No. 236: Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan Topping

To fuel sightseeing, one must have a full tummy. You need a breakfast that will 'stick to your ribs,' as my mother would say.

I was looking for a breakfast that would fit that description, but would also help me use my abundance of summer blueberries. This snack cake was perfect.


1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided use
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 cups blueberries
1 cup chopped pecans

To make

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.

Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer or a food processor, cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest and process or beat until smooth.

Spoon the flour mixture into the processor or bowl and pulse or beat just until the flour is incorporated. If the batter is in a food processor, transfer it to a large bowl.


Sprinkle the blueberries over the batter and gently fold them in, just until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with the nuts and then with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Ready to bake

Bake until the nuts are deep brown and a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares or wedges in the pan to serve.

The results

Another favorite for the list! One piece of this cake was hard to resist.

Final cake

What makes this really terrific is the addition of the cornmeal. It gives the batter a bit more heft and texture, while the pecans are nice and crispy on top.

If you have guests coming for breakfast, this is a nice addition to your brunch repertoire.

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

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