Saturday, June 18, 2011

Blueberry Boy Bait

I had never heard of blueberry boy bait coffee cake before.  It's in my Cook's Country cookbook which gives some history of each of the recipes it features.  This one apparently came from a teenage girl in the 1950s who won a baking competition with a similar recipe.  She named it blueberry boy bait because one bite and teenage boys were hooked.  How cute!

This coffee cake is super quick to make, the cake isn't too sweet and it has a lovely blueberry cinnamon combination.  The recipe calls for inverting the cake once it's cool but I enjoyed the crunchy sugary cinnamon on top.  

Blueberry Boy Bait
from Cook's Country
Serves 12
If using frozen blueberries, do not let them thaw, as they will turn the batter a blue-green color.

2 cups  all-purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt 
16 tablespoons  unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup  packed light brown sugar 
1/2 cup  granulated sugar 
3 large eggs 
1 cup  whole milk 
1/2 cup  blueberries , fresh or frozen, (see note above)

1/2 cup  blueberries , fresh or frozen (see note above)
1/4 cup  granulated sugar 
1/2 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 

For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

Whisk 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. With electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated. Reduce speed to medium and beat in one-third of flour mixture until incorporated; beat in half of milk. Beat in half of remaining flour mixture, then remaining milk, and finally remaining flour mixture. Toss blueberries with remaining 1 teaspoon flour. Using rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries. Spread batter into prepared pan.

For the topping: Scatter blue-berries over top of batter. Stir sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl and sprinkle over batter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (I didn't invert it). Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Linked to:
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Melt in Your Mouth Monday


  1. I like the story behind the cake. I love blueberries so know I would enjoy this! Thanks so much for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  2. I love Cook’s Country and had printed this out a while ago; finally made it yesterday. Your photos are making me want another piece…too bad it’s gone! A blogger mentioned that it tastes best the first day, so I divided it by four and baked it in a 6-inch round pan for my husband and I. My husband loved it, as promised :) Personally, I’d just had dental work done and with my numb tongue, I couldn’t taste it as well, but it was good enough to want to make again!

    I didn't notice that I was supposed to invert the cake, so I double checked the recipe, and it says to "place on serving platter (topping side up)", so the way that you preferred it is actually the way it was intended :)


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