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 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1½ tsp lemon extract ~ I used Lorann Lemon Bakery Emulsion which retains a robust flavor when baked
  • 7 egg whites
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp 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 tbsp 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 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp 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 tbsp 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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  1. 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!!


    • 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??? :D
    Heather´s last blog post ..Designer Interview {Part One} ~ Darlene Weir ~ Fieldstone Hill Design

    • 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. Beautiful cake Mary Beth! Lovely styling & photography too.

    Happy Monday!
    Anne@DesignDreams´s last blog post ..DIY Mini Stepladder

    • 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

  4. 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´s last blog post ..Countdown to Spring

    • 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.

      Mary Beth

  5. Mary Beth. This sounds delicious. I featured your St. Patrick’s day Centerpiece today at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    Hope to see you tomorrow at Tuesday Trivia.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile´s last blog post ..Lucky 13 St. Patricks Day Crafts & Treats

  6. I love lemon and blueberry combo! This looks delicious & it’s gorgeous too ~ can’t wait to try it.
    Maryann @ Domestically Speaking´s last blog post ..How to Make Moss Eggs

  7. Oh, I LOVE cake and I LOVE Blueberries!! What a Fantastic way to start the Party!! Yummy Cake :)
    Angelina – JoJo and Eloise´s last blog post ..Target Sheets into Spring Dress

  8. Looks so pretty and delicious, Mary Beth!

  9. This is darling and so delicious looking!

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

    • 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.

      Mary Beth

  11. I love anything lemon -looks amazing and so cute with the blueberries!
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage´s last blog post ..I’m in Flea Market Gardens Magazine & a Giveaway!

  12. This looks delicious! And I love how you styled it.
    Julie´s last blog post ..Wordish Wednesday {Littlest Brother at UTA}

  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.
    Jelli´s last blog post ..Blueberry Cheesecake Crêpes

  14. This looks delicious :-D Pinning now!! Thanks for posting.
    Hannah ♫´s last blog post ..March Break Piano Challenge

  15. 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!
    Cindy Eikenberg´s last blog post ..A Cindy Lou {Who} Spring Topiary

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

  17. Ohhhh yum! This looks amazing. I love the photos, beautiful job!
    Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers´s last blog post ..Inspiration Gallery Link Party #26

  18. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    Jamie http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com

  19. 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. ;)
    Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds´s last blog post ..FAVORITE FURNITURE FRIDAY

    • 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. 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. This cake looks so yummy!! :)
    Michelle | Creative Food´s last blog post ..Leprechaun Hats

  22. I love blueberries and lemon. That cake is lovely!
    S. @ The Captivating Life´s last blog post ..Coconut Lime Rice Pudding

  23. Found your recipe at the What’s Shakin’ Link Party. One of my wife’s favorite cakes is a blueberry cake with a cream cheese frosting. This looks right up her alley…

    I would love to have you link this up at http://www.chefnotincluded.com/2013/03/chefs-day-off-6.html
    John´s last blog post ..Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad w/Grapefruit Vinagrette

  24. Oh my gosh – that looks so beautiful – and sounds incredibly delicious too!
    Visiting from Uncommon Design linky party
    Have a wonderful week!
    Suzan´s last blog post ..Shabbify – the definition

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

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

  27. Your cake looks amazing!! Pinning!
    Angela´s last blog post ..Just a Peek: Baby Shower and Her Nursery

  28. katie goldsworthy says:

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

  29. I am definitely making this beauty! Pinning for later!
    Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life…´s last blog post ..Snow Picnic…and some homemade maple syrup drama…

    • 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!


      Mary Beth

  30. What a beautiful cake! I love lemon and blueberry together:) Thanks for sharing!
    Shannon {Cozy Country Living}´s last blog post ..Pineapple Coconut Muffins

  31. gorgeous cake my friend!
    katie´s last blog post ..$5,000 Closet Makeover Contest + Spring Into the Dream eBook!

  32. 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!
    Jocie@TheBetterHalf´s last blog post ..How to Prepare a Basement Floor for Tile

  33. 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!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Irish Coffee Cupcakes

    • 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!

  34. What a absolutely gorgeous cake!
    malia´s last blog post ..FREE Mega Set Easter Printables

  35. 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!!!
    The HOME GIRL´s last blog post ..Welcome to FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA Link Party #2

  36. Yum! What a a great flavor combination! It looks amazing!
    Holly Lefevre´s last blog post ..Tickled Pink #137

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


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