Blueberry Lemon Picnic Cake

"I have been making this cake from Canadian Living for more years than I care to mention and always get compliments and requests for the recipe. I don't just make it for picnics, either!"
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  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy.
  • Gradually beat in the sugar, beating until the consistency of thick whipped cream.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  • Stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.
  • Stir in the lemon rind and vanilla.
  • Fold in the blueberries.
  • Spread in a greased 9" x 13" cake pan.
  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden and the cake tester inserted in the centre come out clean.
  • Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes.
  • If making the glaze, stir together the sugar and lemon juice.
  • Let it stand for 20 minutes.
  • Spoon over the warm cake and spread evenly.
  • Let cool completely in the pan on a rack.

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  1. I'm the resident birthday cake baker for our group at work and I was looking for something other than the normal chocolate cake that I normally make. Since blueberries are a bargain at the store and I really love lemon, I chose this recipe. It got rave reviews and several people even asked for the recipe. Was able to successfully make this gluten free using my favorite flour mix and also added 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed. Will definitely make this again. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup.
  2. The cake was good, but all the blueberries sank to the bottom (I used fresh ones that I had just picked). This made the top of the cake where there were no blueberries a little dry.
  3. I want to give it 2 stars, but I think 3 is fair since I didn't use fresh berries. I did a test run on this cake yesterday for a potluck picnic and the kids didn't like it. One reason it didn't make the cut was because the frozen (thawed) blueberries sank to the bottom. Also, it didn't have enough flavor for us. We like our sweets sweet. I'll try this recipe again with fresh berries, 1/2 cup more sugar, and 2 tblsp (not 2 tsp) of lemon rind.
  4. Love this cake! And of course I made the optional glaze - that's what attracted me to the recipe. I think I'll like it even more when fresh blueberries are affordable again. This will become a regular in our house. Thanks!


<p>I live with my husband, four cats, and a sweet mutt named Jada in Scarborough, Ontario, where I work as an elementary school administrative assistant. I have a 31 year old daughter who lives with her boyfriend in nearby Don Mills, along with my sweet granddogs, Frankie and Turbo. I would have to say that my passion is animals, since I have so many of them! <br /><img src= alt= /> <br /><img src= alt= /> <br /><img src= alt= /> <br /><br />If I had a month off work to do what I please, I would first catch up on my sleep and then just have fun - see a few movies and maybe take a couple of short trips - something that wouldn't break the bank - lol!</p>
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