Lemon Blueberry Cake

Ingredients
  • 2 (8-inch) round store-bought (bakery) yellow or white cake layers
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract, divided
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans cream cheese flavored frosting
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Lemon slices, quartered
Directions

Use a knife to slice cake layers in half horizontally. Use a pastry brush to brush each layer with lemonade concentrate; set aside.

Stir 1 teaspoon of lemon extract into each can of frosting; set aside.

To assemble cake: frost and stack the cake layers on top of each other.

Decorate cake with clusters of mint sprigs, blueberries, and quartered lemon slices.


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    Pretty good for a boxed cake!!
    I CAN cook! So can Sandra Lee. I've tried several recipes of hers with great success. Not every meal is, can or should be Cordon Bleu and Sandra Lee's MO isn't to pretend that somehow her recipes are. Her recipes are about making the best and the most with what you already have or can afford and do it in a reasonable amount of time. While I am not in a financial pinch the way the majority of our country seems to be in, I can still appreciate the simplicity and taste in her recipes. As for this one it was something that even a Cordon Bleu graduate would taste at a pot luck and no doubt have seconds. Keep it up Sandra!!!
    Seriously Glutton again SEMI HOME-MADE! This recipe is for someone who is in a big hurry and doesn't want to run into the grocery store bakery. It's yummy and creative. I had a little more time on my hands and prepared this cake with a lemon cake mix and made up my own cream cheese frosting but followed the rest of the recipe to the letter, including the lemonade concentrate (umm again hello you that balk at this and suggest people who like her show can't cook...lemonade concentrate is a lemon simple syrup. Can be made from scratch with 1 part fresh lemon juice to 1 part sugar but the concentrate is a whole lot easier for people who are IN A HURRY). Yummy!
    This cake was easy and tasted awesome. It impressed my co-workers, and everyone loved it.
    I avoided making this cake for quite a while after I got the recipe, because I thought, "store-bought cake, how good could it be?" But after reading the reviews I decided to try it, and I was amazed. I used a lemon cake mix, because there are no pre-made layer cakes available around here. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. I remained dubious, because I tasted the frosting, and thought it was mediocre.
     
    But somehow when it all came together, it was really very good. You may notice that everyone that reviewed the cake gave it a 5-star rating. The 2 reviewers who gave it only one star,had not even made the cake. This says all there is to say.
    I just made this cake for my card club last night, and it was delicious!! The cake looked like I put a lot of effort into it but really it easy and fairly quick to put together, looked good and I'm usually pretty horrible at making a decent-looking cake. There are a lot of "foodies" in our group, and they were not offended by how it was made - the bottom line is that it was yummy! It's a great summer dessert.
    I realize this column is to critique recipes and not the host, but I've seen so much criticism of Sandra here in the reviews, in Usenet food groups, and other food blogs for using so much store-bought, ready-made food in her recipes.
     

     
    Her show is called Semi HomeMade, and her voiceover during the titles clearly states that the focus of her show is to use 70% store-bought, ready-made food and 30% fresh. It seems, therefore, very unfair to demean the host for developing recipes utilizing so many store-bought, ready-made food stuffs.
     

     
    Unlike the many cook-from-scratch shows, her intent is to present interesting recipes for people who don't have the time or the inclination to get up to their elbows in from-scratch cooking: working parents, single parents, perhaps college students who want to put something together for themselves or a small party without having to resort to take-out. In that context, her show delivers exactly what is promised; and she tells viewers that right up front. No doubt she can cook from scratch quite well, and could create a show like Ina's or Paula's, but she is targeting a totally different audience: people who want creative recipes, but don't care to start from scratch.
     

     
    If you don't want ready-made foods creatively assembled, then don't watch the show. The Food Network has a wide variety from Emeril to Alton Brown for those who like to get their hands dirty and get down to the nitty gritty. But please don't dump on Sandra for performing a very vital service for those in the Food Network audience who don't care to become start-to-finish cooks and chefs.
    PUHLEEEEESE, to ?????????? and Brandon, you must open your eyes and READ that the recipe is 'semi-home-made. It and the program are designed for those who have little time on their hands, not like some others. You have the option of actually baking the cake or going 'store bought', it is your choice to 'impress' or to fit a cake into a busy schedule. Do either of you have children?
     
    If you so desire to 'trash' someone, start your own show and see what the end results are, SMILE
    This is very tasty. I used yellow cake mix and added lemon zest. To the reviewer who used "??????" instead of a name, I would like to point out, 1, I am a good cook (for over 60 years) but it's nice to have quick recipes like this in my recipe box, and 2, the show is cakked Semi-Homade!!!! You miss the point!.
    null is right - Sandra Lee can't cook. As for those who think Sandra is above criticism, you need to get a thicker skin, or Sandra needs to finish that Cordon Bleu course she brags about quitting all the time. Lemonade concentrate on premade cake? URP!!
    I have made this cake many times......always a crowd pleaser. I sometimes substitute the blueberries with rasberries...Great together...
    This cake is great for occasions that you may not have a lot of time. I did it for a BBQ potluck and recieved lots of great comments! I would definately bake it again! And for the person that took the time to comment that Sandra Lee can't cook... well I think they should keep their comments to themselves if they don't have something constructive to say!
    This cake is very tasty, and a perfect end to a summer bbq. I'm not usually a fan of lemon cakes, but it's so subtle that it just adds enough flavor to taste "fresh". And the blueberries are the perfect complement!
    I use Sandra Lee's recipes for those last minute, "I don't have enough time to bake something from scratch" occasions. This one was just what I needed. Quick, easy, tasty and I already had everything in my kitchen. I used a white cake mix and added some lemon zest to the mix.
    How can this be a recipe? It's just assembling store bought, trans fat filled food. I can't believe Sandra Lee has a show. She can't cook and I don't think anyone that can cook themselves, realizes that...
    I made the cake just as the recipe read and it was great. Everyone loved it, even my picky eater! I arranged with my local grocery store bakery to sell me just the cake layers as they don't usually have them out or in the case.
    It was so simple and easy to make - I used a box batter (confetti pieces in mix) and Fruit Punch instead of lemonade, and orange extract for the frosting. Made it for coworkers for staff holiday party and called it "Not Your Typical Fruit Cake". Everyone loved how moist the cake was the the cream cheese frosting was also a hit. The colored confetting in the cake added to the festive look I wanted, and then to add the fruit flavor, well, let's just say they want me to bring it in again tomorrow.
    Almost no one I serve this to has heard about it, but they all LOVE it!
     
    The way I make it is a little less semi-homemade due to availability, but I still use box lemon cake mix. Then I just chill the cakes before cutting them to reduce the amount of crumbs:)
     
    Fantastic quick & easy recipe that will make people think you baked all afternoon!
     
    Have we come to know anything less from Sandra Lee?
     
    Sarah Peterson
     
    Absolutely an amazing cake and sooo easy to make. The taste was fantastic and everybody came back for seconds and even thirds!!!!
    Impossible to have a cake with more flavor and be any easier to make.
    Couldn't find any pre-made cakes at my grocery stores, except one store that wanted $6.00 for each 8" round. I made with a box yellow cake mix. Cake was a big hit with my dinner party. Perfect end to a backyard grill. The final result just wasn't as pretty as Sandra Lee's on Semi Homemade. I'll keep practicing though.
    I saw this on Sandra Lee's show this weekend and made it on Sunday, put it in the fridge, and took it to work today. OMG! They LOVED IT! They said it was a keeper, it tasted like Twinkies! I used the whipped cream frosting and Kool-aid and sugar and a little bit of water for the brush on the tops of the cake. It worked! They and I were like, OMG, this cake is soooooo good!!!
    Oh my God, this cake is fantastic. I will make it over and over. Great cake to take to friends and very easy.
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