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Glazed blueberry cake

(Food styling/Sheryl Julian & Janine Sciarappa; Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
June 29, 2011

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Makes 1 rectangular cake

Pat Concree and her husband, Jack, have owned the Blueberry Farm in Hanson for 25 years; the land has been farmed since 1763. Years ago, someone gave this cake to Pat; the original cake came from a woman known as Grandma Leighton. Concree says, “It can be served warm or cooled; plain or frosted with a lemon glaze. If I’m going to a party I will put a few fresh blueberries on top with a thin lemon twist.’’


Butter (for the pan)
Flour (for the pan)
1 pint (2 cups) fresh blueberries, picked over
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 cup whole milk

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Dust it with flour, tapping out the excess.

2. In a bowl, toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of the flour.

3. In another bowl, whisk the remaining flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. In a third bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff.

5. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the yolks, one at a time.

6. With the mixer set on its lowest speed, beat the flour mixture into the batter alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour.

7. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand. Fold in the whites, then fold in the blueberries.

8. Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes or until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and the top springs back when pressed with a fingertip.


1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1. In a bowl, sift the confectioners’ sugar. Stir in the lemon juice and rind. Add enough additional lemon juice to make a mixture that pours easily.

2. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Adapted from Pat Concree