Tuesdays with Dorie: Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake

June 7, 2011

Geez, Dorie, why did you give this tasty cake such a blah name? Those of us who have baked a lot of Dorie Greenspan’s recipes know that her “plain” cakes are some of the best around. But others may be turned off by this recipe’s name. Why not call it Blueberry-Brown Sugar Cake? Or Blueberry-Brown Sugar Snacking Cake? The flavor and appearance are anything but blah or plain.

Thank you Cindy of Everyday Insanity for getting past the name and selecting this wonderful recipe!

What I did: I baked half the recipe in a muffin pan – not for the cuteness factor, but because I don’t have a pan that’s half the size of the 11 x 7″ pan needed for a full batch. I used fresh blueberries and 2% milk instead of whole. I got 7 (cute) muffins.

How it went: Even with the extra step of whipping egg whites, this was a pretty quick recipe. I baked my muffins for 22 minutes.

How it tasted: Good! Not too sweet (I didn’t top it with powdered sugar as recommended in the recipe), but there was a nice sweetness from the brown sugar and the blueberries. The tops of the muffins were a little bit crispy – my favorite part. My husband is a fan of fresh blueberries, and an even bigger fan of fresh blueberries in baked goods. He liked these a lot and commented that the blueberries retained their texture and that the cake was moist. These were a hit with us, and I liked that they aren’t as sinful as a muffin or cake with a crumble topping.

If you live in the U.S., blueberry season is here, or almost here. Why not give this great recipe a try? Open your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours to page 36, or click over to Cindy’s blog to get the recipe.


  1. I used frozen blueberries but when they’re in season, I want to try this again as muffins. Yours looks amazing!

  2. I have been wondering what on earth I could do-I don’t have an 11×7 pan either….

    Your muffins look FABULOUS! I love the blueberry juice “spill”.

  3. Those are good looking muffins! I messed up my egg whites but they still came together easily.

  4. Thanks Jill for baking along with me. I agree, this is just plain delicious! I like your cupcakes. Looks like your berries didn’t sink, mine did. But it was still a great cake. Have a wonderful day.

  5. I like the idea of muffins and that all the berries in yours didn’t sink to the bottom, which mine and many others did in cake form.

  6. I love how your muffins turned out – I’d love to try it this way next time! πŸ™‚

  7. I think “plain” really translates to “just plain delicious!” I haven’t had a chance to bake this yet but it sounds and looks wonderful

  8. I made muffins too and loved them! Your blueberries “pop” more – not plain at all! I think the recipe title is a deterrent to an otherwise amazing cake.

  9. yum your muffins look perfect!

  10. They look good as muffins! And portable which is a plus with teens. I am definitely going to try that as we really liked the taste of the brown sugar in this recipe. Cuteness factor cannot be taken lightly, love the cuteness factor!

  11. This was a great snack cake wasn’t it. I also made 1/2 recipe and ended up with 8 little cakelettes.

  12. it looks like your blueberries didn’t sink like everyone else’s!! great idea to make muffins πŸ™‚

  13. How cute are these as cupcakes! I’ll have to try that next time.

  14. Oh wow, I like the appearance of this recipe as muffins so much more! Yours look fantastic! Totally agree about the name, it doesn’t sell the recipe very well, does it? πŸ™‚

  15. Looks wonderful, how the juice of the berries starts to “run away” from the berries, marbeling the muffins a bit!

  16. I agree about the name, I never would have glanced at this recipe if it wasn’t chosen for TWD! It looks like you got an even distribution of berries in the muffins – mine sank to the bottom. I didn’t have the right size pan either, so I put the extra batter in ramekins and thought they were a bit better than the actual cake – that could have been ‘cos they were right out of the oven, though.

  17. These look really good–better than the average blueberry muffin. Cherry season is here now and I wonder of this recipe would work with fresh cherries?

  18. These look amazing! I love blueberries, and I’m surprised I hadn’t noticed the recipe in the book. Can’t wait to try it!

  19. Your muffins look so good – anything but plain. Please do send some my way.

  20. I agree that Dorie doesn’t always choose the most appealing names, but this was a good cake. I can’t wait to try it with blueberries when they are in season here, and I think I’ll make muffins too, as yours look perfect. Now I need to check out that pina colada cupcake recipe–yum!

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