This Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Mousse Cake is to die for and perfect for spring and summer! It’s incredibly light and almost completely no bake! With layers of lemon and blueberry mousse, white chocolate ganache and a Walkers Shortbread crust, the only thing that requires a few minutes in the oven is the crust!
This post is sponsored by Walkers Shortbread, but all opinions are my own.
I don’t know about where you are, but here in Atlanta it’s finally getting warm and everything is starting to bloom. We have a hill behind our house that is mostly covered in bushes and we know it’s spring when this particular kind of bush blooms. They always bloom first and for only a couple days. It’s really sad it lasts so little because they’re pink and pretty. 🙂 But they do signal that the warm weather is here! Yay!
I love the bright, vibrant flowers and all the fresh fruit. Everything just comes alive! I feel like this cake is the perfect way to kick off spring. It’s fruity, bright and cheerful. Plus, it’s seriously delicious.
There’s a layer of lemon and blueberry mousse on top. Both are simple to make and oh so light. They sit atop a layer of white chocolate ganache that rests on top of a wonderful, buttery shortbread crust.
The layer of ganache and shortbread crust is one of the best parts of this cake! Seriously, if you’ve never tried Walkers Shortbread you really must. They are SO buttery and delicious, they basically melt in your mouth. I can’t stop eating them. And unlike a lot of things, they contain no artificial flavorings, colorings or additives. The ingredients on the box are literally four things – flour, butter, sugar and salt. They’re the jam. They even have several gluten free flavors.
The crust is a mixture of the shortbread crumbs, a little sugar and little butter. It’s less butter than I normally add to crusts because there’s already so much buttery-ness in the cookies. The crust is baked and then topped with white chocolate ganache with a bit of lemon zest in it. Amazing.
Layered on top of that is the lemon and blueberry mousse. The lemon mousse is made with lemon curd and some gelatin and whipped cream. The blueberry mousse uses blueberry puree that is strained, thickened with gelatin, then added to whipped cream. Both mousse layers are incredibly light in texture. The flavors are also light, but just enough.
Everything comes together beautifully. Such refreshing flavors complimented with the buttery crust for a light crunch. Pure heaven and your new favorite dessert. 😉
Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Mousse Cake
- Yield: 12-14 Slices
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
A light cake with layers of lemon and blueberry mousse, white chocolate ganache and a buttery shortbread crust.
- 1 3/4 cups Walkers shortbread crumbs (two 5.3 oz packages, about 15 cookies)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp (28g) butter, melted
- 8 ounces (227g) white chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp (42g) unsalted butter
- 3 1/2 tbsp (53ml) heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice (1–2 lemons)
- 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
- 1/3 cup (69g) sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp (42g) unsalted butter
- 2 tsp powdered gelatin
- 2 tbsp (30ml) cold water
- 1 3/4 cups (420ml) heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cup (86g) powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup (180ml) lemon curd
- 1 1/2 cups (8 oz) blueberries
- .25 oz package unflavored powdered gelatin
- 1 3/4 cups (420ml) heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cup (86g) powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I would suggest lining the sides of a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper that goes about one inch above the sides of the pan. The mousse will come all the way to the top and just a touch above. The parchment paper ensure that the pan sides will be tall enough. It’ll also make it easier to remove the cake from the pan at the end.
2. To make the crust, combine the crust ingredients in a medium sized bowl, then press into the bottom of the springform pan.
3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.
4. To make the white chocolate ganache layer, place the white chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Heat the butter, heavy whipped cream and lemon zest in a glass measuring cup. The butter should melt and then the whole mixture should come to a boil. Once boiling, pour the heavy cream mixture over the white chocolate chips, then cover for about 5 minutes.
5. Whisk the white chocolate mixture until smooth. If it doesn’t completely melt, microwave in 10 second increments, whisking in between, until smooth.
6. Spread white chocolate ganache evenly over the crust, then refrigerate until firm.
7. To make the lemon curd, combine all ingredients in a double boiler (or in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water, like I did). Heat while stirring constantly with a whisk until mixture reaches 160 degrees. Refrigerate until thick and cool.
8. Once lemon curd is cooled and firm, finish the lemon mousse. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the cold water in a small bowl. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes, then heat for about 5-10 seconds, whisking until warm and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
9. In another mixer bowl, whip heavy whipping cream on high until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar and continue to whip on high until stiff peaks form, while slowly pouring in the cooled gelatin.
10. Carefully fold the lemon curd into the whipped cream, then spread the lemon mousse evenly over the white chocolate ganache.
11. To make the blueberry mousse, puree blueberries then press through a strainer to remove pulp.
12. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the blueberry puree, trying to make sure the powder is all touching the puree. Set aside for about 5 minutes to bloom and firm up.
13. Once gelatin is firm, heat in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, then whisk until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
14. While gelatin mixture cools, make the whipped cream. Whip heavy whipping cream on high until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar and continue to whip on high until stiff peaks form.
15. Once the gelatin is room temperature, fold it into the whipped cream until well combined.
16. Spread the blueberry mousse in an even layer over the lemon mousse layer, then place in the refrigerator.
17. Refrigerate cake until firm, 5-6 hours, then remove from springform pan and place on a serving plate. Top cake with blueberries and lemon slices/zest.
18. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serving Size: 1 Slice
- Calories: 540
- Sugar: 33.1 g
- Sodium: 123.7 mg
- Fat: 39.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 42.8 g
- Protein: 5.5 g
- Cholesterol: 146.8 mg
Recipe inspired by the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake in this cookbook, Bonjour, Ya’ll.
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Hello. We are making this but came up against confusion on step 4. It does not say how to bring the butter etc to a boil? Are we making it in a double boiler or the microwave… or what? A glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water?
I heated in the microwave. I hope that helps!
Hello! i have a question about the lemon curd – I don’t have a thermometer so is there another way of knowing when the curd is ready at 160 degrees?
The description is generally “thick enough to coat the back of a spoon”, but that is kind of vague, which is why I like to use the temperature.
I can’t “pour” the gelatin into the whipped cream. It is a sticky solid. Are the measurements correct?
The blueberry-gelatin mixture is heated until smooth, then allowed to cool a bit. It’s solid before heat, but afterwards, should be smoother.
Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I used your blueberry mousse in my Wonder Woman decorative rolled cake. You can see it on my blog at https://sweetdreamsandsugarhighs.com/2018/02/21/decorative-rolled-cakes/
It was so yummy! I linked back to you blog so hopefully my readers will check you out as well. Thanks again.
Thanks Lindsay. Your recipe is gorgeous. I made it today for my hubby birthday. Everyone love it. Thanks for all the replies to help me out too.
The lemon layer abit collapsed. Too moist can’t stand up nicely. So that’s why harder to hold the blueberries layer. The bluberries layer looks ok. Just taste a bit too fluffy.
I have tried the recipe. The cake removed from the springform pan and then cut to eat, but my cake so moist and not stand nicely. I am not sure which part I made mistake. After I removed from the pan, do I need to refrigerate more before able to serve for eating?
Once it’s been refrigerated for the 5-6 hours, it should be fine. Did you use the full amount of powdered sugar listed for the mousse layers? I know sometimes people reduce them to reduce the amount of sugar, but they also help stabilize the mousse.
Hi I didn’t reduce the amount of sugar. I used icing sugar, is that right? Will that be possible that I over whisk the heavy cream to make it too fluffy?
That is correct. Over whipping shouldn’t be an issue either as long as it’s nice and thick. Do you know which layer was too thin? Or was it overall?
I saw someone asked about making the cake ahead and freezing, but do you think the individual parts could be pre-made – the mousse for example – and kept in the fridge and then assembled a day or two later?
It might be ok. I’d be a little hesitant with mousse though, just because once it sets in the fridge (like in the bowl you’re storing it in) it might not re-set again quite as well after stirring everything back up again.
This cake looks absolutely AMAZING – the only thing that puzzles me is in the blackberry mousse – is .25oz enough?? That’s only a quarter of an ounce for 420ml cream, 8 oz blueberries and 86g powdered sugar. How can this be enough to set that?
The .25 oz refers to the powdered gelatin used and it is correct.
All of your cakes that I have made have been amazing and I can’t wait to try this one. But my question is on step seven which says to make the lemon curd but should this be the lemon mousse? Sorry to be dense but I just want to make sure I’m not going to mess up the steps. I plan to make this for Easter dinner.
I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the cakes you’ve made! The lemon curd is part of the lemon mousse, but the ingredients are listed separately for clarity purposes. The lemon curd is added to the mousse in later steps. I hope that helps!