Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Growing up in Newfoundland, Canada we were not endowed with a huge choice of fresh fruit in the produce department. BUT, my family every August (late August) and September would make a big trip out to the barren lands to pick gallons of Blueberries! Enough Blueberries to last us through out the winter months. Let me tell you… we LOVED our blueberries, and all of the blueberry desserts, muffins, and breads my Momma cooked up!!

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Now, since the boarder control wouldn’t look highly upon my mom sending gallons of Newfoundland Blueberries into the US of A, The Boss and I decided to do some picking of our own this summer.

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We picked a lot of Blueberries, and ate a lot more blueberries in the process! So “what is my point?” you might be asking, my point is, now that I have my very own endless supply of blueberries I can make an endless supply of blueberry creations! And today’s creation is “Blueberry Upside-down Cake”, right from Momma’s kitchen!

First we start off by creaming the butter, eggs and sugars until they are nice and smooth! I find that taking the time to cream your butter and sugars together for 3-5 minutes until light and smooth will make the difference to a fluffy recipe!

IMG_3204 800 x 533 *Remember the 3-5 minutes is longer than you think, set a timer, you’ll thank me later!!

Then, while your butters are creaming, sift together in a different bowl the dry ingredients. Once the creamery has finished, add the dry ingredients in 3 parts while the mixer is still on.

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From here I prepare a little bit of blueberry and brown sugar goodness in the cupcake trays. It’s a mixture of brown sugar, butter (but of course!), and the super important ingredient… lemon rind!

IMG_3224 800 x 533 IMG_3227 800 x 533 after whisking the ingredients above, distribute evenly between cupcake sheet.

IMG_3236 800 x 533 Now, the finishing touch… BLUEBERRIES! Yum!  (try not to over do the berries!)

Once the bottom of the cupcake sheet is prepared, you’re going to want to stop dipping your finger into the batter, and start dividing that too into 12 even portions.

IMG_3242 800 x 533 IMG_3251 800 x 533 One of my favorite baking utensils is this medium sized ice-cream scoop. Even scoops every time!

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While our scrumptious blueberry cakes are-a-bakin, it’s time for me to get crackin’ on the blueberry cake topping! Yes! Yes, there is more to go with this dessert. A light, lemon based, citrus drizzle.

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Always get the good juices rolling with and citrus fruit by lightly rolling it under your palms and against the counter. This helps squeeze out more juice, or maybe just makes it easier? Anyways, this is something that I always do and I’m pretty sure the habit came from watching Rachel Ray or Martha Stewart at some point in my life!

Once the cupcakes are done, let them cool and set for at least 15 minutes before doing anything! (To be safe, leave the kitchen and don’t think about them for 15-20 minutes) This way the blueberry conglomerate can cool and solidify making for a much prettier turn-out and a MUCH easier clean up!!

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When you’re ready, and the cakes have cooled, it’s time to flip!

IMG_3286 800 x 533 Don’t forget to put a cookie sheet underneath the flipped pan- this will catch any uncooperative blueberries!

IMG_3295 800 x 533 Then, be patient! Let it sit for another 2-3 minutes! No Peaking!

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Mmmm, who’s hungry?

Then pick out your favorite looking cupcake and dress it up with a little lemon sauce!

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Bon App├ętit!  

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9 comments:

Jayne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

YUM! Those look phenomenal!

Kevin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those look great!! I just posted a blog about homemade granola bars you maybe interested in. They are not as pretty as your creations but they are tasty.

http://halftriing.blogspot.com/2010/09/homemade-granola-bars-good-eats.html

Cordially,
Kevin

Kevin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I make homemade wine and would love to have access to that many blueberries. Blueberry wine is phenomenal.

-Kevin J
http://halftriing.blogspot.com

Kevin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I thought you may like this. How to make homemade energy gels.

http://halftriing.blogspot.com/2010/09/homemade-energy-gels-gu.html

-Kevin

CoachLiz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG! I now have to find me a bedtime snack. Those look amazing. I am guessing that you did a basic confectioners sugar and milk glaze and added the lemon juice, yes? Yummmmm!

Rose-Marie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks sooooooo yummi!!!!

nettie.friend said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your blueberry cupcakes look amazing! I can almost taste them through my monitor, very tantalizing! Do you post your recipes somewhere, or are they a trade secret?

Kevin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I saw this blog today and thought you would be interested in it because you like running and food. It seems to be more food than running but there is some running in his posts.

http://thekitchenofarunner.com

Cordially,
Kevin
http://halftriing.blogspot.com/

SquirrelHead said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What are the chances of getting a recipe for the upside down blueberry cupcakes?

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