Vanilla Cake, Blueberry Buttercream and Blueberry Jam filling, Vanilla Buttercream frosting, topped with Fresh Blueberries
Oh mercy, the blueberries are delicious this year and I couldn't help myself! This classic vanilla cake is the perfect platform for showing off the berries.
The vanilla cake went together brilliantly - the recipe calls for buttermilk, but I found vanilla flavored buttermilk at the market. Oh yes. Please, I would love to bump up the vanilla-ness.
I filled the pans a little more than usual, which resulted in quite a bit of doming; that's easily taken care of with a serrated knife. No big deal.
I wasn't sure about the filling - the bottom layer is a ring of buttercream with jam in the center. The second layer is a ring of buttercream with a thin layer in the center. Then, I added the jam and topped with additional buttercream. After slicing the cake, I prefer the buttercream, jam, buttercream combination (less disintegration of the jam into the cake - I've included a picture that demonstrates this).
There was a bit of back/forth of the cake into the cake fridge due to the heat - but all in all, not so bad.
I loved stacking up my Fiesta Ware in blues and purples to highlight the blueberries - I'm just having too much fun for my own good.
The appearance of the cake - pretty good. I've had smoother cakes - in cooler temperatures; I'm convinced it makes a difference. I also need to try more creative way of using buttercream with cake decorating.
The taste of this cake was delicious. My favorite, go-to, buttercream recipe is too simple: 2 sticks salted butter, 1 lb. powdered sugar, 1T clear vanilla, 1T whole milk (use whisk attachment). I'm so grateful I have a stand mixer and I'm grateful I know this recipe works.
We loved taking this cake to dinner and watching it get eaten completely! Usually, that is not the case. But it was great fun to share a wonderful evening together. Despite the heat and humidity, this cake was a delightful dessert - it's freshness just the thing we needed after a diner-style dinner enjoyed on the restaurant patio.
Cake crosses cultural boundaries...I like that.