Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake

Kathi Looney

Ingredients

Cheesecake:
16 ounces bar cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
the zest of 2 lemons
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (preferably wild) (don't thaw if frozen)

Cake:
2 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 + 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1 + 1/4 cups milk
3 + 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

Frosting:
8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
zest of 1 lemon
3 - 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
2 -3 tablespoons heavy cream or half & half, plus more if needed

Optional:
fresh blueberries, to decorate the top
fresh whipped cream, for serving

Instructions:

Make the cheesecake:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with butter. Wrap the bottom in aluminum foil and set the pan inside a larger baking pan.
2. Beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy on medium speed about 2 minutes.
3. On low speed beat in the sour cream and sugar until smooth and well combined.
4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time on medium speed. Beat in the lemon zest.
5. Stir in the blueberries. Pour into the pan. Fill the outer pan with hot water so it reaches halfway up the cheesecake pan.
6. Bake until set in the center and firm to the touch 50 - 55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
7. Cover and chill overnight.

Make the cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour 2 (9-inch) round pans.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat all the ingredients together using an electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
3. Divide equally between the two pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
4. Cool on wire racks 20 minutes then turn one of them out onto a cake platter and the other onto a piece of parchment. Cool completely.

Make the frosting:
1. In a medium bowl beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and fluffy about 3 minutes on medium speed.
2. Add a cup of confectioners' sugar at a time and beat 1 minute after each addition alternating with a small splash of the heavy cream until you get a thick spreading consistency.
3. Beat an additional 5 minutes on low speed until light and super fluffy.

Assemble the cake:
1. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top of the cake you set on the cake platter.
2. Remove the ring from the cheesecake and run a butter knife around the edges if needed then use a thin spatula to help lift one side so you can get your hand under it.
3. Place it on the cake. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cheesecake and top with the remaining cake.
4. Frost the cake (top with fresh blueberries, if you like). Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
5. Serve cold with a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Keep the leftovers refrigerated up to 4 days.

Blueberry Sauce:
1. 3 cups of Mood's blueberries
2. 1 cup water
3. 1/2 cup sugar
4. 1 1/2 Tbs cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tbs water
5. 1/2 tsp vanilla

Place 1 1/2 cups blueberries in a small saucepan. Cover with water, add sugar and vanilla. Heat over medium high heat until mixutre comes to a low boil and blueberries start to break up. Add dissolved cornstarch and bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 min, adding a Tbs of water if too thick. Remove from heat and add reserved blueberries. Stir gently. Serve warm or cold.