Meyer Lemon Butter Cake with Blueberries and My One on One Workshop with Harold Ross

This week I am lucky enough to have an extra day because of Presidents Day!   With the extra day off it gave me the perfect opportunity to take a Photoshop / Lighting workshop that I have wanting to attend.  I’m still not sure how I found him, but one day while googling who knows what I unexpectedly came upon the website of Harold Ross, a professional photographer that specializes in a technique referred to as light painting.   If you’d like to see why I got so excited about this technique please stop by Harold’s Food and Product Photography  website and you’ll soon understand!

While light painting may be a little complicated for everyday blogging photography, it produces images that you just won’t believe you could have taken, and as a former Black and White Fine Art Photographer I have finally found a way to truly express what I see and how I feel.   This weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend a one on one workshop with Harold Ross, as he taught me the fundamentals of light theory, light painting , and photoshop.  I even got to complete an image from start to finish myself, under his supervision and direction.  I think its safe to say I learned more about light that afternoon than I knew existed, and how to correctly use it, and how to apply these techniques to properly light the images for my blog.

With my work schedule I rarely get to shoot with available light and that of course means I have to rely on artifical light which really doesn’t have the quality that natural light possess.  During the workshop I was shown alternative forms of lighting, and  how to more effectively use my existing lighting.   Now don’t expect to see changes overnight, I have to relocate my shooting area to an upstairs room that will give enough room to do it properly, and that’s going to take a while until I can get everything reorganized, but now I have a better understanding and will be able to use the light I do have better.

The second day of the workshop was more focused on Photoshop and how to use it with Light Painting,  which translates very easily to my blog photography, I also learned to use the Wacom tablet I had gotten for Christmas.   As you can imagine with all this information going in, my head was about to explode!   This is when you have to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize that everything worthwhile takes practice and takes time.  I certainly didn’t learn to cook over the span of a week, and I can’t expect to be proficient in Photoshop or Light Painting that quickly, but at least now I have goals to work towards and a better understanding oh how to achieve them.

If you would like to see my first lesson in Light Painting, before I set up and shot my own, check out the Harold Ross Fine Art Photography Blog where he actually did a very nice post about our workshop!  You can also see the type of lights he uses to achieve the results he gets, and it will amaze you and how simple and inexpensive the lights are.   You can also keep up on the workshops he will be holding….I’m trying to talk Harold into gearing more workshops towards food bloggers and our style of shooting, and Photoshop, I know I would go back in a heart beat for another course!  Harold is also moving his studio to Lancaster which would be a great place for a weekend getaway! But don’t forget to stop his and see his Food Photography and see the results you can get with this method, they are truly amazing!

Ok, now lets get to creation for this post!  This is a variation of my Butter Cake that I first posted using apples, and then again with Pineapples, I don’t think there are many fruits that it wouldn’t go with well, there is just something magical about butter and how well it works with this cake.  If you remember I had a bag full of Meyer Lemons that I used to make my Lemon Gelato with and I kept thinking about a lemon cake.  When I walked into Wegman’s and saw the display of fresh blueberries I knew right away what I wanted to make.  I do love how blueberries just naturally go with lemons, and I knew they would even be better with the Meyer Lemons, and I wasn’t disappointed!

The sweet tartness of the Meyer Lemon in that buttery moist cake would have been enough on its own, but with the addition of the plump, juicy blueberries it was beyond my expectations, simply delicious, and as it sat it became even more dense, moist and flavorful!  If you have any Meyer lemons on hand, you have try this cake I know your family and anyone you share it with will be glad you did!

5.0 from 13 reviews
Meyer Lemon Butter Cake with Blueberries
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • ½ cup Meyer Lemon Juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated Meyer lemon zest
  • 10 x sugar to dust
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. butter a 9” round cake pan.
  3. In a small bowl mix together flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. In a large bowl beat the whole eggs and egg yolks until blended.
  5. Add the butter, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest.
  6. Coat the blueberries in the flour* and set aside
  7. Stir in the remainder of the flour and then the floured blueberries.
  8. Spoon into prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  9. Bake until cake is browned, 30-35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool in pan for
  10. minutes. Invert cake onto plate to remove the pan and then invert again and return to rack to cool completely.
  11. Before serving dust with 10x sugar
*I forgot to coat the blueberries with flour and they all sank to the bottom , which also made it more difficult to get out of the pan.


I hope you enjoyed the cake, in fact I wish I had a piece right now to enjoy with coffee!   I have so much to do today to catch up for the weekend spent at the workshop, and I’m just so thankful that I have today off to try and get a few things done around the house.   You know how that is… just never ends!

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget spring is just around the corner!



  1. This cake looks fabulous. I have made one very similar to it and the combination of lemons and blueberries is out of this world. Enjoy your day off and I’m looking forward to future posts to see what you have learned!

  2. If you enjoy lightpainting, you should check out Dave Black. He does some amazing work! I think his website is

  3. Your workshop sounds very interesting. Learning more about photography and lighting is on my (somewhat long) to-do list. The cake also looks amazing and fairly simple. We’ve been thinking about blueberries lately and seeing your recipe really clicked. I’m not much for blueberry pie but this cake is going on the spring baking list for sure. Thanks, Dennis.

  4. What a fabulous way to use your extra time! Your workshop sounds very interesting and I cannot wait to see some of the photography changes. As always your recipe looks amazing. I get goose bumps every time you use Meyer lemons. Yum!

  5. What a gorgeuos cake! The flavors remind me of summer! Can’t wait for those warm weather days!

  6. I’ve never seen a more moist, mouthwatering cake Dennis! This is pure beauty in a baked good. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mmm, butter cake is one of my favorite simple dishes, yet you have made it such a fancy dish that looks enticing.

  8. sounds like an exciting weekend – I would love to take that workshop! his photography page has some stunning work, and I can’t wait to see yours!

    I am loving Meyer lemons right now, and I NEED to make this cake!

  9. Wow that looks so moist and delicious. I wish I could have a slice right now…yummy

  10. As luck would have it…I have all of the ingredients and can’t wait to try this!! This looks so moist and delicious and it has two of my favorite fruits! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. This cake looks so moist and flavoursome, packed with such delicious flavours – perfect for your upcoming spring 😀

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  12. That class sounds amazing! I’ve been wanting to take a class so bad. And this cake looks incredible, butter and lemon are such a fantastic combo in baked goods!

  13. The cake looks delicious, Chef Dennis. That workshop sounds like a gift! What a great opportunity to be able to learn from a pro like that. His work is fantastic. I am already looking forward to some future tips I’m sure you’ll pass along to us!

  14. Mmmm, thta looks like one nice and moist peice of bake work Chef! These are the reasons why I am so addicted to coffee because for me they go hand in hand :)
    Take care…

  15. this is gorgeous, Dennis!

  16. That looks like such an awesome cake! You had me at lemon – butter. And I love that gooey, moist blueberry layer… Great to read about the workshop! Sounds fabulous :) thanks for sharing!

  17. wow its tempting to give it a try. i really know what it taste like. good photos super convincing.

    my kids will surely love this for sure :)

  18. I love the idea of pairing lemon and blueberry. Feels like sunlight.

  19. oh gorgeous, chef! meyer lemon and blueberry is one of my favorite combinations…i have recently had to go gluten free so i may never taste this! such a tragedy!

  20. Chef Dennis…each time I come here, I want to make and eat what you have posted up….lemon and blueberries…mmmmm I wish I could have a slice now :) It is good to learn more on how to use lighting to the fullest for our food photography and me too , but the time I off work, it is dark already so have to use artificial lighting :( You are blessed to have the opportunity to learn under such a pro like Harold Ross :)

    Have a nice day Chef…fine weather soon for you :)

  21. Your cake certainly does look buttery and delicious! I’ve been wanting to take a food photography course. Did he recommend a type light box for artificial light? I try to take pictures during the day, but often times it’s hard to find the time when the light is best. It would be much easier after the kids were in bed at night. Hope you have a great day!

  22. The cake looks amazing and I can’t wait to hear more about this! I’m excited that I have a course on Photoshop Elements in two weeks….it’s been a real stumbling block for me! Heading to Harold’s site now….

  23. This cake looks fantastic! I’m basically drooling on my monitor :) I think the blueberries at the bottom, although a mistake, look pretty cool like that, although I can imagine how much of a pain that was to remove from the pan!

  24. Blueberries and lemons are such an awesome flavor combo. This is a perfect breakfast treat. I checked out the photos and they are amazing!

  25. The cake looks delish and as always wonderful blogging tips from the master. I need to take a class like you have. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Light painting.. so interested in seeing your future posts, how fun! His work is amazing, thank you for sharing. you meyer lemon butter cake is wonderful, perfect with a steamy cup of tea!

  27. This looks and sounds fabulous, the perfect cake! I would take lemon and blueberries over chocolate any day. This is a must try! Thanks!

  28. I love all things lemony and I’ve been dreaming of lemon cake, seriously dreaming about it! I popped over to Harold Ross’s site and checked out his food photos. Stunning, almost surreal, a real treasure.

  29. Wow, what a fabulous lemon-blueberry cake! This looks like another winner, Chef Dennis! Just like your Torta Di Mele which you generously shared as a Guest Post on my blog. BTW, that Torta Di Mele was amazing ……I baked it during my trip for my cousins & they loved it!
    I must try this lemon cake recipe soon. Thanks for sharing! And yes pls. keep me posted on any future photo workshops. We could easily round up several other foodies in the area!

  30. That is a stunning cake…I was in Seattle this weekend and tried to persuade my husband that we really needed to bring back a bag of Meyer lemons, but no go!

  31. Such a fresh-looking cake! Beautiful.

  32. Looks very moist and delicious!

  33. OMG, Chef! I love that light painting…just gorgeous. The lighting is moody and elegant – just beautiful. I wanna take a class like that! Thanks for sharing, I’m going to look into it further.

    Luv this meyer lemon cake recipe and it’s so timely right now for me. I have lemons coming out of our ears right now (luvin’ it), and have been on the lookout for inspiration…may be making this yummy cake this weekend. :)

  34. This looks incredibly delicious Chef! The cake looks so moist and flavorful, yum! Congratulations on Top 9! =]

  35. Oooh, this looks like a fabulously moist and delicious cake! I’m off to check out the workshop you attended…thanks for sharing~

  36. Congratulations on Top 9!

  37. This looks so goood! and beautiful too! 😀
    Congrats on Top 9–always deserved!


  38. This cake looks and sounds very moist and delicious. Congratulations on the Top 9!

  39. I came here just to see your gorgeous cake, but come away with a new photo technique to check out. Love it!! The cake looks amazing-almost like a pudding cake, and with all tech Meyers lemons on my tree, a gluten-free version is a must make! Luckily, working from home, I can cook and take most of my photos during the day, but I’d love to check out the light painting technique-you have me quite intrigued!

  40. Would I be able to double this recipe and use a 9×13 pan? I need a larger dessert for a fundraiser..Thanks!!

  41. Thank you once again Chef. This post is bookmarked, highlighted, and I can’t wait to continue following you on this wonderful journey … day after day after day …

  42. Okay first of all I want a slice of this cake. It is gorgeous. Secondly how wonderful you got to attend a class like that. Sounds absolutely amazing. I need to really concentrate on my photography once the blog is finished updating. A new camera is in the works and classes are a must. If only I could fly down and attend this one with you. Sounds incredible and I am off to check out his site now. You are just a bundle of info and deserve a pay raise my friend. Have a great week.

  43. This cake looks amazing! And since it had berries in it, I wouldn’t feel too guilty eating a big slice for breakfast! But really, this would be the perfect cake to enjoy on a cozy afternoon with a bunch of friends, good coffee, and great conversation.

  44. Blueberries and lemon are one of my favorite combination food. Fantastic photos too. Congratulations on top 9!

  45. Ok Dennis, your cake looks so delish that I just had to click over to the recipe. Now that I have read your lovely post and have visited the Harold Ross food porn site, I am thoroughly depressed and after I bake and eat your cake will look into photography classes in Denver!

    • oh don’t be depressed, Harold is just a genius with light, I’m just trying to see how I can incorporate some of the techniques into my blog photography. The cake will cheer you up!

  46. i just made some Meyer’s Lemon Curd to fill my cupcakes with. Wish they were available all year long. They have an amazing taste. Will have to try your recipe.

    I was wondering if a person used the juice from both lemons and oranges would they get the same as a Meyers Lemon?

    • that’s a good question Ramona, I bet if you could find the right balance between the two it would be pretty close!

  47. The cake sounds amazing and the photography is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for the information on Harold Ross. I’m actually taking a one on one photography course in the next few weeks myself and the photoshop part will help tremendously.

  48. The Meyer lemon cake is what got me over here — great flavor combo — but I was happy to see the photog links — always looking to improve my own skills, so thanks! My son has a Wacom tablet he uses to draw and design characters. I love to watch him use it. Have fun with yours!

    • Thanks for stopping by! The cake was delicious! I’ve still got so much to learn about photography, it seems like it will never end!

  49. Christine Field says:

    Oh, dear. I made the cake but it turned out to be a dense, gelatinous mass, blueberries on the top, not oh the bottom. What did I do wrong?

    • hi Christine

      I am so sorry to hear the cake did not come out. Did you make any substitutions or use a different size pan? When you say gelatinous it makes me think it could have been baked longer. I don’t why the blueberries stayed on top, if I don’t coat mine in flour they always sink.
      I have made this same recipe so many times, and have never had any issues, I do apple a lot, and pineapple, this was my first lemon version, but a few bloggers friends made it and said it was good, so I am very perplexed as to what happened.


  50. Christine Field says:

    OK, time for true confessions. I used frozen blueberries, although I microwaved them briefly first to thaw them a little. Also, I only had one lemon, and it wasn’t a Meyer lemon. I got more than a quarter cup of juice out of it, and made up the rest with the bottled kind. (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Meyer lemon. I gather they are sweeter?) My butter was salted. Otherwise I followed the recipe closely. When I added the butter to the eggs with the sugar, it didn’t blend in smoothly. Maybe I should have softened it more. One other thing that concerned me was that when I put the batter in the pan, where you say to spoon it in, I poured, and there was nothing to smooth. The batter was liquid. Maybe gelatinous isn’t the right word for the finished product. It was just very dense, and wet, but browned on top.

    Anyway, my husband ate the whole thing!

  51. hi Christine,

    this particular version of my butter cake is more dense than the others, but it is a pretty dense wet cake. The batter will be liquid but thicker. It certainly doesn’t sound like you did anything wrong, if you would like to try it with apples or pears I promise you much better results, although this cake is not your typical cake, I think its all the butter that’s in it.
    here is the link to that recipe.

    thanks for writing back.

  52. I absolutely LOVE Meyer lemons. I think they’re one of the greatest things God ever created! Your cake looks absolutely wonderful and I’m eager to try out your recipe. I’m always looking for great ways to use lemons of all kinds. Thank you so much! :-)

    • Thank you! It was a very dense cake, almost wet, but so very very delicious! I also made a very easy Meyer Lemon Gelato that was incredible!
      Have a great weekend!

  53. yes, like the person before, mine came out rather like a lemon curd. I followed the intructions exactly, and I am am experienced baker. :( tasty but not what I anticipated.

    • Hi Lauren
      I am so sorry that I missed your first message, the butter should have been melted but there was no way for you to know that since I left it out of the recipe. I do proof read all of my content, but sometimes I do miss an error that isn’t as obvious as it should be, more than anything I want anyone who is making one of my recipes to be successful.
      I know it isn’t much of a consolation, but I will do my best to improve my proof reading.

  54. Christine says:

    My husband tried this recipe today for my birthday as i looooove lemon and blueberries and he sadly got the same results as Christine and Lauren above. We’re wondering if there was supposed to be more flour than the recipe called for? Our blueberries were on the top as well, and it wasn’t a cake, but more like a firm lemon curd. We ended up taking them and cutting them into small bars and dusted with the powdered sugar. On the other hand, my mom loved the top of the cake. :)

    • Now you have me wondering Christine, I will have to make it again and check the recipe, I’m wondering if in all three cases it needed to be baked longer? I will let everyone know when I remake the cake. sorry it didn’t come out but thanks for letting me know.

      • Christine says:

        My husband actually thought the same thing you mentioned wondering if it needed to be baked longer and tried it with the second cake he attempted, but it had the same result. I’ll be interested to see how you make out, and even more so if you have some changes so we can try this again! :)

  55. Just made this with plums and it works well


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