Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blueberry Crumble Cake

When the cold winter weather hits, I get the biggest satisfaction out of testing new recipes and working on revising old ones.  I love dusting off old cookbooks and remembering that the most basic, original and simple ideas are usually the truest favorites.  I find that this is the season for baking and slow cooking...where in the summer we turn up the grill.  My heart is satisfied when the house is warm and the aromas of tomato sauce, slow cooks meats and cakes linger long after they are cooked. 

A few posts back I decided to make a very simple Cherry Tart with homemade crisp topping to modify the pre-made ingredients used.  Well I decided to do the same again but come up with something new since I had a ton of the crisp crumble left over and an extra pie filling.  After some research and debate I decided to make a take on another sweet challenge in coming up with a coffee cake by combining boxed cake mix with blueberry pie filling. 

This lighter, almost muffin like cake is less rich and fatty than many breakfast "cakes", yet a touch more dense that a simple vanilla or white cake.  Just the thought of having another slice of this little piece of heaven with a fresh cup of coffee or a hot cup of tea is delightful and I hope you try this masterpiece on the next snowy day... or rainy day.. or sunny day... JUST TRY IT ANY DAY!!

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F for shiny metal or glass pans / 325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pans.  Grease bottom and sides of a 13" x 9" pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, blueberry pie filling, vegetable oil, vanilla, zest  & eggs on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes (scraping bowl occasionally).  Pour into pan and sprinkle generously with crisp topping.
  3. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  There may be a little stickiness to the cake filling due to some of the filling but not much.  DO NOT OVER COOK!  Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.  Let set for at least a half hour before cutting and serving. 
When using a boxed cake mix, add one extra egg and use milk instead of water.
Individual Muffins
These little cakes will soufflé in the oven and fall a little when cooling.
Try this recipe with Apple Filling and Spiced Cake Mix!
This cake is even better the next day!!!

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