Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake is bursting with fruit and flavor.
I LOVE baking bundt cakes. They’re easy to make and make a pretty presentation with or without frosting.
Fascinating Blueberry Facts
*July is National Blueberry Month.
*Blueberries have high levels of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins – the compounds that make their lovely blue color.
*Blueberries freeze in a few minutes.
*The two types of blueberries are highbush and lowbush.
*Highbush blueberries are sold in grocery stores and farmers markets.
*Lowbush blueberries are smaller, sweeter and used to make juices and jams.
Coating the blueberries in flour keeps them from sinking to the bottom while baking.
Test Baking Powder Before Using
Pour a few tablespoons of warm water into a small bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. The mixture will fizz if the powder is fresh. If there’s no reaction, trash it and buy fresh baking powder.
Use butter instead of margarine. Butter’s high fat content gives cakes and other baked good their melt-in-your-mouth texture and buttery flavor.
Room temperature eggs disperse evenly into the batter, causes even baking, and a lighter texture because eggs trap air. Bring eggs to room temperature quickly by soaking in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes.
Some ovens cook faster than others. If the cake’s edges start to brown 15-20 minutes after placed in oven, immediately decrease temperature 25 degrees. Continue baking.
Please share your favorite baking tips in the comments section.
Before serving, dust with powdered sugar and place a small bowl of blueberries in the center to make a lovely presentation.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.