Boys of all ages, beware: Blueberry Boy Bait

The Blueberry Boy Bait is a moist sweet cake that won the 1953 Pillsbury baking contest prize winner by a 15-year old girl. It’s still a winner today!

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I love it when a recipe has a story to it, whether it’s a tall tale or a family fable. And the story for Blueberry Boy Bait is great. This cake recipe is a 1953 Pillsbury baking contest prize winner that was originally created by a 15-year old girl. She won 2nd place in the junior division. They cake was named after the effect it had on teenage boys–one bite and they were hooked! Love it! Who needs perfume or tight jeans?!!

I’ve seen the recipe in my Cook’s Country magazine and I flagged it to make later. Well, a few years later I’ve seen this cake being sampled and blogged about, so I finally made it and took it to a pool play date this summer.

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We were hooked with this cake, too, with its buttery texture and crusty cinnamon-sugar top. It’s also fully loaded with summer’s jewels – blueberries! Serve it alone or with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, this makes a scrumptious dessert. You can also cut them into small squares and serve with tea or coffee as an alternative to coffee cake for brunch or breakfast.

Blueberry Boy Bait

This 1953 Pillsbury baking contest prize winner was originally created by a 15-year old girl. It was named after the effect it had on teenage boys--one bite and they were hooked. You will be hooked in, too, with this buttery cake topped with cinnamon-sugar and fully loaded with blueberries! Recipe adapted from Cook's Country, August 2006

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (do not thaw; keep frozen)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, light, packed
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 cup milk, whole
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and apply non-stick spray to a 9" x 13" baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together:
    • 2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 TBS baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
  3. In a small bowl toss together:
    • 1 tsp all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup blueberries , fresh or frozen (do not thaw; keep frozen)
  4. Using a stand mixer or a handheld mixer whisk until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes):
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup butter, unsalted , softened
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar, light , packed
  5. Add to the butter mixture, one at a time, until just incorporated:
    • 3 eggs, large
  6. Add one-third of flour mixture and mix until incorporated.
  7. Mix in:
    • 1/2 cup milk, whole
  8. Mix in half of remaining flour mixture.
  9. Mix in:
    • 1/2 cup milk, whole
  10. Finally mix in the remaining flour mixture.
  11. Using a rubber scraper, gently fold in blueberries.
  12. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  13. Scatter evenly over the top of the cake:
    • 1/2 cup blueberries , fresh or frozen (do not thaw; keep frozen)
  14. In a small bowl mix together:
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  15. Sprinkle sugar mixture over batter.
  16. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.
  17. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (topping side up).
  18. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Great for dessert or served for brunch as an alternative to coffee cake.

Prep Time:

Yield: 18 servings

Cook Time:

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