This recipe works great with blueberries, or pretty much anything you may have on hand. Fresh or frozen berries (or other fruit) can be used, but if you opt for frozen, thaw them out first. I have substituted the blueberries for raspberries, chocolate chips, peaches, pecans, and even dollops of jam. -So delicious, it’s hard to pick a favorite!
Here’s what you need for the batter:
1/4 c canola or vegetable oil
1/2 c milk
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt
and a pinch of nutmeg (if you like nutmeg)
For the topping:
A couple handfuls of blueberries, chocolate chips, etc.
1/3 c brown sugar
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp extra light olive oil (or regular, but not extra virgin, melted butter will work too, but, oil is easier.)
For the glaze: (make after the cake has cooled)
Milk or cold coffee
Here’s how you make it:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. I use my kitchen aid mixer, but you can do it by hand. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add in the oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk. blend until smooth. (you can mix all of the wet ingredients together separately, but I get the same results when I just add them while the mixer is going. And one less dirty dish!
Pour the batter into a lightly greased ceramic pie plate, (preferably 8″ but 9″ will work too) or an 8″ x 8″ (or 9″x 9″) ceramic baking dish. Pretty much whatever you have will work fine, just keep en eye on the baking time, and bake it until a the center is done. You’ll know it it done if you pierce the center with a toothpick or butter knife and it comes out clean. Glass or metal dishes will work too, but I find the ceramic dishes work best for this recipe.
Sprinkle the berries (or chocolate chips, etc.) on to the top of the batter. Then in a separate bowl mix the remaining ingredients for the topping, and sprinkle that over the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes (give or take a few minutes depending on the dish/size of the dish you use.)
Once the cake has cooled, it’s time for the glaze.
Mix powdered sugar (1/2 c-ish with a tiny splash of milk (or cold coffee) add more of either until it reaches the consistency you like, and can be drizzled over the top of the cake with a spoon without being too liquid-y.
let the glaze set for a couple minutes, and enjoy!