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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lemon Blackberry Cake #whenwebake

Disclaimer ~ I was provided a coupon for a free Country Crock spread for this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #whenwebake

I was asked by my friends at The Daily Meal and Country Crock  to create a recipe for Mother's Day. And since my mom is the one who inspired me to cook and bake, this sounded like such a great idea to me. I could not pass it up!

I grew up with Country Crock spread when my mom decided it was time for us to eat healthier and not use so much butter. Country Crock is still my go-to butter substitute because it tastes so much like real butter, but easier to spread and not as many calories or fat. Did you know that Country Crock has 65% less saturated fat and 20% less calories than butter? That’s right, Country Crock has 80 calories and 8 grams of fat, with 2.5 grams being from saturated fat. Compared to butter, which has 100 calories and 11 grams of fat, with 7 grams of saturated fat per serving. And Country Crock still has the buttery rich flavor of butter and spreads easily, even when cold.

Believe it or not, my mom also loves the sweet, tangy taste of lemon treats (I guess I really am my mom's daughter {smile}). And with my lemon love back and going strong, this cake was a no-brainer recipe for a Mother’s Day brunch. I mean what better way for my mom to celebrate her Mother's Day than with some sort of lemony treat. That's why this Lemon Blackberry Cake is perfect for her upcoming special day.

Now my mom resides in California while I'm over here in Georgia and she won't be able to enjoy this cake with me. However, with the miracle of the Internet, she can make her own cake with my recipe here, as you can too.

I've combined lemon whipped cream and a homemade blackberry curd sandwiched between two slices of Angel food cake, covered with a lemon cream cheese buttercream frosting and topped with fresh blackberries. The blackberries compliment the lemon flavors.

This cake is so easy to make. Especially since I used liquid egg whites instead of separating the egg yolks from the whites, which can be messy and leave you with twelve egg yolks. I was also surprised with how nice the liquid egg whites whipped up with stiff peaks! And you can even make the cake a day ahead or use a store bought Angel food cake if you're crunched for time.

I know my mom is going to love a big slice of this Lemon Blackberry Cake on Mother's Day.

This cake is also perfect for any Spring or Summer get together with its fresh fruity flavors that are reminiscent of sunny days.

Homemade Angel Food Cake

Recipe by Julie Murphy
A light and fluffy homemade Angel food cake made with liquid egg whites so you can save time and less mess in the kitchen from trying to separate the eggs yourself.
Prep time: 10
Cook time: 35
Total time: 2 hours (including cooling time for cake)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 and 1/4 cups liquid egg whites
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Spray Angel food cake pan or Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Place sugar into a food processor and blend until fine. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, salt, and half of fine sugar. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, egg whites, warm water, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Using a hand whisk, gently mix together until blended. Attach bowl to stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, whip ingredients together while slowly adding in remaining half of sugar. Beat until egg white mixture starts to form medium peaks.
  6. Sprinkle a small amount of cake flour blend over the top of egg whites and blend on low speed. Continue to add in flour mixture, a little at a time, while gently whipping egg white mixture, making sure all of cake flour blend is evenly combined with egg white mixture.
  7. Using a spatula, gently pour into prepared pan.
  8. Place into preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Also make sure cake is evenly baked throughout by inserting a clean, sharp knife into the center and pulling back out. Knife should come out clean.
  9. To cool cake, invert over wire rack and cool upside down.
  10. Once cake is completely cooled, gently run a clean knife around the edges (without scraping cake pan) to help loosen cake, and remove pan.
  11. To make the cake, slice in half with a large, sharp knife so you have a top and a bottom layer. Remove the top and set aside.
  12. Layer bottom half of cake generously with blackberry curd. Gently layer lemon whipped cream over the blackberry curd. Place top half gently over the lemon whipped cream.
  13. Generously apply lemon cream cheese buttercream frosting over cake, covering all exposed sides and top. It's ok if it starts to drip down the sides. Place fresh blackberries on top.
  14. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Recipe for Lemon Whipped Cream, and Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting below. Link for Blackberry Curd recipe below.

Lemon Whipped Cream

Recipe by Julie Murphy
A deliciously light and fluffy lemon whipped cream.
Prep time: 5
Cook time: 0
Total time: 15
Yield: 8 ounces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  1. Add all ingredients into large bowl of stand mixer and whip with whisk attachment until stiff peaks form, about 8 - 10 minutes.
  2. Using a spatula, pour into an 8 ounce container, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Recipe by Julie Murphy
A deliciously lemon cream cheese buttercream frosting.
Prep time: 5
Cook time: 0
Total time: 10
  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Country Crock spread
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Place cream cheese and Country Crock spread into a large bowl of stand mixer. Gently blend together until mixed.
  2. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, and lemon extract. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Blend in powdered sugar in 2 separate additions. Beat until creamy.
  4. Pour into a bowl and cover. If not using immediately, refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. After refrigerating, let frosting warm to room temperature before frosting cake so it spreads easily without tearing cake.
  6. Can store any leftover frosting in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Recipe for Blackberry Curd can be found here.

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