Friday, February 10, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Cake




Do you have a Valentine this year?  I of course hope you all do!  If you don't I highly suggest considering some back up Valentines type fill in.  Not that my husband would ever remember forget Valentines, but I have learned over the years it's good to have something waiting in the wings to make you feel all fancy and warm inside.





Let's start with the obvious, your spawn (aka your kidlet).  Your spawn are the perfect little fill in if dad doesn't pony up with candy, flowers, food, DVDs, music, breakfast in bed, a day to yourself...Yes your little toddler can be the perfect fill in for that 1 hour per day that they are actually lovable...I kid, I kid...all kids are lovable at least 2 hours per day...otherwise known as their nap...





The next obvious thing to replace any lack of gifts from your husband is bad TV and a bad attitude.  Nothing feels better than to watch some super bad reality television and come up with some super snark for the old ball and chain.  I prefer things like The Real Housewives to get me pumped up for classy wife behaviour.





A few other things that are helpful to fill in and make Valentines day wonderful?  How about kittens, puppies, Love Actually, Chocolate, Strawberries, Whipped Cream...Chocolate covered Strawberries with Whipped Cream, and let's not forget Clive Owen serving you Chocolate covered Strawberries and Whipped Cream in bed while you watch The Real Houswives and he babysits your kid for the rest of the day.

That would sort of kick butt.

PS - This cake seriously rocks, I made a double batch and it's was devoured!  It's moist, refreshing, tasty.  I tend to get caught up in the more fancy desserts, and this cake reminded me of just how good the basics could be.




INGREDIENTS
Delightfully borrowed from OurFamilyTreat

1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft
zest from 1 lemon
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup buttermilk *


DIRECTIONS


Cream butter with lemon zest and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, toss blueberries with 1/4 cup flour. Add the rest of the flour, baking powder, salt and buttermilk to the butter mixture. Fold in blueberries. Grease a 9 inch pan and spread batter. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

*don't have buttermilk?  Place 1 tbs of white vinegar into your measuring cup, next add in regular milk to reach the 1/2 cup mark.  Let this sit for 5 minutes, you will notice it get much more thick.  This is a perfect sub for buttermilk*


22 comments:

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

i love these pics! this looks so yummy, i can't wait to make it!! Thanks for sharing!!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

god i love looking at pics of Indigo - she's so darn cute - and my lordy lord - this is going in my recipie folder!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

These are lovely photos, and a wonderful recipe to go along with them, Jen. So glad to see you back to doing what you love after a brief hiatus! Looking forward to more! :)

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

This cake is beautiful... but not as beautiful as Indigo, seriously so so pretty!

Daisy said...

loving the B&W shots this round. happy almost valentines day!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delicious! Blueberries are wonderful when used in baked goods. I love those black and white portraits.

Cheers,

Rosa

Just Cake Girl said...

Amazing pics!!!

The Harried Cook said...

Beautiful pictures in this post! Your daughter is gorgeous... and the cake sounds absolutely yummy!

Pam said...

Your photos are insane!! Love them!

Pacheco Patty said...

Love all your photos, very creative!
Yummy cake with my favorite flavors, thanks for passing on the recipe;-)

Tessa said...

I, too, always seem to forget about the basic recipes. I need to remember they are basics for a reason - they're great! Hope you end up having a great V-day!

SprinkleBakes said...

Love these black and white pics! I bet that cake is amazing!!

Chris said...

Laughing - love the snark strategy.

Jenn said...

LOL.. fantastic tips, thank you!! :)
Love the pictures and of course, love the cake!

Pam said...

I am just stunned by how beautiful your daughter looks in those pictures. Truly a beauty!! I loved that cake too - yum!

Leslie said...

You even make food in black and white look stunning!!! Your daughter is a doll

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

She is so beautiful. And this recipe sounds yummy too! I would love a piece this evening!

Katie said...

Yum! This is for sure going in my recipe box! Your daughter is adorable...XoXo

Megan said...

Love the pictures of the kiddo, simply adorable! The cake is sounding pretty terrific too.

Mary said...

This is my kind of cake and the pics of your daughter are priceless. I love the first one.

Tracy said...

Such a lovely cake! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!