Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Blueberry Cake

I don't know if this is a good or bad thing but most of my memories growing up involved food, cooking, and being in the kitchen.  It was just my style. 

I have a lot of memories growing up involving this blueberry cake, mainly eating it.  The cake was one of the recipes that was my mom's.  It was not a secret but she typically would wake up early to have it ready for us to eat warm at breakfast.   

As I grew up and out of the house, I craved the blueberry cake.  It made frequent appearances when I came home to visit but it was never enough.

Eventually I got the recipe.  I even tried it out during my brief stint as a dessert maker for lunch time service at our Alumni House restaurant in college.

The problem was I never could recreate my mom's version.  It was never as fluffy, never as well coated with cinnamon sugar.  It was never the same.

This weekend I got smart.  I looked at the recipe.  I followed it step by step.  I even sifted the dry ingredients diligently.  Mr. J helped me vigorously beat the batter for 2 minutes.

The result: Heaven.  Dare I even say on par with my mom's version.

Blueberry Cake
Adapted from Cooking Downeast

2 C flour
1 C wheat flour
1 1/2C sugar (reduced from 2C)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 C milk
1/3 C oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 C blueberries

1. Sift dry ingredients.  Add eggs, milk, oil, vanilla, and beat vigorously for about 2 minutes. 

2. Fold in blueberries gently.

3. Turn batter into a greased and floured 9X13 pan.

4. Combine 3/4 tsp nutmeg or cinnamon with 1/2 C sugar.  Sprinkle on top of batter.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. 

Serve warm.  The cake freezes well but you probably won't have any left to freeze.

Don't worry mom; I will still come home to yours anytime.  After all mine was not waiting for me warm on the stove for breakfast!


  1. I love the texture of this cake, it did turn out light and fluffy. Glad you persevered in trying the recipe again. Great post!

  2. You're right! Most of my happiest memories involve food or being in the kitchen with my grandma :D

    Just the other day I was looking for blueberry cake recipe!So good that you reduced the amounts of sugar I find myself doing that whenever I bake cookies. Am going to try your recipe and link it back here. :D

  3. This cake sounds amazing! I'm so glad you were able to get it just right =)

  4. I love that your mom made this for you to have a warm breakfast when you were growing up. :) This cake indeed looks nice and fluffy with tasty blueberries throughout. Yum!

  5. What a great idea! I LOVE blueberry muffins but perfect as a cake too! :)

  6. So many of my memories also involve food- I think that is why I love to spend time in the kitchen and enjoy food with friends and family. Love this blueberry cake!

  7. Blueberries are on sale here this week...was trying to decide what to do with the two pints in my fridge. I think I've got to try this one...

  8. The blueberry cake looks awesome I think I would love the cinnamon sugar on top.

  9. Woot! You go girl! This cake looks so good and it doesn't look as overwhelmingly sweet. Bookmarking this one!

  10. I love that you have a "mommy" recipe. What a great memory.

    Oh - the cake looks delicious, too!

  11. Lovely Emily, just that blueberries are really expensive where I am and you really don't find the goods ones either.

  12. Hi I am a Mainer, born and raised in the state of Maine. Your blueberry cake sounds wonderful. I have a blueberry cake on my blog done by Marjorie Standish a Maine cook. And yes nothing beats blueberry cake. Enjoy your post and keep baking. Andi

  13. Excuse me but I did not see any on my desk this morning.... :) just teasin'. This looks amazing! I wish I had time to bake...although my parents are getting me a stand up mixer for my bday!!!!! Too bad it's so hot that I never want to fire up the oven. yuck.

  14. It is great if you're able to remake the food mom made growing up. And at one point you will make it even better then mom ever did!

    I have a blueberry tree in the back yard and I've been picking blueberries every other day. Just to bad there's not enough to make this cake.

  15. This cake sounds wonderful! I am craving dessert right now, I wish I had a slice! Glad you were able to make it work!

  16. That looks so delicious and yummy. I don't have Maine blueberries, but I do have blueberries...so I will have to give this a whirl and be sure to follow the directions exactly :)

  17. Oh my goodness, I love blueberry cakes and yours look great. Your Mom would be so proud.
    Thanks fro sharing this delicious recipe.


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