If you’ve had your fill of the winter months and their corresponding dessert selections, it’s time to look forward to springtime … at least in your kitchen. This lemon blueberry poke cake is just the kind of thing you need to usher in the best of what the spring season has to offer — light, refreshing and full of fresh fruits!
Not only is this treat a real seasonal delight, but it’s also easy to bring together. The recipe from Great Grub, Delicious Treats walks you through the steps to make a moist lemon cake base, a lemon-soaked blueberry filling and a lemon cream cheese frosting. The result: a dessert that’s just the right mix of sour and sweet.
While the recipe calls for making the blueberry filling and lemon icing from scratch, you can use a lemon cake mix to bring the cake base to life. Follow the instructions on the package to make, and pop it in the oven to bake.
Because this is a poke cake, the end result will be extra moist. Once the cake has cooled, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes along the top of the cake. From there, you’ll fill the holes with a blueberry filling made using fresh blueberries, lemon juice and more. Then, let the cake chill in the refrigerator.
The last step will be to frost this thing! For the frosting, combine cream cheese, butter and lemon juice to create a slightly tart — but mostly sweet — topping for the cake base.
Now, you’re ready to slice and enjoy the flavors of springtime. Feast your eyes on this yummy dessert:
For another take on this fresh, fruity cake, you could also try a strawberry and lemon combo instead of using blueberries. It all depends on your preferences and the fresh produce you’ve already got in your fridge.
This Lemon Strawberry Poke Cake from Inside Bru Crew Life also uses a lemon cake mix to create the base. However, this recipe suggests adding an extra sweet flavor by using sweetened condensed milk to pour into the poked holes. As blogger Jocelyn explains, the milk soaks into the cake and creates a creamier, richer dessert.
In addition to using sweetened condensed milk, she also suggests melting a can of lemon frosting and pouring that on top as well. The frosting pairs well with the strawberries and gives the whole thing an even more decadent flavor.
All of this then gets topped off with a frosting (made from strawberry pie filling and Cool Whip) and diced strawberries. In the end, you’ve got one refreshing treat that looks and tastes delicious:
So if you’re desperately counting the days until the end of winter, get yourself in the spring spirit with any of these lemon-based recipes. There’s nothing better than a light, fruity flavor to remind you that warmer days are on the way!