This fruity blueberry and lemon ring cake is a joy to behold and tastes, deliciously, of summer. Ring cakes are the ideal take-with-you treats for picnics and potlucks because there's not much to get mussed up. In fact, this is also the perfect coffee cake to prepare a day in advance.
You can use any ring mold, Bundt® or tulband mold (the Dutch version) here, but if you don't happen to have one, a regular cake tin will do, too.
You will need a stand mixer or hand beater.
The addition of quark, a popular fresh cheese in the Netherlands, makes the cake moist and moreish. If you can't find quark where you live, simply see our tips below.
- 2/3 cup/150 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 1 1/4 cup/250 g superfine castor sugar
- 2 lemons
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/5 cup/300 g whole French quark
- 2/5 cup/100 ml whole milk
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 3 1/5 cup/400g self-rising flour
- 1 2/3 cup/250 g blueberries
- 2 1/2 cups/250 g powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large ring mold.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy (about 5 minutes). Turn the beater to the lowest setting and add the eggs, one by one.
Zest the lemons and squeeze out the juice. Set the lemon juice aside to use later. Add the lemon zest, quark and milk to the butter mixture. Don't be alarmed if the mixture looks slightly curdled at this stage.
Sift the baking powder and flour into the batter and gently fold through the mixture.
Pour the batter into the ring mold. Arrange most of the blueberries on top of the batter (they will sink while cooking). Keep some blueberries aside to decorate the top of the cake later.
Bake the cake until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 50-55 minutes. Allow to cool in the mold on a wire rack for 1/2 hour and then invert on the rack (still in the mold) and allow to cool for 1 1/5 hours.
To make the lemon glaze, mix the powdered sugar and half the lemon juice in a bowl and whisk until completely lump-free. It should be opaque and pourable. Add a little extra lemon juice, if the consistency is too thick.
When the quark cake is stone cold, remove it from the mold and set the rack with the cake over a piece of wax paper or paper kitchen towels, for easy clean-up. Drizzle the cake with the lemon glaze, decorate with blueberries and finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Place the cake on a cake stand and serve in generous slices.
- What is quark? The word actually means "curd". Quark is a type of whole or skimmed milk cheese made without rennet. It is popular in Europe and can be found at some US delis.
- Can't find quark where you live? Here's a good substitute: Whip ricotta cheese and sour cream together, using a ratio of 9 parts ricotta and 1 part sour cream. Guide to German Food also offers some advice on where to buy quark and how to make it from scratch.
- When blueberries are not in season, you can use frozen blueberries in the cake itself. Simply leave it off the top and decorate with lemon zest instead.
- If you're making the cake a day ahead of time, simply allow it to cool in the mold and cover with aluminum foil.