Saturday, July 28, 2012


Cooking Down East by Marjorie Standish is a cookbook I received 34 years ago as a wedding shower gift. This cookbook not only has remained a constant in my kitchen, but holds one of my favorite blueberry cake recipes. This recipe is what I would refer to as a "simple" cake, meaning there is no crumble topping, just a dusting of granulated sugar. It is the perfect dessert to follow a Maine lobster feed.


2 eggs, separated

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup milk

1 1/2 cups fresh Maine blueberries

Beat egg whites until stiff. Add about 1/4 cup of the sugar to keep them stiff.

Cream shortening, add salt and vanilla to this. Add remaining sugar gradually. Add unbeaten egg yolks and beat until light and creamy. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk.

Fold in beaten egg whites. Fold in the fresh blueberries. (Take a bit of the flour called for in the recipe and gently shake berries in it so they won't settle.)

Turn into a greased 8 by 8 pan. Sprinkle top of batter lightly with granulated sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. Serves eight.

*I removed my cake at 50 minutes, my oven is electric

My eggs were farm fresh, coming straight out of the nest, thank you Gladys

Also used was my homemade vanilla.



Julia said...

I'll have to try that when I get my hands on some bluberries. Would you have a good recepie for a moist banana bread. I have tried several but I find that they are not as moist as I would like.

Have a great weekend. JB

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Yummmmm! I was looking forward to this! I may make it tomorrow! Thank you!

newburyarts said...

*****here on the coast of maine, we add some lemon juice and lemon
peel to take it to another level
of yummy! great book...we've had
ours for many years too!!!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

This sounds like a great idea, and blueberries are on sale now, not to mention I have all the rest of these ingredients in the house~ I love simplicity~ and easy, do-able recipes! Thanks

Michelle said...

This does sound wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I'm making a blueberry pie from the same cookbook and fresh picked blueberries from a generous daughter.

Farm Girl said...

It sounds wonderful. I always enjoy your recipes. I hope you have a nice day today.

Janice said...

Delicious looking...I'll have to give this a try.

Larkrise garden girl said...


Denise said...

After reading your post and the other comments I checked e-bay and found a copy, just received it today.....can't wait to sit and look at the recipes!