Lemon & Blueberry Cake!

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A Three-Layer Fresh Lemon & Blueberry Cake with Lemon Sponges, Fresh Blueberries, Lemon Buttercream, and Blueberry Jam!

As its the new year, I wanted to do some cracking new recipes, and some fresh delicious recipes. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever been prouder of a cake because DAMN this one worked well. Like so well I refused to share the first go, and part of the second, and a little of the third…. I didn’t need to make the cake several times, but I did because I LOVED it so much. I didn’t think Blueberries would be any good at this time of year yet, but oh my they have been seriously delicious. So, this cake happened.

I was wondering how I could make something fruity, and light, but so moreish and a bit of a showstopper… so I wanted something that would dazzle. The fresh blueberries in the sponges give the cake a hole new element. I based it very similarly on my Biscoff Cake, but used caster sugar instead of light brown sugar as I wanted a lighter sponge in flavour, and something that would help the blueberries along. I didn’t just want to make it blueberry however, and the best fresh flavour to match it is of course, Lemon. Helloooooo one of the best combinations ever. Ever.

I went for a three layer cake because I just think they look insane, but there are notes below on how to make it only a two layer if you wanted. However, you will definitely want three layers. Thing is, to give it a bit of whammy, I added in two lemons worth of zest, along with the fresh blueberries, and to be honest you could eat the sponges just like that. However, I wanted more. There comes the blueberry jam, and lemon buttercream frosting.

I always think using fresh Lemon Zest and then Lemon Juice in recipes is the best and truest way, but obviously sometimes using lemon extract is just easier. However, when you had an awful cold, and your mum supplied you with ~endless~ lemons for hot lemon water, you have to use them up somehow. And cake is simply the best way! Blueberries are also healthy, so like.. its a healthy cake?! To be honest, cake is cake, but if you need to make yourself feel better, fruity cakes are ideal.

Sometimes I do think that all I want is a chocolate cake, but other times I craving something not to filling, but fresh, like this! Yes, it still has buttercream in it which some people can find too much, but I purposely don’t overfill mine. I realise sometimes people can make my recipes and have buttercream leftover, but everyones piping tips are different, and piping techniques, but for this I had the exact amount.

Drizzling over the blueberry jam between the layer made it pretty, and gave it an extra flavour hint, but fresh blueberries on top were perfection. I am very proud of this cake, and the photography because I rediscovered my favourite food photography lense (Canon 50mm Macro) and yeaaaaaah buddy this was amazing. I hope you love this as much as I did, enjoy! x

Lemon and Blueberry Cake!

A Three-Layer Fresh Lemon & Blueberry Cake with Lemon Sponges, Fresh Blueberries, Lemon Buttercream, and Blueberry Jam!
4.96 from 21 votes
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Category: Dessert
Type: Cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 14 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie


Cake Ingredients

  • 400 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 400 g Caster Sugar
  • 400 g Self Raising Flour
  • 8 Medium Eggs
  • Zest of 2 Lemons
  • 300 g Blueberries

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 350 g Unsalted Butter
  • 700 g Icing Sugar
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 1-2 tbsp Boiling Water


  • Blueberry Jam
  • 100 g Blueberries


For the Cake

  • Heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan and line three 20cm/8inch sandwich cake tins with baking parchment – leave to the side.
  • In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and caster sugar for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, eggs, and lemon zest and beat again briefly till combined – try not to overbeat!
  • Carefully fold through the 300g of fresh blueberries into the mixture. 
  • Divide the mixture between the three tins and smooth it over – bake for 25-30minutes until the cakes are golden and when the cake springs back (skewer should also come out clean)!
  • Once baked, leave the cakes to cool in their tins for 10 minutes or so, and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack. If the cake has domed slightly, leave the cake to cool upside down to flatten it slightly so its easier to decorate later!

For the Decoration

  • Beat the butter with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes to loosen it – Gradually add the icing sugar on a slow speed until it is combined, add the lemon juice, then speed the mixer up and mix for 3-4 minutes until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • If its too thick, gradually add the boiling water until you reach the desired texture – I usually add 2 tablespoons! Keep on beating for 2-3 minutes until whipped and silky smooth!
  • Using your favourite piping tip, I used a large round tip, pipe the buttercream onto the bottom layer of the cake. Add some jam, I drizzle it slightly to make it look pretty, and add the second layer, and pipe buttercream on again, and then the jam again, and add the final cake layer. 
  • I then pipe the rest of my buttercream on top, and add on some extra fresh blueberries!


This cake will last at room temperature for 3 days. 
I used a a large round tip to decorate my cake, but you can use any really!
I used Blueberry Jam because I wanted an extra Blueberry hint, but this is optional. Also, you can use lemon extract in the sponge and buttercream if you wanted instead of the fresh lemon zest and juice. 
The cake may take a little longer to bake due to the moisture coming from the blueberries, but don't worry, just wait till a skewer is clean and it's not making a bubbling sound anymore. 
You can try frozen blueberries, but be warned they may create even more extra moisture.
I love this style of cake as you can tell from the few I have made, and I happen to have 3 8″ tins, if you don’t have 3 tins you can make a smaller version of the cake, use 300g of everything in the cake mixture rather than 400g, 6 medium eggs (and it might take an extra 5-10 minutes to bake) and use 2/3 of the decoration recipes!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon and Blueberry Cake!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 154mg51%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 103g34%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 80g89%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 865IU17%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* These are only estimates and can vary dependant on brands of ingredients and serving sizes.


If you’re after anything else that is delightful delicious and similar, you could try my Lemon & Blueberry Muffins, or my Lemon & Blueberry Sweet Rolls! x


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  • Shannon Graham
    October 15, 2020 at 11:43 am

    This looks absolutely amazing and I am going to be attempting to recreate this for my niece’s 1st birthday. I want to do vanilla and blueberry instead – do you know how much essence of vanilla I would need to use?

  • Holly
    September 26, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Jane! I’m hoping to make this Cake, but as a Vanilla with Blueberries as my friend doesn’t like Lemon. Is there anything that I need to change/alter?

  • Lynne
    September 11, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m baking this cake at the moment ready for my mums birthday tomorrow, can I prep the butter cream and leave in fridge overnight before decorating tomorrow? X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 11, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      You can, but you will need to bring it back to room temperature naturally and then re-beat it tomorrow to liven it up again to be able to decorate with it (so it may not save you much time) x

  • Hannah
    August 6, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Hi Jane,

    Making this for a friend who loves lemon cake but doesn’t like fruit! Can I just take out the blueberry part? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 6, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Yes!! It might take a bit less time to bake because of the lack of fruit, but it works! x

  • Claire
    July 27, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this cake. So light and fluffy. Not dry at all. Mine looked a bit rustic as didn’t come out of the pans cleanly but all in one piece still. Lovely lemon flavour coming through from the cake and the buttercream. I scaled the buttercream back as don’t like too much and have made a lot of cakes with buttercream lately so might be sugar overload. 😂

    Could you recommend an alternative to buttercream that I could try next time with this cake – as I will definitely be making this cake again.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 28, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      I would say whipped cream would be lovely with this – it would make it so light! And I’m so glad you liked it! x

  • Hannah Winter
    May 3, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely recipe, best cake I’ve ever made!
    So simple to follow. Will definitely be making again! 🎂

  • Corinne Blythe
    April 16, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    4 stars
    Loved this recipe! It may have resembled the leaning tower of Pisa more than I would have liked but it was delicious none the less and went down a treat.

  • Anne
    February 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! My 13 year old daughter made this lemon and blueberry cake for my birthday and it was delicious. Big hit with everyone who tasted it.

  • Catherine Ainscough
    November 17, 2019 at 10:58 am

    5 stars
    What a fabulous cake and it was fun to make! Looks sensational and tastes awesome. I’ll definitely make this again.
    I made the 300g quantity. Baked it in 2 x 8″ tins and then sliced the cooked cakes in half. It took about 45 mins to cook. I made the ‘jammy bit’ by cooking some blueberries and sugar in a pan. Today is a wonderful day of sharing it with my family!

  • Jen
    November 6, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I absolutely love this cake, made it many times now. Do you know how I could convert the recipe to be 3 6” tins instead of 3 8” tins please?

  • Alice Barrington
    August 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Just made this cake, unfortunately my lemon buttercream was quite runny so didn’t pipe as well as I hoped. Is this because I used stork instead of unsalted butter? I love your recipes.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 2, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      Yes – you must never use stork for buttercream – always unsalted butter as stated in recipes. The kind in foil is the ONLY kind I recommend! x

  • Suzanne Rigby
    July 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Hi, I am making this cake for a friend’s mother in law and I would like to cover the whole cake in buttercream. I was thinking of making another 50% of buttercream. Do you think that sounds about right?

  • Caroline Young
    May 31, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane I’m just in the middle of baking this cake and the smell coming from the oven is amazing!! I’m going to do a lemon buttercream with elderflower cordial just to be slightly different. I love all your recipes so I can’t wait to taste this one! Caroline x

  • Jen Cordt
    April 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Hi, would I be able to make this in 3 7″ cake tins instead of 8″ ones using the same quantities of ingredients?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 12, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      You could, but it will take longer to bake and be very tall!

  • Hafsa
    February 26, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! I hope you’re well. Is it OK to freeze these cakes for a few days before assembling them?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      It can affect the fruit sometimes, but if you don’t mind that then go for it!

    • Hafsa
      February 26, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      5 stars
      Thank you, lovely! I have made this cake once before and it tasted amaaaaaazing! Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I wanted to make it as a celebration cake for a cousin that’s just had twins, so I was wondering whether making it before this weekend and freezing would be a good idea! Do you think I’ll be better off sticking to a good old vanilla sponge?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 26, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      I think if you NEED to freeze it then I would go with something else – you can still do the lemon, just leave out the blueberries! x

    • Hafsa Mirza
      February 27, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Got it! Thank you very much xx

  • Debbie Sergent
    February 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Hi! Would this recipe work ok as cupcakes?? Giving it a whirl this afternoon! Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 1, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      Yes I’m sure it would! I have a lemon & blueberry muffin recipe that’s already suited for 12 cupcake sizes – but this cake you will probably get 30 cupcakes or so!

  • Anna Straughton
    July 26, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made this cake twice now and both times it’s gone down a treat! Very easy and looks amazing.

    Thank you!

  • Jen Cordt
    July 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I made this cake for the first time last weekend and it was absolutely delicious, I had a problem with the buttercream though, I think it was way too soft and didn’t know how to salvage it so went with a cream filling instead. If I wanted to make the cake without the 3rd tier how much buttercream would I need (determined to make a success of the buttercream!). I had so many lovely compliments on the cake so I will certainly be making this again x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 26, 2018 at 9:15 pm

      Hiya! Ah amazing! Most likely this weather hasn’t been helping with the buttercream. What butter did you use for the buttercream? And make 2/3 of the quantity as you’d only need enough for the two layers xx

    • Jen Cordt
      July 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Jane, I just used an unsalted butter from the local supermarket, I think it may have been too soft, I should’ve probably stuck it in the fridge to slightly firm up a little – you learn by your mistakes I guess. Delicious cake though and I’m definitely trying more of your lovely recipes x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 27, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Ahh okay yes, well its the right butter so thats good! Room Temp butter these days is more liquid than anything haha! x

  • Johanna Moloney
    June 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe. Just one question how do I stop the blueberries sinking to the bottom of the cake? I’ve tried flouring the blueberries but still sink. Do you think sprinkling them on top of the mix just before adding to the oven?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Hey! yes sprinkling them over would be best! Also, try not to over mix your cake batter so its nice and thick and that should help as well!

    • Lucy Brown
      October 17, 2019 at 11:09 am

      I always dust any soft trust in a little self radiating flour before sprinkling into the batter. It stops then sinking right to the bottom…… mostly!

  • Rosie Harrison
    June 3, 2018 at 8:19 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    I made this cake in February and it turned out perfect! Such a hit with everyone who tried it! I am going to make it again his week but wondered if it would work with raspberries in place of the blueberries? Or would they be too soft? Thanks x

  • Lydia
    May 16, 2018 at 11:09 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    This cake looks amazing! I want to make it for my boyfriend’s birthday this week but he lives in Germany and I am struggling to find self raising flour here. Do you know how much flour and baking powder I should use to replace the self-raising flour if I am making the 2 layer version?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      For the 300g quantity of cake I would use 2tsps of Baking Powder with Plain Flour! x

  • Kelly
    May 12, 2018 at 12:28 am

    5 stars
    I’ve just made this cake for my best friend’s birthday tomorrow and it looks amazing! Can’t wait to have a slice! Just one dilemma- it’s quite tall and I don’t have anything to transport/ store it in. What boxes/containers do you use for taller cakes?

    Thanks for the recipe! x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Hiya! You can either use an actual cake box which are about 6-8″ tall roughly, or a large container… because I bake big cakes often I have a stash of both! x

  • Claire
    April 11, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Quick question – can you freeze the sponge and then fill and decorate once defrosted or is that risky given the high moisture content?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 11, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      I’ve never personally tried it with this sponge, but I’ve had people tell me they’ve frozen it successfully! X

  • RB
    April 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Jane
    Instead of using lemon zest (on cake) and lemon juice (on buttercream) how much of the lemon extract shall I use?
    Thanks x

  • Alex P
    March 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    5 stars
    Made this last weekend and everyone absolutely loved it!
    Your recipes are the best! xx

  • emma
    March 16, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I cant see the recipe for the 2 layer cake? Where can i find it please?

  • Breanna
    March 15, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe won me first place in a work bake off! Thanks so much!

  • Jane
    March 8, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Cake looks great! Would like to make this cake and cover it in fondant for a communion cake . If I was to leave out the 300g of blueberries would the cake recipe need to be adjusted?
    Thanks for your time, Jane

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 9, 2018 at 9:44 am

      It might take a couple of minutes less time to bake but otherwise it should be the same! x

  • Sam
    February 24, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Jane I can’t seem to find any blueberry jam (our local supermarket doesn’t stock it) is there any thing else you would recommend? Thanks xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 25, 2018 at 9:37 am

      You can try blackberry jam perhaps? xx

    • Sam
      February 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      5 stars
      Made it for the family yesterday and everyone loved it!! Thank you!! Xxx

  • Sophie
    February 10, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    Quick question, if I make the smaller two layer cake using 300g of the ingredients do I still use 300g of the blueberrys ? Can’t wait to make it ! x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Hiya! No I would use a little less, but its up to you. Probably 200g. x

  • Emma
    February 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    5 stars
    I’m thinking of using this recipe for my wedding cake. Once covered in fondant, how long would the sponges last?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 9, 2018 at 7:40 am

      As long as its covered in fondant correctly and sealed in, a good few days! It has got a high moisture level though so that’s something to be wary of if covering in the fondant. x

  • Victoria | Foodie for Thought
    January 23, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    This looks gorgeous Jane. Lemon and blueberry is one of my favourite flavour combinations x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 24, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Thank you, Victoria!! I utterly love the combination, so so yummy! X

  • Sal Roberts
    January 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Jane
    What brand of Blueberry Jam do you recommend?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 22, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Any really, but I used Hartleys as I had some already!

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