Tuesdays With Dorie: Blueberry Crumb Cake (Muffins)

March 24, 2009

Before I made this recipe, I didn’t know that my husband likes blueberries. You see, I’ve bought many pints of blueberries and I’ve eaten every last one. Plain, in yogurt, on oatmeal, on cold cereal…I love blueberry season. So I wondered if I should make the Blueberry Crumb Cake since of course I’d be the only one eating it. But it’s always good to check so I asked him and he said he likes blueberries. Well OK. So thanks goes out to Sihan for selecting this recipe and teaching me something new about my husband. You can check Sihan’s blog for the recipe, or go to page 192 of Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.


What I did: I cut the recipe in half and instead of using a pan that was almost, but not quite, the right size, I baked it in a muffin pan. The half batch yielded 7 standard-size muffins. I fully intended to use some whole wheat flour but forgot, as usual. I think I need to put a note on my flour container to remind myself to use the whole wheat flour! I used frozen blueberries. I skipped the nutmeg. I added a healthy pinch of cardamom just because I like it.

How it went: This was an easy recipe to put together. Mix up the crumb topping, mix up the cake batter, put them together and bake. I did notice that there was a lot of topping. I thought about not using it all but I didn’t want to waste it (or worse yet, eat it with a spoon!),  so I crammed it on. Do you want to see what happens when you cram on too much crumb topping on your muffins? Here you go –


It wasn’t so bad, though. I loosened the muffins with a knife and they came out fine. Then I got to eat the extra topping, and I bet it tasted better baked than it would have raw!

How it tasted: Blueberryicious! I love that the cake part is moist and not too sweet – the berries really shine through. The crunchy topping adds a little sweetness in each bite. My husband liked these a lot, so I guess he really does like blueberries. At least when they’re tucked in a delicious, crumb-topped muffin.

Would I make this again?: Yes. I’d like to try this with fresh blueberries next time, although I thought that the frozen ones tasted very good. And maybe next time I’ll remember the whole wheat flour.


  1. What a great idea to turn this recipe into muffins! They look really tasty!

  2. I did muffins too and mine looked exactly like yours! I put too much batter and topping into the muffin holes and they were all stuck together. Fortunately they came out and actually looked okay. And they were delicious!!

  3. Your muffins look really good! I always love a good blueberry muffin!

  4. I love the muffins! I considered doing it that way, but I used a loaf pan instead. Hmmm… next time I’ll have to try it this way! Great job!

  5. When you cram so much topping on, you get to peel it off your pan and eat it…yum!

  6. Well, like the saying goes, Jill… looks aren’t everything, and this is great proof! I’m sure they were way more amazing tasting, huh? …Just like you said…

    I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  7. I ALMOST tried the muffin variation but chickened out. Yours look fantastic – nice and full! I never know how full to fill the muffin tins – they’re either overflowing or too “puny”. Nicely done – I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  8. Wow, your muffins “cleaned up” nicely, AND you got all the leftover crumb bits to enjoy! Funny about your husband and the blueberries. You might have to start hiding your pint of berries from him…

  9. Nice job! Those muffins look very tempting and I’m glad your DH liked them, too.

  10. These muffuin were the best!! I’m excited to be a part of TWD–thanks for the warm welcome. I love your blog, your chocolate cake is calling my name!

  11. I love your muffins. I am excited to make this recipe again..I loved it!

  12. I love that you made muffins! I’m glad you liked it. YUM!

  13. Blueberryicious! I’m going to use that term! I totally forgot that my husband likes blueberries too, so I just eat them all! And I’m bummed because Costco didn’t have any today!

  14. Your muffins look wonderful! Blueberrylicious, how fun 🙂 Cute that you learned something new about your husband with this recipe. My husband is not a blueberry fan and would not even give this recipe a try, but everyone else loved it.

  15. Yours looks so good, even with the topping overload! We loved this cake 🙂

  16. The blueberries were really good in this cake. I would have liked a few more berries though.

    I wish I had made muffins…I thought of it but then did the cake pan.

    Beautiful pictures.

  17. I agree that this cake would really shine with fresh blueberries (I used frozen, too). I don’t think too much of this topping is a bad thing.

  18. It seems that a number of the bakers made muffins this week. I’m definitely going to have to try that next time. Yours looks great! Glad you liked them 🙂

  19. Your muffins look delicious! I definitely have to go with the muffins next time. I also had the same experience adding too much topping on muffins. I just eat what fell onto the pan!

  20. The top of my muffins look just like yours. (And there is noting wrong with eating the crumb topping with a spoon before it bakes. Not that I tried it or anything…) I also used frozen blueberries. They were huge and delish!!

    Glad you liked it.

  21. Muffins were a great idea! Too much topping is always better than not enough, right?

  22. They look great! The excess muffin/topping spillage is perfect for snacking — no calories in that stuff. Glad your hubs liked these too — I guess he was just waiting for the perfect showcase for blueberries!

  23. You can never have too much topping! (But trust me, it was really good raw, too.) Your muffins look great!

  24. Cute little muffins!
    I am the same way with focaccia and eggrolls. I eat them all. I don’t know how hubby feels about them because I polish them off while he is at work!
    The crunchy top sounds great!

  25. i love your muffins. the next time i make this recipe, i’ll go that route. and extra topping? that’s a bonus!!

  26. Great muffins! I bet the extra topping was sooo good! I loved this recipe too. 🙂

  27. I love your muffins I think they are better than a cake !!

  28. Muffins look yummy!!!

  29. There is no better reason for adding a particular spice to a dish than just because you like it! I bet the cardamom was delicious.

  30. I love your muffin rendition!

  31. mess and all, these really do look good. i love the commentary about things you tweaked and the results you got. too many people are afraid to improvise. bravo.

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