Introduction: Blueberry Crumb Cake

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When I first tried this blueberry crumb cake, it was so good, that I demanded of the chef that she give me the recipe. I then sat on this recipe for a while. I was waiting for the right time to arrive. And finally one day, it did. When I was at the produce market, sitting there on the shelf, waiting for me, were fresh organic California-grown blueberries at $4 a pound. It become suddenly clear to me. Blueberry crumb cake!

And so I embarked to make the blueberry crumb cake recipe, but after reading over the ingredients I decided that it needed some changes. I cut back on the sugar and substituted their crumb cake topping for the tried and trusted one my mother has always made. I was very pleased with the results. This one undoubtedly gets my seal of approval.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

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You will need:

for the cake:
1-1/2 cups of sugar
2 sticks softened butter
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup milk
2-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 quarts of fresh blueberries

crumb topping:
2 sticks of chilled butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons of cinnamon
A pinch of salt
2-1/2 cups flour

kitchen stuff:
A deep baking tray
Pastry blender
mixing spoon

Step 2: Wash the Blueberries

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Rinse off the blueberries in a colander and give them a few shakes to help get the water off. Let them sit to dry.

Step 3: Grease the Pan

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Lightly grease the pan with the end of a stick of butter

You can also simply use the residue left on the butter wrapper itself.

Step 4: Sweet Butter

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Add two sticks of softened butter to a large bowl. Pour in a cup and a half of sugar. Beat it until its thoroughly mixed and you have worked out most of the large clumps of butter.

Step 5: Eggs

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Add an egg. Mix it in completely.

Repeat twice more.

Step 6: Vanilla

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Mix two teaspoons of vanilla in next.

Step 7: Preheat the Oven

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Now is about a good time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees (if you haven't already done so).

Make sure that one of your own racks is in the middle of your oven before you do this.

Step 8: Dry Stuff

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Mix together two and half cups of flour and two teaspoons of baking powder in a separate bowl.

Step 9: Wet Stuff

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Mix milk and 3 egg yolks in another separate bowl.

To separate egg yolks, crack an eggs and dump the contents gently into your hands. Let the white of the egg ooze through your fingers. You should be left with a perfect yolk.

Step 10: Mixing It All Together

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Dump 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter and sugar bowl. Stir it in completely.

Dump 1/2 of the egg and milk mixture into the butter bowl. Stir that in completely.

Dump another 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter and sugar bowl. Stir it in completely.

Dump the remaining 1/2 of the egg and milk mixture into the butter bowl. Stir that in completely.

Dump the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter and sugar bowl. Stir it in completely.

In other words, stir it in as such: flour, milk, flour, milk, flour.

Step 11: Pan It

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Pour the batter into your cake pan and spread it out so that it covers the entire pan and is roughly and inch deep.

Place the blueberries on the top of the batter and gently press them in.

Step 12: Crumby

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To make crumbs, add to a large mixing bowl:

2 sticks of chilled butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons of cinnamon
A pinch of salt
2-1/2 cups flour

Mix it all together with a pastry blender until you have crumbs. When you are about done, you can help shape the crumbs by using your hands and squeezing the mixture between your fingers.

Step 13: Spread Crumbs

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Spread the crumbs evenly over the top of your cake.

Step 14: Bake

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Place your cake onto a middle tray in the oven and spend the next 45 - 60 minutes cleaning the kitchen until your cake is ready.

Your cake is ready when the top starts to golden and brown. If you stick in a toothpick, it should come out without any wet batter on it (gooey blueberry is okay).

Step 15: Eat

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Cut yourself a piece of cake and enjoy.

If you are feeling generous, you can cut a piece of cake for others as well.


CathyO1 (author)2015-06-24

You say 2 quarts of blueberries but your photos look like 2 pints? 2 quarts would completely cover the cake batter and make it very wet. Trying this today. looks great!

macdonald1611 (author)2010-07-25

Thanks for posting this recipe. It was a hit in our home....

randofo (author)macdonald16112010-07-25

Happy to be of service!

Pyrotechnic-Robot (author)2010-07-12

Mmmmmmmm this is sooo good!!! Thank you so much for posting this instructable.

Awesome! Glad it came out well.

picklet (author)2010-07-12

Here in New Zealand we have no idea what a "Stick of Butter" is. For those of us who are drooling at this lovely recipe, but have not got quite the same measurements, would you be able to tell us how many grams that would be, please?

randofo (author)picklet2010-07-12

It is a half cup or 4 ounces. Here in the US we have no idea what a gram is ;-)

picklet (author)randofo2010-07-12

Thanks, randofo, cups seem to be a fairly international measurement. Just FYO in case you ever need it: 1 cup=250millilitres. 250 milliliters (ml) water = 250g (gram). That's because 1 000 gram = 1 kilogram = 1 litre water. These measurements are all tied to the weight of water. Cheers!

Saulopez (author)picklet2010-07-12

Hi ! one bar of butter is 190gr . So we need 380grs of butter for the filling and other 380gr for the crumbs. Great Sauvignon Blanc in N.Zealand =) Greetings

picklet (author)Saulopez2010-07-12

Hey, thanks, that was quick! Have got the blueberries, so here we go. Wouldn't know about the Sauv blanc, ethanol is not my drug ;) But there's all sorts of good stuff growing here... Including us. Be well, hope you get to enjoy lots of good meals with or without NZ-grown goodies!

SmiLynnLady (author)2010-07-12

Oven temp? Pan size? How long to bake? All of these things are missing from what I can see. Help!

T3h_Muffinator (author)2009-11-10

Om Nom nom.

Yeah, those pictures with 'your' hand are totally shooped.

hogey74 (author)T3h_Muffinator2010-07-11

Nom Nom Nom !

randofo (author)T3h_Muffinator2009-11-10

The hand is real. It's complicated. You would need an advanced degree to understand.

Sqeeky (author)2010-07-11

Sounds and looks delicisious but I must have missed something. I do not see a pan size.

sdhardie (author)2010-07-11

4 stick of butter?? Have you tried substituting it for apple sauce or something? If I try it, I'll let you know how it goes.

J-Five (author)2010-05-20


Lithium Rain (author)2009-11-10

>Drops to one knee<

Randy, will you marry me?

randofo (author)Lithium Rain2009-11-10

I think you may have to compete with Dr. Girlfriend.

scoochmaroo (author)2009-11-09

Dude, what kind of camera did you get? These pictures are great! You're gonna give me a run for my money.

randofo (author)scoochmaroo2009-11-09

Sadly, this was taken with my old camera. However, there may have been a little teeny tiny bit of Photoshop involved here.

scoochmaroo (author)randofo2009-11-09

I loved that camera.

And everyone appreciates the finesse and balance Photoshop can add.

Lithium Rain (author)scoochmaroo2009-11-10

:O Photoshopped?! And here I've always just thought you guys took better pictures than me. :\

Yerboogieman (author)2009-11-09


Pazzerz (author)2009-11-09

Here's a way to separate your yolks:  When you crack the egg open let the yolk stay in one of the shell halves and pass it back and forth between the shell halves, letting the whites drop away with each pass.  You'll have a lot less mess on your hands and no special tools are needed.

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