Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake


Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake

This was the body of the email my friend Sherra sent me with a link to the recipe I am sharing with you today.

The recipe was for a Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake.

We celebrated my mom’s birthday this last weekend so I thought that was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  I love baking cakes.  Cakes like this one take a little time and effort and I really enjoy that process and time in the kitchen.  This is not a “quick I need a dessert” type recipe.  This cake is for when you want to create something pretty and delicious for someone special.  Like your mom.  Like your mom who is turning 82! (sorry mom I had to tell)
BLueberry Lemon Cake

I’ve got great genes don’t I!

I love the flavor combination of lemon and blueberry and this cake did not disappoint.
BLueberry Lemon Cake

The cake is a 3 layer cake made from scratch using cake flour with lemon zest and lemon extract so it has a nice lovely light lemon flavor.
Lemon Blueberry Cake

The original recipe had a recipe for homemade blueberry lemon jam but I used storebought blueberry jam that had lemon juice in it so we were good to go.  I love this brand of jam and I love their jars even more.  I use them in myvcraft room to hold all kinds of treasures.
Blueberry Lemon Cake
To help with time, I made the cake layers the night before and after they cooled I wrapped them in plastic wrap.

You reserve part of the cake batter and mix in some of the blueberry lemon jam and then swirl it in with the other cake batter.
Lemon Blueberry Cake

After your layers are cool you are ready to start assembly of the cake.  Use half of the blueberry jam on top of the bottom layer of cake and then place the second layer on top of that and spread with the remaining jam.  Add the third layer and you are ready to frost it.
Blueberry Lemon Cake

I had never made frosting like the one called for in the recipe.  If you like butter you will like this frosting.  It has ALOT of butter in it (1 1/2 C) and not only tastes like butter but has a very butter like consistency to it.  There is actually very little sugar (only 1 cup) in this recipe.

You do need a candy thermometer to heat the sugar and water to a soft ball stage. The syrup is then added into the beaten eggs.  You need to be sure you add the hot syrup slowly and allow it to pour down the side of the bowl.  You don’t want it to hit the beaters or it may splash all over you.  More lemon extract is added and you then beat this mixture for a while – a long while.  Fifteen to twenty minutes to be exact.  At first it will look like you did something wrong – at least I thought I did.  It will be very runny.
Blueberry Lemon Cake
But keep beating and it will turn into this!
Blueberry Lemon CakeAnd then you take all that buttery creaminess and cover your cake in it.  And you have this!
BLueberry Lemon Cake
Amazing yumminess!
BLueberry Lemon Cake
So pretty and delicious!
BLueberry Lemon Cake

So if you have someone celebrating a birthday at your house or even if you don’t you MUST.  MAKE.  Thanks Sherra!
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Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1½ tsp lemon extract
  • 7 egg whites
  • 3 C cake flour
  • 4 tsp baking power
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1¼ C whole milk
  • 1 13 oz. jar blueberry jam with lemon juice
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • ¼ C water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 sticks ( 1½ C) butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 3 eight inch cake pans and line bottom with wax paper.
  3. Cream together butter, sugar, lemon zest and lemon extract until fluffy.
  4. Add in the egg whites gradually, a couple at a time. Beat well between additions and scrape down sides of bowl.
  5. Mix together in another bowl the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Alternating flour and milk, beat the dry ingredients and milk into the butter mixture. Beat on medium speed for one minute to eliminate any lumps.
  7. Set aside 1 cup of batter in a small bowl.
  8. Divide the remaining batter between the three cake pans, smooth top with spatula.
  9. Add 2½ Tbsp jam to the reserved batter and mix well.
  10. Drizzle by the teaspoon over the batter in the pans.
  11. Use a wooden skewer to swirl the blueberry mixture into the lemon batter without mixing it in.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and cake pulls away from the sides.s
  13. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and remove from pan onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
  1. In a small pan combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir to dissolve sugar.
  2. Continue boiling without stirring. Use a pastry brush and some water to wash down the sides of the pan to remove sugar on the sides of pan. Heat until syrup reaches the soft ball stage or 238 degrees. Immediately remove from heat.
  3. In a large mixer beat the eggs briefly on medium speed.
  4. Slowly add the hot syrup in a thin stream, pouring it down the sides of the bowl. Do not allow it to hit the beaters or may splash.
  5. After all the syrup has been added raise speed to medium high speed and beat until the mixture is fluffy and cooled to body temperature. About 15-20 minutes.
  6. Reduce speed to medium low and gradually add the softened butter 2 - 3 Tbsp at a time, beat well between additions.
  7. Add in lemon juice and zest.
  8. To assemble cake place one layer on cake stand and spread with half the blueberry jam. Place second layer on top and spread with the remaining blueberry jam. Add third layer and frost the cake on top and the sides with buttercream. Garnish with blueberries and lemon slices
  9. Serve and enjoy.
  10. Recipe from www.lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com

Thanks also to Lick The Bowl Good where the recipe came from.

Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake is pretty and delicious! Sure to impress your guests.

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. MelanieL says

    Oh my this cake looks amazing and delicious! Two of my favorite flavors for sure! What a nice treat to celebrate your mother.

  2. says

    #1 your mom is beautiful
    #2 how did she know to wear a beautiful blue shirt to offset the beautiful yellow cake :)
    #3 this cake looks absolutely devine!!! I really want to try this!!
    #4 thanks for posting!

  3. says

    You beat me to making the cake – no surprise since you cook at least 10x as much as I do! It’s tough to turn on the oven in this summer heatwave! It looks delicious and I’m intrigued by your description of the butter frosting now. I don’t like super sweet frosting and I’m thinking everything is better with butter, right?! Happy Birthday to your mom – she does look fabulous!

  4. says

    Happy birthday to your mom! What a gorgeous birthday cake – I adore blueberries and lemons together, they’re totally perfect.

  5. Karen says

    Your mom is beautiful! You do have great genes – lucky you! She is lucky also to have such a delicious cake for her birthday. I love blueberry and lemon, this may be my next birthday cake too.

  6. Kelly says

    Your mom is so beautiful you are definitely her daughter! I mentioned the other day on the reading post a friend recommending wild. I started reading it and although the story is good the F word is very prevalent just wanted to clarify that since I didn’t know before reading!

  7. Crystal says

    AHH! another perfect recipe for the baby shower!. I LOVE THIS!.. and your Mom is just DARLING! Hapy Happy Birthday !!!

  8. Kamelia says

    Hi there, I would love to try this recipe, but am wondering, are what are the correct measurements for the butter? I am not sure if you are referring to American stick of butter or..? It would be good if you can provide the measurements in grammes. Thanks!

  9. Gayle Broad says

    This recipe looks delicious but I don’t know how to adjust 2 sticks of butter into grams or cup.Can you help me please .

  10. Amanda says

    I am wondering what you put between the layers…It looks blue…Is it just more Blueberry jam? It seems like you would have to use bunch.

  11. brenda says

    hello ! I tried this recipe yesterday and the cake was soooo delicious ! I just had lots of trouble with the frosting… I’m a beginner and I’m sure I did something wrong but i tried to follow the instructions step by step so I was wondering if you could please tell me what I did wrong… i first whipped only the 2 egg whites so it would be fluffly and then I added the sugar that was more like a syrup and I then beat it more and from this moment on it was super liquid and it never again had frosting consistency… I added the butter (not melted, the complete sticks) and it was even more liquid… then i added the lemon zest and the lemon juice and it was sooo delicious but it was not consistent… :( I would appreciate a lot if you told me what I did wrong…I used an electric beater…Thank you !!!

    • says

      Couple of questions – did you use a candy thermometer for the temperature of your sugar mixture? Also it will be liquid and look wrong in the beginning but you may not have beat it long enough. I used a stand mixer not a hand mixer. Thinking maybe it was the temperature of your sugar mixture??

      • brenda says

        thank you so much for answering !! I would really like to get your cake and frosting right since it tasted delicious !! I didn’t use a candy thermometer… I waited until it was syrupy and the sugar was all melted…but then it started boiling and was becoming really liquid so I removed it from the fire and put it in the egg mix. Another thing…I only used the egg whites and beat them until it was really really fluffy…is that correct? I don’t think I didn’t beat long enough though, I beat it for a loong long time….
        Do you think it was the temperature of the candy ? How long does it take approximately for it to get to the ball stage?
        Thank you so much !! I enjoy a lot your website !

        • says

          I think not using a candy thermometer could definitely effect the results. I really don’t know how long it takes to get to the ball stage as each stove is different. Whether you use gas or electric can all affect the amount of time. I would recommend if you are going to try it again that you use a candy thermometer.

  12. Mary says

    Made this cake not long ago for a dinner party. The cake was FABULOUS. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the icing. It tasted like I spread a stick of butter over the top of the cake. I would definitely make this cake again, but will find another icing to substitute!

  13. Crystal says

    Made this over the Christmas holiday and it was such an amazing hit! I’m already planning other flavors for all the upcoming family birthdays!! Thank you!

  14. says

    I am already a huge fan if this cake! It looks simply heavenly delicious!!! Your pictures are beautiful and so is your mom! You’re so sweet to make this for her birthday, but I’m sure she was delighted!!

  15. Lori says

    Would it be possible to make the layers ahead of time and freeze them for a few days until assembling the cake?

  16. Alex says

    Do you actually mean wax paper or parchment paper? I had always heard that you shouldn’t put wax paper in the oven.


  17. Jerrika says

    Hi! I found this on Pinterest and clicked on the link because my boyfriend had picked it for our parties’ dessert tonight off my pinned desserts and WOW. Sooooo beautiful, this cake was amazing thanks so much, made me feel like a pro 😉 i just had to let you know that I attempted this and was a great success.

  18. Ann says

    Hi can’t wait to try this recipe, was wondering could you use half the butter for frosting? Also could you share the blueberry homade jam recipe. We have lots of blueberries from farm picking. Thanks so much look forward to hearing from you :)

    • says

      Just discovered your comment – so sorry!! You could definitely cut down on the butter and I will next time. I did not make the blueberry jam but bought it.

  19. Natalie says

    I made this cake yesterday for our belated Mother’s Day celebration and it was TO DIE FOR. I had 18 people at my home and EVERYONE loved this cake. I did not make the frosting that went with the recipe as some said it tasted too much like butter so instead made my own using lemon pudding, half the milk it calls for on the box and 8 oz. tub of cool whip. Wanted something light and it was the perfect combination. Everybody raved about this cake! You will not be disappointed. My mom said it was the best cake she ever ate. Thank you so much for the recipe. This will definitely be a keeper in my book of recipes!!!!!

    • says

      I am so glad it was such a hit! I love to hear that. I will definitely use a different frosting recipe also the next time I make it. Yours sounds delicious!

  20. Jasmin says

    Made two versions of this cake for a family gathering – lemon blueberry cake as in recipe and another one using mango jam. Both cakes were a hit! Thank you for sharing such a delicious treat. I haven’t made a cake from scratch in decades (literally!), but this recipe was very easy to follow. I used the whipped topping frosting, as one post suggested – with lemon pudding on the blueberry cake and vanilla pudding on the mango cake. This recipe is a keeper!

  21. Michelle Parsons says

    Hello! I made this cake today, but my layers came out to only be maybe 3/4″ thick. I can’t figure if maybe I used too much liquids or beat the mixture too long? Or maybe I needed to tweak this recipe for high altitude? Please let me k ow if this has ever happened to you and what I can do for the net time I make it. Thank you!!!

    • Melissa Mattiuzzo says

      That was exactly what happened with mine!
      It was delicious nonetheless, and there was plenty to go around-
      just wish it had the height for added elegance!

    • says

      Samantha, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I love that you love the cake too!! Thanks for the link to the cupcake recipe – sounds yummy!!

  22. Brandi says

    Hi! This cake sounds so yummy! I’m making it for Easter, this Sunday. Can I make it tonight (Friday) And will it stay okay?

    Thank you!

  23. says

    This looks like an absolutely perfect summer dessert! Do you think it could be made with a different lemon frosting just to reduce the time? I don’t always have time to make desserts that take a long time, but I’m thinking a lemon cream cheese frosting would also do this justice, although not nearly as much as the original!


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