Blueberry Boy Bait

Blueberry Boy Bait

Since summer is technically coming to an end, though I hope the warm weather and sunshine stick around until next summer, I wanted to share with you one of my other favorite things about the season: hummingbirds.

I’ve seen them around a couple of times over the years, but for the past three years with two feeders on our deck, they are around all day every day, from the moment the sun comes up until it goes down, rain or shine, from about April to October.  From far away, they are magical creatures, seemingly floating along, the power of their wings strong enough to blow around flowers from which they seek food.  Their green bodies glisten in the sun.  When they land on the feeder or a branch on a particular tree they find safety and comfort in, they look so peaceful, calmly eating or looking around to take in all that surrounds them.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Then there is our window feeder.  On the kitchen window, it is visible whenever Mom or I are baking, cooking, doing dishes, or eating.  Often without any customers, sometimes they come floating up and land calmly consuming their latest meal.  Some of them have that red throat often associated with hummingbirds, while others do not.  The most noticeable thing is that as opposed to their grace from far away, they look frail close up, leaving me wondering how they even survive.  But they do, and I like to think it’s at least in part because we feed them.  The next time you see a hummingbird, if you’re lucky enough to see one, make sure you take a few moments to enjoy.

Unbaked Blueberry Boy Bait

Untopped Blueberry Boy Bait

Unbaked Blueberry Boy Bait

Blueberry Boy Bait

On to this Blueberry Boy Bait.  I’m not sure why it’s called that, though this single girl wouldn’t have minded if it lived up to its name, but it’s basically a butter or coffee cake.  I recently posted Blueberry Buckle, but this is totally different.  This has much more cake and fewer blueberries.  I liked that, as the cake is super buttery and moist, getting just a little boost from the blueberries without having them take over.  The topping is my favorite part, with its kind of crunchy, kind of soft cinnamon sugar goodness.  And this is one of those recipes that I think got substantially better after it was frozen, in single portions and reheated.  I don’t know why, but now that I’ve had it from the freezer once I can’t stop thinking about pulling it out again.  It’s also really quick to put together and doesn’t take too long to bake, making it the perfect thing to whip up to use some blueberries and keep the flavors of summer coming along with the hummingbirds for as long as possible.

Blueberry Boy Bait

Blueberry Boy Bait

5.0 from 5 reviews

Blueberry Boy Bait
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
Cake
  • 2 cups, plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • ¾ cup blueberries (I think you could even use 1 cup)
Topping
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would work. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour. I did 3 installments of flour and 2 of milk. Mix only until just combined.
  4. In a small bowl mix blueberries with 1 teaspoon flour, before gently stirring into the batter. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  5. Scatter the blueberries reserved for the topping evenly over the batter. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the cake, making sure to cover all of it.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with only a few moist crumbs, rotating halfway through if necessary. Cool at least 20 minutes in pan, before cutting into servings and eating. May be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 4 months. Thaw wrapped in parchment in a 350 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

 

Comments

  1. Catch some boys!!!!

    Heheheee

  2. Debbie Eccard says:

    This looks delicious and one I will definitely try as I love blueberries!! Going to enjoy a blueberry muffin here in the airport shortly although it will fall wildly short of your recipes, it will have to suffice.

  3. OMG! That looks amazing! I am saving a copy of the recipe right now!

  4. Ala says:

    I l-o-v-e hummingbirds–since I watched Pochahontas as a wee tot (in theaters!), I loved Flit and have my own stash of Flit paraphernalia. We also have hummingbird feeders, but our neighbor–who has two, who does that?–has stolen our customers. Still, I love your photos and recipe. Thanks for a great end-of-summer hurrah!

    • Laura says:

      I forgot that Flit was a hummingbird. I need to watch Pochahontas again! I’m surprised the hummingbirds don’t come to your feeder as well. Even with ours, they still go to all of the flowers. I figure they all must taste different and they need a little variety like us.

  5. Ha! Love the name! You can’t go wrong with blueberry coffee cake! :)

    • Laura says:

      This is a killer blueberry coffee cake. I love the cinnamon sugar on top. It’s such a great flavor and texture that I can’t wait to incorporate into more baked goods.

  6. Haha, I love the name! Although I’ve found that most any decent baked good could be called “boy bait”…not that I mind ;-)

  7. I love the name of these bad boys! Stay single, my giant man-baby does my head in. Umm, I mean I love him with all my heart.. LOL.

    You ought to put some of these on a fishing line and see what hawtie you reel in.

  8. Linda Bermingham says:

    The Blueberry Boy Bait looks delicious and you are going to motivate me to bake!

  9. My grandmother in South Carolina used to have hummingbirds everywhere! She’d put up tons of feeders and I don’t remember a summer spent with her without dozens of them buzzing around. This cake looks awesome and just as delicate as a hummingbird, too! What a great way to say goodbye to summer.

    • Laura says:

      I can imagine how amazing it was to see all those hummingbirds, Sydney! I wish we had a lot more than we do, but I’m just glad we get to see them at all when a lot of people don’t. It’s always sad this time of year as we start to see them less and less.

  10. Joanna says:

    This was so good and reminded me of coffee cake. The cake was so moist and the topping provided the perfect sweetness.

  11. Hank Dluge says:

    Hey Laura

    This blueberry boy bait really looks tastey but I have to say the puppy chow is simply delious. Thank you for sending the last batch.

    Hank

  12. Rick says:

    The name is funny, but the taste is great.

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