Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blueberry cake...

It's surprising how life changes lane, taking a new turn,  sometimes showing you a different perspective altogether. You do things that you never thought of, you love  things that you  may have hated till changes or we change, I feel we grow as we go on. Like I never knew I would love baking so much. For me baking was just a cake during Christmas. And now it has expanded to various breads, cakes, cupcakes etc. I now love every single step of baking. Measuring, mixing, working to get the perfect texture and so on. Baking is such an addiction.

Usually I bake a simple vanilla cake as a snack for my family. This time the kid bought a box of blueberry. She enjoyed baking last time, and we had  baked a fruit and nut bundt cake together. Yeah summer break!!! fun for the kid, not always same for the parents though. :) So it is the story of a box full of blueberries and a heart shaped cake.

This above picture of blueberries is my entry to "The Color Me Photography Challenge Series". The series is organised and hosted by Priya of The Humpty Dumpty Kitchen. The month of July is for "Colour Me Purple (And Blue and Violet!)". 

Back to the cake. It is a simple vanilla cake, I added the blueberries as the kid wanted it that way. I used the heart shaped pan just for fun.

Things needed to make blueberry cake:

(This will make a 10 inch round cake, or two 6 inch heart shape cake)
  • Unsalted butter: 1/2 cup
  • Sugar: 1 and 1/4 cup
  • Eggs: 4
  • Flour: 1 and 1/2 cup
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp
  • Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
  • Milk: 1/4 cup
  • Blueberries: 1 cup
  • Extra butter to grease
  • Extra flour to dust

Steps of making blueberry cake:

1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Grease the pan with butter or oil, sprinkle four or you can line the pan with parchment paper.

2. Wash the blueberries well, pat them dry.

3. Cream the unsalted butter and granulated sugar. I used a hand blender for this. Add eggs one by one, mix well after adding each one. Scrape the sides with a spatula as you are mixing. Add vanilla essence, mix well.

4. Sieve flour, salt and baking powder. If you are using salted butter, then don't add salt. Mix one third of the flour mix and gently fold it in. Add half of the milk, mix with spatula. Repeat till all the flour and milk are used.

5. Pour cake batter in the prepared pan. Drop some blueberries.

6. Bake at 375 F for 30 min, on the middle rack. Check with a toothpick or skewer whether the cake is done or not. Remove from oven, cool on a wire rack. You can decorate cake as you like, I sprinkled confectionery sugar on the cake.

And dusting the cake with sugar left such a beautiful design on my table. I couldn't help but take a picture of that.

Pretty, isn't it? I call it a sugar heart. And again this little things that may not be very important to others, but I love them, tiny, insignificant but enough to make me happy.

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Blueberry cake
(for one 10 inch round cake)

Unsalted butter: 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1 and 1/4 cup
Eggs: 4
Flour: 1 and 1/2 cup
Milk: 1/4 cup
Salt: 1 tsp
Baking powde: 1 tsp
Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
Blueberries: 1 cup
Butter to grease pan
Flour to dust pan

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Grease and dust pan.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one by one, mix well.
3. Add vanilla extract.
4. Sieve flour, salt and baking powder.
5. Add 1/3 of flour mix, fold in with a spatula. Add half of the milk. Repeat till all the flour and milk are used.
6. Pour cake batter on prepared pan, drop few blueberries, bake for 30 min at 375 F.
7. Cool down on a wire rack.

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  1. like blueberry shot.. perfect lighting..

  2. Love ur pics esp the snap in which the the p.paper is half peeled.
    Unlike our daily cooking there is some suspense in baking until we see the outcome or it may be exploring the unknown ,accessibility of ingredients what ever it is everything excites ...right!

    1. Meena, thanks dear. I was confused which one to submit to Foodgawker, but as you mentioned you liked the folded paper one I submitted that, thanks.

  3. this cake looks so good with such fine crumbs and soft texture. lovely clicks as always.

  4. Its a joy to see your perfect clicks Chitra :) Like Meena said, that pic with the paper half peeled is so good although my fav is the one of blueberries. I like that sugar heart too :)

    The cake of course sounds great with all those blueberries in there. And great that the little one enjoys baking with her Mom :)

    1. Priya, thanks, the blueberries are all yours, clicked for you only.

  5. Blueberries look so perfect. And the cake looks good.
    Baking is so much fun, I agree.

  6. perfect cake! the pics are out of the world !

  7. blueberry cake looks so soft and yum..gorgeous clicks...
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  8. Hi , Thanks for dropping by my blog. U have a cute space here. I would love to try ur bengali recipes. Bookmarked some :)

  9. beautiful.... it looks very very soft... lovely..

  10. Delicious blueberry cake Love it.

  11. Very lovely clicks n soft cake...

  12. Awesome clicks, like the one with the blueberries the most !! A simple & lovely cake for ur loved one !

  13. Oh the baking bug is so addictive! Love the blueberry cake!

  14. Hi Chitrangada,

    The recipe is great of course! But I love how the post takes a moment in the middle of the baking (just as you did) to enjoy the sugar heart... A lovely moment in the post! :-)