Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blueberry Bundt Cake for Mother's Day

Brunch is a beautiful thing.
You don't have to wake up early, and really, anything goes at brunch...spicy sausage & egg casseroles, bubbly mimosas, and cake.  Did I mention cake?

It's no secret that all moms love brunch.  Really.  It's a fact.  I think you need this Blueberry Bundt Cake at yours.

The recipe is adapted from Warren Brown's new book CakeLove in the Morning.  It's such a sweet, cheery book...and if you love making breakfast and brunch, you'll find everything here from waffles to frittatas...and, yes, cake!

The recipe calls for superfine sugar.  Don't panic; I'm going to show you how to make it at home. Aaaaaand, we're going to get all fancy with ours and make VANILLA superfine sugar.

{Do you think "Superfine sugar" has an attitude around all of the other sugars?  "Sure, you're sweet and all, but I'm SUPERFINE."} These thoughts are what go through my head as I bake.

Back to the cake...

Blueberry Bundt Cake

{adapted from CakeLove in the Morning}

2 & 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup milk, room temperature
2/3 cup heavy cream, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 & 3/4 cups vanilla superfine sugar *see note
1 & 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
5 eggs, room temperature
1 & 1/3 cups fresh blueberries
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda; set aside.

In another bowl, combine the milk, cream and vanilla.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter.

Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

On low speed, add the flour in three additions, alternating with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.  Scrape down the bowl between additions.  Once everything has been added, run the mixer for an additional 20 seconds on low.

Coat a Bundt pan with baking spray.  Pour the batter evenly into the pan.  Use a spatula to fold in the blueberries once the batter is in the pan.
{It's fun to do it this way!}

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Place on a wire cooling rack and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, place the wire rack face down on the cake.  Invert and flip the rack; place on the counter.  Give the cake a few seconds to let gravity do its thing, then, lift the pan off of the cake.  Cool completely (or serve warm).

Before serving, dust with sifted powdered sugar.
{Flowers in the middle are optional, but if you're making it for mom, you know she'll appreciate it.}


*To make the vanilla superfine sugar:

Place 3 cups of granulated sugar in the bowl of a food processor.
 
Scrape in the seeds of one vanilla bean.  Process for about 1 to 1.5 minutes.

Voila!   Superfine!
There's a slice waiting just for you (and your mom)!

56 comments:

  1. such a pretty bundt! happy mother's day to you, Bridget!

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  2. Looks amazing! How did you hear about this cool new book? I always wonder how other bloggers learn about the newest books out. P.S. Love your measuring cups!

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  3. I love making Bundt Cakes. I think they're so pretty!! And can you say yum!?!?!

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  4. Looks heavenly! And I, too, love your measuring cups!

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  5. You are right... perfect for Mom's Day! Looks too good to eat though!

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  6. Bridget!
    Bridget!
    Bridget!
    First of all....I was holding my heart the whole way through this post.
    Your sweet sweet Mother.
    Don't you know she would love this cake!
    I know she's so proud of her sweet girl that inspires us all with her baking and FUN loving spirit.
    Hugs to you...I adore you.
    Now!
    About this cake.
    Perfection is what I say!
    That cookbook looks amazing. Who doesn't love a breakfast cake.
    Love the powdered sugar sprinkled on top~and the flowers...the flowers...the flowers. LOVE the flowers!
    The pictures in this post are beautiful.
    Love you my friend.
    Hope I'm not getting too personal in a comment mentioning your sweet Mother but I thought of her the whole way through.
    I love you my friend.
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxox

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  7. My! That is one lovely blueberry bundt cake! Happy Mother's Day to you :)

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  8. I just got this book, too! Your cake is just gorgeous - I love the roses & the entire presentation.

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  9. This cake is very nice, yummy.Happy Mother's day.

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  10. I need that book! Cake in the morning? That's kind of my life's motto!

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  11. Ha I totally can see the "superfine" sugar with is't bad self, so funny, and yum to the cake!

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  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous cake! That sugar is the perfect touch.

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  13. Great tip on processing sugar to make it super-fine and adding vanilla bean to give it a nice, warm flavor!

    The flowers in the bundt cake are a perfect touch. Good job! :)

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  14. Oh my goodness, it's beautiful Bridget!! I was drooling when I saw it on Instagram yesterday! So lovely :)

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  15. Any book that has cake included as a breakfast food needs to be in my kitchen. What a beautiful looking bundt cake and I love your presentation of it. Photos are wonderful and thanks for the recipe for making your own superfine sugar, with vanilla beans (yeah!)
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day Bridget.

    P.S. Everytime I see a bundt or hear of a bundt cake I'm reminded of the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Loved that movie :)

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  16. Cake in the morning? Yes please! This is stunning, Bridget!!

    Hope your mother's day is just lovely. XO

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  17. I saw your teaser on Twitter yesterday and woke up this morning with anticipation of seeing it today! It's beautiful and I can't wait to try it!

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  18. Beautiful, Bridget!! Love a blueberry cake!!

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  19. Hello Yummy Mother's Day Cake! I really wish someone would make me a cake like this on Sunday, but I have a feeling it's just not going to happen!!

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  20. Oh what a great cake idea for Mothers Day Brunch!! Yum!!

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  21. Bridget this is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

    And I LOOOOOVE brunch. Love it. Any time I can go to brunch, I will and I do. There is a place here that does a brunch buffet and you can get lunch food in these pretty chafing dishes OR order breakfast items from the menu. I've been known to eat fried chicken and mashed potatoes and finish it off with French Toast. pitiful.

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  22. I love your heart shaped measuring spoons! Too cute!

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  23. Brunch FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be right over.

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  24. So pretty Bridget!!! I bet there will be many moms happy with this.

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  25. Yum!! I'm all for having a huge brunch... with several mimosas, which I almost completely forgot about. What on earth is wrong with me?!

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  26. Ooh, that looks like the perfect Mother's Day treat. My bundt cakes always fall apart, though. I'm not sure my husband would have better luck, either. ;)

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  27. Hi there, Bridget,
    I discovered your wonderful blog on Teresa's site. By the way, how did you enjoy your trip to the Northwest to meet her? I just so happened to be heading over to Seattle on the Bainbridge Island ferry the day she picked you up and kept an eye out for the two of you. Had I spotted you two cute gals together, I would have walked over to say hello. I relocated to Poulsbo (next door to Bainbridge) from Central Florida about 7 years ago. Miss some things about the south....beach....beach...beach....but LOVE the Northwest culture. Hope you had a fabulous time! Love all your recipes and so happy to have discovered your blog. I lost my dear Mother in 2008 (dad, too) and miss her every day. I always try to make something in the kitchen to honor her memory at Mother's Day and on her birthday which is Sept. 1. Baking equals LOVE and there is no better way to show love and honor someone than to make something special....baked from the heart. Your bundt cake looks like a big contender for my baking this year!!!! Love brunch and love blueberries. The pink roses were the perfect garnish for this cake. Such a beautiful presentation. Can't wait to bake this scrumptious cake! xoxo Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies

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    1. Hey Kim! I wish we would have gotten a chance to meet you! Thanks so much for popping over! I love that you bake something for your mom every year. ♥ That is the sweetest!

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  28. That's beautiful, Bridget!

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  29. Looks delicious!!! I love any kind of blueberry dessert!! Yum!

    www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

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  30. So beautiful Bridget! And thoughtful. And delicious. I LOVE blueberries!

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  31. What a beautiful cake! It's perfect!!

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  32. This looks great and I would really like to try it but... I have never seen a real vanilla bean..ever. Please tell me where to find them. Thanks!

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    1. Hi there! You can find them right in your grocery store with the spices....or online at someplace like Beanilla.com :)

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  33. GORGEOUS. I think my mom would love this! And i love that super simple tutorial on vanilla superfine sugar. :) very helpful!

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  34. This looks fabulous! Question: can I use just plain sugar? I don't have a food processor to make it super-swank.

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  35. This cake looks wonderful, Bridget!!! I need to make it soon!

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  36. Beautiful cake! Perfect for brunch!

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  37. My gosh!! The cake looks too delicious. And you made it so pretty with the little roses and icing on the top =9

    I wish I could make a pretty cake like you... but my baking experiences always turn out disastrous =(

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  38. Yummy! What a great idea for Mother's Day.

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  39. Yummy! This cake is baking in my oven right now and smells DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe. And, I have to admit...making the superfine vanilla sugar kind-of made me feel like a rock star baker. :)

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  40. Happy Mother's day Bridget!
    What a wonderful way to celebrate. The cake looks amazing! I'm pretty sure your mom would have loved a slice..

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  41. Your bundt cake is gorgeous and so are your photo!

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  42. Hi Bridget!
    I made this for my dear mother-in-law for a Mother's Day brunch and it was the perfect ending to our brunch. I served it alongside a fresh fruit salad. I love the moistness of the cake and the superfine vanilla sugar is what gives this cake an added dimension.
    Thanks!

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  43. Hi Bridget,

    Not sure if this is where I make the comment, but here it goes. I loved your story about your mom and missing her on Mother's Day. I am fortunate to have my 88 year old mother still with me. Her name is Connie and her mother's name was Ann. I am named after my grandmother.

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  44. Can't wait to try! Looks delicious! I love any sweet with blueberries!

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  45. My husband made this for me for Mother's Day and it was SO GOOD! Thanks!

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  46. Hi Bridget!!! I made it for my family for Mother's day and the whole cake was eaten immediately. I also have a request to make it again for my best friend's hubby's birthday!!!! Thanks again for such a great recipe.

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  47. Thanks for the great recipe! I made this for dessert last night and it was so wonderfully moist and delicious. I didn't have a vanilla bean so instead I sprinkled some vanilla extract in with the sugar. Also was a little overzealous and put in 2 full sticks of butter by accident, but it still turned out great!

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  48. I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-).

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    I hope you get a chance to visit and to share some of your delicious posts with our viewers. It would be a pleasure to have you on board :-)

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