Lemon Blueberry Cake is a simple layer cake recipe made with fresh lemon juice, zest, and lots of blueberries. Moist and tender, each bite is filled with citrus flavor and juicy blueberries. Topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting and more fresh berries.
Cake recipes are a staple on the blog, we have a wide variete to choose from, either you want to try a sheet, poke or layer cake recipe. With this delicious recipe, you can wow your friends with a flavorful, refreshing, and stunning dessert. Another fantastic blueberry cake you can try is this decadent Blueberry Zucchini Poke Cake. And for a different berry treat, try this easy Meyer Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake recipe or amazing Blueberry Banana Bread.
Lemon blueberry cake
You just cannot beat this recipe for a summer picnic or gathering. Blueberries just remind people of summer and blending them with lemon is such a delicious idea, your friends and family will love it.
All you really need for this recipe is less than an hour of your time and some simple ingredients. Just gather up some buttermilk, cream cheese, blueberries, lemon juice and zest, flour, vanilla, eggs, sugar, butter, baking powder, and salt.
Also, the preparation involves some steps, baking the layers, cooling them, making the cream cheese frosting, and assembling the cake. While the process is a bit tedious, it is also very relaxing and the instructions are not hard to follow.
Another option is to bake the cake in a large 9×13-inch pan and top it with frosting and lots of fresh berries. The combination of the citrus and the berries is the best, balancing the sweetness with some tanginess. Also, the blueberries add a nice purple color, making the dessert more appealing.
For the exact directions and measurements, check out our recipe card below. Here are the basic ingredients you will need.
- Butter: Unsalted and at room temperature.
- Sugar: White granulated sugar.
- Eggs: Make sure they are room temperature.
- Vanilla: We recommend pure vanilla extract.
- Flour: All-purpose flour spooned and leveled. Also, for best results make sure to sift it.
- Baking powder: Not baking soda.
- Salt: Any kind will do.
- Buttermilk: Room temperature, if you don’t have any on use this homemade buttermilk recipe to make some quickly.
- Lemon zest: Store-bought or homemade.
- Lemon juice: Store-bought or homemade.
- Blueberries: Fresh or frozen mixed with one tablespoon of flour.
Cream cheese frosting:
- Cream cheese: Softened to room temperature. Also, make sure you use full-fat for the best texture.
- Butter: Unsalted at room temperature.
- Confectioners sugar: Or powdered sugar.
- Milk: Full fat at room temperature.
- Lemon extract: Pure is best.
- Salt: Just a pinch.
How to make a layer lemon blueberry cake from scratch?
- Preheat: First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease: Then, grease three eight- or nine-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
- Mix: Next, use a stand or handheld mixer with a paddle attachment to beat the butter on high until it is creamy. Actually, this should take about one minute.
- Add: After that, mix in the granulated sugar and beat it on medium-high until it is mixed up, for about two or three minutes.
- Beat: Next, add the vanilla and eggs and beat on medium until everything is combined, this should take about two minutes. Also, be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Mix more: Following that, grab a large bowl to whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Combine: Slowly, add the dry ingredients in the bowl to the cake batter and beat on low for five seconds before adding the lemon juice, zest, and buttermilk until combined.
- Carefully: Gently, coat the blueberries with the tablespoon of flour by tossing the blueberries gently in a bowl with the flour. Then, carefully fold them into the batter. It should be very thick, so the berries do not sink to the bottom.
- Make the cake: Finally, spoon the batter evenly into the three cake pans and bake for 21 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool: At last, remove the cakes and let them cool in the pans while you make the frosting.
- Frosting: Meanwhile, to make the frosting, use the same paddle attachment to mix the butter and cream cheese together on medium speed for about three minutes or until there are no lumps.
- Cream it: While, running the beater on low, add the lemon extract, cream, and confectioners sugar with a pinch of salt to the mix and beat on high for three minutes.
- Assemble: Next, use a big, serrated knife, cut the tops off the layers to make them flat. After that, put one layer on your cake stand and frost the top. Afterward, put the next layer on and coat the top again. Then, add the third layer and frost the top and sides.
- Garnish: Finally, add lemons or blueberries as garnish and chill for 42 hours before serving.
- Store: Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
- Add a drink: For a nice adult beverage, serve this cake with a glass of our blueberry margarita.
- Butter it up: Make some blueberry butter with 1/3-cup blueberry jam and 1 ½ stick of butter, and pipe some roses onto the dessert.
- Brown sugar: Also, you can add a few tablespoons of brown sugar to make it moister.
- Whip it: Alternatively, use this whipped cream instead of the cream cheese frosting.
- Berries: Similarly, make this dessert with blackberries, raspberries, or chopped strawberries.
- Citrus: Also, you can swap the lemon for lime.
- Chocolate chips: Another option is to add a cup of white chocolate chips into the batter.
How to serve:
Serve after it has been chilled for at least 2-3 hours or it may fall apart. Then serve with lemon and blueberry garnishes. Or try one of these serving ideas:
- Make a crumble topping to sprinkle on the top after frosting. You can find out how in this recipe for blueberry coffee cake.
- In addition, you can add a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side to make it even better.
- Similarly, spoon this homemade blueberry sauce onto the top of it before serving.
- Also, try dressing up the top with other fruits like orange slices, cherries, or raspberries.
How to store:
- Store: First, after adding the frosting make sure to chill the dessert for at least 2 hours before serving. Slice and after that place it back in the fridge, it will stay good refrigerated for 3-4 days. Also, keep in mind that it is better to store it in an airtight container to avoid drying out the layers.
- Freeze: Actually, this dessert freezes very well, but it is important to follow a few steps. First, make sure you chill the cake for a few hours before freezing. After that, either freeze it whole or individual slice. Next, to freeze it, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and after that in a few layers of aluminum foil. Afterward, add it to a freezer bag, to lock in moisture and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Thaw: Next, when ready to serve, make sure to plan in advance and transfer it from the freezer to the fridge to thaw overnight. After that, unwrap and serve.
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Frequently asked questions
Can you add frozen blueberries to a cake mix?
Not everyone has access to fresh blueberries no matter what time of year it is. Some areas just do not have that sort of thing. So, you can definitely use frozen blueberries in any dish. And using cake mix in a box will certainly save you a lot of time and work.
Just buy a lemon cake mix and make it as directed, adding the frozen berries to the mix after everything else. Make sure they are still frozen when you add them, or they may get mushy and turn the batter blue.
What happens if I add an extra egg to my cake?
Adding two extra egg yolks to your cake recipes will give them that extra moistness that many mixes seem to lack. The yolks make it denser, so it holds more moisture and tastes like a bakery cake. All you have to do is add the regular number of eggs that the recipe calls for and add two extra egg yolks.
What is the secret to moist cake?
Besides adding egg yolks, there are other secrets to guarantee a moist cake. First, mix the butter into the flour before you add any of the wet ingredients. As a result, this coats the flour in fat to reduce gluten. Also, use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour.
Another tip is to brush the top and sides of each layer with syrup to keep the moisture locked in. And make sure you measure all the ingredients carefully. You would be surprised what a little bit of a measuring error can do to the moisture level.
Another tip is to sift the flour, this will result in fluffier layers, therefore they absorb the frosting easier, resulting in a moist and tender dessert.
- To save time, use a lemon box cake instead of making the cake from scratch and just add in the blueberries.
- Make sure you do not overmix or over-stir.
- If you have too much leftover dessert, wrap it in plastic and foil or in a freezer bag and freeze it. Also, you can keep it for up to three months. Just thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
- In addition, make sure the frosting is NOT too watery, otherwise, it won’t keep the layers in place and they may slip and fall. Therefore, make sure the frosting texture is thick enough to hold them in place.
Lemon Blueberry Cake Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
- 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
- 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen - if frozen do NOT Thaw)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (or cornstarch)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 12 ounces full-fat cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
- 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
- 4 1/2 - 5 cups confectioners sugar (or more if needed)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease three 9-inch or 8-inch round cake pans with butter or baking spray. Next, line the bottom with parchment paper, and grease the parchment paper. This will help to easily remove the cakes from the pans.
Make the cake layers:
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until creamy, this will take about 1 minute.
- Next, add granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, and after that add the vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Now, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, with the mixture on low speed. Finally, beat in the buttermilk, lemon zest, and lemon juice just until combined.
- Using a spatula, in a medium bowl toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour or cornstarch and gently fold into the batter.
- The cake batter will be very thick, make sure to not over-mix it.
- Spoon batter evenly into the prepared cake pans, and level the tops with a spatula.
- Bake for about 21-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- After that, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in pans before assembling.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Add cream cheese and butter to a large bowl and using an electric mixer beat together on medium speed until no lumps remain, about 3-5minutes.
- Next, add 4 cups of confectioners sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, lemon extract, and salt, and beat with the mixer running on low. After that, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until creamy, 3-4 minutes.
- Now, check the consistency, if needed add more confectioners sugar to thicken it, or the remaining milk to thin it out.
- Also, I like to chill the frosting for 30 minutes before assembling the cake.
- First, using a large serrated knife, trim the tops off the cake layers, and ensure that they are flat.
- Place about two tablespoons of frosting into the center of the cake stand and add the first cake layer on top of it.
- Cover it evenly with the cream cheese frosting.
- Add the 2nd layer on top, more frosting, then the third layer, and after that spread the frosting on top and on the sides of the cake
- Garnish the top with fresh blueberries and lemon slices.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving, but better to chill it for 8 hours or overnight.
- Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. See the post for detailed instructions on how to store or freeze it.