Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TWD--Blueberry Crumb Cake

Whether you call her blog Befuddlement, Fundamentally Flawed, or Walking in the Rain, Sihan chose our recipe for this week's Tuesday's With Dorie from the great book, Baking From My Home to Yours.  Go check out her blog (after reading this post! ;)  She is cute, creative and her blog is quite yummy!  Sihan chose Dorie's Blueberry Crumb Cake on pages 192-93.  What a yummy, easy, crumb-y cake.  (All of which I love!  In fact, I think the crumb topping is my favorite part.)

Dorie has us bake the cake in an 8 inch pan.  I thought the cake was very tall and next time I will use at least a 9 inch pan.  I made just a small little mistake with no consequence at all.  The recipe says to use 3/4 of a stick of butter, which is 6 tablespoons.  I knew that, but from the time it took to look in the book, see that and get out the butter and remove it from the wrapper, I totally forgot and used the whole stick.  So an extra 2 tablespoons went in to my cake.  Did it suffer?  Of course not.  We're talking about butter here.  I'm sure if Paula Deen has a version of this cake, it has at least 2 sticks of butta in it! ; )  (I love Paula.)  The only other things I did different from Dorie's recipe is I used ground nutmeg instead of freshly grated and instead of a trip to the store for buttermilk, I used the tried and true home version of 1/2 cup skim milk and 1/2 tablespoon vinegar (let set at least 5 minutes--lemon juice also works).  This cake turned out great.  No complaints here.  Kevin even had a few pieces of it--and it's cake!

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Look at the height on this thing!

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Perfect blueberry placement.  Just dredge them in a few teaspoons of flour before mixing them gently into the batter.  (I used frozen berries--Goodness, the price of blueberries is crazy right now!)

Hmmm, does anyone else think this needed a little something, or was it just me?   Let's see---ah ha!

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Now you're talking.  I know, it pretty much goes against Baking's "religion", but I love Cool Whip, guess it comes from growing up on it, rather than the real thing.  Now, Cool Whip has joined the likes of Reddi Whip (have never cared for Reddi Whip, but I'm liking the new Cool Whip!) and comes in a convenient spray can.  ("Fill'er up", she says opening her mouth.) ;)  jk, I've never done that.

Thanks for the great pick, Sihan.  Feel free to go see how all the other bakers faired with their crumb cakes this week HERE at Tuesday's With Dorie.

35 comments:

Kayte said...

A dollop of cream on the top always makes things seem festive! Your cake looks plenty good on its own, however, great job. I am going to need to try again.

Megan said...

Wow - it's so big and fluffy! The cake I mean, not the cool whip.

And your husband ate it? That must mean it's good!

Lillian said...

I loved this cake, even how tall it was. We didn't use whipped cream, though -- looks great that way!

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful!

Amanda said...

Looks wonderful! We really enjoyed this crumb cake too :)

What's for Supper? said...

Yours turned out great!!!

Elyse said...

Mmm, Katrina, this looks so wonderful!! A little extra butter never hurt anyone (okay, at least in the short term). This cake looks fabulous (and by the way, I'm a Paula-lover, too). I'm so glad you tried the lava cookies! I don't know why your dough was thinner, but you might try refrigerating for 30 minutes before baking (I skipped this tip, which didn't seem to affect my cookies...but maybe that would help). Did you like them???? I think we must have very similar taste in cookies/fudgy treats. I remember the first time I saw your ramekins filled with cookie dough and little chocolate treat in the middle, and my jaw dropped! (Those are like the best invention ever, by the way...so yummy!!)

Cathy said...

You know what? I think you totally hit the nail on the head for me. The cake WAS thicker than we wanted. There was just SO much cake relative to the topping. A 9" pan would be perfect -- that's what I'm doing next time! So glad that your gang enjoyed this -- it looks great!

Jennifer said...

It was a rather thick cake. Your cake looks beautiful!!!!

Secret Server said...

Your cake looks perfect. it is tall, maybe it was the extra butter.

vibi said...

WOW! The super blueberry tower! Amazing hight indeed! Bravo, Katrina!

Karen said...

That looks so good! :) I had never heard of subbing skim milk and vinagar. I need to try that! Glad this worked out for you!

Jennifer said...

I thought the same thing about using a 9" pan the next time. I really liked this cake, too, and served it with vanilla bean ice cream, so good!

Pamela said...

Yep...you did get a tall cake there. Looks great, with or without the cool whip. Great job.

Lisa Ernst said...

This looks beautiful!!!!

Carla said...

Glad to see your blueberries didn't sink to the bottom. Looks great!

mike said...

Another "moist-looking" cake... I must have missed something. It looks great! I'm sure everyone loved it - I love those type of "easy" cakes. Nicely done!

Becky said...

One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh blueberries we pick. This year I'm trying that crumble recipe, oh it looks so good.

Jill said...

Your cake looks great. I'm a Cool Whip lover too - I didn't know that it comes in a can now!

Ivette said...

That is one good looking cake... and topped with whipped cream it must taste incredible!!! I actually think the cake does need a bit more butter.. or at least mine did.. it was a little dry but it tasted great!

Stephanie said...

Lovely cake! I LOL when I read your Paula Deen comment...you can never have enough butter!

Sarah Caron said...

Wow, that looks moist and so fluffy too. I am such a sucker for crumb cakes...and add blueberries and I am just sold.

noble pig said...

I like the height on this and the cool whip.

TeaLady said...

Whipped cream looks pretty on top. And it is nice and tall isn't it. Great job.

Melody said...

Wow! I could really go for this right about now! Hey, I left an award for you at my blog. Thanks for the great recipes. I enjoy following you.

Mary said...

Cool whip rules...I totally agree....nice work on the cake.

Anne Marie said...

Fun to catch up with your news. Can't believe your baby is 2 already!!! What a cute guy. Fun to see pics from the zoo. All your kids and Mindy's kids have grown up so much. Glad you got to go visit family too.

Maria said...

Great job on the cake. It looks most delicious!

Claudia said...

Yours look wonderful! And yes - it was huge! GRANDE! My husband is out of town and am terrified I'll eat it all.

Lynn said...

This looks super. I'll bet my family would love it :)

Engineer Baker said...

Whipped cream is always a plus on a cake :) Yours looks wonderfully tall and moist!

Michelle said...

Yumm - that looks delicious!

Tracey said...

Wow, great job! Your cake looks amazing!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Gotta love some crumb!

basicallybaked said...

Ah! Now this one looks more like blueberry except for the topping. Now I have to go check out that recipe! ;-)