Blueberry French Custard Cake

A homemade French Custard Cake with blueberries, lays on a Biscoff Crust and is topped with lemon frosting and a homemade blueberry sauce.

So remember on Monday when I talked about that delicious blueberry sauce and promised that I will share the magnificent cake I made with the extra blueberries I had on hand? Well, here it is, the most silky and indulgent French Custard Cake I have ever had. I love French desserts, they are creamy, decadent, rich and always look so fancy and put together, while the ingredient list is usually very simple.

French Custard Cake with BlueberriesWell, this cake is no exception, its silky smooth, baked to perfection, with a subtle vanilla flavor from the whipped mascarpone, juicy blueberries are added to the batter on the most amazing biscoff crust.

FRENCH CUSTARD CAKE WITH BLUEBERRIES AND A BISCOFF CRUSTSo when my husband asked me what I am going to make with the blueberries, I said CAKE – obviously. And since we are in the middle of planning a short getaway to Paris for his birthday in October, I felt I must make something French inspired to celebrate.

FRENCH CUSTARD CAKE WITH BLUEBERRIES AND A BISCOFF CRUSTFrench desserts are romantic, indulgent, sweet and smooth, this cake is no different, this french custard cake is actually much better. To make it even better, I made a biscoff crust that is so buttery and sweet, and attains a caramelized flavor and taste after is baked that pairs so well with the delicate custard cake.

FRENCH CUSTARD CAKE WITH BLUEBERRIES AND A BISCOFF CRUSTI wanted the cake to taste very fresh, the custard itself doesn’t feel heavy, since its made with just a little flour and few eggs, its very creamy and light, I added some lemon zest for some summery brightness and freshness and also 2 cups of blueberries. Every delicious bite of this creamy goodness is followed by a tart burst of juicy blueberries, a subtle lemon flavor and a delicious caramelized crumble from the biscoff crust.

FRENCH CUSTARD CAKE WITH BLUEBERRIES AND A BISCOFF CRUSTThis cake is perfection, I also went ahead and topped it with some lemon mascarpone buttercream and homemade blueberry sauce. The buttercream is so perfect here, its like another creamy layer, but so different in texture from the custard, it adds another decadent level of texture and fresh flavor, the lemon flavor works in harmony with the vanilla blueberry sauce to bring this dessert together.

You have it all here, creaminess, deliciousness, freshness and decadence, all in one beautiful french custard cake, that looks fabulous and it’s actually very easy to make. You can totally skip the buttercream if you want to keep the cake a little lighter, but make sure you top it with that homemade blueberry sauce!

FRENCH CUSTARD CAKE WITH BLUEBERRIES AND A BISCOFF CRUSTThis French custard cake is the ultimate summer dessert that you must try, we surely loved it and devoured every single crumb!And since we are planning our trip to Paris if anyone has any recommendations of things we must try, places we should go, please let me know!

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French Custard Cake with Blueberries and a Biscoff Crust
 
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A homemade French custard cake with blueberries lays on a biscoff crust and is topped with lemon frosting and a homemade blueberry sauce.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • Custard Cake Filling:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1¼ cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 whole large eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1¾ cups of blueberries
  • Extra butter for the mold
  • Biscoff Crust:
  • 3 cups biscoff crumbs
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • Blueberry Sauce:
  • 6 cups fresh blueberries (frozen work too)
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 6 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Mascarpone Lemon Buttercream:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 5 oz. mascarpone cheese, chilled
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Custard Cake Filling:
  2. In a large bowl, whisk by hand until well combined eggs, egg yolks, flour, sugar, lemon zest and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan, place heavy cream on medium heat until it starts to boil, remove from heat and mix in vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly pour ⅓ of the heavy cream into the egg mixture and whisk constantly. Make sure you DO NOT pour all the heavy cream at once, since the high temperature will make the eggs cook.
  5. Slowly pour the ½ of the remaining heavy cream, whisking until combined. Repeat with the remaining boiled heavy cream.
  6. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let it cool on the counter for 20 minutes, before transferring to the fridge for one hour.
  7. Biscoff Crust:
  8. Preheat oven to 350F.
  9. In a food processor or blender grind the biscoff cookies until you get 3 cups of crumbs.
  10. Mix the crumbs with melted butter and granulated sugar with a rubber spatula in a medium bowl until combined.
  11. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 10inch spring form cake pan and slightly up the sides. Make sure it is tight and compact, otherwise the custard will leak.
  12. Pre-bake the crust for 7 minutes at 350°F (177°C), before adding the custard filling.
  13. Note: For a no-bake dessert, chill the crust for 2 hours before using in your recipe.
  14. Butter the edges of the spring form pan. Layer the blueberries on the biscoff crust.
  15. Remove the custard from the fridge and pour it into the pan. Bake for 50 minutes, until golden brown.
  16. Remove cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  17. Blueberry Sauce:
  18. The sauce can be made while the cake is cooking or many days in advance.
  19. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries, water and sugar. Stir frequently, but careful not to crush the berries, bring to a low boil.
  20. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with cold water until combined.
  21. Slowly stir the cornstarch into the blueberries, careful not to crush them. Simmer until the homemade blueberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 10 minutes.
  22. Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla.
  23. If making the buttercream frosting, let the sauce cool completely before topping the cake.
  24. Note: this makes a lot of sauce, save the rest for other recipes, or cut it in half.
  25. Mascarpone Lemon Buttercream:
  26. Place softened butter and mascarpone into the bowl of an electric stand mixer that has been fitted with the wire attachment. Turn the mixer on the medium setting and cream until it smooth and combined, 2 - 3 minutes.
  27. Add sugar, ½ a cup at a time. Add lemon zest and a pinch of salt and whisk until well-incorporated.
  28. If the frosting is too thick add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until it has reached the desired consistency.
  29. Top the cooled cake with the lemon mascarpone buttercream, and pour the cooled blueberry sauce on top of the frosting.
  30. Serve and enjoy!

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