Monday, June 2, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake - gluten free, vegan & top 8 allergen free

This is the kind of cake that makes me very happy!

Lemon layer cake with Blueberry compote and Vanilla Bean butter cream!

It makes for a perfect Spring or Summer celebration cake-
When you are needing a little change from chocolate or vanilla cakes or just want something with a little more "grown up" flavor this is the way to go.  

Now if your not a fan of blueberries you could easily do a raspberry or strawberry filling instead. The lemon cake layers are a pretty delicate lemon flavor so switching up the middle compote will compliment most any fruit flavor.  In the frosting recipe I used my newest favorite baking item I just bought, Vanilla Bean Paste.  It adds not only a wonderful vanilla flavor but also enhances the look of the frosting with little specks of vanilla.  If you don't have the paste just use pure vanilla extract and it will work too!

This was for a special birthday so I ended up doubling my recipe and making a three layer cake, I froze the extra layer to use at a later date.  If you decide to just make a two layer I would still make the same amount of compote but just spread it on thicker, more is always better in my book!

gluten free, vegan and top 8 allergy free...........

Lemon Cake:   recipe found (   here  )  Using 2-8 inch round cake plans and reducing bake time to 25 minutes.
*I doubled the cake recipe to make a 3 layer (I froze the fourth)

Blueberry Compote:

3 Cups  Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 tsp  Crystallized Lemon Powder (or 1/2 TB  Lemon Juice)
1/2 Cup  Organic Sugar

Place all of the ingredients into small saucepan and cook on medium heat (a low boil) and reduce by 1/2. This will take about 15-20 minutes depending on your heat.  Cook completely before using on cooled cake.  If needed, place in refrigerator to speed up process.

Vanilla Bean Butter Cream:

1 1/2 Sticks  Butter Substitute ( I use Earth Balance Soy Free)
*if you use the tub of butter substitute use 1/2 Cup + 1/4 Cup and use less milk substitute
1/2 Cup + 1/4 Cup  Spectrum Shortening
dash of salt
4 1/2 Cups  Organic Powdered Sugar
2 TB  Vanilla Bean Paste (or pure vanilla extract)
2 TB + 2 tsp  Milk Substitute - I use Coconut (carton) Milk

In large mixing bowl with paddle attachment combine butter, shortening and salt.  Mix on medium speed until soft and well blended, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk substitute and mix on medium high until fluffy, 2-4 minutes. Use on cooled cake.

To Assemble Cake:

Once cake and compote has cooled completely, place one cake layer on a cake plate/stand and spread a thin layer of frosting before placing 1/2 of compote on layer (this will keep the cake from getting soggy) and repeat with next layer.  Place top layer on and poke two wood skewers into cake from top to bottom to hold cake into place and frost with the rest of the butter cream.  I normally leave the wooden skewers in until right before cutting to help avoid any "sliding" of the cake.  The cake can be refrigerated but is served at room temperature, so be sure to remove 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.  Enjoy!

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This is the first layer with a thin layer of icing and then half of the
blueberry compote on top of that.  This will keep the cake
from getting soggy from the fruit.

Getting ready to frost!

I always use two wooden skewers before icing to keep the cake
in place and avoid any sliding of layers.  You can just frost
around the skewers and remove them just before cutting.

One handy trick is to place strips of parchment around the bottom of
the cake before assembling so your cake stand/plate keeps clean and crumb
free.  Just remove once you are done frosting and decorating.


You can see the beautiful specks of vanilla bean!

This is what happens when you wait to take a picture.....all gone!  ooops-

Also shared at:  Allergy Free WednesdayWaste Not Want Not WednesdayFull Plate ThursdayFat TuesdayTotally Talented TuesdaysCreate Link InspireTasty TuesdayFull Plate ThursdayGluten Free FridaysFoodie Friday,


  1. I really can't believe this recipe is gluten free. Such a lovely cake!

  2. What a delicious cake, and I love that it's vegan! Thanks for sharing. I'm stopping by from Full Plate Thursday :)

  3. Oh my! This cake looks amazing and how awesome that it is gf! :D

    Mmmm I wish I had a slice with me now. Stopping by from Totally Talented Tues.


    I LOVE the name of your site :)

  4. This looks so yummy! And it is just lovely:) pinned to try. found at miz helens linky. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. This sounds amazing! I love the lemon blueberry combination!

  6. Blueberry and lemon sound so delicious for summer! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. Hi Jolene,
    Your Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Your cake looks great but if I just want a plain vanilla cake do I still need to add 4 Tablespoons of vinegar in the batter? Is it used to help the cake rise or does it help with the tangy lemon flavor?

    1. The vinegar is for the rise only and wont effect the flavor. I would kick up the vanilla a lot to get a good flavor out of it! Hope it turns out delish!

  9. A gluten-free cake has never looked that good. You did an amazing job in making that cake. You even made the recipe super easy to follow. I like how you gave us a complete rundown of the steps, including the right way to make the butter cream and compote. I'm definitely trying that out soon. Thanks for sharing! More power to you! :)

    Jason Underwood @ La Patisserie

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments! It's one of my personal favorite cakes to make......... and eat! I hope you enjoy-

  10. I made this 2 weeks ago & it was fantastic!! OMG the best!! I am making it again tomorrow to take to a party because I want to eat cake & there are other people coming who also have food allergies. I can not thank you enough for this wonderful recipe! I'm in love! BTW my husband said it's the best he has eaten!