Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Bake and Run!

This is a recipe from The Tightwad Gazette for blueberry cake I've looked at many times over the past 20 years, but never made, cake not really being part of my usual diet.  However, I thought it worth trying and being as how I didn't have blueberries, I had blackberries, I made blackberry cake.  I'm going to try it with apples and maybe even tinned peaches; I'll be dead amazed if this wasn't another Universal Recipe.

Blueberry Cake

2 cups white flour
1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup cooking oil
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Mix the above in a bowl.  Put in a prepared (I took this to mean greased; might even be better if floured, but I haven't tried that part yet)  9 x 13 pan, top with following mixture:

3 cups blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Bake at 350 F (180 C) degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

This is not a terribly sweet cake and Bill said that it really mostly tasted of blackberries.  The cake seems quite light, almost but not quite a sponge cake.   I'd recommend giving it a go.

I had three reasons for baking this cake. 

1)  I have a shed-load (well, actually freezer-load) of blackberries to use up;

2)  I needed something to blog about and this seemed a natural choice given my commitment to review ideas from The Tightwad Gazette.

3)  Trent Hamm over at The Simple Dollar, included this video on a list of things that inspired him.  I wouldn't say it was the best TED talk I've watched, but it was fairly amusing - but not very, either.  According to this speaker, one of the characteristics of a happy marriage is that the woman is thinner and more attractive than the man.  You've seen photos of Bill; what chance have I got? 

The only strategies that come to my mind are to get out there and run some more miles (and miles), and bake a lot more pies and cakes! 

Do you know any really fattening recipes I could try?


Boywilli said...

The cake was delicious but paragraph 3 is a load of tosh. I may be skinny but I am not nearly as attractive. And you have made my marriage supremely happy

Anonymous said...

Ha, I love your strategy of fattening HIM up!

If I had so many blackberries, I would be eating them on oatmeal EVERY morning.

Anonymous said...

It looks yummy!

The secret to a good marriage is a good sense of humor. And from your post I see you have this in spades. :)

Shelley said...

Boywilli - ILY, too.

Terri - Scavenged blackberries aren't quite the same quality as store bought. They aren't all big, plump and equally sweet. I'm fine with that, but prefer to cook them. Also, after being frozen the texture isn't the same either. Still, very delicious.

Ilegirl - I usually think I'm way too serious, but there is some twisted sense of humour left.

Beryl said...

This reminds me of something a woman my husband had dated before he met me said. "He'll never marry her - her nose is too big." It is extremely rude (but still common) to assume that a slim, attractive man is that shallow. And my husband isn't. And I'll bet if they were that shallow, we wouldn't have been married as long as we have been, no matter what they looked like. (Remember the movie Shallow Hal?)