The Cake Slice: Marbled Lemon-Blueberry Butter Cake

July 20, 2009 at 2:41 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 27 Comments

marbled lemon-blueberry butter cake

I really look forward to Cake Slice time every month.  The best part, of course, is getting to eat homemade cake!!  But the second best part is getting in a little decorating practice.  I always keep it simple, mainly because I don’t have the finishing skills to make it fancy, but simple suits me best anyway.  One thing I’ve discovered is that a few easy to crank out gumpaste or fondant flowers can make even a mediocre frosting job look pretty good! 

I was a little on the fence when I saw we’d be making this particular cake, though.  It felt like we’d just done the Triple Lemon Chiffon…although looking at my archives, I now realize that was back in March.  My, how time flies– I guess we are due for another lemon cake!

This one’s a different animal from the chiffon altogether.  You can tell it’s a butter cake, with its nice tight crumb…it is definitely lemony, which I loved (although I do admit to never measuring zest, and may have been heavy-handed).  The frosting is a really rich buttercream…but the kicker is the homemade blueberry jam in the middle (and in the marble).  How perfectly summery!

marbled lemon-blueberry butter cake

Here’s a printable link to the recipe.  Better yet, get your hands on a copy of Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wynne.  Cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our sky-high cakes this month.


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  1. Ooo yeah baby, that looks fantastic! Lemon, cake, blueberries and frosting is right up my alley.

  2. I absolutely love how you frost your cakes. I know you said you keep it simple, but even simple, I am hopeless. I was only thinking the other day I need more practise in this department. I loved your party cake the other week (how you used the back of the spoon?), and this technique is lovely, too. Is it just a spatula? May need to have a further look through your site for other tips and hints! 🙂

    • Thanks, Julia! Yes, just a small offset spatula, run back and forth.

  3. Looks so good!
    Was it as tricky to make as it looks?

  4. Your cake looks gorgeous. I agree the blueberry filling was lovely.

  5. This looks amazing. I have yet to make a recipe from this book but I picked it up and can’t decide what to make because everything looks incredible.

  6. Hi Steph, your cake looks absolutely gorgeous. Love the brilliant blue flowers with the contrasting white frosting.

  7. Nothing beats beautiful homemade cake!!

  8. Wow, looks wonderful. I just made a recipe last week that had a blueberry and lemon taste too it and I thought it was great. Those two work together so well. This will have to be my next venture.

  9. LOL, I was a little grinchy when I heard it was another lemon cake too. But, like you, I was happy with how it turned out… so yummy!

    Your cake looks spectacular! Those flowers are the perfect blueberry color.

  10. I have this cookbook and I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. It looks delicious!

  11. I’m always heavy handed on zest – if I want a citrus note, it needs to be strong! Love the blueberry / lemon combo, and homemade blueberry jam? Yum!

  12. Gorgeous cake!! It does sound like the perfect summer cake!

  13. Very beautiful Steph! Simple, yet delicately elegant!

    That buttercream, if it is… looks amazingly creamy! Bravo!

  14. i am glad that you enjoyed making this cake. if you could have been around when i was testing the recipes, you would have been surprised. that cake was a lot of work, many versions went right into the trash! thanks for the kind words and keep on baking!

  15. It’s very beautiful and looks so tasty!! Perfect for summer. I prefer a cake that is less fancy in the decorating department.

  16. Just divine! I love the frosting swirl and the little blue flowers too.

  17. let me tell you this. I order the blue flowers on top. that’s totally summery. and I agree that the cake was good! Have a look at my wedding rendition. *smilez*

  18. I LOVE your decorating job! So cute that a tiny touch of fondant or gumpaste can take a cake so far! 😀

  19. Your cake is simply beautiful! Homemade cakes are the best since you know a lot of love went into it. 🙂

  20. You’ve decorated that cake so beautifully!! I adore those little blue flowers 🙂

  21. Your cake is so pretty and simple. I loved this cake so much!

  22. This is an absolutely beautiful cake! It looks just as pretty inside as it does on the outside. Wonderful!

  23. OMG That looks INCREDIBLE!

  24. Ah that sounds delicious… just made a lemon cake for a friend’s little 80 year old Mom’s BD fun fun. She’s really funny active and cute too. BTW can you come over and show me how to make gum paste flowers? That would be so fun.
    On another note your Brioche plum tart looks amazing. Just caught up and made mine yesterday with peaches and apricots. Wow, so delicious. Great work!

  25. This is gorgeous. I’m so in love w/ blueberries this summer… and have been experimenting all over the place w/ them. I most recently did a Blueberry-Lime Pound Cake. It was quite delicious, but I’m loving your cake too!!

  26. Your cake is just stunning!

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