Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blueberry Muffin Cake

I'm going to say this right up front. This recipe is sinful. I would recommend only making it when you are having a get together. You really don't want this hanging around the house! It really is that good!



Crumb Topping
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C
  2. Spray a 9" Springform pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine all the Crumb ingredients with a fork or pastry cutter until they are blended. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl mix together all the cake ingredients except the blueberries and mix until mostly smooth. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Spread the cake batter into the prepared pan and top evenly with the crumb topping.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Loosen the edges of the cake from the pan with a butter knife and then remove the sides of the pan.
  8. For the glaze mix together all the ingredients together until smooth and then drizzle on top of the cake.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature.

The recipe says to fold 2 cups of blueberries into the cake batter. I found that the batter was quite thick and this was hard to do. I folded 1 cup in and sprinkled the rest on top after putting it into the pan. I also made up more glaze than they did. The more the better, right? 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Out with Ruby

Andrew had a couple weeks off over Christmas, so we took some time to do things with two of our nieces. We had Alaina over to decorate cookies, so last week Thursday we took Ruby out for the afternoon.

We headed to the mall and took a couple rides on the carousel. She was a little quiet and unsure for the first ride (although I'm told she has been on one before). She picked this pig (or maybe it's a boar) for the first ride.

For her second ride she was very adamant that she ride the bunny. 

She was much more like her normal self.

We tried to play in the play area at the mall, but when you are used to following your big sister around, those places can be scary. Plus, it was crazy busy and full of kids. So, we left and went to  McDonalds for supper. After eating we went to play in the play area.

Once she figured it out, she loved going down the slide.

However, Aunt Heather spilled the beans that parents can go in as well as the kids. After this she wanted Uncle Andrew to go in with her. What a great uncle. He barely fit in there!

We stopped in the toy store while we were at the mall. Ruby had a thing for Andrew's beard. She kept petting him!

She certainly does love her Uncle Andrew, though! 

It was a great afternoon. We always love spending time with them!