Blueberry Lemon Cake

Honey, picture this: layers upon layers of soft, lemon cake packed with fresh blueberries, all hugged up in a tangy, blueberry-kissed cream cheese frosting! This Blueberry Lemon Cake recipe is the ultimate in moisture and refreshment – a dessert that literally sings summer.

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A layer cake filled with lemon flavor and blueberries topped with fresh fruit on a wooden cake stand

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a raw blueberry fan. I know, I know, it’s blasphemous but true. Throw them in a smoothie, toss ‘em in a pancake batter, or even add some to a batch of muffins, but a handful of plain blueberries doesn’t cut it for me.

A cooked blueberry is zingy, sweet, and exploding with thick, purple juice. In comparison to its regular-old, too-cold cousin, this blueberry is an absolute superstar! This cake is no exception; it might even just be blueberries’ most flavorful moment. 

Jocelyn Delk Adams eating a slice of blueberry lemon cake after baking in a yellow gingham shirt

This Blueberry Lemon Cake is the spring and summer dessert obsession you’ve been waiting for! Buttery layers, cream cheese frosting studded with berry jam, and a bright pop of citrus with each bite? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Perks and Highlights of the Best Blueberry Lemon Cake Recipe

Cuisine Inspiration: Modern American with a Southern Twist

Primary Cooking Method: Baking

Dietary Info: Vegetarian-friendly, Contains gluten and dairy

Key Flavor: Tangy Lemon meets Sweet Blueberry

Skill Level: Intermediate

Special Perks:

  1. Sunshine in Every Slice: This isn’t just a cake; it’s a slice of sunshine! The lemon’s zesty tang and the blueberries’ sweet juiciness make every bite a vibrant celebration.
  2. Aesthetic and Appetizing: Not only is this cake bursting with flavor, but it’s also a beauty to behold. The rich purple hue of the blueberries contrasts stunningly with the sunny yellow of the lemony cake. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!
  3. Berry Healthy: Let’s not forget the sneaky health benefits here. Blueberries are a superfood packed with antioxidants, while lemons provide a burst of vitamin C. It’s a cake with perks!
  4. Suits All Occasions: Whether it’s a casual Sunday brunch, a family get-together, or a more formal affair, this blueberry lemon cake fits the bill. Its versatility makes it a go-to for any event.
  5. Make-Ahead Magic: In the hustle and bustle of life, convenience is key. This cake stays moist and flavorful even when made a day in advance, taking the stress out of last-minute baking.

Get ready to bake a cake that promises to be the talk of the table. It’s a symphony of flavors that sings of summer fields and warm, lazy afternoons. Tie on that apron, and let’s bring some sweet, tangy joy to the world!

 

Ingredients

Without the ingredients, there is no recipe! Let’s go over today’s most important ones: 

Butter- This cake relies on butter to have such a wonderful texture and richness.

A close up of cream cheese frosting on cake with lemon slices and blueberries

SOUR CREAM- Sour cream is the perfect way to add moisture to any cake without thinning the batter. This tangy, fatty cream can also help to control browning and activate baking soda. 

LEMON JUICE & ZEST- This wouldn’t be a lemon cake without a strong, tart lemon flavor. Using the tangy juice and floral zest is what makes for a strong, deliciously sharp citrus taste. 

BLUEBERRIES- When you buy blueberries, look for berries that are firm, dry, plump, and smooth-skinned, with a silvery surface bloom and no leaves or stems. Also, look for berries that are deep purple-blue to blue-black. If using frozen berries, do not defrost them and be sure to work quickly. 

BLUEBERRY JAM- Typically the best jams taste like a sweeter version of the original fruit: they’re sweet, tart, lemony, and fresh. Jam is a great way to add unique texture, flavor, and color to any frosting.

An overhead of blueberry lemon cake with slices ready to remove

How to Make a Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake

Don’t let the number of steps in this recipe scare you away! This is a simple lemon cake dressed up with blueberries and frosting, so there’s no need to panic. 

To make things easier, let’s break things down into a few easy steps: 

  • Make The Batter- The key to a light, creamy batter is patience. Don’t rush to throw everything in the mixer at once! Take the time to set out pre-measured ingredients, grab a rubber spatula, and put on an apron. Start by sifting the dry ingredients; this quick step will always produce a more tender cake. Be sure to only mix the batter until just combined, any more and the cake won’t rise as much. Fold in the blueberries by hand! If you toss the berries into the mixer, they will pop and make a soupy mess. 
  • Bake The Layers- You’ll need at least two layers for this cake, but as many as three can be used. The cakes will need to be on different racks to encourage even air flow and heat distribution in the oven. Stagger the pans, but don’t allow them to get too close to the sides. I’d recommend sticking to the top and middle racks of the oven, rotating 1-2 times during baking. If you want, you can torte (or split the layers in half) for a taller, more epic creation.  
A slice of lemon blueberry cake being removed from layer cake to serve
  • Whip Up Some Frosting- Homemade frosting couldn’t be easier! Just be sure to start with room temperature butter and cream cheese. Scrape the sides of the mixer bowl a few times to ensure a well-blended result. 
  • Assemble, Garnish and Serve- Do not even THINK about assembling this cake until the layers are completely cooled. Follow the assembly instructions provided, have fun decorating, and make sure you cut yourself the first, thickest slice!
Blueberry lemon layer cake slices on white plates ready to serve with silver forks

Tips for Building a Layer Cake

Assembly takes practice, so don’t get discouraged if your first attempt isn’t a masterpiece. Take your time, invest in handy utensils, and, most importantly, have fun! 

Here are a few useful tips to get you started: 

Chill the Cake 

Once baked and out of the pan, leave the cake out to come to room temperature. Then, wrap the layers in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least a couple hours. Cold makes for fewer crumbs and therefore, a smoother layer of frosting.

Level the Layers 

If your cake has come out of the oven with a domed top, I would suggest giving it a trim. Flat cakes make for easier stacking and a more visually appealing result. Use a long serrated knife (or the dental floss method) to carefully slice the rounded tops off each layer.  For fun, you can even add some Homemade Lemon Curd to the layers.

Apply a Crumb Coat 

After having chilled your cake, apply a thin, even coating of frosting between each layer, as well as to the top and sides. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, then proceed with the final smooth layer of frosting.

A slice of lemon layer cake with blueberries on a white plaate with a fork eating

Favorite Cake Recipes

If you’re as enthusiastic about sweet, tender cakes as I am, give a few more of my classic cakes a try: 

Blueberry lemon layer cake slices on white plates ready to serve with silver forks

Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake

Imagine moist lemon cake bursting with blueberries that's coated in a tangy, blueberry-hinted cream cheese frosting! This Blueberry Lemon Cake recipe is the BEST!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1/3 cup whole milk room temperature
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice from zest lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries frozen or fresh, rinsed, dried and tossed in 1 tbsp all purpose flour

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 lbs confectioner's sugar You can start at 1 1/2 lbs and add more until it stiffens what you prefer
  • 1/4 cup blueberry jam
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice from zest lemon

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F, then liberally spray 2 (8-inch or 9-inch) round cake pans with non-stick baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda, then set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, whole milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Set this mixture aside, as well.
  • In your mixer bowl, use the paddle attachment to stir together the oil, butter and sugar on low speed. Once combined, increase the speed to high and beat the mixture for 4-5 minutes.
  • Once the mixture is white and slightly fluffy, decrease the speed to low and begin adding the eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each addition and scrape down the sides as needed.
  • After all of the eggs have been added, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is thick and pale yellow in appearance.
  • With the mixer on the lowest speed, add flour mix and the sour cream mix to batter in stages. Begin with 1/3 of the dry ingredients, followed by 1/2 of the wet ingredients. Scrape down the bowl after the wet ingredients have been incorporated.
    Continue this mixing in process: 1/3 of the dry, followed by remaining wet ingredients, and lastly the remaining dry ingredients.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle and mix, on low speed just until the last of the dry mixture is combined.
  • Finally, using a large spatula, gently fold the flour-coated blueberries into the cake batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly between your prepared cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with minimal crumbs attached.
    The sides of the cake will pull away from the pan, but the center will be springy and bounce back when pressed lightly.
  • Remove pans from the oven and allow them to rest in pans for 5 minutes. Invert cakes from pans onto cooling racks, then allow them to cool completely.

For the Frosting

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the room temperature unsalted Butter, cream cheese, and salt together on medium-low speed until smooth.
  • Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl and paddle. With the mixer on low speed, add the sifted confectioner’s sugar to the bowl a cup at a time.
    Once all sugar has been added, scrape down the bowl and paddle. Whip the butter-sugar mixture on high for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Stop the mixer and add the blueberry jam, vanilla extract, and lemon juice to the bowl. Whip the frosting on medium-high speed for 2 minutes, stopping the mixer after 1 minute to scrape down the bowl and paddle. This ensures your frosting is well-blended.
  • Once finished, your blueberry frosting will be a pale lilac color and light and fluffy in texture.
    You can store the frosting at room temperature until you’re ready to frost the cake, or covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To Assemble

  • Level the cakes by trimming off domed tops (if any). Slice each cake horizontally into two layers making a total of four layers of cake.
  • Spread a 1/2-inch-thick layer of frosting between layers, then frost the entire cake with remaining frosting.
  • To create an ombre look, spread a 1/2- to 1-inch border of blueberry jam towards the bottom of the frosted cake and smooth the sides of the frosting to create a faded look.
  • Garnish the frosted cake with fresh blueberries and lemon zest and enjoy.
  • Store leftovers covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Video

Notes

Once baked and out of the pan, leave the cake out to come to room temperature. Then, wrap the layers in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least a couple hours. Cold makes for fewer crumbs and therefore, a smoother layer of frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 708kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg
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Comments

  1. Made this for my son’s first birthday. I don’t have a lot of cake baking experience but it turned out great bc the recipe steps are so exact and easy to follow. My friend is a professional baker and she said the “crumb and rise were perfection!”

  2. The recipe states 32 oz. of cream cheese. That is four 8 oz packages!

    In the YouTube video, it looks like you are using one 8 oz. package of cream cheese. Which is correct?

  3. WHY DON’T YOU JUST PUT IN THE (“STORES,TO BUY”) CHILE!!!
    LOOKS SO DANG’ON DELICIOUS!!
    COME’ON NOW!!!

  4. This is surplus of the sunny moments and I need them badly now. The cake images actually picked me up today. I will try baking this, not sure if it will come close to this beauty though.

  5. Love love Lemon cake loaded with blueberry flavors… My kids just won’t be able to resist this!

  6. Oh my goodness! This cake looks absolutely gorgeous and so delicious! My daughter immediately asked if we could make this and we are going to the store tomorrow! So excited to make this with her!

  7. Giving this a try for a birthday cake; the combination of the blueberries and lemon sounds amazing! And the presentation is beautiful! Definitely looks too good to pass up!

  8. This might be the most beautiful cake I have seen all day! So perfect for the summer. Bookmarked to make this weekend, thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

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