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Lemon and Blueberry Butter Cake ~ It's a Spring Thing

 

It's official ~ today is the first day of Spring ~ well, maybe not quite the first day of Spring but it is the first day of the It's a Spring Thing Blog Hop and Linky Party.  It's time to start thinking about Spring and Easter and together with 13 other bloggers we are going to get you ready with recipes, crafts, decor and more! Check out this list of fabulous bloggers/blogs: Jennifer from Dear Lillie {lovely tablescape!}, Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia {super cute Spring sign made from scrapwood}, Kristin from Simply Klassic Home {simply elegant and easy DIY Centerpiece}, Heather from At the Picket Fence {Bird's Nest Coconut Cupcakes in Mason Jars}, Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage {Spring at the Cottage ~ Nicole Miller Inspired Mantel}, Debbie from Debbiedoo's {spring and summertime crafting projects}, Heather from Setting for Four {lovely spring mantel}, Angelina from JoJo & Eloise {spring chevron tote bag}, Vanessa from At the Picket Fence {Spring Centerpiece and Mantel Decor}, Maryann from Domestically Speaking {spring wreath with blues and greens}, KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms {tea-stained eggs}, Courtney from French Country Cottage {decorating with spring blossoms}, and Jennifer  from Jennifer Rizzo {delightful spring display and an edible chocolate basket} ~ we'll each have a Spring or Easter inspired post everyday so be sure to follow along and on March 18th we'll all be hosting one HUGE It's a Spring Thing Linky Party where you can link up your spring and Easter posts.  We've already pinned some great Easter and Spring inspiration to the It's a Spring Thing pinterest board and once the party starts we'll be adding some of our favorite links to the board.

I'm kicking off the party with a Thee-Layer Lemon and Blueberry Butter Cake using fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh blueberries ~ the perfect dessert for Easter dinner and Spring get togethers. Three-Layer Lemon Blueberry Butter Cake {adapted from Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes}

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1½ teaspoon lemon extract ~ I used Lorann Lemon Bakery Emulsion which retains a robust flavor when baked
  • 7 egg whites
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups milk

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. In a mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest and lemon extract {or emulsion} 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. 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 aerate the batter. Reserve 1 cup of the batter in a small bowl. Divide the remaining batter equally among the 3 prepared pans, smoothing the tops with a spatula. This gives you a smooth surface to work with. Add 2½ tablespoon of the lemon blueberry jam {recipe below} 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. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester or skewer stuck in the center comes out clean and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Let the layers cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack, peeling off the paper and leaving to cool completely. Blueberry Lemon Jam

  • 3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoon grated lemon zest

Puree the blueberries with any juices that have exuded in a blender. Pass the puree through a coarse strainer to remove the skins. In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the blueberry puree with the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. 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 on 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 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

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° F on a candy thermometer. Immediately remove from the heat. In a large mixer bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat 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. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and gradually add the softened butter 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time, beating well between additions. After adding the second set of two tablespoons of butter the mixture appeared to break down {I panicked a bit} but with a bit more beating it fluffed right back up. Beat in the lemon juice and zest, and the frosting is ready to use. To assemble the cake, place a layer, flat side up, on a cake stand. Spread half of the lemon blueberry jam over the top. Place a second layer on top of the first and spread the remaining jam 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. Linking to:  It's Party Time, Live Laugh Rowe, Yesterday on Tuesday, Free Pretty Things for You, The Hopeless Housewife, Beyond the Picket Fence, House of Hepworths, French Country Cottage, Craftberry Bush, The Frugal Girls, Tidy Mom, One Project Closer, Shaken Together Life, The Home Girl, Tatertots and Jello, Power of Pinterest, Your Homebased Mom, Chef's Day Off, Will Cook for Smiles, Flamingo Toes, Monday Funday, House Stories A to Z, The Taylor House

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87 Comments

  1. Heather @At The Picket Fence says:

    Oh. my. goodness! This looks so fabulously amazing! I am always looking for new cake recipes and I will be trying this one for sure. So excited to be partying with you over the next two weeks...I am ready for Spring!!

    Heather

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Heather! I am excited to be partying with you as well ~ I can't wait to see what wonderful creation you'll be sharing.

      Mary Beth

  2. Wow! I'm blown away with your presentation, photos and how yummy this looks! Great recipe thanks for sharing Mary Beth! Happy Spring!! It's coming right??? 😀

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Awwww....Thank you for your sweetness, Heather! I can't wait to see what you'll be posting for the It's a Spring Thing Party ~ so happy to be teaming up with you.

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  3. This looks so yummy!!! Gorgeous cake and pictures! Can you bring a piece to Grayson and I, it would go well with my coffee, oh wait need that too 🙂 XOXO
    Kristin

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Kristin ~ If I lived closer I'd be right over with cake, coffee and anything else you and Grayson would like. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Hugs,
      Mary Beth

  4. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile says:

    Mary Beth. This sounds delicious. I featured your St. Patrick's day Centerpiece today at https://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    Hope to see you tomorrow at Tuesday Trivia.
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for the feature, Wanda! I'll be over tomorrow to join your party!

      Hugs,

      Mary Beth

  5. Mary Beth says:

    You're a sweetie, Anne~ thanks so much for stopping by...I always love to see you here.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  6. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    I love lemon and blueberry combo! This looks delicious & it's gorgeous too ~ can't wait to try it.

  7. Angelina - JoJo and Eloise says:

    Oh, I LOVE cake and I LOVE Blueberries!! What a Fantastic way to start the Party!! Yummy Cake 🙂
    xo
    Angelna

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Angelina!

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  8. Dear Lillie says:

    Looks so pretty and delicious, Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  9. debbiedoos says:

    This is darling and so delicious looking!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Debbie!

  10. Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    That is one truly beautiful creation! Mile high and looking yummy!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Shannon! I'm usually in a cupcake mood but this cake was so much fun to make I think I'll try some more 3-layer cakes.

      Have a great week.

      Hugs,
      Mary Beth

  11. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says:

    I love anything lemon -looks amazing and so cute with the blueberries!
    Kelly

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Kelly ~ I'm so glad you stopped by!

      Hugs,

      Mary Beth

  12. This looks delicious! And I love how you styled it.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I really appreciate your kind words ~ thank you so much!

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  13. This looks exquisite! I love blueberries & my husband is crazy for all lemon desserts. Man, I almost wish I was renewing my vows, as this would be the PERFECT cake for us! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from live.laugh.rowe.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Maybe for an anniversary dinner! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  14. Hannah ♫ says:

    This looks delicious 😀 Pinning now!! Thanks for posting.

  15. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    Hi Mary Beth, popping over from the party at livelaughrowe - this cake sounds and looks delicious! I love lemon and my husband loves blueberries, so sounds like a perfect match! Thanks so much for sharing and looking forward to following your blog - love the name! Am pinning this! Have a good night!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Such a sweet comment ~ thank you Cindy for making my day!

      Hugs,
      Mary Beth

  16. That looks amazing - I love the lemon blueberry flavor combination! Can't wait to try it!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Doreen.

      Have a wonderful weekend full of joy!

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  17. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers says:

    Ohhhh yum! This looks amazing. I love the photos, beautiful job!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Taryn! I appreciate your sweet words.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs,

      Mary Beth

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  19. Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds says:

    Mary Beth this looks so good! I'm going to give this recipe a try. Your images always turn out so fantastic! Thanks for linking up! Hugs! Sharing on Facebook later today too. 😉

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're so sweet, Clydia ~ thanks for sharing and when you bake it be sure to hide a piece for yourself....my husband and boys devoured this one...I had a piece but I wanted MORE!

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  20. The HOME GIRL says:

    Hi Mary Beth! This looks absolutely Delicious! And such a pretty presentation too!!! I'm so glad you found my link party and linked this up at the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA! Hope to see you next Friday as well! =D

  21. Michelle | Creative Food says:

    This cake looks so yummy!! 🙂

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  24. S. @ The Captivating Life says:

    I love blueberries and lemon. That cake is lovely!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, John ~ I'm heading over to link up right now.

      Have a great week.

      Mary Beth

  25. Oh my gosh - that looks so beautiful - and sounds incredibly delicious too!
    Visiting from Uncommon Design linky party
    Have a wonderful week!
    XOX

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for visiting, Suzan, and you have a wonderful week as well!

      Hugs,

      Mary Beth

  26. Lemon and blueberries are one of my favorite combinations. I'm over from DDD. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, Kathryn!

      Have a lovely week,

      Mary Beth

  27. Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com says:

    This looks really amazing! I love both lemon and blueberries... yummy!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Rachel!

      Have a great week,

      Mary Beth

  28. Your cake looks amazing!! Pinning!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Angela ~ I appreciate your kindness!

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  29. katie goldsworthy says:

    WOW! That looks incredible!!! Pinning to the Monday Funday Pin board! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Katie!!!

      Have a great week.

      Hugs,
      Mary Beth

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  31. Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... says:

    I am definitely making this beauty! Pinning for later!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! My little guy asked for it for his upcoming birthday...but he wants it in the shape of a wrestling ring...some how that's not how I envision this cake ~ ahhhh boys!

      Have a great week!

      Hugs,

      Mary Beth

  32. Shannon {Cozy Country Living} says:

    What a beautiful cake! I love lemon and blueberry together:) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Shannon!

  33. gorgeous cake my friend!

  34. Jocie@TheBetterHalf says:

    Wow, MaryBeth, this looks so amazing!!! You will be featured tonight at the Humble Brag and while you didn’t win the gift card you will get an AWESOME Better Half tshirt! So email me your address and tshirt size so we can mail it to ya!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for the feature, Jocie! I'll send an email with my info.

      Have a great weekend!

      Hugs,
      Mary Beth

  35. Saw this on the Hopeless Housewife Link Up- love love love lemon and blueberry together! Did you make this for a special occasion? Someone is very lucky!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Sarah. I just made it to celebrate spring but my youngest son wants it again for his upcoming birthday...except in the shape of a wrestling ring!

  36. What a absolutely gorgeous cake!

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  38. The HOME GIRL says:

    Hi MaryBeth!

    I just wanted to let you know that I featured your Lemon Blueberry Butter Cake from last week's FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA Link Party! I hope you'll come by and check out the write-up and maybe even post a few of your newest projects for this week's link party! Thanks so much for posting this delicious recipe!!!

  39. Holly Lefevre says:

    Yum! What a a great flavor combination! It looks amazing!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Holly!

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  44. Jennifer Rizzo says:

    This looks so yummy!!!! I love lemon and blueberries together.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! 🙂

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