Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blueberry banana cake trifle with cheesecake mousse and lemon curd

blueberry banana cake trifle with cheesecake mousse and lemon curd

You know why this cake is a trifle? And not an ACTUAL GODDAMN LAYER CAKE?

The first entry I ever posted on this shitty blog would explain that for you. But because I am not interested in having any self-respecting readers schlep back through that verbal mess I produced back when I was a wee babe a woefully inexperienced and naïve blogger an idiot, I will just tell you that in the world of Baby June, a failed cake = a future trifle. So my attempt to add blueberries to a completely innocent vanilla cake resulted in a cake that was undercooked in the center and burned on the outside. So what? Cut off the bad parts; layer it in a trifle dish. No one will know.

Such is the oh-so-perfectionistic attitude of Baby June’s kitchen.

As I was weeping over the failed recipe and another lost opportunity to try frosting a layer cake, I was thinking about, you know, all the shitty parts of food blogging. Food blogger probs. But as it turns out, there aren’t a whole lot of food blogger problem memes—I mean, *cough*, image macros—out there on the interwebs, so I decided to make some.

For your enjoyment, of course, and not my own masturbatory pleasure: here they are.

bought a dlsr I mean dslr i don't know what i'm doing first world problems meme

Photography is hard.

tastes good looks like shit food blogger problems


i haven't posted in a week / my readers will hate blogger problems

I have betrayed them. They will never forgive me for this.

have to write a new post / but pinterest is too blogger problems meme

But really. Why write a new recipe when there are plenty already on the internet? *pins another 2,000 muffins*

can't decide if i should schedule my tweets, pins, and 'grams / or just post them all at once

Experts say the optimal time to post is always the most inconvenient time to post.

To every recipe that does this: fuck you.

Foodgawker, let’s pretend I never said that.

Why must this always happen?! Why can’t the world just embrace my genius the way it is?

Liek if u cri evrytim June tries to optimize her engines.

C’mon, why can’t y’all just feed my inner attention whore? Goddamn haters.

Oh, and one snarky one. 

Because that’s just basic.

Okay. I’m done with image macros. you remember what this post was originally about, hmmm? A cake trifle? With blueberries and bananas and shit? Yeah.

blueberry banana cake trifle with cheesecake mousse and lemon curd
Wow I don't know what that is.

This here dessert isn’t exactly the definition of food porn, I must admit. It’s messy, it’s unrefined, and it’s meant to be scooped out of the trifle bowl like some sort of savage. But there is no lack of taste in here. The cashew cheesecake cream is probably the best aspect of the whole dish, with a sweet, lemony flavor unparalleled even by its dairy-filled counterpart. Freshly picked blueberries and a hefty serving of lemon curd help too.  

Oh, and might I add that when I served this to guests this past weekend, nobody knew it was made with cashews and coconut oil and other vegany ingredients? Yes. I will add that. And you will remember that as you observe this recipe.


Blueberry banana cake

Adapted from this fantabulous cake


352 grams • sifted all-purpose flour • 3 cups plus 1 tablespoon

14 grams • baking powder • 1 tablespoon

3 grams • salt • ½ teaspoon

113 grams • Earth Balance, softened • ½ cup

113 grams • coconut oil, softened • ½ cup

350 grams • granulated sugar • 1 ¾ cups

225 grams • mashed banana • 1 cup

8 grams • vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons

244 grams • nondairy milk • 1 cup

148 grams • fresh blueberries • 1 cup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper—yes this is necessary.

In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together flour, baking powder, salt. In another small bowl, toss blueberries with 7 grams / one tablespoon flour. Set aside.

Place softened Earth Balance and coconut oil in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Beat until soft and creamy. Gradually add sugar and cream until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add bananas and beat well. Add in vanilla extract. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture in three additions and milk in two additions. Gently fold in blueberries.

Divide the batter between two prepared pans. Bake for about 25 to 33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool completely before arranging trifle.


Cheesecake filling

Adapted from Tasty Yummies


174 grams • cashews, soaked for six hours and drained • 1 ¼ cups

Zest of half a lemon

26 grams • liquid coconut oil • 2 tablespoons

60 grams • fresh lemon juice • ¼ cup

80 grams • maple syrup • ¼ cup

45 grams • water • 3 tablespoons

8 grams • vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons

1 can coconut milk, refrigerated overnight


Place cashews and lemon zest in a food processor (or powerful blender if you have one) and blend until as smooth as possible. Add remaining ingredients except for coconut milk and blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl.

Scoop the thickened part of the coconut milk into an electric stand mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Dump into cashew mixture and fold gently. Set aside for later.


Lemon curd

Adapted from these cupcakes


122 grams ● nondairy milk (I used soy) ● ½ cup

60 grams ● water ● ¼ cup

16 grams ● cornstarch ● 1 tablespoon

75 grams ● sugar ● ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons

90 grams ● fresh lemon juice ● ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons

2 grams ● lemon zest ● 1 teaspoon

71 grams ● Earth Balance or other vegan buttery spread ● 5 tablespoons

Whisk together nondairy milk, water, and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Continuously stir the mixture. Add sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vegan buttery spread and continue to cook until it is beginning to thicken and is bubbly. Whisk rapidly for about 90 seconds, then remove from heat and chill completely until needed.




1 recipe blueberry banana cake

1 recipe cheesecake filling

1 recipe lemon curd

Powdered sugar to taste

1 trifle bowl


Chop up cake into chunks. Layer some cake at the bottom of the trifle bowl, then smear on one-fourth of the cheesecake filling and lemon curd. Repeat until there is no more cake and filling left, being sure to finish with some cheesecake filling on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve it up.

My attempt at elegantly sifting powdered sugar atop blueberries.

If you do chose to make this trifle, you are free to make any other blueberry cake besides the one I used here. It would actually be advisable, since the variation I tried was not exactly flawless. The most important part is the layering on of curd and cream and ew that sounds disturbing.

Excuse me...I must fetch my mind out of the gutter.


  1. I don't normally like trifles, but this - this looks like something I would eat With my entire face! So so good :D
    I know the feeling of writing posts and then you get really excited about maybe like....twoooo comments? And then zilch, BUT it happens! If anything, I just see my blog as a recipe collection for myself and anyone who's nterested :P x

    1. That's a good way of looking at it. And blogging is fun, no need for pressure. :) Glad you like the trifle! :D

  2. This trifle looks wonderful! And "spent all day on a recipe - tastes awful" - had wayyy too many of those happen in the past :) That is just the worst (my last one was a horrible quinoa brownie haha)!

    1. Ah yes! It is just so crushing when that happens. Glad you can relate!

  3. Your writing is hilarious and i TOTALLY relate to alllll of those haha. Blogging is a struggle sometimes :)

  4. I could dive into that trifle. Before I make it, I'm going to practice holding my breath so I don't have to come up for air until it's finished.

    I know what you mean about blogging. I'm new-ish without much of an audience, so cranking out (what I think is) a great post can feel a little... anticlimactic. Totally worth it though! I love your writing style. Keep it up.

    1. Thank you! And I agree about blogging, it is its own reward sometimes :D

  5. I love your food blogger memes. I feel like I'm most guilty of "tastes good, looks like shit." Not unlike this pineapple chicken dish I made...It was good enough my 6-year-old ate it, but it pretty much looked like dog vomit on a plate. Needless to say, I chose NOT to photograph it, and instead inhale it. Like I would this trifle. I know I said I don't care for blueberries, but I cannot resists layers of cake and cream and fruit and curd.

    1. Haha that is great. But sometimes the best food looks like dog vomit. Like nutella... yum :) And actually I'm sure this trifle would taste good without blueberries, since those were what messed the cake recipe up in the first place! :D

  6. thanks for putting a smile on my face. Damn foodgawker and 2o'clock approvals! hee hee. I love a trifle and I love a failure in the kitchen it just makes me think more creatively. Most of our food is recycled in some way from left overs or disasters. Can't let it go to waste. I do like the lemon curd idea in the trifle never heard of that. I am a standard custard and cream in the layers.

  7. Looks amazing to me. We are our worst critics.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above