Lemon and blueberry cake

Lemon and blueberry cake

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From
Three Sisters Bake
Serves
8-10
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

This cake is a regular guest in our cake cabinet and has proved hugely popular. With a heaped topping of blueberries, it makes a beautiful and mouthwatering centrepiece for a special event or afternoon tea. - Nichola

For the cake

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
180g unsalted butter, or at room temperature
225g self-raising flour, sifted
180g caster sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
60ml creme fraiche
2 unwaxed lemons, grated zest
blueberries

For the icing (frosting)

Quantity Ingredient
150g full-fat cream cheese
75g icing sugar, plus a little extra for dusting
1 unwaxed lemon, grated zest and juiced

Equipment:

Quantity Ingredient
20 cm round loose-bottomed cake tins

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°c.
  2. Line the base and sides of the cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Place the butter, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for a few minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the crème fraîche and lemon zest and beat the mixture for another 30 seconds. Stir through 2 handfuls of the blueberries.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40–50 minutes until golden brown. Test to see if the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. If not bake for a few more minutes.
  5. To make the icing, beat the cream cheese and icing sugar together until smooth. Add the lemon zest and juice and stir through.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool a little in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack. Once the cake has cooled, spread the icing on top, scatter over the remaining blueberries and dust with icing sugar.
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