8.18.2018

Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head

Did you play with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head when you were young?

Were you like me? Did you turn them into Picasso-esque creations, putting eyes, ears, and noses in all the wrong places, and mixing and matching His and Hers?

What fun would it have been to make them look like the ones on the box?

Sometimes that is the way I am with recipes, although I do try to make them look better than my Potato Head friends!

I take a little from this recipe, a little from that one – e voilĂ ! - a masterpiece. Although perhaps not a Picasso. Maybe more like a 19th-century still life... Raphaelle Peale, perhaps?

Today, I took the recipe for the cake I used in Boston Cream Pie, plus the lemon curd I made recently, and added some whipped cream and blueberries. The result?

A masterpiece. It is so good Markipedia asked for seconds. And wouldn’t let me take leftovers to the office to share with my students.

Oh, did I mention it is super easy!

~ David

Blueberry Lemon Cream Cake
Cake
1 cup cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs


Filling
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/4 cups lemon curd (use this recipe or a jar from the store)
1 pint blueberries, washed and dried


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Place all cake ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer. With mixer at low speed, beat ingredients until just mixed, constantly scraping bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. Increase speed to high; beat 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

When the cake is fully cool, whip the cream to stiff peaks, and fold in the lemon curd.

Take a sharp serrated knife and cut the cake in half horizontally to form 2 layers. (Tip: slide the removable bottom of a tart pan between the layers, to lift the upper layer without breaking it).

Spread a little more than half the lemon cream on the bottom layer, then sprinkle with a little more than half a pint of blueberries. Top with second cake layer, pressing down gently but firmly. Dollop remaining lemon cream on top, and sprinkle with remaining blueberries. Refrigerate until serving time.

If there is any leftover, it is great for breakfast!

Make 10 servings.


27 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Paola! So nice to hear from you - miss seeing you! xo

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  2. Keeper it is to do as soon the temperatures get back to normal.Love the combination of lemons and blueberries ! Thank you !

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    1. Oh no - temperatures are still really high? So sorry! Hope they cool down soon!

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  3. Yep, I had a Mr. Potato Head. The one you used with real potatoes, not the new plastic potato type. What a fun dessert and in my book anything is great with lemon curd.

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    1. Wow, Ron - I had forgotten you could use a real potato! I think we only had the plastic variety. And, yes, I agree with you - lemon curd makes everything wonderful!

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    2. I also used real potatoes. I need this cake...must try soon.

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  4. LOL I made a lemon cake on Friday...it was good but yours (always) looks better ;-)

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    1. You are sweet, Carolyne! I am sure yours looks and tastes wonderful!

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  5. Looks delicious, David! And way prettier than your average potato. ;-)

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    1. Although, potatoes can look pretty darned good, Frank!

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  6. A little of this and a little of that is my favorite way to cook. Love this combination of recipes you used here. And those blueberries are so perfectly plump and delicious looking.

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    1. Thanks, Valentina! I think we cook alike! (It’s like thinking alike, but different...)

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  7. I think I knew Mr. Potato Head before he got married. Yep, I'm old and as ripe as the berries on this gorgeous creation. GREG

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  8. Love the Mr. Potato Head analogy! :) Very delicious way to change up the fillings on this cake! Lemon and blueberry were made for each other and this may be the perfect summer cake, David! Yum!

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    1. I agree about blueberry and lemon, Marcelle... and lime!

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  9. Yup, had one of the original Mr. Potato Heads -- where you supplied the potato. Fun times! And yes, isn't it required that you put all the ears on the same side? Eyes, sometimes, too. :-) Anyway, I love to combine bits and pieces of different dishes. This looks great -- really creative dish. More important, looks really good!

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    1. I definitely was a young Picasso when it came to the world of potato heads! Sounds like you were right there with me, John!

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  10. There are very few pairings in food that are as great as blueberries and lemon. Yum!

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  11. What a wonderful combination! Looks beautiful, too! I never had Mr or Mrs Potato head as I don't believe they were available in the UK :)

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    1. Honestly, once they made the heads of plastic, they were less fun! Maybe you need one now? :)

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  12. Blueberry and lemon are such a great combo--from both a taste and color perspective!

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    1. So true, Inger - just wish it looked more lemony! But the taste is certainly there!

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  13. No, I didn't ever have a Mr Potato Head, though I did covet him! i adore blueberries, though. Beautiful recipe, as always. Sending you hugs from my coastal retirement xo

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    1. Hi Liz, I hope you are enjoying your retirement - I am quite happy for you and yet a bit green at the same time! Thanks for checking in!

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