Well, I’m struggling this week sticking to my schedule. It’s still Wednesday here though, on the West coast, so I’m calling it good. Things have been crAzy this week as we are winding up the school year, and I’m preparing for that amazingly HUGE announcement that you all have been waiting so patiently for! Look for that on Friday, along with my VERY FIRST giveaway. And what a way to introduce myself and you all to a good old fashioned drawing!! I cannot wait.
I whipped up this Blueberry Lemon Poke Cake today for you, and I broke almost ALL of my usual baking “rules” by busting out the boxed cake mix AND the boxed pudding mix. Sometimes you need a dessert that just comes together. Well, this isn’t exactly dump and go with the blueberry sauce and the awesome white chocolate frosting, you can still have this on your table in less than an hour and a half, and that isn’t too bad for a dessert!
Mix up your blueberry sauce in a medium saucepan, and simmer over medium heat until it is reduced and thickened. After it is done, stir in your lemon juice to taste.
While your blueberry sauce is cooking, mix up your cake according to the package directions, add in the lemon zest and stir gently to combine.
Bake it in a 9×13 pan that’s been prepped with baking spray. While the cake it baking, make the pudding per my instructions below. Remove the cake from the oven, let cool for 3-5 minutes, and then poke holes all over it.
Spoon your blueberry sauce into about half of the holes. Make sure and get some of the blueberries down into the holes! Don’t forget to save about 1/3 cup of the sauce for the top of your cake.
Spread the pudding over the top of the cake, and tap gently to get some down into the rest of the holes.
Chill for 30 minutes to an hour. While your cake is chilling, whip up your frosting. This frosting is the easiest, most decadent frosting EVER. Take two cups of white chocolate, and one cup of butter. Melt in a double boiler. Stir to combine. Stick it in the fridge for about a half an hour until it solidifies. Whip Whip Whip Whip in your mixer, and you get THIS!
Super rich, super amazing, and SUPER easy. Thanks Cookies & Cups for introducing me to this little trick!
After the frosting is whipped and fluffy, place dollops of it all over your cake, and spread carefully and evenly using an offset spatula, and then garnish with the reserved blueberry sauce.
- Blueberry Sauce:
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- ½ cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 - 2 tbsp lemon juice
- White Cake Mix made according to package directions
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 large box cook and serve vanilla pudding
- 2 cups half and half
- ¼ - ½ cup half and half, cold
- 2 cups white chocolate
- 1 cup butter, unsalted
- Preheat oven to 350. Start the blueberry sauce by combining blueberries, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, and cook until reduced and thickened. Add lemon juice to taste, and then set aside.
- While the sauce is simmering, bake cake according to package directions, with the addition of 1 teaspoon of lemon zest into the batter. During last 10 minutes of baking, start the pudding mixture by combining the pudding mix with 2 cups of half and half. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Remove cake from the oven, let cool for 3-5 minutes, and then take the end of a wooden spoon and poke holes all over it. Spoon blueberry sauce into half of the holes, and make sure that you press some of the berries down into the cake. Reserve ½ cup of berries and sauce for the top of the cake.
- Pour the remaining ½ cup of half and half into the pudding, and stir well to combine. Pour over cake, and spread evenly over the entire thing being sure to get some down into the remaining holes.
- Chill the cake for 30 minutes to an hour.
- While the cake is chilling, mix up the frosting by melting the white chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Stir to combine, and place mixture into the fridge to solidify.
- Remove the cake and frosting from the fridge, and whip the frosting until light and fluffy. Place dollops all over the cake, and spread carefully and evenly, to cover the pudding layer. Top with reserved blueberries, and serve immediately.
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