Blueberry Cake with a Brown Sugar Sauce

Monday 30 March 2015

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Do you know how much I love blueberries?   If you've been reading my blog for any time at all now, you will know it is an awful lot.   We have our own bushes in the garden . . .  a good half dozen now, and they are great producers . . .  but of course they aren't producing this time of year.  I do have quite a few frozen however, which is never a bad thing!  ☺

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I used some of them today to make an old favourite of mine . . . blueberry cake with a brown sugar sauce.  It's a very old recipe and very old fashioned.   I love these types of recipes.  There is nothing fancy or artificial here.  This is the same type of recipe that your grandmother would have cooked for the family.

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This dessert is composed of a fabulously moist white cake . . . stogged full of lovely sweet blueberries . . . served warm and topped with a wonderfully simple brown sugar sauce.    

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Desserts don't have to be complicated to taste good. They just have to taste good.   This is simple. It's just cake and sauce.  

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But what a cake . . . and what a sauce!  A picture speaks a thousand words they say . . . so what are these photos saying to you??? 

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Well, what are you waiting for . . . grab some blueberries and get baking! 

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*Blueberry Cake with a Brown Sugar Sauce*
Makes one 9-inch square cake
Best served warm with the delicious sauce spooned over top.   Deliciously different.

For the cake:
55g white vegetable shortening (1/4 cup)
145g granulated sugar (3/4 cup)
1 large free range egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
280g plain flour (2 cups)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
225ml of milk (1 cup)
1 cup of blueberries

For the sauce:
200g soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
1 1/2 TBS flour
pinch salt
225ml boiling water (1 cup)
1 TBS butter
1/2 tsp vanilla  

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Preheat the oven to 165*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  Butter a nine inch square baking pan.  Dust lightly with flour, shaking out any excess.  Set aside.

Cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.   Beat in the egg and vanilla.   Whisk together the dry ingredients.   Add alternately to the creamed mixture with the milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.  Mix until smooth.  Stir in the blueberries.  Pour into the prepared baking pan.   Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

While the cake is baking make the sauce.

Whisk the sugar, flour and salt together in a saucepan.  Add the boiling water, whisking constantly.  Continue to whisk, cooking over low hear until thickened nicely.   Whisk in the butter and vanilla.   Serve warm and spooned over squares of the warm blueberry cake


  1. How lovely blueberry cake Marie!
    Just delicious!

  2. These photos are saying to me, Jerra, you need a blueberry bush!! :) I love old fashioned recipes, there is something so satisfying about making them. Gypsy tart is a favourite of mine, I find making it very therapeutic.

    Have you been watching 'back in time for dinner' ? its great, I have only seen the 50's episode so far but I have recorded the rest, I shall sit and watch them with a nice cup of tea I think! :)


  3. Well this must be absolutely delicious Marie..thanks!

  4. Jerra, you need to have a few blueberry bushes. You won't regret having them for sure and you can plant them in containers, plus they have beautiful red leaves in the autumn! I have never made a Gypsy Tart, but it is on my list of things to make! I have not seen that program. I will have to look for it. What channel is it on? xoxo

    It is really delicious Monique! xoxo


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