Last year I made the most amazing frosting I've ever had the pleasure of eating. I found the recipe in the Back In The Day Bakery book, which is the cutest book of all time. I'm not sure another frosting recipe will ever top it. However, this blueberry buttercream frosting comes close.
I was a little nervous about making a birthday cake that didn't involve any chocolate. I mean, is that even legal? Seriously. I almost made chocolate cupcakes on the side, just to be safe.
Instead, I put on my big girl party pants and sucked it up.
I tossed around the idea of a lemon cake, but then decided that I don't like lemon. And no, it wasn't my birthday but since I'm the baker I reserve the right to make a few important flavor decisions.
I also considered a blueberry cake. When I made the strawberry cake with strawberry icing last year, I learned that there is too much of a good thing. So, blueberry cake got nixed.
I went with a plain white cake. From a box, I might add. And just for fun, I made it three layers instead of two, because that way you get an extra layer of frosting in the middle. If we're not going to have chocolate, we going to have to supplement the sweet factor in another way.
The frosting was easy to make. I googled around to find a recipe and ended up generally following this recipe from Baking with Basil. Hop on over, she's got cute goodies over there. Although it appears that she recently had twin boys and has been a little busy with them.
The blueberry frosting was definitely a winner. It's an unexpected flavor choice, but sweet, light and absolutely delicious. The bit of lemon zest really made it pop.
(Funny story about lemon zest. Last year I had a recipe that called for lemon zest, which I had never used before. I went to the store and tried to find it. I couldn't. So I asked the grocery store guy where to find lemon zest. He told me that soap is kept in isle five.)
Perfect for warm weather! Not that I would know anything about warm weather...
Give it a try, it's perfect for your next cookout.
Blueberry Buttercream Frosting (adapted from Baking with Basil):
1 cup (2 sticks) Butter/Margarine (softened)
1/2 cup Blueberry Puree (drop those suckers right in the food processor)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tbsp Lemon zest
1 pinch of salt
6 cups Confectioners/Icing sugar
-Using a mixer, cream the butter until smooth
-Add in blueberry puree, vanilla, lemon zest and salt. Beat until smooth.
-Gradually add in confectioners sugar
-Beat until light and fluffy