It was Sue's birthday last Saturday, and her first day back from maternity leave on Monday. To celebrate, I decided to make her a cake that I have been eyeing up for some time, the Marbled Lemon Blueberry Cake from Sky High - Irresistable Triple-Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne.
You are meant to start this cake off by making blueberry jam; however, I didn't have any blueberries, and instead substituted some quality bought blackberry and apple jam.
You make the cake in three separate layers (no tricky cutting!), and colour part of the batter with the jam, which is then swirled through each layer for the marbling:
You then "glue" the cooled layers together with jam:
before making a lemon buttercream (which I had to start twice, because the first time I ended up with toffee in my mixing bowl due to overheating the sugar syrup):
and cover the whole cake with the buttercream. I then decorated mine with rolled fondant daisies with piped buttercream centres.
You can find the recipe for this cake in the book, or online here at Leite's Culinaria.
What can I say - this cake is yummy, so if you have the 9 eggs needed to make it, go for it!