Cinnamon Blueberry Tea Cakes

I’ve got a food blogger conundrum.

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(This is a weird situation to be in, since I’m still sort of bemused that I can call myself a food blogger at all.)

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Anyway, here’s the question: What should I do with all this food!?

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I mean. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely had these cinnamon blueberry tea cakes for lunch. And I love sharing goodies at Anthropologie each month.

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But there’s only so many cakes I can eat, only so many cookies I can bring in to work, only so many cupcakes I can pawn off on pals… only so many friends I physically even see in a week!

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Should I mail goodies to faraway friends? Organize reader treat swaps at local coffee shops? Offer sweets to a random commenter? Donate to charity? I don’t have endless money to spend on postage, and who knows if anyone from Milwaukee I don’t already know even reads this little blog (introduce yourself, Milwaukeeans, for goodness’ sake!). Plus, I’m pretty sure charities usually only accept canned goods or at most treats made in a pristine kitchen with no cats running around underfoot.

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So: What do you all think? What do you do with extra food when you bake it? What do you think I should do with these goodies?

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And lastly, does anyone want these extra tea cakes!?

Cinnamon Blueberry Tea Cakes
Adapted from my coffee cake recipe
Makes 8 mini loaves

Full Disclosure I did not make the above photographed tea cakes with toasted walnuts… but I sure as heck wish I had (they need the extra crunch), so I’ve included them in the recipe below.

2 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup toasted walnuts (adjust to taste)
1 1/2 cups fresh or thawed blueberries (adjust to taste)
Cinnamon sugar (to taste)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a mini loaf pan (or cut parchment paper to size and place in pans).

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and yolks, one at a time, then vanilla. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Fold in walnuts.

Fill each pan with a heaping tablespoon of batter, then sprinkle top with a tablespoonful of blueberries. Repeat until batter is mostly used up and all blueberries are used, and mixture fills about 3/4 of each pan. (Basically: You’re strategically layering your blueberries so they’re evenly distributed but don’t turn your batter purple when baked–which, trust me, will happen if you stir or even fold them into the batter!) Sprinkle tops generously with cinnamon sugar.

Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Let cake cool slightly, about 15 minutes, then turn out. Keeps for 5 days in an airtight container.

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7 thoughts on “Cinnamon Blueberry Tea Cakes

  1. I have the same problem! I actually don’t want to bring them to work anymore because most of my coworkers don’t appreciate the quality of ingredients and time/effort I put into it. It doesn’t matter what it is, from 1 week old fried chicken (true story) to really bad grocery store cupcakes with all sorts of chemical ingredients, they will all disappear in a matter of minutes. I love the idea of doing a local swap! Wish I could do the same but that doesn’t help curb my sweet tooth 😉 If you want we could do a swap in the mail! Just a one off since I know shipping can get pricey. Email me if you’re interested 🙂
    Also, I really need to get one of those mini loaf pans! So cute. Your photos are looking nice as well.

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    • Sara: Not for the first time do I wish we lived nearer to each other! I will definitely shoot you an email 🙂 Thanks for commenting–and yes, I highly recommend investing in a mini loaf pan… I’m amazed at how many random uses I find for it!

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  2. Chelsea, I read your blog! Just to let you know people do actually bookmark it (I have it bookmarked on my iPad)and drool over what I call food porn. Your food is beautiful and delicious. I can relate to the other comment co-workers don’t appreciate it. As much as I would love to say I’d like to take everything you have left over, I know that would be bad for me because I would eat every single item, probably in one sitting. I bet there are some hungry senior citizen out there who gather at a community center on a regular basis. They would truly appreciate your food and be thrilled someone actually made something for them. Just my thoughts -Todd

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    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Todd! I LOVE the idea of finding a community center to donate to. That is for sure going on my to-do list! If you have any recommendations in the Milwaukee area let me know! Honored to have my blog in your bookmarks 😉

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  3. When I go on baking jags and bring in all my goodies to work, I totally get accused of scheming to make my co-workers fat. Friends, family, and neighbors have made the same allegation, so now I have worked out a rotation system, so no one thinks I am actively trying to wreck their waistline. Love your blog Chelsea!

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