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Homemade Blueberry Filling Takes This Blueberry Surprise To The Next Level

Delish logo Delish 5/19/2022 Brooke Caison

Blueberry surprise is what summer dreams are made of. A tart homemade blueberry filling is sandwiched between layers of lightly sweetened, fluffy cream cheese and whipped cream, all on top of buttery cornmeal shortbread. Please try not to fight over it!

How do I measure the powdered sugar?

The same way you’d measure flour. Use a spoon to scoop the sugar into the measuring cup and level it with a straight edge; you can use the backside of a butter knife or an offset spatula.

Can I use a different crust?

This crust is essentially a shortbread crust with a little added razzle-dazzle from the chopped almonds and cornmeal. But blueberry surprise is also great with its more traditional graham cracker crust. You can also try the Biscoff cookie crust from this cheesecake recipe.

Can I use a different fruit filling?

When it comes to variations on this recipe, the sky’s the limit. Well, almost. Here are a few combo ideas to get you started:

- Pitted cherries + lime juice

- Raspberries + orange juice

- Blackberries + passionfruit juice


Blueberry surprise will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Wrap the entire springform pan in plastic to keep the layers intact.

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Yields: 12 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

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Total Time: 5 hours 30 mins


  • 6 oz.

    cold butter, cut into 1" pieces, plus more for pan

  • 1 c.

    all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 c.


  • 1 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 2/3 c.

    powdered sugar

  • 1/4 c.

    toasted, chopped almonds

Blueberry Filling
  • 1/2 c.

    fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 c.


  • 2 tbsp.


  • 1 lb.

    fresh or frozen blueberries

  • 1/4 c.

    powdered sugar

Whipped Cream Topping
  • 1 1/2 c.

    heavy cream

  • 1/4 c.

    powdered sugar

  • 1 tbsp.


Cream Cheese Filling And Assembly
  • 8 oz.

    cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1/2 c.

    powdered sugar

  • 2 tbsp.

    sour cream

  • 2 tbsp.

    toasted, chopped almonds


Make The Shortbread Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 325° and grease bottom and sides of a 10" springform pan with butter. Line sides of pan with a 30"-by-2" strip of parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, and salt. In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a hand mixer) on medium speed, beat butter and powdered sugar, scraping down sides of bowl, until butter pieces are no longer visible and mixture is smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Scrape sides of bowl. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients; mix just to combine. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue to mix until dry ingredients are fully incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. (Cold butter will collect in paddle; stop and push it out with a rubber spatula.) Add almonds and mix just to combine, about 30 seconds.
  4. Transfer dough to prepared pan. Working quickly so as not to melt butter in dough, press evenly into bottom of pan. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack and let cool.
Make The Blueberry Filling
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk lemon juice, water, and cornstarch to combine. Add blueberries and powdered sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is saucy but blueberries are still mostly whole, about 8 minutes.
  2. Pour into a shallow heatproof container and chill in the refrigerator 30 minutes.
Make The Whipped Cream Topping

In stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment on medium speed, whip cream, powdered sugar, and cornstarch until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.

Make The Cream Cheese Filling And Assemble
  1. Transfer whipped cream to a separate bowl. In stand mixer bowl on medium speed, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and sour cream until combined and fluffy, about 3o seconds. Fold one-half of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Chill until ready to use.
  2. Once crust and blueberry filling have completely cooled, spread cream cheese mixture on crust, spreading to edges. Spoon blueberry filling over cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining whipped cream; sprinkle with almonds. Wrap entire pan in plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours before serving.
  3. Make Ahead: Cake can be made 5 days ahead. Keep chilled.
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