If you are lucky enough to live in an area where blueberry picking is a traditional summer activity, then this recipe is a great way to use up your bounty. The buttery pound cake is studded with juicy blueberries, perfect for a breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or delicious dessert.
The cake can be baked in a tube cake pan or Bundt pan. You can serve the cake as is, or top with a basic vanilla icing or simply dust with powdered sugar just before serving.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups flour, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pint fresh blueberries, or 2 cups frozen blueberries (thawed and drained)
- Preheat oven to 325 F (165 C). Grease and flour a Bundt cake pan or tube cake pan.
- In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until light and fluffy. Add and mix in the vanilla.
- Sift 2 cups flour, salt, and baking powder together. Add the sifted ingredients to creamed mixture and beat until well blended.
- In a medium bowl, dredge berries in remaining 1/2 cup flour.
- Gently fold floured berries into the batter. Spread the batter in the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Optional Vanilla Glaze
If you like, you can drizzle this vanilla glaze over the cake when done. To make, combine 1 tablespoon of melted butter, 2 cups of confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk (or enough to make the icing thin enough to pour over the cake). Blend well and drizzle over the cooled cake.
Tips and Variations
Don't skip the step of tossing the berries in flour—this helps keep them from sinking as the cake bakes. If you can't find fresh blueberries, you can use frozen. Just be sure to drain them well; otherwise, the juice could add too much moisture to the cake and will tinge the batter purple.
For an added sweet outer crust, coat the pan with butter and sugar before pouring in the batter.
If you have gone blueberry picking and need a few more recipes, or if you'd like to try something similar to this pound cake but slightly different, a blueberry yogurt cake is a good choice. Or, perhaps you are in the mood for a muffin—perfect blueberry muffins or blueberry cream cheese muffins are both great options.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||18 g|
|Saturated Fat||10 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||6 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|