

Spread Lemon Curd Whipped Cream frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Adorn with fresh blueberries and sprigs of fresh mint leaves.

Keep refrigerated until you serve. 





Lemon Whipped Cream frosting
16 ounces of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup lemon curd 
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Add whipping cream and confectioners' sugar to an electric mixer. Whisk just until the cream reaches SOFT peaks.
Add lemon curd, continue to whisk until the cream reaches FIRM peaks.









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58 comments:

  1. I always look forward to your posts, Suzanne! Your pictures are amazing and your styling is perfection. Your cake looks so moist and delicious. I love the surprise addition of the lemon curd in between each layer. If only I could be there to share a slice or two with you!! ;-)

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  2. Beautiful photography and your cake looks delicious! Pinning and sharing with friends on social media too!
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  3. Wowee. I'm not typically a cake girl, but this sounds amazing. I need to make it happen when our blueberries ripen. My husband doesn't care for lemon desserts of any kind. (The a nice way of saying he hates them. ) So I can eat the whole thing with the kids. :0)

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  4. Blueberries and lemons, oh my! You know I think I might be gaining weight from reading your blog!

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  5. I don't know if this is art or food! GORGEOUS! Happy Birthday to your mom!

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  6. This. Looks. Amazing!! I love the way you used blueberries to decorate the cake. Simple and tasteful and totally beautiful!

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  7. Now I'm not sure if I should make jam or this beautiful cake with my blueberries!

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  8. I would love this frosting. Never thought of making a lemon frosting but I bet it's so good and refreshing for the summer. Again, you made another cake that looks beautiful!!

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  9. My hubby is a huge fan of fruity cakes, and I know he would love this one. Definitely book marking this recipe!!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

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  10. Blueberries and lemon curd? Sounds like a winner to me! Gorgeous looking cake!

    I followed your link-up from Smart Party Planning.

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  11. Love your blog.....and wanted to let you know that your cake looks awesome! I can't wait to try it! Just wanted to let you know that I have chosen your cake to feature on my blog today (The Lavender Bouquet) linking the "AMAZE ME MONDAY" submissions at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home.
    Kathleen

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  12. This loves divine! I get sucked in at Trader Joe's and buy everything! I have always wondered what else I could do with lemon curd. Great idea!

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  13. Oh Suzanne not only does this look beautiful - It looks delicious ( this is the second item I'm pinning today that involves Blueberries AND Lemon!
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  14. This is one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen!!! I'm a blueberry lover, so I'll pin and give it a try for sure! The lemon curd part sounds especially enticing!!!

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  15. Oh my, not only does it look fabulous but it sounds delicious. I love fruit desserts also and can't wait to make this. Thanks!
    Kristi

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  16. Gorgeous! Yummy! Beautiful photography! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  17. Oh my word, this looks amazing and sounds so delicious. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  18. Wow!!! This looks absolutely delicious! I love all pics! Thanks for sharing recipe!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  19. I love this Blueberry cake with lemon. I featured it on my Facebook page this evening. Stop by and check it out. Thanks so much for sharing it on Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

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  20. I want the biggest slice of this cake - it looks amazing and I love lemon and blueberry :)

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  21. This sounds absolutely delicious! I will be pinning and trying this some time this summer. I love lemon and blueberry paired together. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Wow, this is the most amazing looking cake! It looks so good, and the pictures are amazing! Stopping by from ducks n' a row blog hop!
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

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  23. What a beautiful cake! I bet it's absolutely delicious too:) Yum!

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  24. DIVINE! On my must make list for sure Suzanne. Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  25. What a beautiful cake and it sounds spectacular! Pinning to my cooking bucket list. Stopping by from the Wonderful Wednesday party.

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  26. Suzanne, this is absolutely stunning! And I love that you use TJ's lemon curd (my fave)!

    Amy | Club Narwhal

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  27. This looks delicious! And it uses 4 cups of blueberries!! I just started a new series called Eating Inside the Box it would be awesome if you would share this with us! Please linkup any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you'd like!
    http://www.cultivatenourishing.com/blueberries/
    Enjoy the Harvest!
    Lindsey

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  28. This looks fantastic! I have two blueberry bushes in my backyard, I can't wait to try this recipe! -Amy

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  29. How absolutely decadent. A lovely summertime dessert.

    Passing by from Foodie Friday.

    -Tammy<3

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  30. Wow Suzanne! This looks amazing. Blueberry season is just about to begin here in MA so I can't wait to make this cake!! Thanks for linking it up to Motivation Monday!

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  31. I love blueberries and lemons. Now I just need to get motivate one of my daughters to make this for me!

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  32. I love blueberries and lemon, such a lovely flavoured cake. It looks great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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  33. There is not one thing in this cake that doesn't belong in my mouth right now! What delectable-ness! Thanks for the recipe and for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  34. Oh my, this has me drooling! I bought blueberries today. Walked by lemon curd and thought about buying it, but decided, next time. Darn! YUM! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  35. Ohh man! I need this right stinkin' now. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Motivation Monday!

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  36. This cake is absolutely beautiful! Sounds delicious too!

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  37. So pretty! I had to stop by and get this recipe. I just froze 2 gallons of fresh blueberries last week. I cannot wait to make this! I'm intrigued by the lemon curd...yum!

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  38. This looks amazing, Suzanne! My daughter just brought home blueberries from her boyfriend's family's farm! I can't wait to show this to her - I'll be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  39. Oh, yum. Blueberries with lemon is a wonderful combination!

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  40. Featuring soon! Might be posted tonight if I finish it. Trying to post party early because of the 4th! This looks amazing :)

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  41. I so wish I was a cake maker! This looks awesome and I love that you use blueberries! Tis the season!

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  42. Hmm, it just so happens that this Suzanne is going blueberry picking this week... perfect timing!!! The combo of blueberries & lemon is my new food obsession. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  43. Gorgeous cake! The recipe sounds to-die-for with that lemon curd.

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  44. Looks great. Hope it works with fresh berries! Follow you from Anything Goes linky

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  45. Gorgeous pictures!! Your cake sounds divine.

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  46. Your cake looks so yummy!! Pinned and thank you.

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  47. Your picture and recipe look really good. I'm wondering whether you can sugg=
    est how to make this recipe into cupcakes?

    Thank you! Chelsea

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  48. What a treat this must have been... so many blueberries... inside and out. Beautiful. :)

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  49. Just beautiful! My husband is going to love.

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  50. Wow, this cakes looks stunning. I love your photos too. I can almost touch that yummy cake. I must give this recipe a try. Lovely blog. I will definitely follow.

    Janet

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  51. This cakes looks delicious and it's exactly what I was looking to bake for a summer dessert. Amazing.

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  52. Yummy! Sounds and looks relish :)

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  53. Oh my goodness, Suzanne, this cake is gorgeous!! I love the flavor combination! If you have a free moment, I would love it if you would share it with us at #FoodieFriDIY on Thursday night! Pinning!

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  54. I have never heard of or had blueberry cake! I have been craving blueberry pie because it is almost fresh blueberry season here and now I have to make the cake too! Pinned!

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  55. This looks like a taste of summer. Light yet rich and flavorful. A must for summer time entertaining. Thanks for posting. Visiting from Imparting Grace.

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  56. YUM - that looks amazing!! Definitely pinning this to try for my family! :)

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  57. Oh wow, this looks so delicious!! I bet it's so moist and the lemon curd in the frosting sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  58. Suzanne, this looks absolutely marvelous - I know your mother must have loved it! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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