Tuesdays With Dorie – Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake

by Jessica on June 7, 2011

Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake

My youngest cousin graduated from high school this past weekend, and as I packed things up to drive the two hours to celebrate this major accomplishment with my family, I thought back to the day he was born… a much simpler time when my 10-year-old self had nothing worry about.

Boswell Graduation 2011

My little sister and I saw our cousins as often as possible, seeing that we all lived so far away from each other. Ryan came along at a later time than the rest of us, so for two young girls, he was like our baby doll. We pushed him on the swings, pulled him up and down the street in our wagon and even dressed him up in sundresses, hats and the occasional pearl necklace (I’m sure I’m in trouble for divulging that fact!). Who knew that he’d grow up to graduate as Valedictorian with a bright future at Rice University?


1994 – Obviously, Ryan wasn’t so fond of taking photos as he is now.

The real reason for this post, though? Dorie’s Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake. I’d spent the morning whisking dry ingredients and whipping egg whites, thinking about Ryan all the while. I’d also intended to take the cake to Fort Worth, but it wasn’t ready by the time I had to walk out the door, so it was a special little treat once I returned that night. It was fluffy, light and had that spicy little bite of cinnamon at the end – it would be perfect for those upcoming Fourth of July parties. I know it’ll definitely show up on my dessert table!

Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake 2

Many thanks to Cindy of Everyday Insanity for hostessing this week’s choice. Find the recipe on her blog, then click over to the ‘Leave-Your-Link’ post to check out other blueberry-brown sugar cakes from my fellow TWD bakers!

Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake (pg. 36)
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake 3

Congrats, Ryan… I’m super proud of you and wish you the very best at Rice!


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 food librarian June 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Congrats to Ryan! And that cake looks awesome!


2 Nicole June 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Your cake rose so much! Mine was a little soggy, but very good and I loved the brown sugar. Congrats to Ryan. My coworker’s husband went to Rice: good school!


3 Jessica June 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

How time flies! Congratulations to your cousin. This cake was a perfect celebratory treat – it looks great!


4 KarenP June 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

That cake looks really good! I haven’t been participating in TWD, but I may have to get the book because everything I’ve seen made from it looks so yummy.


5 Kayte June 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Congrats to Ryan! We are doing the graduation thing this year with our son, Matt, and believe me, I’m not ready for him to be done with high school yet, that went way too fast! Love the photos. Oh, yeah, I’m here about the cake…that looks really nice. Everyone was commenting on how the berries sunk to the bottom but I have decided that they belong there, I loved them right there on the bottom!


6 Debbie Reddick June 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Great pics Jess. Yes the cake too, but mostly my nieces and nephews. You all look great — then and now. We really enjoyed getting to spend the day with y’all. Wish Rex could have come too.


7 Tia @ buttercreambarbie June 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Lovely photos both of the bakes and the family ­čÖé


8 Jill June 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Your cake looks lovely, and I really like your pretty plate! I bet your cousin is wishing that you had brought this along with you!


9 Debbie June 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Jess — just showed Mango your pictures and cake. She is really impressed with your website. She loved the pictures of her grandkids of course.



10 cindy June 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thanks so much for baking along with me this week. Thanks also for the fun memory–that really is what life is about.


11 Jodie June 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Congrats to your cousin! Loved thiscake!


12 Jaime June 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

your photos of this one are so bright and cheery!

congrats to your cousin!


13 steph (whisk/spoon) June 8, 2011 at 8:20 am

congratulations to ryan– love the then & now photos! perfect cake.


14 Spike June 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Fun photos! you and your sister look so much alike. Glad the cake was enjoyed!


15 Tracey June 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love the height of your cake, it’s gorgeous! Congrats to your cousin, what a wonderful accomplishment.


16 Margaret June 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

YAY!! Ryan. Ready to start a whole new phase of his life.

How on earth did you get all that height to the cake. Fantastic.


17 Chaya June 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Cheers for Ryan and for that blueberry cake. It is really good.


18 Pamela June 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Cute post! Congrats to your cousin. The cake looks great and you are right. It would be great for the 4th of July!


19 Mary June 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

Your cake looks wonderful, and I bet it was a special treat after your day trip. Great story and family photos!


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