I love baking cakes. Cakes of all kinds - chocolate cake, lemon cake, apple cake, cakes of all kinds, cupcakes too. While the smell of bread baking is wonderfully comforting, the smell of a cake baking is even more-so for me.
It's not just the act of baking the cake, nor the smell of it that is so inviting, it's the way in which a cake is eaten, or should be eaten, in my opinion.
A cake is an invitation to slow down. An invitation to take time out, from this ever increasingly frantic world. A time to savour and enjoy the small moments in life.
A cake should be eaten among friends or loved ones, or even in moments of quiet solitude.
Take the time to let the cake crumble in your mouth. Each morsel slowly releasing its flavours. Each bite bringing more pleasure and ebbing the stress away as you slow down and savour the moment.
With friends or loved ones, it's a chance to slow down together. A chance to connect, or re-connect in some cases.
So take a few minutes out of your day today and savour the moment and a piece of cake. Perhaps a piece of this Blueberry Cake, or perhaps something else. You'll be glad you did.
- 100 g of butter 3.5 oz
- 90 g of sugar ½ cup
- 2 large eggs
- zest and juice of 1 large lemon
- 210 g of plain flour 1½ cups, all purpose
- 3 tsp of baking powder
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- ⅔ cup thick Greek yoghurt
- 250 g of blueberries thawed if frozen
- To make the cake, preheat the oven to 180 celsius (350 fahrenheit) and lightly grease and line a 20cm springform tin with baking paper.
- Place the butter and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream until pale. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder, and fold through. Add the Greek yoghurt, lemon zest and juice, and mix until just combined before folding through the blueberries, reserving approximately half a cup of blueberries for the top of the cake.
- Pour into the prepared cake tine and level the top of the batter. Scatter the top with the remaining blueberries. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out cleanly.
I really don't need an excuse to eat cake - ever. I consider it to be an appropriate food for almost every occasion. This cake, for example, would make the perfect breakfast - it has eggs, fruit and yoghurt, so it works for me!
This cake looks gorgeous - I love the new way to use blueberries as a change from blueberry muffins! Definitely craving some cake now 😀
You are so right! Cake is the opportunity to stop what you are doing and enjoy a moment of quiet bliss.
I don't think anyone ever bolts down cake on the run, it is always savoured. I would like to have a nice cappuccino and a slice of your blueberry cake right now! It looks divine!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
I absolutely love blueberries, what a perfect cake! Wish I had a slice on this rainy afternoon :).
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
love the sentiment, love the cake! just saw it on FG! so pretty!
The Life of Clare says
A good cake is perfection! I also prefer the smell of a cake baking, to almost anything else! That blueberry cake looks delicious!
Sara @bellyrumbles says
I know blueberries are around at the moment, but I have a freezer full of them. This recipe is perfect to use a few up!
I love taking a little quiet time out of my day to eat cake! This looks absolutely gorgeous with those juicy blueberries. I always have a supply of them in my freezer so will definitely be doing some blueberry baking soon!
That looks so amazing and very simple. Will be giving that a go for sure!
Gail Andrejic says
Thank you for the recipe Jennifer. My mouth is watering looking at your photos! I ate some fresh blueberries this morning actually. Can't wait to give it a try.
Thanks Gail 😀 Fresh blueberries are so delicious, and good for you too. I had some for lunch today with some Greek yoghurt. Divine!
A wonderful cake! Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits.
Mmmm this cake is perfect to relax with in the mild afternoon warmth 😀
Elizabeth @ liz bakes cakes says
This looks super yummy! And gorgeous photos 🙂
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
You have me craving a nice slice of cake now! That would be the perfect end to the day along with a nice cup of herbal tea.