Blueberry Basil Chocolate Buttercream Cake

Blueberry Basil BUY

Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • ⅔ cup LAJ blueberry basil jam

Directions

  1. In a small bowl combine cocoa and boiling water, stirring until smooth. Set aside until completely cooled.
  2. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour three 9” layer cake pans.
  3. In a medium bowl sift flour, soda, salt and baking powder.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, at high speed, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally, until light and fluffy – about 5 minutes.
  5. At low speed, beat in flour mixture in four additions, alternating with cocoa mixture, starting and ending with flour mixture. DO NOT OVERBEAT.
  6. Divide evenly into prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top springs back when pressed with fingertip. Cool in pans 5 minutes and then turn out to cool on racks.

 

Make Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, room temperature, 3-1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar,2 Tbsp heavy cream, 2 tsp vanilla extract - In a bowl whip butter until light and creamy. Add sugar, cream and vanilla. Whip on high speed until light and spreadable.

 

 

To assemble: Place first layer on a serving plate. Spread ⅓ cup of blueberry jam on top. On the top of the second layer spread ½ cup of chosen icing, then flip it over and place on top of jam-toped layer. Repeat with third layer, then frost cake all over with butter cream.

 

Garnish with fresh blueberries or basil leaves or both! :-)