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Baking the Perfect Blueberry Pound Cake

Blueberry Pound Cake

As the warm sunshine peeks through and the days stretch longer, our taste buds yearn for the sweet flavors of summer. What better way to celebrate the season than with a classic dessert that never disappoints: blueberry pound cake. This moist, buttery cake, bursting with bursts of juicy blueberries, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, perfect for afternoon tea parties, backyard barbecues, or simply a cozy treat at home.

Today, we’ll delve into the secrets of creating the perfect blueberry pound cake, from simple ingredients to baking tips.

The Essential Ingredients:

  • Pantry Staples: All-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • The Star of the Show: Fresh or frozen blueberries. Fresh blueberries offer a burst of sweetness and texture, while frozen blueberries add pops of vibrant color and a slightly tart flavor.

Beyond the Basics of Baking the Perfect Blueberry Pound Cake:

For an extra flavor boost, consider adding a zest of lemon to the batter. The citrusy notes perfectly complement the blueberries and add a touch of brightness. Feeling adventurous? A pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg can add warmth and depth to the cake.

Blueberry Pound Cake
Blueberry Pound Cake

Mixing Magic:

Here are some key pointers for creating a flawless batter:

  • Cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This step incorporates air, resulting in a lighter and more airy cake.
  • Incorporate the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. This ensures even mixing and prevents a dense cake.
  • Gently fold in the dry ingredients and blueberries using a rubber spatula. Overmixing can lead to a tough cake and a burst of blueberries.

Baking to Golden Perfection:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Grease and flour your loaf pan to ensure easy removal of the cake.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If using frozen blueberries, baking time may increase by 10-15 minutes.

Cooling and Serving:

  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with a simple lemon glaze, or top with fresh blueberries for a beautiful and delicious presentation.
Blueberry Pound Cake
Blueberry Pound Cake | Photo Credit Canva

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use room-temperature ingredients for even mixing.
  • Don’t thaw frozen blueberries before adding them to the batter.
  • Experiment with different toppings! Chopped nuts, a sprinkle of streusel, or a dollop of whipped cream can all add a delightful touch.

With this guide and a little baking love, you’ll be well on your way to creating a blueberry pound cake that will be the star of any summer gathering. So, preheat your oven, gather your ingredients, and get ready to bake a slice of sunshine!

Blueberry Pound Cake

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

This recipe takes a classic blueberry pound cake and elevates it with a touch of cream cheese, warm spices, and a hint of lemon. The result is a moist, flavorful cake bursting with juicy blueberries, perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 413 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dry:

Wet:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter slightly softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Other:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease an 8×5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt.
  • Cream the butter and sugar: Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter until very light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until light and airy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Incorporate the eggs: Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add the dry ingredients and flavorings: With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix until almost combined, then fold in the remaining dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just incorporated. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Gently fold in the blueberries: Gently fold the blueberries into the batter using a rubber spatula, taking care not to burst them.
  • Bake the cake: Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60-65 minutes for fresh blueberries or 75-90 minutes for frozen blueberries, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it.
  • Cool and serve: Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert it onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • For a richer flavor, use full-fat cream cheese.
  • To substitute frozen blueberries, don’t thaw them beforehand.
  • Using a glass baking dish? Reduce the oven temperature by 25°F and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Wild blueberries offer a unique flavor and higher antioxidant content if you can find them.
  • Choose a high-quality brand of unsalted butter for the best results.
  • This recipe is from The Best of Fine Cooking. We updated our version to include ground ginger and ground nutmeg for more flavor.
  • Enjoy this delicious and unique take on the classic blueberry pound cake!

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 6gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 626IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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