Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blueberry crumb cake (Modern Baker)

Happy June! With the start of summer, we are beginning our final section in The Modern Baker Challenge: cakes. I've actually already made a few cakes from this section: the devil's food cake, the individual cheesecakes (yum!), and the milk chocolate mousse cake ~ a comedy of errors and one of my five very favorite recipes from the entire book.

Apparently I have somewhat of an obsession with all things blueberry, as my official recipe for the muffin section was blueberry muffins, my official recipe for pies was blueberry pie (another one of my top five), and when it came time to pick an official recipe for the cake section, I took the blueberry crumb cake.

The cake layer is a normal golden cake, made with butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, egg yolks, and buttermilk. Before baking, you press a ton of blueberries into the top and cover with a crumb topping. Mine baked for an extra ten minutes, and I'm still not certain the very center was baked through; I might give it an extra five next time.

I made a full recipe for my hubby's end-of-the-year school picnic, and it disappeared. The cake was light and fluffy, the blueberries achieved the promised jam-like consistency, and the crumb topping was, well, a crumb topping...delicious!

(In case you're wondering, the rest of my top five are the ham and egg tart, the bittersweet chocolate tart, and the coconut chocolate pecan bars. My most-made recipe, though, are the butterscotch chocolate chip scones, requested almost weekly by my children!)


  1. Yum, eager to get to this one...looks great. I don't know that I could do top 5...there are too many to choose from...this is a great book. Love the photo...maybe I need to make this one for next week.

  2. That looks amazing!! I, too, am a lover of all things blueberry. As soon as the little purple beauties start showing up at the farmer's market, I'm making this cake!

  3. Wow, does that really look good. And I could have a glass of blueberry wine I just recently found with that.

  4. I've made this recipe! Isn't it lovely? I remember the dough weighing a ton though! :)