This year in our garden we had fresh blueberries and I wanted to use them before they went bad.
So one day I decided to bake a pound cake and add the blueberries to the batter and needless to say it is a new favorite of mine and my families.
The recipe I used for the cake is as follows:
3 cups of all purpose (plain) flour
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 Cup of unsalted butter, softened ( I use sticks of butter)
1/2 cup of shortening
2 2/3 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of lemon extract ( I prefer to use 2 teaspoons of Vanilla)
1 cup or more of blueberries ( I like to use one cup of blueberries but you can use how much you like)
Making a pound cake does take a lot of time to prepare and bake. The one thing to remember is to NOT preheat the oven. Pound cakes MUST go into a COLD oven.
-After you have all of your ingredients out, grease your tube (bundt) pan
-Then you want to sift together your flour, baking powder, and salt. SET THIS ASIDE for now
-I use a stand mixer but a hand mixer would work as well (it may take longer to mix)- mix together the butter, shortening, and sugar- mix this for about 10 minutes
-add the 5 eggs one at a time
-after the eggs are all well beaten into the mixture
-add the flour mixture and milk alternately until the flour mixture and milk is gone
-add the vanilla and lemon extract
-make sure you stir the bottom of your mixing bowl to be sure that all flour and the other ingredients are mixed in
Once everything is mixed together add the mixture to your tube pan
Fold in your blueberries on the top of the cake mixture when it is in your pan ( To keep blueberries from sinking to the bottom I use partially frozen blueberries and do not press blueberries to the bottom of the pan)
Once you have the mixture in the pan- Turn your oven on to 350 degrees- then place the cake in the oven
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes- Check cake with a toothpick and if the toothpick does not come out clean then leave the cake in the oven for 5-10 more minutes.
Once the cake is finished keep the cake in the pan for 1 hour to cool
After the first hour is up, take the cake out of the pan and place it on a cooling rack to allow the cake to cool for 2 more hours. Once the cake is completely cooled you can put the cake on your favorite cake plate or wrap it with plastic wrap.
The cake does not have to be completely cool to eat and enjoy it!!
You also do not have to add blueberries to the mixture.
I hope y'all enjoy this cake as much as I do!