Taking a break from all that peanut butter recipes, I bringing you a mixed berry cake today. I can`t believe it`s almost Spring! California has been full of sunshine (hence, our terrible drought) so I`ve been thinking of berries!
If you`re an avid recipe collector/reader, I`m sure you have heard of the famous blueberry boy bait cake. It was a Pillsbury 2nd place winning recipe back in 1954 (junior division)!! Apparently, this family recipe had an effect on teenage boys! Which, could make sense. I mean, a way into a man`s heart is through his stomach, right?
I knew I had to try this cake. I mean, if it`s good enough to bait boys...totally kidding. I`ve seen it crop up on multiple occasions for years. Since the serving size is too large for my family, I never made it until I found the perfect opportunity when I was invited to a potluck!
I tweaked the recipe, but it`s still a wonderful cake. I love the berries in the cake, especially with a hint of ground cinnamon. I enjoyed the cake with some sliced strawberries and a cup of milk (because I eat every dessert with milk!). You can definitely just use only blueberries, but I wanted a mix of blueberries and raspberries in the cake batter. Then, I topped each slice with some strawberries. I would avoid the bigger berries, like strawberries and blackberries in the actual cake batter though, since they might produce a soggier cake.
So, enjoy this lovely, moist, and crumbly cake in Winter, because we just can`t wait for Spring in a few days. :)
Brown Butter Berry Cake (Boy Bait)
Adapted: America's Test Kitchen Best Summer Desserts| Yields: 1 9x13in pan (12 servings)| Level: Easy | Total Time: 80 minutes | Print
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, etc)
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (Optional)
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold & cubed
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a rectangular 9x13 inch nonstick baking pan with parchment paper, or grease well.
2. In a small saucepan, brown your butter: Over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisking occasionally, let the butter turn into an amber color. It will foam a little. Once it subsides and brown specks appears at the bottom of the pan, it will begin to have a nutty aroma. Once butter turns a light golden brown color, transfer to a bowl to cool. (I stick it in the freezer to make it cool faster--about 5-10 minutes.)
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
4. In a bowl with electric mixer, combine brown butter, brown sugar, and sugar well.
5. Mix in the eggs, one at a time and beating after each addition, until just combined.
6. Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture, mix. Then, beat in half of the milk. Repeat with flour, milk, and flour, beating in between each addition.
7. (Optional: In a small bowl, toss frozen berries with the flour)
8. Fold berries into the mixture.
9. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
10. In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
11. Using a pastry cutter, or two forks, cut in the butter.
12. Sprinkle frozen berries randomly throughout cake.
13. Sprinkle topping evenly on top of batter.
14. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
15. Allow cake to cool in pan for 20 minutes before cutting into squares for serving.
- Tossing the berries in a little bit of flour will prevent them from sinking to the bottom.
- I didn't thaw my berries, I don't think it's necessary when baking with them.