The time for blueberry everything is here. Blueberry pancakes, blueberry pie, blueberry cobbler, blueberry scented this, and that. Maine Blueberry season lasts from the end of July through the first part of August. There are high bush blueberries that are usually cultivated, pruned, and make for easy picking. Wild blueberries (low bush) are a hot commodity, and if you are lucky enough you know of a secluded place where these little gems grow. Locals covet wild berries, and most claim they are sweeter than the high bush varieties. Both are available at local Farmers Markets. No matter your preference, it’s hard to choose from the many Maine Blueberry treats. One of our favorites is the Classic Maine Blueberry Cake.
It was tough to choose which is the best blueberry cake recipe, but this one is most definitely at the top of our list. Rich, fluffy, moist, and bursting with blueberry goodness – this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Nutmeg, and Cinnamon
1 1/2 cups Fresh Blueberries
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Sour Cream
1-2 Tbsp Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
Making the Cake
You will need two medium size mixing bowls, a good mixing spoon, as this recipe is best mixed by hand, and a buttered/greased cake pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First combine the dry ingredients in one mixing bowl – flour, baking soda, spices. Mix together. Add the blueberries to the dry mix, and gently blend. (This coats the berries with four to keep them all from sinking to the bottom of the cake.)
Next, in the second mixing bowl beat the egg and add sugar blending the two well.
Then, add to this the flour and blueberry mix alternately with the sour cream, blending gently until completely combined.
Finally, spread cake batter into the cake pan. Place on rack in center of oven. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes and cut into squares. Arrange on serving plate.
To make the Lemon Icing
You will need a small mixing bowl, and a mixing spoon.
First, add 1 tablespoon of fresh Lemon Juice to the bowl.
Then, begin adding confectioners sugar starting with 1/4 cup. Blend well adding more sugar a little at a time, or a teaspoon of water depending on the desired consistency of your icing. If you would like a stronger lemon flavor, add more of the remaining lemon juice instead of water.
Once well blended, drizzle the lemon icing over the pieces of cake. ENJOY!
Visit your local Farmers Market, use as many local ingredients as possible. Maine has many options to choose from, and PYO (pick your own) farms.