Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TWD: Blueberry Crumb Cake (and Marshmallows)


Mm mm, yum! I really enjoyed this week's Tuesday's with Dorie recipe, Blueberry Crumb Cake. Thanks so much to Sihan of Befuddlement for the great pick. Not only was it a winner in the taste department (the crumb topping was fantastic!), but it also gets credit for making my house smell wonderful for days after baking.

I halved the recipe and made it in a 6-inch round pan.


In retrospect, I wish I would have used a slightly larger pan as it ran over just a tad (this seems to be a recurring theme lately).

My only other change was to use egg yolks in place of the whole egg. I also made Dorie's marshmallows (still trying to catch up), so I had a shortage of whites and an excess of yolks. Not surprisingly, my cake looks a little extra yellow.

Here are my marshmallows. I made half plain and half with a swirl of raspberry sauce, although the swirl looks more like a schmear.


I don't know why, but I kept thinking the marshmallows would be similar to divinity (which I LOOOOVE). But they weren't really. They actually tasted a lot like... marshmallows! (Why was I surprised? I don't know.) They were good, but I prefer divinity. I guess I'm jaded as to what fluffy white homemade confections should taste like.

I'm sure these marshmallows would have been awesome dunked in a big mug of hot chocolate, though.

OK, on to next week, when we make coconut butter thins. Please see Sihan's site for the cake recipe, or check out Dorie Greenspan's book, "Baking: From my Home to Yours". For the marshmallows, please visit Judy's blog at Judy's Gross Eats for the recipe.

28 comments:

Steph said...

What a good way to use make 2 different recipes! I think the yolks probably made for a richer and yummier cake!

Elyse said...

Man, I love blueberry crumb cake. It is such a deliciously decadent treat. That crumb is totally divine. I'm going to have to make this recipe ASAP. Your marshmallows look great, too...although, I'm with you: divinity is better!

Snooky doodle said...

yummy cake!! looks awesome

SiHaN said...

Well done! the cake reallie looks awesome.. And yours ran over. I did mine in a 6 inch pan as well and halved the recipe. It worked out fine i guess.

Jin Hooi said...

well done, your cake looks great !! I loved the crumbs, but .. hmm.. ok with the cake.

Marthe said...

Both your crumb cake and your marshmallows look great! Yum!!

Jill said...

Your cake looks like it turned out perfect, and all of your photos are lovely!

Leslie said...

Your cake looks terrific! I love it that you were able to use the extra yolks! I seem to always have leftover yolks or whites, depending on the week.

Jessica said...

Your cake looks so great but the marshmallows really caught my attention. I really want to make them but I'm a little scared! I love the raspberry swirl, it's so pink & pretty.

chocolatechic said...

I tossed my blueberries with flour, and they still sunk to the bottom.

Maria said...

Love the cake and homemade mallows are the best!! Great post!

Amanda said...

Looks wonderful! We really enjoyed this crumb cake too :)

Megan said...

Wow - a two-for-one special this week! The marshmallows were my first recipe with TWD - and they're so much fun!

Jennifer said...

I haven't made her marshmallows yet, either, but yours do look great!

Nice job on the cake, too!

Amy said...

The cake looks great! I loved it too, only my blueberries didn't have much flavor (next time I'll definitely use fresh!).

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Teanna said...

A delicious double whammy!? Gorgeous crumb cake AND marshmallows? Can I come over?

mike said...

Looks delicious! A nice, big 6-inch cake! Love your marshmallows too - I've never tried making them, but they don't look to hard. Plus they look mighty tasty! Well done on both efforts!

Pamela said...

The cake looks tasty. I've never tried my hand at marshmallows, so maybe I will give 'em a try!

Bunny said...

This is one of the best blueberry cakes I've ever seen. I made marshmallows at Christmas for gifts, some of them i dipped in chocolate and everybody loved them!

Natashya said...

Ooh! I am especially impressed with the marshmallows!
I keep forgetting that I want to do the rewinds - thanks for reminding me.

Jude said...

I kind of like it high and running a bit over the lip of the pan. The edges are probably the best part.

Lillian said...

Mmmm -- marshmallows. (Oh, and the cake looks great, too!)

HappyTummy said...

both of these look scrumptious. the crumb cake looks exceptionally perfect :) i've always wanted to make homemade marshmallows...i may have to try this!

TeaLady said...

Catching up is fun. And we get two for one. Yay!!! Cake, (and marshmellows) look perfect.

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! Two for the price of one! Looks fantastic. I joined after the marshmallows so I have to go back and make them. Yours are really cute.

Engineer Baker said...

I love the raspberry swirl in the marshmallows - just too pretty. And even better? How toweringly tall your crumb cake is. Awesome.

Olivia said...

I've always wanted to make my own marshmallows but I'm too scared.

Carol Peterman said...

I bet the extra yolks made your crumb cake really nice and moist. Beautiful marshmallows too!