Reel Em in with Blueberry Boy Bait

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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I was doing a little “housekeeping” in my photo library recently, and I came across a few shots of this amazing little cake that were taken almost a year ago.  I didn’t remember ever sharing it with you before, and after doing some checking, I realized that I never had.  Unbelievable! How could I have missed this one?  Blueberry Boy Bait is one of my most favorite cakes ever.   And, I make it often – especially during Florida’s blueberry season, which happens to be now.  It’s the perfect time to spread around some Blueberry Boy Bait love.

So, why is it called Blueberry Boy Bait?  Well, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Apparently, that applies to teenaged boys as well.  At least, that’s what Renny Powell was thinking when she developed her award winning Blueberry Boy Bait recipe for the 1954 Pillsbury Bake-Off. The 15 year-old amateur baker from Chicago took second place in the youth division of the contest that year with her creation. When asked why she named her cake Blueberry Boy Bait, Powell explained that it was named after the effect it had on teenaged boys – “one bite and they were hooked”!

Having indulged in this luscious, golden treat many times before, I can attest to its powers of seduction – and I’m not even a teenaged boy!   Loaded with plump, fresh blueberries and topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar, Blueberry Boy Bait  is wonderfully buttery, moist and tender, without being cloyingly sweet – exactly what a great cake should be.  

The cake is also fairly easy to make, and doesn’t require any special equipment other than an electric mixer.  Plus, except for the blueberries, you probably already have all of the ingredients stocked in your kitchen.  For not a whole lot of effort, you’ll be rewarded with an incredibly delicious treat that will make your nearest and dearest worship at your feet!

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When shopping for blueberries, look for those that are firm and smooth-skinned.  The berries should be deep purple to blue-black in color. Avoid containers with juice stains, which could mean that the berries are overripe and possibly moldy.  (Yuck!)  Also steer clear of dehydrated, wrinkled fruit. This usually means that the blueberries are past their prime.

You can use frozen blueberries in this recipe, but with fresh ones available, why would you want to?  If you do go with frozen berries, don’t thaw them before using or else your cake batter may turn green.

There are quite a few recipes floating around the web for Blueberry Boy Bait.  (Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves it.)    The one I like best is from Cook’s Country Magazine, which I originally found on Smitten Kitchen.  This version uses a mix of both white and brown sugar, which gives the cake just a hint of molasses flavor.  It also has almost twice the amount of blueberries in it, to which I added even more.   And let’s not forget the butter – all  sixteen tablespoons of it.  That’s two whole sticks, people!  I defy you to find anything containing that much butter, which isn’t outrageously good.

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So, whether or not you’re looking to reel in a teenaged boy or two, you really must give this Blueberry Boy Bait a try.  I taught Mini SGCC how to make it and you can see for yourself how that turned out!

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Enjoy!

 

26 responses to Reel Em in with Blueberry Boy Bait

  1. On May 03, 2011 at 1:24pm, Blog is the New black said...

    Gorgeous pics, this looks to die for!

  2. On May 03, 2011 at 1:29pm, Rosa said...

    That last picture is so sweet!

    What a wonderful cake! It looks so dreamlike.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • On May 04, 2011 at 2:13pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Rosa! They are a sweet couple. :)

  3. On May 03, 2011 at 1:38pm, Jessica said...

    I’ve had my eye on that recipe in America’s Best Lost Recipes for some time – now I know I must try it. The Bake-Off can’t be wrong…

    • On May 04, 2011 at 2:13pm, Susan said...

      The Bake-Off is never wrong! ;)

  4. On May 03, 2011 at 1:43pm, 5 Star foodie said...

    A scrumptious blueberry cake, I loved reading about the story of its name.

  5. On May 03, 2011 at 1:51pm, Natalya (Deliciously Suite) said...

    This looks delicious! I adore cakes with fresh fruit and anything with butter is automatically a keeper.

  6. On May 03, 2011 at 2:29pm, laura said...

    So being the mom of 3 boys I DON’T NEED MORE BOYS but I have 3 to feed + friends so I’m making this one today. Blueberries don’t come for us for a long long time so I keep a huge box of frozen in the freezer to use as I please. Thanks!

    • On May 04, 2011 at 2:14pm, Susan said...

      Hehehe! ;)

  7. On May 03, 2011 at 3:44pm, Alice said...

    This recipe sure has my tastebuds going! Is there any way of knowing what the butter would be in grams or ml please? A tablespoon melted butter would be 15ml but the recipe is not calling for that I imagine. Otherwise, could you tell me what a stick would be? I might have asked this before. I rarely eat cake because of my allergy to grains but I might very well risk having breathing problems with this recipe. ; ) Thanks for sharing!
    Alice

    • On May 03, 2011 at 9:17pm, Susan said...

      I believe that the total quantity would be 226 grams for 2 single sticks of butter. But, be careful with those allergies! ;)

  8. On May 03, 2011 at 7:19pm, Kathy - Panini Happy said...

    So glad you unearthed these photos! I could definitely reel in my boy with this cake. :-)

  9. On May 03, 2011 at 7:37pm, Lori said...

    My great Aunt Bess gave me that recipe YEARS ago. I still have it, written in her hand, in my mom’s original metal recipe box. Thanks for the memory. Mini SGCC is adorable. So is her lucky bf.

    • On May 04, 2011 at 2:15pm, Susan said...

      Aww! You’re welcome. And, thank you!

  10. On May 04, 2011 at 12:22am, bellini said...

    No invitation needed Susan. I am hooked.

  11. On May 04, 2011 at 2:29am, laura said...

    Made this today and well it’s half gone, boys love it. Umm so do I :) My hips though, my hips HATE YOU ;P

    • On May 04, 2011 at 2:15pm, Susan said...

      Uh oh! My sincerest apologies to your hips! ;)

  12. On May 04, 2011 at 6:54am, Leila said...

    :) wow! love the story that goes with this one – very cute.
    I’ve only recently started following your blog, and am so enjoying it; thank you so much for sharing your stories, humour and passion. love it.
    will be trying this one out tomorrow! hooray! :)

    • On May 04, 2011 at 2:16pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Leila! And welcome to SGCC. Stop by anytime. :)

  13. On May 04, 2011 at 11:18pm, Jules said...

    I love this cake! I’ve made it rather a few times. I’ve learned not to put to use more blueberries than CC asks for, but not too many. Otherwise it’s all mushy.

  14. On May 05, 2011 at 4:15am, Alice said...

    Thanks Susan. This recipe has been send on through your blog to England, back to America, New Zealand and South-Africa. Something THIS good must be shared. : ) Thanks again. No blueberries in France yet but soon, very soon I hope.
    xx

  15. On May 05, 2011 at 9:30am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Ah. The mini-me and her man are quite cute! Men really are suckers for home-cooked food. I have reeled in a few males with brownies and such.

    So…what should I do? Should I make this cake NOW because I want it really badly, or wait till it’s blueberry season in NY, which isn’t until August?

  16. On May 05, 2011 at 1:32pm, Laura said...

    LOL..I love the title…I baited my boy with date bars and oatmeal cookies..I will have to add this into the mix…

  17. On May 12, 2011 at 6:07am, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    Thos look just delicious.. I think I’m gonna have to make some to do a little boy reeling of my own! Mini SGCC is a looker :)

  18. On May 16, 2011 at 7:09pm, Ann Oppenheim said...

    I made this recipe. My children gobbled it up. I added 3 cups of fresh blueberries. It gave the cake a heavier texture, not really delicious. Thank you!

  19. On May 18, 2011 at 9:51am, Cookin' Canuck said...

    I’m so glad you shared this recipe. We have plenty of frozen blueberries in our freezer that are looking for a home and this recipe would be perfect.

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