Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Burstin' Blueberry Cake

Burstin' Blueberry Cake
From Burstin' Blueberry Cake

My next-door neighbour, Shirley, was not only our babysitter and mother of 6 kids, she also made a mean blueberry cake. I don't remember the first time I had this cake but I remember the smell, I remember sitting at her table eating it with the other kids. I don't remember the conversations we had but I do remember the laughter and the lingering delicious taste of this old-fashioned cake.
From Burstin' Blueberry Cake

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
¾ cup milk
1 cup blueberries - fresh or frozen will work.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 9x9 pan.


Cream shortening and sugar together until well combines. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.

Sift flour, salt, and baking powder in another bowl.

Add 1/3 of sifted mixture to creamed mixture. Mix until blended. Add 1/2 of milk and mix until just incorporated. Mix in another 1/3 of dry ingredients and then mix in milk and then the last of the dry ingredients. Fold in blueberries.

Pour batter into pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

- if using frozen berries, tossing berries in a bit of powdered sugar before adding to batter will cut down on colour bleed.
- sprinkling cake with powdered sugar is a nice option.
- I haven't tried it but I pretty sure you can substitute the shortening with butter, if desired.

- In picture above I substituted same amount almond extract for the vanilla and sprinkled with toasted almonds. mmmm.

- 9 x 13 pan can be used. bake for 30 minutes.


  1. That looks too good! Nothing tastes better than good ole' blueberry cake... oh my! Good job!

  2. Nice cake, I can smell and taste it from here. Anything baked with blueberries is a winner in my books. Thanks for sharing, and thanks to Shirley.

  3. Yummy! I'd love to have a piece. I'll have to make me one next time I get some berries :)

  4. This looks so moist and delicious! Great tip about tossing the frozen blueberries in powdered sugar.

  5. You know what I like best about this recipe? I will feel less guilty eating a couple slices of cake than 4 mini muffins of it (I would do either, this looks so good!).

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  6. My husband ADORES blueberries. If he saw this right now he would demand I make it right now!

  7. Thanks you for posting this, it looks amazing! I will be making this tomorrow!

  8. Gorgeous recipe! So simple, but that's the best way to treat blueberries. Thanks for the recipe!Kathyvegas

  9. what a gorgeous & tasty looking old fashion cake! Love the blueberries.

  10. I am so making that. Except that I had a little promise that I made to myself about not making so much sweet stuff...

    Argh! I'm going to break the promise!

  11. Love this recipe. Can't wait to try it. Looks so tasty. I've been looking for a great recipe for blueberry pie or blueberry cake.