Seth Ganz’s Blueberry Birthday Cake

blueberry streusel cake

A birthday cake need not be a multi-layered, frosted, Birthday Cake.  Rather, a birthday cake needs only to be appropriate for its recipient.  For me, a birthday cake may well be comprised of sticky rice, raw fish, avocados, and eel sauce (You’ve got over 300 days to start planning this, reading public…)

For Seth Ganz, there should be no frosting and, preferably, no egg.  In the ideal world, the cake would be kinda healthy, and to be honest, he wouldn’t mind it it were a little dry.*

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Seth Ganz’s Blueberry Birthday (Crumb) Cake

Ingredientsblueberry cake batter


1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch o’ salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 c. apple sauce
1 c. greek yogurt (I used vanilla bean Liberte b/c it’s all about the details)
1 c. fresh blueberries, tossed in flour

Streusel Topping

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a spring-form pan with non-stick spray.

Prepare the streusel

Combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Add melted butter and flour, and stir until clumps of goodness form.

Prepare the cake

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together, and set aside. In a standing mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.   Add applesauce, and mix until thoroughly combined.  Alternate adding dry ingredients and yogurt until both are incorporated.  Fold blueberries into the batter, and pour into prepared pan.  Sprinkle streusel topping over the cake batter.

Bake approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer (or other designated cake-tester) comes out clean.  Allow to cool, and serve with a healthy sprankle (sic.) of confectioner’s sugar and, when appropriate, a birthday candle.

blueberry crumb cake

*I couldn’t, in good conscience, make a dry cake for someone’s birthday, even if the recipient prefers food on the dry side.  Blueberries, yogurt, and applesauce assure that the cake is anything but.  Instead, I recreated ‘dryness’ with the streusel topping.  It’s also a great way to make an ordinary cake mo’ yummier without frosting.

So, now I’m curious – what would your requirements be for your ideal birthday cake?


2 responses to “Seth Ganz’s Blueberry Birthday Cake

  1. That looks so good I want to just jump into eating it – without a fork! I swear looking at that first picture…I can actually taste it! (FYI for my birthday, I would prefer Chocolate with Chocolate icing and chocolate chips).

    • DUH! You are a chocoholic! 🙂 But wouldn’t you rather have a chocolate peanut butter pie? I know it’s your favorite…

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