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Confession time, I have been on a MEGA cake kick lately! Every now and then this happens to me and I am 100% going through a phase. I do think the start of spring has something to do with it because I just love spring cakes. A rich carrot cake and a gorgeous naked layer cake topped with spring blooms just do it for me during spring. The last few weeks I have struggled with what spring recipes to make (I’m a summer girl!) and whenever this happens I always go back to my roots… we’re talking way back, my friends.
My cake baking skills started over a decade ago… Picture it: 15-year-old Elizabeth with braces, a polka dot tank top, and a piping bag that I thought I could literally do anything with. I was headed into Michael’s Craft Store for my month long summer cake decorating course with Wilton. I couldn’t have been more excited. The room was filled with eight stay-at-home moms, one old Italian man who owned a bakery, and teenage me!
I had baked a few cakes at home and I even thought I was pretty good. Little did I know I was about to realize what an absolute amateur (and what a mess I was!). These moms looked like they had been decorating cakes for decades and while the little Italian man lacked creativity, his skills were that of a buttercream ninja.
I was so obsessed with my Wilton cake classes that summer; I soaked up so much knowledge that I still use today. If you’re ever scared to try something new or take a class just know that A. You might suck at it and B. that is totally okay because you will learn SO much.
Every time I bake a cake (including today’s Lemon Blueberry Cake with Lemon Buttercream) I think about that summer. One of the most important things that I learned was to master the classics. Things like sponge cakes, easy fillings (hello store bought lemon curd), and a tasty buttercream, is usually a crowd favorite.
Today’s Lemon Blueberry Cake is a perfect staple for the spring and summer months. The flavors are bright, the cake is moist, and blueberries, lemon slices and sage leaves are quick decorations that take your cake from homemade to Instagrammable. Enjoy!
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