5/6/09

blueberry cake

I love this time of year when I can go to Whole Foods and see an abundance of organic blueberries and strawberries. I am that tall, curly haired girl standing by the organic berries studying them all for a good 15 minutes or more deciding which 3 or 4 cartons will be going home with me. I inspect, I smell them (the best part right?) and try to find the most plump'iest (sp?). One carton gets eaten on the 40 minute ride home. The remaining cartons are going to be used in the best cake or muffin batter; a batter that is all homemade full of butter, sugar, flour and eggs.
This recipe is literally the best recipe I've ever come across for simple, tasty blueberry cake. It's almost muffin like. Solid recipe. You can count on this one time and time again to deliver. It's a bit heavier, not that light, but very moist, very moist. So, if you are a blueberry lover, then you simply must try this one. And this is one of those recipes that always tastes better the next day with your morning coffee. I swear this tastes better the next day, you know with that first hot cup of coffee of the day? Yeah.

Blueberry Cake
from Donna Hay
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2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 ts finely grated lemon rind (I used 3 ts)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F.
Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add sugar and combine.
In a separate bowl whisk sour cream, eggs, lemon rind, and oil together.
Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.
To make a cake: spread batter into 9 or 8 inch greased & floured cake pan and bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
To make muffins: fill a dozen 1/2 cup muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake for 12 minutes or until clean toothpick stage.

Note: I sprinkled raw sugar on top halfway thru the baking time-I love that crunch. I used a 9-inch round cake pan that was greased and floured. I baked mine for 30 minutes, but I have a convection oven, so it takes less. But make sure to watch the cake at around the 30 minute mark! I used 3 ts of fresh lemon zest--I love that lemon taste.

73 comments:

  1. For a second there I thought you were talking about me. I love lingering over the berries at Whole Foods only I'm not tall. You've inspired me to make a stop at whole goods on my way home from work today.

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  2. I will have to try this one. I have blueberries in my freezer still from last years picking. Good to know this taste good the next day!!

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  3. This is my kind of cake. I love blueberries!!

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  4. Ohhhhh, yum!! That is beautiful and I LOVE fresh blueberries.

    And you're tall? I always imagine you short. Like super short. Funny!

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  5. You drive 40 mins to the grocery store??? Lol, I feel you on those berries though. They are just to perfect. This cake is beeeaauuutttiiifffuulll.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Oh that looks so gorgeously yummy!

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  7. Looks very moist and delicious! I love Whole Foods

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  8. Luscious berries. You've just convinced me to go and buy a bunch of 'em.

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  9. you have effectively made me crave not only some blueberries but this luscious cake as well....

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  10. i am so hungry for blueberry muffins now

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  11. I'm the same way when it comes to berries. Today I was buying strawberries and was sniffing the carton.. hoping that no one would think I was weird. The blueberry cake looks really good. Yesterday I was craving a cake like that, dense, but moist, but I used cranberries. My cake may not have been too happy though because I was trying out a lower in butter recipe. All this baking is really starting to show and it's the summer, but I can't stop baking!!

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  12. Oh how I love blueberries! This cake looks so good.....and easy too! I hope the place I picked blueberries didn't dig up the bushes like they said they were gonna do at the end of the season last year-I'll CRY!
    Dawn-what size round pan did you make this in? I do like the idea of making muffins with this too....maybe jumbos like the Jordan Marsh ones????? :)

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  13. oh yum. This looks sooo moist and tender.

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  14. I love blueberry season!
    Looks wonderful my Dawn!

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  15. Happy batter. :) Butter, sugar, eggs...they do make us happy. Blueberries too!

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  16. You simply continue to amaze me! I want to run out to Whole Foods right now and get some of those berries, and sniff them like you do. Your writing is great and awesome, and those photos are fantastic! I just love your blog, how it melds your many talents into a beautiful symphony!!

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  17. This looks really good, I am going to try it next week. I love blueberries, and this seems like a fun alternative to muffins. Yum!

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  18. Another great recipe. I love blueberries. I always keep a bag in the freezer until it's blueberries season again.

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  19. I adore blueberry muffins :) This is a must try!

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  20. I'm crazy at the market right there with you! I love baking with blueberries! I love biting into a blueberry treat and getting that fruit explosion! This cake looks awesome!

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  21. I love blueberries! I love a dense heavy moist cake so I am definitely going to make this. MMMM.....looks so good I can hardly wait. Thanks for the recipe.

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  22. Ooh, looks great. Love the sugary, crunchy, shiny top!

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  23. Blueberries are my favorite berries! I would love to wake up to a slice of this delicious delight!

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  24. Awesome. What else can one say? ;)
    xox

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  25. I always run thru your pages and i love reading all your stories. And this time i'am brave enough to send you a message that i love your blog.
    You've inspired me with your beautiful cakes and thank you for the recipes.

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  26. How delicious and wonderful this cake looks! I would love to make it for my family - we all adore everything with blueberries!

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  27. Work bakesale coming up and I wanted to make mini bluberry cakes, this looks perfect

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  28. It does look like the perfect blueberry cake with the sour cream and lemon zest in it - yum!

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  29. I plan on making a blueberry cake for Mother's Day, though not this recipe.

    It looks great!

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  30. I chuckled a little at the thought of you stood decided how many blueberries to buy. When I go shopping I am always the brown haired woman rooting through all of the veggies and fruit to get the best ones - then once I have found the freshest veg I have to decide how many I want...

    Anyway, this cake looks AMAZING! I love the colour and the texture is just the kind that love - absolutley gorgeous.

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  31. This recipe looks fantatic, as does the picture. I loved your description of it. I'll be trying it.

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  32. It does look moist...just like I like it! Yum-o!

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  33. Mmmmmm, cake. Looks fantastic. I wish I could get to a WF wicked bad, I got stuff from there once and haven't been able to go back since.

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  34. i do the same thing with berries :) this cake looks fabulous!!

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  35. i don't think i've ever come to your blog and not started immediately drooling... yum.

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  36. This looks delicious! I am really into blueberries right now too, in fact I was contemplating blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

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  37. ahh i love the cake form :)

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  38. That cake looks incredibly moist. I'm definitely trying this out soon. And it's not even that horrible for you. Thanks Dawn!

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  39. MMMMMM....Dawn!! this cake looks fab! I love the addition of the sour cream!! Yummie!!

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  40. mmm! that looks fabulous, dawn!
    I'm one of those sniffing and hauling large cases of fresh blueberries and strawberries home, too, though mostly I shop for masses of it from costco!

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  41. I love berries!! The cake looks really moist and yummy!

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  42. Your pictures are some of the most incredible food porn that I have ever laid eyes on. I sometimes find myself scrolling through your site, blissfully drooling onto my keyboard. I made your pumpkin coconut pecan bread - I am by no means a baker - and I ate half of the loaf in one sitting. I baked another scrumptious loaf for some friends and they looked at me as those I had performed alchemy. Thank you for sharing your delectable recipes and for chronicling your tantalizing baked goods.

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  43. I can see just how moist that cake was - it's fantastic!

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  44. I also love this time of the year, the good quality produce is slowly making its way to the markets and the culinary creativity starts flowing again! Mostly, I love berry picking!
    This cake look great, it seems to really highlight the blueberries!
    Enjoy Mother's Day!

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  45. Morning coffee.. check
    Where's my slice of blueberry cake!?
    Torture.. this is torture!

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  46. That's a great way to use those beauties. I wish I could keep blueberries around long enough to make a cake - my boys devour them!

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  47. Just simply amazing...I love it. Love the fresh berries (with a load of envy), & the crunch of the raw sugar...YUM YUM YUM!

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  48. There's nothing wrong with picking the 'best of lot' and the result here shows here your efforts went right to very end and tasty result.

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  49. This is just gorgeuos Dawn!! I have to make this, I love the way it looks so moist!!

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  50. How fun! I've never seen blueberry cake..only blueberry muffins. Looks delectable as always, Dawn! Thanks for your suggestion on the cat food! I have them on Evo and Instinct, both high protein food and they seemt to love it too so that's a good thing! I gave you credit on my recent post. ;) Thank you again for caring so much and helping us out!

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  51. sensational. forget blueberry muffins (unless there's streusel involved)--i want cake! blueberries are the one thing i buy year-round, even if they cost an arm and a leg. this is a totally suitable use for them--bravo!

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  52. I love these oil-based cakes... They have such a delicate crumb, flavor, and they stay so moist :) Lovely cake!

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  53. Oooh Dawn, this looks sooo good!!

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  54. I'm always on the lookout for banana bread and blueberry recipes also. I love blueberry cakes...this one looks very, very good too. I'll have to try it!

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  55. This cake was termendous...I loved it!

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  56. Mmm. I'll be trying this recipe. My daughter won't eat fresh blueberries unless they are in a muffin. I am sure she will gobble up blueberry cake. Great photos!

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  57. Yummy. This cake looks awesome!

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  58. yum. love blueberries. this cake looks so tasty!

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  59. I can't see the picture cause I am at work (shhhh don't tell anyone), but I love Donna Hay and this sounds good!

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  60. I will one up and I am the guy with the headphones in the ears staring at the berries munching away while trying to decide which carton is better. Usually I am stuffed by the time it is all said and done.

    The worst is the local farm that has pick your own oh dear god I am so full by the time I have my cartons. Thankfully they do not weigh you before you enter and when you leave.

    Nicely done and as I am sitting her sipping my coffee I am mad I do not have a slice of the cake.

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  61. This looks awesome. I finally picked up some blueberries yesterday. A slice of this cake would go so well with the cup of coffee I am drinking right now!

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  62. What a delicious way to use blueberries! We go picking every summer - I will be bookmarking this recipe to use with them!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  63. Dawn, this cake is gorgeous. I have hopelessly been hooked on starbucks blueberry cake lately but this would blow it away knowing it came from your kitchen. The cake looks so moist! Love it.

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  64. Hey Dawn! Mermaid Sweets told me you've been dealing with blog post stealing... I just found out this is happening to me, too! Fellow bloggers have told me about 2 sites they have seen so far that are stealing my material. I'd love to hear how you're dealing with the problem if you have the time to contact me. Ps - I totally love your bloggy!
    -Stephanie :)

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  65. this looks good! i have blueberries from last year in my freezer so i will definitely give this a try. i just wish i had yogurt or sour cream so i could just have a slice now!

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  66. Oh My, I'm in heaven just looking at the ingredients and pictures. Yum. -e

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  67. Looks wonderful. I don't have a problem with dense cakes so long as they aren't dry and your cake looks FAR from dry!

    Btw, what was the crazy part of that post? :)
    ~ingrid

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  68. Visiting this site is not good for me.

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  69. Hi, Dawn, this looks so wonderful! I love blueberry cakes, and always enjoying trying new ones.

    Actually, all of your recipes look wonderful. It's nice to discover your blog! Thanks for visiting and introducing yourself!
    Audrey

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  70. I am crazy over blueberries. Look forward to try out this recipe.

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  71. I'm loving the crumb on this cake! If we lived closer I would be that short dark hari with bangs girl next to you smelling the summer fruits too to use in happy batters, ahahah!

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  72. Can you make this again? I *REALLY* enjoyed this!

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  73. I am a big fan of blueberry cakes with a touch of lemon. They are one of my favorite breakfasts!

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