Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Blueberry Snack Cake

As they say, "the heat is on," reaching 90+ degrees with humidity here makes the heat index over 100...whew!  For me, these summer days bring back memories of growing up in Maryland and picking huckleberries along our property for my mother to create cakes, cobblers, pies and of course jam.  Later, when I was in high school, my grandfather decided to plant blueberry bushes which produced large berries, but those huckleberries are still the sweetest I've ever had.

A few weeks ago I picked strawberries here and preserved 24 jars of jam and now the blueberries are coming in:-D
I thought a quick snack cake would be perfect to have with my diet coke (not a coffee drinker!) this morning while working the daily crossword puzzle and before starting work.  It also gave me a chance to test out a new silicon liner I bought for my 9" x 13" pan.
I love my springform pan, but I know this liner is a lot less expensive and will do the same in making bars and cakes easily cut because it allows you to lift the bake goods out of the pan.  It comes in two sizes; one to fit a 9" x 13" and one for an 8" x 8" square pan.

Blueberry Snack Cake
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Topping:
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon sugar

Combine the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Grease & flour a  9" x 13" baking pan or use the silicon liner.

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Scrape the sides once more.


Add the flour, minus 1 tablespoon, baking powder, and salt alternately with the milk.  Toss the blueberries with the 1 tablespoon of flour and stir into the batter.  Spread into the prepared pan.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries over the top and sprinkle with the sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.  Poke the center with a toothpick and check after 45 minutes.
Allow cake to set for 20 minutes in the pan before lifting it out.
To finish, dust the top with some confectioners' sugar...it makes the presentation even prettier, but the taste of this cake and it's crunchy topping is perfect without it too.
It's great for a snack cake, but it was also just what I craved for breakfast this morning--moist and full of blueberries.  Our grandson, Ari will soon turn 6 years old and his mama used to call him, "her blueberry baby."
Ari wrote his name in the sand when we were at Hilton Head!

I'll definitely make this for him when he comes for a visit again...so I better freeze a few bags of these gorgeous berries.  Enjoy!


10 comments:

  1. Susan: I love all your wonderful baking! This looks delicious and what a darling little boy!

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  2. What a cute little guy...I love his name! Blueberries are in season here and I froze a few little snack bags yesterday. They will be good later on for on top of cereal. But the cake looks even better! Hugs!

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  3. Mmmmmm this blueberry cake sound good and easy to make. that's for me!!!!! as you know blueberries here don't come out till July so have another month before picking them. it's been so cold here in CT. strawberries are not ready, yet.
    Ari looks like he is having fun writing his name in the sand.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  4. Her blueberry baby sure is a handsome blueberry!

    Now this silicon liner looks like a fantastic addition to kitchen tools. Needless to say, the cake looks marvelous.

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  5. This is a winner in my book ! I love snack cakes and anything I can bake in a loaf pan. Can I order the silicone liner on the internet? I tried Amazon...no results.

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    1. I bought it through Chef's Catalogue.

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  6. This is my kind of afternoon cake and it looks fantastic with all the fresh blueberries. You are quite a baker, Susan.

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  7. This looks yummy, like all your wonderful recipes!

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  8. Hi Susan - thanks for your nice comment. I tried to send the address by email but it wouldn't work for me. As requested...Deb Steckly, 317 Baines St. Carleton Place, Ont. Canada K7C 3E5. Have a wonderful weekend. Deb

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  9. Yum! You definitely know how to make my mouth water, Susan! Hahaha! Your baked goodies are always so delightful to see, and stumbling upon that recipe seems to be no accident. I've been looking for a quick and easy to make blueberry cake recipe, and it seems like I found exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks for sharing that! Have a nice day! :)

    Jason Underwood @ La Patisserie

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