Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blueberry "Boy Bait" Cake

I'm going hunting...hunting for a man. This particular type I'm hunting for today is not as elusive as once suggested and are in fact abundant during September through January. I'm hunting for the Football Head.

The Football Heads of North America (Pigskinus Gigantopithecus) have flourished in man caves over major cities as well as the rural areas of America. They are often characterized as passionate creatures and are jovial when their team of choice is winning. They are, however, prone to fits of rage over a bad call and it is advisable that you avoid them when their team in on a losing streak. An angry football head is a dangerous one.

These bigfoot-like animals have the digestive systems of omnivores, but can adapt to a steady diet of beer, pizza and chicken wings, which make up the majority of their diets, during the 5 month football season. Seeing that they are deprived of freshly baked goods, my bait of choice is the Blueberry "boy bait" cake. With a tender, buttery crumb, this cake is 95% effective in catching the football head of your choice.

Shhhh...I see one now. This is Pigskinus Gigantopithecus in his natural environment. The man cave. 
Observe the man toys both set to football related activities; laptop set to his Fantasy Football Stats, flat screen TV set to ESPN hours before a game is scheduled to begin. Don't worry he can't hear me. A recent study has shown a new malady that affects all Football heads. The development of selective hearing. If needing to communicate effectively with this man beast, it should be done during a commercial break. Let's snag one of these suckers! Bring out the boy bait...

I got him! And a fine specimen at that :)

 Blueberry "Boy Bait" Cake by The Test Kitchen of America

2 cups plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cake: 
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Whisk two cups flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. With electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated and scraping down bowl. Reduce speed to medium and beat in one-third of flour mixture until incorporated; beat in half of milk. Beat in half of remaining flour mixture, then remaining milk, and finally remaining flour mixture. Toss blueberries with remaining one teaspoon flour. Using rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries. Spread batter into prepared pan.

For the topping:

Scatter blueberries and pecans over top of batter. Stir sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl and sprinkle over batter. 

Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (topping side up). Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)


  1. Damn. That looks tasty.

    Every time I read your blog, I remember that I need to buy a decent digital camera at some point soon. Your pictures are wonderful.

  2. LOL on this post, Lovely treat too

  3. Cute post. :-) Even if I'm not a member of that genus-species, I'd come running for this cake, too.

  4. Aaron, I've made a lot of blueberry cakes and this one is by far the tastiest :)

    Jennifurla, many thanks!

    Jean, thanks so much :) Maybe it should be renamed Blueberry Bait a Guy or Gal Cake!

  5. Hahaha...I'm picturing you lurking behind a houseplant, wearing a safari hat.

    I'm going to need this cake for the hockey season.


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