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Fruit Basket Cake

This delicious lemon blueberry cake is surrounded by vanilla wafers and topped with fresh fruit!

Ingredients

  • Cake Batter:
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 9 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 500g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 ¼ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vanilla wafers
  • fresh berries and cherries

Steps

  1. Bake the cake: Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, lemon zest and eggs one a time, mixing with each addition. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add this to the batter in 2 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Add the blueberries and fold to combine. Divide the batter between 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cakes comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. The cakes may deflate slightly after coming out of the oven, but don’t worry!
  2. Make the frosting: Beat the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and combine. Add the confectioner’s sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Assembly: Slice the tops, bottoms and sides off the cakes to remove any excess browning. Slice each cake into 2 layers. Stack 3 layers and carve about 2” off the sides, creating a smaller circle. Stack the 3 large cakes and spread some frosting between each layer. Coat the cake in an even layer of frosting. Stack the 3 small cakes on a separate surface and spread some frosting between each layer. Coat the cake in a an even layer of frosting. Place this cake on top of the large cake. Stick the vanilla wafers onto the sides of both cakes. Place the remaining frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large tip and pipe onto the surface of the cake. Arrange fresh fruit onto the top and 1st tier of the cake. Note: if the wafers aren’t sticking very well, gently tie a ribbon around both layers. Enjoy!