Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Blueberry Cake for the 4th of July

 I have been making this cake for over 40 years.  The recipe itself is from 1886!
This is my families favorite cake.

 Cream 1 C. sugar with 1/4 C. of butter.

 Add 1 egg and 1 C. of milk.

 Add 3 tsp. of baking powder, 2  1/2 C. of flour and 1/4 tsp. of freshly grated nutmeg.  The nutmeg is very important to this recipe so do not skip it.  Stir in 3 cups of blueberries.

 Split the batter between 2 greased and parchment lined pans.

 Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the middle clean.  Mine usually takes about 40 minutes.

 Remove from pans and let them cool completely on racks.

 While the cake is cooling, make the frosting.  Mix 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1/4 C. of light cream or milk.  Add 1 tsp. of vanilla and 1 cup or more of confectioners sugar.  Double the frosting recipe if you like lots of it for your cake.

 I used a patriotic plate for the 4th.

 This cake should be refrigerated because of the whole blueberries.

It is also very dense and moist.

22 comments:

Heather said...

That looks wonderful! I love blueberries.

Lisa said...

Well, now I know what I am going to be doing with my large container of fresh blueberries! This just looks wonderful!
XO,
Lisa

Nancy said...

Thank you for adding the "subscribe via email" gadget. Much appreciated. The blueberry cake looks wonderful. When I was little we never had blueberries, but had lots of things made from huckleberries. Now that I am an adult and love huckleberries, they are really hard to find unless you live in the Pacific northwest. Once upon a time you could buy them in the coal regions of PA but not anymore. I will definitely try this cake. The plate is beautiful. Is it English ironstone? I collect on a small scale - limited by the space of a 1 BR apartment. Really puts a cramp on things. I meant to tell you that I smile every time I see your blog because of the background - how I love weeping willows. The one in our backyard when I was little was the perfect fort.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Love the fact that its very vintage! It looks absolutely delicious!

Suzanne said...

I will have GALLONS of fresh blueberries next week when I visit my mother. I will definitely be making this!

Barbara F. said...

Looks delicious, love blueberries. Have a happy July 4th. I am thinking of your macaroni salad. lol Hope Teddy doesn't hurt too much cause of fireworks. xo

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

This cake do look delicious! Thank god You have all the recipes on the side bar so I can go back whenever I need to :-) This will be done when the blueberries are ready here! I realized that I actually have a small pitcher that shows American measurements :-)

Have a great 4th of July!
Christer.

Robin Larkspur said...

Dense and moist? I am making this!!! Happy Fourth, Joyce to you and the family.

Patty Woodland said...

Most older cakes are dense. I guess we lightened them up as mixers came along and we just started eating lighter fare. It's a beauty of a cake for sure! Happy 4th

Candace said...

Yum! Our blueberry crop is coming on strong and I need more blueberry recipes that ever! Thanks for this - it will be next on our hit parade of blueberry desserts!
Cheers!

laurie said...

I have never ever saw a cake like this and we live in wild blueberry country, all along the shore of lake Superior!! I will have to try this but I can tell you right now I know its a winner!
Sounds wonderful and I love the plate you chose, beautiful, it looks old,

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

Surprise, Surprise! My cake looks just like this. What a wonderful recipe. Sorry everyone I got the recipe a couple of days early and have already eaten half of mine. This is FABULOURS!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That plate makes a person want to stand and salute! Happy July 4th to you!

Guillaume said...

Happy Independence Day and thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! I am a "Blueberry" (a guy from Saguenay) and a blueberries eater. I want to try this recipe. Thank you again.

Nellie said...

I look forward to making this very soon! We are having a good blueberry season.

Happy Fourth to you!

TARYTERRE said...

Why if you do not mind... I think I will take that last piece. SCRUMPTIOUS. Love the fact that cake is part of history. HAPPY FOURTH.

Monique @ Magpie Hollow said...

That looks so very scrumptious !
Such an old recipe, wonderful !!
I love the plate too. I hope you had a fantastic 4th
Have a great day.

Ioana Carmen said...

this is really beautiful!

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Shannon said...

It looks delicious!

luckybunny said...

I have little doubt if I made this, I'd eat half the cake. All my favorite things!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Good grief, Joyce. I gain pounds just visiting you! LOL

LM said...

My blueberry cake is cooling and I just finished making the icing, I CAN'T WAIT!! Hurry up and cool already :D