Monday, July 20, 2009

Marbled Lemon Blueberry Butter Cake

I had skipped last month's Cake Slice Bakers challenge and made it a point to make sure that I put aside time to complete this month's challenge. July's pick happens to be a butter cake using blueberries and lemon. Blueberries and lemon make a sublime pairing and this cake perfectly combines the two. In addition to the buttercream, the cakes were layered together with a home-made blueberry puree. The cakes had a marbled effect to it by adding dollops of blueberry puree to the cake batter and then swirling it around. This certainly was a change to the normal chocolate/vanilla marble cakes which I have baked.

As usual instead of making a full size one, I halfed the recipe to fit my 4" cake pans. If you are scaling down, do note that you will have more batter than required and I do not suggest that you use all of it. In past experiences, I had used all the batter and the sides of my cake baked out well but the centers remained moist. I had to bake them for another 10 - 15 minutes more resulting in the sides being overdone. Now I meausre out each of my 4" pan to ensure that each pan has no more than 280g weight - this includes the weight of my cake pan as well as the cake batter. I guess it'll be trial and error if it's your first time baking a triple layer cake.

Marbled Lemon Blueberry Butter Cake
From: Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes By Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne
Makes one 8 inch triple layered cake


2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar (I reduced the sugar slightly)
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1½ tsp lemon extract
7 egg whites
3 cups cake flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1¼ cups milk (I used low fat milk)
Fresh blueberries, for decoration

Lemon blueberry preserves (below)
Lemon buttercream frosting (below)

{*1 cup of cake flour is equal to ¾ cup of flour plus 2 tablespoons of cornstarch}


1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of three 8 inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment or waxed paper and butter the paper.

2) In a mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest and lemon extract until light and fluffy. Gradually add the egg whites 2 or 3 at a time, beating well between additions and stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

3) Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, whisk gently to blend. In 2 or 3 alternating additions, beat the dry ingredients and milk into the butter mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times. Beat on medium-high speed for about 1 minute to smooth out any lumps and aerate the batter.

4) Scoop 1 cup of the batter into a small bowl. Divide the remaining equally among the 3 prepared pans, smoothing the tops with a spatula. This gives you a smooth surface to work with. Add 2½ tbsp of the lemon blueberry preserves to the reserved batter and blend well. Drizzle heaping teaspoons of this blueberry mixture over the batter in the pans. Use a skewer to swirl the blueberry mixture in short strokes to drag it down through the lemon batter without mixing it in.

5) Bake for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester or skewer stuck in the centre comes out clean and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Lat the layers cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack, peeling off the paper and leaving to cool completely.

Lemon Blueberry Preserves

3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
¾ cup sugar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1½ tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1) Puree the blueberries with any juices that have exuded in a blender. Pass the puree through a coarse strainer to remove the skins.

2) In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the blueberry puree with the sugar, lemon juice, zest and ginger. Bring to a gentle boil over a medium heat, stirring often for 20 minutes, or until the preserves have thickened and are reduced to 1 cup. To check the proper thickness place a small amount of a saucer and put in the freezer until cold. Drag your finger through it. If a clear path is made through the preserve then it is ready. Let the preserves cool before using. (Can be made up to 5 days in advance).

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
2 eggs
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (I would suggest adding some zest as well for added flavour)

1) In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue to boil without stirring, occasionally washing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush until the syrup reaches the soft-ball stage, 238 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Immediately remove from the heat.

2) In a large mixer bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beast the eggs briefly. Slowly add the hot syrup in a thin stream, pouring it down the sides of the bowl; be careful to avoid hitting the beaters or the syrup may splatter. When all the syrup has been added, raise the speed to medium,-high and beat until the mixture is very fluffy and cooled to body temperature. This can take 15-20 minutes.

3) Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and gradually add the softened butter 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time, beating well between additions. As you’re adding the last few tablespoons of butter, the frosting will appear to break, then suddenly come together like whipped butter. Beat in the lemon juice, and the frosting is ready to use.

To Assemble:

To assemble the cake, place a layer, flat side up, on a cake stand. Spread half of the lemon blueberry preserves over the top. Place a second layer on top of the first and spread the remaining preserves over it. Finally place the third layer on top and frost the top and sides with the lemon buttercream.

Decorate with fresh blueberries and serve.


steph- whisk/spoon said...

what a beautiful cake!

Jacque said...

Ooh, it looks so pretty! Just right for a snack with friends.

I thought the sugar seemed like a bit much also.

Pei-Lin said...

Looks decadent! A very refreshing combination of flavors for such a hot day!


Indigo said...

Oh I love the combination of lemon and blueberry! And could this cake look any more perfect - beautiful layers, beautiful frosting, a beautiful slice - do you take requests?

Katie said...

Your cake is beautiful and your layers are so tall!

pigpigscorner said...

It's beautiful! I should invest in a tiny cake tin too, so cute!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a gorgeous cake! It looks so pretty and delicious!



Eileen said...

What a sweet, little cake! And gorgeous photos. Is there any better combination than blueberry and lemon? Thanks for stopping by my site.

SiHaN said...

ah.. a petite cake. so adorable. I agree with you that the cake was damm good! I'm glad you didn't skip it this time round!

symphonious sweets said...

Seeing your pictures I am regretting skipping this cake!!

Heather said...

What a lovely cake! - the crumb looks so soft and I just love the pic.

The Duo Dishes said...

The blueberries are perfect in this cake. Just perfect!

Selba said...

Wow! What a beautiful blueberry cake!

Btw, I've seeing people are posting about blueberry a lot lately, are you doing a project of Blueberry? *wondering*

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow....delectably those creamy layers....

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

ooooh Jo love that buttercream frosting..yum!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

What an incredibly stunning and delicious cake!! It's almost too pretty to eat. Almost. I love the smaller diameter and the tallness of it, very elegant! One of my fave flavor duos!

Monica H said...

Your cake turned out really beautiful!

I usually half the recipe and bake them in 3 6-inch pans. It's the perfect amount.


Caroline said...

I'm glad you didn't skip this month, I always look forward to your creations. What an adorable lil' cake. Great tip about weighing the cake batter, will do that next time.

Natashya said...

It's gorgeous! I love the mini and blueberry and lemon are a match made in heaven.

Ingrid said...

Mmmmmm, okay I want this insead of the charlotte or may I have some of both.

Like Monica I usually use my 6 inch pans.

Palidor said...

Mmmm, I love rich butter cake. Your cake is so fabulously sky high. I love it!

dessert girl said...

I feel like I've already left a comment on this cake because I've looked at it so many times! :-) But I guess not! Very sweet cake. And it looks yummy, too!

Talita said...

Love these pics!! Look so fresh and yummy! I had mouth water!

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