Last Saturday afternoon, when faced with the difficult decision of cleaning the house vs. baking, I opted for the messier alternative - flour up my kitchen and bake! Inspired by Carly's success with this recipe, I opted to try blueberry cornmeal butter cake, another Smitten Kitchen cookbook recipe. Despite it being mid-afternoon, and already satiated from lunch, I figured, I'd almost always rather bake than clean house, so why not?
The final product I would say was a success. I would agree with Carly's assessment that it's more of a coffee cake, though technically, I have never made a butter cake to speak of, so I have no real basis of comparison. My husband mentioned that it reminded him of a crumbly (but tasty) blueberry muffin. Ultimately, if I were to bake again, I would lessen the amount of flour and cornmeal in the streusel topping. My topping didn't brown as I'd hoped, leaving a sugary/floury layer atop the completed cake. While still delicious, it didn't the cake the sugary, photogenic oomph displayed in Deb's cookbook photos. Mental note for next time. Happy baking!