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Joy of Baking

Blueberry Bundt cake

(Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe)
August 24, 2011

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Makes one 10-inch cake

Butter (for the pan)
Flour (for the pan)
3 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh blueberries, picked over
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
Confectioners’ sugar (for sprinkling)

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch Bundt pan. Dust the pan with flour, tapping out the excess.

2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until blended.

3. In another bowl, toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture.

4. In an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter for 3 minutes. Add the granulated sugar in 3 additions, beating for 1 minute after each. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.

5. With the mixer set on low speed, beat in the flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often with a rubber spatula.

6. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand. With a large rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake the cake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean when withdrawn. The baked cake will pull away from the sides of the pan.

7. Set the cake on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto another cooling rack to cool completely. Before serving, dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar.

Lisa Yockelson

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