FOOD

Fruit Basket Cake

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

FOOD

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

Cake Batter

  1. Bake the cake: Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla extract, lemon zest and eggs one a time, mixing with each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add this to the batter in 2 additions, alternating with the buttermilk.
  5. Add the blueberries and fold to combine.
  6. Divide the batter between 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  7. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cakes comes out clean.
  8. 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!

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Make the frosting: Beat the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and combine.
  3. Add the confectioner’s sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Assembly: Slice the tops, bottoms and sides off the cakes to remove any excess browning.
  5. Slice each cake into 2 layers. Stack 3 layers and carve about 2” off the sides, creating a smaller circle.
  6. Stack the 3 large cakes and spread some frosting between each layer. Coat the cake in an even layer of frosting.
  7. 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.
  8. Stick the vanilla wafers onto the sides of both cakes.
  9. Place the remaining frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large tip and pipe onto the surface of the cake.
  10. Arrange fresh fruit onto the top and 1st tier of the cake.
  11. Note: if the wafers aren’t sticking very well, gently tie a ribbon around both layers. Enjoy!