It’s July, so if you’re on Instagram, you may be noticing that everyone’s feed is filled with blueberries.
Whether you picked them yourself, found them at a farmers market, or bought them at the grocery store, ’tis the season.
One of the recipes that I use as a base is a Norwegian Apple Cake. I’ve been using this recipe for years, with a few changes. One of the easiest ways to adapt it is by changing the type of fruit.
I made the cake a few weeks ago using cherries. Everyone loved it, so this past week I used blueberries. Lots of blueberries!
I used two cups and the cake was bursting with blueberry flavor. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try.
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Summer Blueberry Cake
(makes one single layer cake)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups blueberries (washed, stems removed)
In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar and eggs. Stir in salt, extracts, baking powder and flour until well combined.
I use a regular size round cake pan, but a square or loaf pan would probably work fine too. I used to grease and flour the pan, but now I use parchment paper. So whatever way you prefer is fine.
Pour batter into a pan. Pour the blueberries over the batter and press into the cake.
The original recipe says to bake for about 25 – 30 minutes at 400 degrees. After that time, it was still raw inside. I’m still figuring out the timing and temperature. The blueberries were very wet, unlike apples, so I had to bake the cake for another half an hour or so. I reduced the heat to 350 degrees, so that the top wouldn’t burn.
You’ll have to experiment with the temperature and timing, by doing the toothpick test to see if it comes out clean. The next time, I’ll probably try baking the cake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes and go from there.
After the cake is done, I put it in the fridge and let it cool down. If you are taking it to go, maybe for a picnic, wrap it in foil, pack it and be on your way!
Let me know if you try it and what you think.