Blueberry Metaphor

I got up at 4A on Sunday, to make a wild blueberry cake for my husband so it would have time to cool on the counter before I put it in the fridge to chill for us to eat later in the day.

During my childhood, blueberry cakes were common but chocolate cakes with chocolate frosting were reserved for birthdays and special occasions. My grandparents favored the blueberry cake.

My grandfather had small blueberry patches where all of us kids would gather to pick blueberries for us to eat, to freeze, and to sell at Mack’s Market. The profits from the sales would be deposited into six college savings accounts. Whether we had blueberry muffins or pancakes at breakfast or blueberry pie or that old reliable cake for dessert, Gramp always pointed out that our hard work resulted in the deliciousness on the table. He never made an announcement over chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.


  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c sifted flour (I never sift)
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 1 1/2 c fresh blueberries

Beat egg whites until stiff, add 1/4 c of the sugar to keep them stiff.

Cream shortening, add salt & vanilla; gradually add remaining sugar. Add unbeaten egg yolks and beat until creamy. Add dry ingredients alternately with the milk. Fold in egg whites. Fold in fresh blueberries. (Take a bit of the flour called for in the recipe and gently shake berries in it so they won’t settle at the bottom of the cake.)

Turn into greased 8″ x 8″ pan. Sprinkle top of batter lightly with granulated sugar. Bake at 350° for 50-60 mins. Supposedly serves 8… .



About elroyjones

Married, no children, responsibly self-directed, living happily.
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19 Responses to Blueberry Metaphor

  1. Four? In the morning? The birds aren’t even awake then!

  2. mouth watering…wondering if you could use the same recipe and just substitute raspberries….or both…mmm

  3. Blueberry metaphor… I saw them in the early 70s… awesome band…

  4. Marjorie Standish — I looked her up. It sounds like one of her cookbooks would make for good reading, about home and simple living. Do you have her “Cooking Down East?” Her Crispy Fried Chicken recipe calls for Rice Krispies and a stick of butter. You know I’m giving that a try on my next batch! My son loves blueberries — maybe I’ll bake him some cake.

  5. Mooselicker says:

    Blueberries make everything better. Hemmorhoids included. I know I read that somewhere. Experienced it too :-/

  6. So did you spend less time on maintaining the chocolate patch or what? We have a blueberry patch with two bushes, each about six inches tall. So far we have harvested three blueberries.

  7. Peggy says:

    Didn’t realize you sold the berries and the money was deposited. You know, I’m liking the grandparents better now that i’m older. Always thought you were BANISHED to Marshfield. Now, I’m seeing Marshfield as very Robert McCloskey.

  8. It sounds delicious. “Supposedly serves 8….” Love it.

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