Blueberry boy bait

Hello there ! It’s been ages since I blogged (over a year to be precise, yeah WordPress just informed me that ) or even baked a cake. Mommying a toddler leaves you with barely enough time for a refreshing shut eye. Most days are a blur, swathed in a furious flurry of kid activities. But I also read the dynamic posts of those supermom bloggers who make raising 3 or 4 kids seem like a gentle storm and I wonder – how do they do it all? I still don’t know the answer to this. Do you ? Do you?

And you know what I crave the most? Standing leisurely in front of the mirror and putting on a full face of makeup, analysing each stroke and colour ,and blending it all away to my hearts content. Preening yourself satisfies the soul. You agree ?

And meanwhile my mom surprised me with a brand new baking book from Americas Test Kitchen. It’s called The Perfect Cake . It’s pretty different from all the cake books I own; in the sense it takes a classic cake ,tests all the known recipes for it , identifies the pitfalls with each one and then they explain how they came up with this recipe which is a perfect fix for all those issues. And yes, they have included almost all the popular cakes in the cake world; you could say it’s more like a cake encyclopaedia.

The name Blueberry boy bait sounded intriguing. I mean, a cake bait for a teenage boy? I know many teenage boys who would fall for a cool bike or a phone. But a cake? Are you serious?!! Hehe!

It’s a pretty straightforward snack cake, and you don’t need a ton of blueberries to make it. The cake is on the thin side, so you wouldn’t be having a whole lot of batter. I halved the recipe as I didn’t have a 9x 13 pan with me and it worked alright. What I particularly loved about it is the combination of blueberries and cinnamon about which I was a bit skeptical at first,but it works really well. The cake itself is soft and buttery and very delicious. It took me just 25 mins to bake half the recipe.

What can I say? It would do you good to have such an easy -to -whip -up snack cake in your repertoire. Try it and do tell me whether you have tried any different recipes for this same cake.

Enjoy folks! And have an awesome day!


Blueberry boy bait

Ingredients

For the cake

2 cups plus 1 teaspoon all purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

16 tbsp salted butter, softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup blueberries,fresh or frozen (if frozen, do not defrost)

For the topping

1/2 cup blueberries,fresh or frozen (if frozen, do not defrost)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Method

For the cake

1.Heat oven to 175 C. Grease and flour a 13 x 9″ baking pan.

2. Whisk 2 cups flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.

3. Beat softened butter and sugars until fluffy.

4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just incorporated.

5. Beat in one third of flour mixture, followed by half of the milk. Then beat in half of remaining flour mixture, then the remaining milk, and finally the remaining flour mixture.

6. Toss blueberries with remaining one teaspoon flour. Gently fold in blueberries using a rubber spatula. Spread batter into prepared pan.

For the topping

1. Scatter blueberries over top of batter. Stir sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl together and sprinkle over batter.

2. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature upto 3 days.


Adapted from The Perfect Cake