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Sour Cream Blueberry Coffee Cake

August 11, 2019

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I am a sucker for coffee cake, and summer is such a sweet time for blueberries. I love the crunchy exterior of this coffee cake and hope you do too!

You will need:

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries (or 1 c frozen blueberries)
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a nonstick Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter together with the sugar and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. 
  3. Beat in the eggs.
  4. Then beat in the sour cream, vanilla, 1 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  5. Beat in the flour until just blended.
  6. Fold in the blueberries.
  7. Gently spread a third of the batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
  8. In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar with the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon and the pecans.
  9. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the batter. Using a knife, gently swirl the mixture into the batter.
  10. Gently spread the remaining batter in the pan.
  11. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes. Tester should come out clean.
  12. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before inverting to remove from the pan.

Strawberry Bunny Cake

April 11, 2019

Growing up, my grandparents made a Bunny Cake every Easter. I recall being dazzled by the cake year after year. It was always so special looking…plus it was served on an extra big tray (and what little kid doesn’t get excited about that?!). This past Easter my mom and I made one at my house. We baked, frosted, and covered it with coconut the evening before. Then my mom added some fresh fruit to make the bunny face before serving. It was a huge hit with the whole family (and inspired some pretty wide toddler eyes too!).

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You will need:

  • 1 1/2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 c milk, room temperature
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 3 c hulled and chopped strawberries
  • Favorite white frosting (we used two containers of whipped vanilla frosting from the store)
  • 14 oz sweetened coconut flakes
  • Berries for decorating (we used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and eggs until smooth and well blended.
  4. Mix in the milk, baking powder and salt until well combined.
  5. Mix in the flour and beat until smooth.
  6. Fold the chopped strawberries into the batter.
  7. Divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out mostly clean. The sides should be have begun to come away from the pan.
  9. Cook the cakes on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  10. Turn the cakes out from the pans and remove the parchment paper lining.
  11. Allow to cool completely on the wire racks.
  12. Cut one of the cakes into two ears and a bowtie(the cake between the “ears” will become the bowtie; see the first photo above).
  13. Set the cakes on a large serving platter (in a pinch, you can use a large foam board covered in plastic wrap).
  14. Frost with your favorite frosting.
  15. Sprinkle coconut on top and gently press it into the frosting.
  16. Just before serving, decorate with fresh fruit to make the bunny’s face.


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Cranberry-Blueberry Sauce

November 17, 2015

I’ve been playing with recipe ideas for Thanksgiving and am hosting a Friendsgiving to try some new ones out in advance of the big day. My mom loves cranberry sauce, and I wanted to try something beyond your traditional cranberry and orange sauce. Then I found this recipe for a quick cranberry sauce with blueberry and red wine that is a fun twist. Let me know what you think!

You will need:

  • 8 oz fresh cranberries
  • 6 oz fresh blueberries
  • 1 c juicy red wine
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground cloves

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Then you will…

  1. In a large sauce pot, combine all the ingredients. You want the pot to be big enough for the sauce to foam up to about 3x its size while it cooks.
  2. Heat the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce to a simmer over low heat. Allow to reduce for 20 to 30 minutes; most of the cranberries should have burst.
  4. Transfer to heat-safe jars or containers and allow to cool to room temperature on the counter. The sauce will thicken most as it cools.
  5. Sauce will stay fresh for 2 weeks if kept airtight in the fridge.

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

January 28, 2015

This recipe comes from my middle school cooking class.  I have made a few tweaks over the years to tone down the sweetness and let the blueberries shine through all the better. It makes a great addition to any weekend.

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You will need:

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries or 2 c frozen (thawed and drained)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 of cold butter (cut into small pieces) with the brown sugar, oats, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon and nutmeg. I recommend using your fingers to mix the ingredients together into a crumbly meal. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour with the sugar, salt, baking powder, the remaining teaspoon, ginger and cloves.
  4. Melt the remaining butter and mix it into the flour mixture.
  5. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until just combined.
  6. Fold in the blueberries.
  7. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Sprinkle with the crumb topping.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick entered in the center comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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Lemon Poppyseed Cake with Fresh Blueberries

March 31, 2014

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This cake is inspired by lemon poppyseed bread. The cake is sweet enough for dessert, but it would be a great addition to any brunch.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 + 1/4 c sugar, divided
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T poppyseeds
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c light sour cream
  • 3 c fresh blueberries
  • 4 T blueberry jam
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 T strong coffee

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter together with 1/3 cup of the white sugar plus the brown sugar.
  3. Mix in half of the zest and lemon juice.
  4. Mix in the egg, poppyseeds, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.
  5. Stir in half of the flour and half of the sour cream.
  6. Repeat with the remaining flour and sour cream.
  7. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  8. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, the other half of the lemon zest and juice, the blueberries, blueberry jam and nutmeg.
  9. Spread the fruit on top of the batter.
  10. Bake 40-50 minutes or until the center is set and the cake is golden brown.
  11. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing the springform sides.
  12. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar with as much of the coffee as needed to making a drizzling consistency. Drizzle to taste on top of the cake.
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