Lucy’s Lemon Blackberry Cake

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How do you feel about butter is what this cake should be titled!  Mercy Me it was rich but it was a gorgeous cake and the frosting was so soft and rich.  Happy Birthday Lucy!

Ingredients:

Cake
45g ………………………….. Butter
40g ………………………….. Oil
135g ………………………… Granulated sugar
1tsp …………………………. Vanilla extract
½ tbsp ……………………. Lemon zest
180g ……………………….. Cake flour
½ tbsp ……………………. Baking powder
¼ tsp ………………………. Kosher salt
120g ………………………… Milk
3 ………………………………. Egg white
Lemon curd
120g …………………………. Lemon juice
30g …………………………… Butter
1tbsp ………………………… Whipping cream
2 ……………………………….. Egg
1 ……………………………….. Egg yolk
100g …………………………. Granulated sugar
¼ tsp ………………………. Kosher salt
¼ tsp ………………………. Vanilla extract
Buttercream
150g …………………………. Granulated sugar
90g …………………………… Water
2 ………………………………. Eggs
1 ……………………………….. Egg yolk
340g …………………………. Butter
⅛ tsp ……………………….. Kosher salt
Lemon syrup
60g …………………………… Lemon juice
60g …………………………… Water
75g …………………………… Sugar
Decoration
130g …………………………. blackberries
 Lemon curd:

Put eggs and egg yolk in a medium saucepan with sugar, whisk to combine and light in color.

Heat the lemon juice, butter and whipping cream until almost boil, gradually whisk the hot lemon juice into the egg mixture, until all of it has been incorporated.
Put the saucepan over low heat, cook stirring continuously for 5-8 minutes (dailydelicious note: I use thermometer, heat until it reach 85°C.) or until the mixture thicken and coat the back of the spoon.
Remove from the heat and stain it through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl whisk in the salt and vanilla extract. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until cold.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift the flour and baking powder together, set aside. Butter and flour two, 9 inch round cake pans, or line with non-stick baking paper.

Beat the butter, oil, salt and 100g of sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the lemon zest and vanilla extract.

On low speed add 1/3 of the flour mixture until incorporated. Add about half of the milk and continue to mix on low speed until incorporated. Stop the mixer and scrape the side and bottom of the bowl well. Add half of the rest of the flour mixture mix on low speed until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk mix on low speed until incorporated, stop the mixer and scrape the side and bottom of the bowl well. Add the rest of the flour and mix on low speed until incorporated.

Whip egg white until foamy, add the rest of the sugar gradually until firm peaks formed.
Fold the meringue into the butter and flour mixture, until fully combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the cake spring back when pressed lightly.
(the cake will be pale in color).

Buttercream:

1. In a sauce pan, put the sugar and water and bring to boil over medium low heat.
When the syrup reaches 100°C, start whisking the eggs and yolk.

2. The syrup is ready when it reaches 117°C; pour it over the egg mixture and continue whisking until cold.
Add salt and beat to combine, then add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Increase the mixer speed to high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the butter is fully incorporated.

Syrup:

In a saucepan, combine the lemon juice, water and sugar and bring to boil over low heat. Stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let it cool to the room temperature.

Assemble the cake:

Scoop 1½ cup of buttercream into a bowl add ¼ cup of the lemon curd and whisk together until well combined.
Set aside about 1/6 cup of curd for finishing off the top.

Place one layer of the cake on a plate, sprinkle the cake with syrup, spread the curd-buttercream evenly to the edges.
Put some of the curd-buttercream into the piping bag fitted with 1/2 inch round tip. Pipe a layer of it around the perimeter. Carefully spread about half of the nonreserved lemon curd on top of the buttercream. Sprinkle half of the blackberries evenly on top of the curd.

Carefully place a last layer on top of the blackberries sprinkle the cake with syrup, cover with plastic warp and refrigerate until firm (it will be easier to frost it when it firm).
Spread thin layer of plain buttercream over the top and side the firmed cake. Refrigerate the cake once again to set the crumb coat.
Spread the buttercream over the top and side the cake, and spread thin layer of the reserved lemon curd on top of the cake.
Decorate with more blackberries, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

This is a variation of Flour Bakery’s Lemon Cake in Boston