From the Kitchen: Blueberry Cake

Hello Everyone! It's Lauren, and today I'm coming from the kitchen with a lovely recipe for you. With the 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I'd share this yummy cake that looks rather patriotic {Although baking is always a good idea...even if it's not a holiday :)} 

Delicious Blueberries...a sign of summer
 Here it is just before it went into the oven!
Time for the frosting!

 Sprinkle with blueberries
Garnish with the juiciest strawberries you can find... and Voilà! 


Blueberry Cake
makes one 9" round cake 
{Here's another idea if you are feeling very adventurous and patriotic: Make the cake in a rectangle and then garnish with strawberries and blueberries in a flag pattern to make your own flag cake!}

1 1/2 cups organic white flour
*sub with other flours if desired
3/4 cup sugar, organic
1 Tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp almond extract (sub with vanilla if desired)
3 Tbsp rolled oats
2 Tbsp flax seeds + 2/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup almond milk, vanilla (or soy)
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
3 Tbsp orange juice + pinch orange zest(opt.) (fresh squeeze room temperature oranges - or warm OJ to about room temp)
optional: 1/2 tsp cinnamon

fold -ins:
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or almonds) (or a mix of both!)

topping: blueberries +pinch rolled oats + sprinkle of almonds

note: I used about 10 ounces blueberries total - buy 2 6oz packs and eat any leftovers :)

Frosting:
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup virgin coconut oil (or cream cheese)
3 cups powdered sugar* (or 1 cup see note)
pinch salt

*{I found the sugar amount in the frosting to be way too much so I used cream cheese (instead of coconut oil) and 1 cup or so of powdered sugar...play around with the flavor until you reach your desired taste!}


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, oats and optional cinnamon to a large mixing bowl. Toss a bit.

3. In a small dish, combine the water and flax seeds. Stir briskly and let sit for about 2-4 minutes.

4. Add the water/flax mixture, orange juice, applesauce, extract and soy milk. Tip: try to make sure these ingredients are either room temperature or slightly warmed. I used room temperature oranges to fresh squeeze - and room temp applesauce. This will help your batter blend more seamlessly - and the butter will stay smooth.

5. Stir your batter by hand until smooth. Fold in the blueberries and chopped nuts.

6. Pour your batter into your cake dish - grease and flour the sides before pouring.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes - or until edges begin to brown a bit. Remove from oven to cool.

8. Start your frosting about 20 minutes before you want to frost your cake. Your cake must be cooled when you frost it or the frosting will melt.

9. Add frosting ingredients to mixing bowl and blend with hand beater mixer until fluffy and smooth. Add in a splash of room temperature soy milk or coconut milk or almond if needed to thin out the blend. Place frosting in fridge for just about five minutes before frosting. Any longer and the frosting will get too firm.

10. Frost cake and add blueberries (and strawberries) on top. Serve with softened frosting. Store in fridge - but allow frosting to soften a bit before re-serving from fridge.

Enjoy!


9 comments

Stesha said...

oh how delicious!!! This is so yummy, I will have to try :)

xx

Treasure Tromp said...

yum, looks delicious!

Mikelle Jade {The Honeypie Archives} said...

Yum. saving this, and trying it. perfect for summer.

maryl said...

Thank you so much for this easy and fabulous looking cake for the fourth of July. I love the look of this and know that it will be delicious for the holiday celebration with family!

Erin said...

I love this! So yummy - looks like a lovely recipe :)

angie said...

Oh yum! I need to make this cake! In fact...I might give it a go this weekend :)

Lottie said...

this looks incredible and not too hard--my sort of cake :)

tutusandtea said...

Ooooo! Lauren this cake looks delicious!! Definitely a must for the 4th! Hope you're well lovely lady :)

Julia D. said...

Looks yummy! I agree, there's always a reason to get in the kitchen and bake. I like that you modified it to make it healthier. Thanks for sharing!

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