Blueberry Almond Cake with Lemon Drizzle

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but Hubby is a HUGE blueberry fan. He loves baked goods that feature blueberries. His all time favorite in blueberry pie. I’ll have to make that sometime… But back to this cake.


This cake combines on of my favorite flavor combos – blueberries and lemon. Still to this day, one of my favorite cupcakes are the lemon blueberry basil cupcakes I made last summer. They’re awesome.


I loved using almond extract in this cake. Almond extract is very strong and aromatic. I am really enjoying William Sonoma bottle I got at TJMaxx, because it’s very strong and cost me 1/2 what it would at WS.


I made this cake for our cooking club. Everyone enjoyed it and Hubby and I each had a piece left over for breakfast the next morning. If you left the lemon drizzle off, it would taste very similar to coffee cake with blueberries on top.


Although leaving the drizzle off would be sad because look at the fun squiggly designed it made between the blueberries. It really makes this cake look so pretty.


The cake is pretty dense. And as you can see in the pictures, I overbaked it a bit so it was a little brown on the bottom. But like I said, it was really tasty. It would also be good with raspberries or blackberries on top!

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Blueberry Almond Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Drizzle

Yield: 12

Ingredients:

For the Cake
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
A pinch of nutmeg, freshly ground
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp almond extract

For the Topping
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp flour
1 egg
2 tsp lemon zest
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds

For the Glaze
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Cake
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9-inch round cake or spring form pan and lightly dust it with flour.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup brown sugar and beat for approximately one minute until light and well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for approximately two minutes after each addition. Alternately, add one-half of the flour mixture and one-half of the yogurt, beating briefly on low after each addition. Repeat. Stir in the lemon juice and almond extract. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 egg, and the lemon zest for approximately two minutes until very smooth and creamy. Spoon this cheese mixture over the cake batter and spread, leaving a one-inch margin of cake batter exposed around the perimeter of the cake. Sprinkle the blueberries over the cream cheese mixture and the sliced almonds around the perimeter of the cake.

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake to room temperature and serve.

For the glaze
Whisk together the lemon juice with the powdered sugar and drizzle the mixture over the top of the cake.

Recipe adapted from Modern Comfort Food

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9 Responses to “Lemon Bars”

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    teresacooks — March 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Everytime I make anything out of this book I screw up a step. I’m starting to blame the book – maybe it has too many steps? I’ve had it for years, and I don’t mess up other recipes. But with this book. . . everytime I look at the recipe while whatever I’ve made is in the oven I go “oh no.”
    Let us know what else you cook and like out of the book. Love your blog.

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    SimplySweeter — March 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    These look so DELICIOUS! My mouth is watering!! Thank you!!

    http://www. simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    yumventures — March 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    These are my favorite type of bars! And I agree, I could eat lemon curd all day!

    I also often don’t have the right size pan for a recipe, I guess I need to stock up 🙂

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    We Are Not Martha — March 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I love lemon bars and yours look absolutely delightful! I’m a huge fan of the entire Cook’s Illustrated brand and have been meaning to pick that book up for a while!

    Sues

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    Memória — March 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    You’re so lucky to have won that cookbook!! If I would have known about that giveaway, I would have signed up for sure. I’ve been coveting that book for a long time.

    These lemon bars look so yummy!!! I love lemon bars. I really enjoyed this bar series! Thank you.

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    Kelly — March 27, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Oh you saved the best for last with lemon bars, yum!

    You are so right about spring teasing us. Very annoying!

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    birdutmasali — March 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm


    I lıke lemon bars !!

    wonderfull lemon bars

    happy weekens.

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    Ali — March 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’ve been in a lemony mood as of late. This helps take some of the edge off.

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    nutmegnanny — April 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    What delicious bars! I’m so glad you like the book. Now I need to own it…haha.

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