Citrus Cake with Blackberry Buttercream

This cake came from the inspiration of a gloomy day. When it felt like the eighteenth day in a row of unrelenting rain and wind. The day where you need to believe that summer is coming back to visit someday if only through your taste-buds. I found the last of the blackberries we picked last summer in the freezer and spent the day with purple fingers.

Besides the messy part where you make the blackberry puree, this cake is fantastically easy and turns out in such a rich dark purple. It serves 6 in cheery little wedges. There were only four of us eating this one, which left enough for lunch the next day.

citrus blackberry cake
And all you get is my iphone picture since I forgot to take a picture before we ran out the door with it to visit friends.

Citrus cake

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup and a dash more sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lime zest

Blend in the food processor until pale and smooth, the stage where it is almost a liquid. Then add:

2 eggs

Blend until combined. then add all at once:

1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk

Stir until just mixed, and pour into prepared 8″ round cake tin.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Let cool before frosting with the Blackberry Buttercream below.

Here’s the vegan cake ingredients as I made it, following the same methods as above.
1/2 cup shortening/coconut oil of your choice
1/2 cup and a dash more sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lime zest
2 T flax/chia mixed with 6 T warm water and allowed to gel
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegan yogurt

Blackberry Buttercream

1/4 cup softened butter
2-3 TBLS blackberry puree
1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar

Mix ingredients together, trying not to stain anything with the blackberries. (ha!) frost the cake, and garnish with additional zest.

Blackberry Puree
Blend 1 cup of blackberry in the food processor until thoroughly blended. Smoosh the stuff through a fine mesh strainer to remove the remnants of seeds and skin.

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