Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blueberry Lemon Teacake

When you live in a two room apartment encased in brick there aren't many reasons to have your oven compete with the AC in summer. This blueberry lemon teacake, however, is definitely one of the better reasons to initiate an appliance show-down. The lemon flavor is light, fresh, and bright. The blueberries retain their juiciness; bursting with each push of the fork and staining the dense crumb with purple flecks. It's a perfect cake to serve with a dollop of sweet whipped cream at the end of a summer meal on the patio.

Blueberry Lemon Teacake
2 cups fresh blueberries
dash cinnamon
juice of one lemon
1 T sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar 
3 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
zest of one lemon
2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

preheat oven to 350º F.

Prepare a 9" springform pan with Bak Kleene or butter and flour. Set aside.

Combine blueberries with lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating after each addition. Add vanilla and lemon extracts as well as cream and lemon zest. Drain the lemony-cinnamon juice from the blueberries and add to the batter. Combine well.

Now add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.  Spread into pan and top with with blueberries in an even layer. You may gently press berries into batter to even them out if necessary.

Bake for 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Serve with powdered sugar or whipped cream. Delicious with lemonade.

playing with my food: fun with picmonkey

If this cake looks familiar it's because it's one of my favorite styles of cake for its rich, dense batter that is both simple to prepare and incredibly versatile. Here are some favorite variations:



  1. Oh I need to try this w my gazillion cherries! :D

    Ps you have the mobile version installed. You pass!

  2. WOW!!!! So gorgeous and delicious-looking.

    Which slice is mine?

  3. Yep, this is a Grammy cake.

  4. This looks so good! I love blueberries and lemon. That picture of the blueberries and lemons is gorgeous! I love playing with photos!

  5. Blueberries and lemons are like Forrest and Jenny. :) Yum!

    1. Jessica,
      I love the lemon blueberry combination in the cake. especially with the cinnamon. This is a great recipe to use the huge box of blueberries from Costco. I will be making this one soon. Great pictures as well. Stay cool.

  6. The cake looks so good. I love love blueberries.

  7. I love blueberries and lemons. This tea cake looks incredible, just wanna take a bite off the screen! Great pics!

  8. Came across from twitter and it sounded good, but nothing could prepare me for how good it actually looks. Nom nom!

  9. Goodness... this looks amazing. I would turn on my oven for this too.

  10. I LOVE blueberry lemon anything! This looks great!!

  11. Okay, so your description of the cake has me drooling. Bursting blueberries, fresh lemon- I need some. It's a gorgeous cake, and I would have had an appliance show down for this cake, too.

  12. Hey Jessica, I nominated you for the versatile blogger award! ;-)

  13. Wait, you have a patio?? Seriously, we have been on a lemon blueberry bake-fest around here. Just as soon as I test a new recipe, it is attacked and devoured before I can say 'drop that cake, I have to take a picture!' I still have a couple more recipe variations to test so I'll toss yours on the pile. Maybe one of these days it'll stick around long enough for a photo. The temperatures have been brutal in New York, too. I think the dog has taken to sleeping in the bathtub! Stay cool.

  14. This cake sounds wonderful! I love the combination of blueberry and lemon together, especially in baked goods such as this cake. Would love some with a scoop of vanilla ice cream ;)!

  15. Hmmm. If I had to choose between A/C and baking this dish, I would choose C: both. Wait until night time when it cools off...

  16. This looks so tasty! I love the recipe!

  17. Your Blueberry Lemon Teacake certainly looks worth heating the old apartment up for! Great recipe and photos! Allen.


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