Saturday, August 30, 2008

Puttin' those fresh blueberries to work...

When we picked up those fresh blueberries to make that salad earlier this week, I made sure to pick up extra so I could make this Blueberry Coffee Cake. Because I didn't want to let the berries sit around for too long, I made this cake on Thursday, but didn't have a chance to talk about it until today (I blame Gus... hee hee!)

This lighter coffee cake is studded with those fresh, plump berries and was exceptionally moist - however, I thought it was almost on the verge of being too moist! When I was preparing the vanilla batter, there didn't seem to be anything unusual, but after I added the cup of buttermilk, I thought in my head that it looked just thick enough. While the recipe called for another 1/3 cup of buttermilk, I held back and compromised by tossing in two tablespoons instead.

The cake read like it was going to be a bit delicate, so rather than fuss with trying to get it out of a cake pan, I used a 9" springform pan instead (if you do use a 9" cake pan, you may need to increase the baking time slightly). Rather than mixing the batter with the blueberries, half of it is spread into the pan followed by a layer of berries, the rest of the batter and the other half of the berries. Just for added insurance against the berries wanting to sink, I tossed them with a couple teaspoons of flour to help suspend them in the batter. To give the cake a bit of sparkle and crunch, the top is scattered with coarse turbinado sugar right before going into the oven.

The flavor was right on and not too sweet - but, I thought the texture would have been a little better if I stuck with my instincts and left the buttermilk at 1 cup. It wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination as we both enjoyed it - I just thought the cake was almost a little custard-y near the bottom (which I don't think would have been solved by baking longer as the crumb was not exceedingly wet).


  1. Great tip on tossing the berries in flour to help suspend them!

  2. Caroline - it works well with muffins too!