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Blueberry Nutmeg Cake and a ‘Ripe’ Cookbook #Giveaway

Blueberry Nutmeg Cake

by Barbara Kiebel on July 9, 2012

I’ve only met Cheryl Sternman Rule through Twitter, her blog’ 5 Second Rule‘ and now through her new cookbook, ‘Ripe.’  She does freelance work for several publications and she is someone whose voice I admire. Her blog posts are filled with stories and anecdotes that just work for me; a combination of warmth, humor and knowledge that I just love reading.  If you haven’t heard of Cheryl then run, don’t walk and see for yourself what I’m talking about; you will love her too!

When we discussed my reviewing her new book I was certainly excited; I expected something wonderful. But I didn’t expect this. Categorized into color sections based on the color of the produce, the photos by Paulette Phlipot are as exquisite as the recipes; each one tantalizing you and almost saying, ‘Make me, make ME!’ I had a difficult time choosing just one so I decided to choose by color. My favorite color of all time is purple. I can remember as a little girl wanting to wear all purple every day and I can not even believe my parents indulged me when moving into a new home when I was ten. They let me pick the color of the fixtures in the bathroom I would share with three siblings and purple it was! While I’m not quite that fanatical today; I still love the color so purple it was. This section actually combines purple and blue. The first recipe and photo were for blackberry-lime cornmeal shortcakes. OH YES…I was going to make those. Ah, but no blackberries. Moving on I next happened on this cake. Not a coffee cake dotted with some blueberries, no, it was a cake FILLED with them. I had just stopped by Whole Foods and picked up some gorgeous blueberries; this I could do.

I did mention to Cheryl that I was making this cake and she, in an appropriate fashion for her name, sternly warned me, ‘Don’t eat it today, make sure you save it for tomorrow.’ That had been my plan but I admit, I might have normally taken a nibble but feeling Cheryl was sitting on my shoulder watching, I waited. I was promised a moist, jammy cake and I thought, ‘Hehe, she does not know Denver.’ Still, I persevered and was so happy I did. Wrapped up and aging overnight gave me just that; seriously moist and plump with blueberries; it was divine. The nutmeg? Genius. I love cinnamon as much as the next guy but why don’t we honor nutmeg more; it was amazing.

I seriously loved this cake. When fruit is perfectly seasonal and ripe, it doesn’t need to be overplayed. This was all about the berry. I’m craving it again. I have blueberries in the fridge. They will be baking in a cake within the hour especially now that it’s 72 at noon and not 102. There was not a lot of baking going on in my home the past couple of weeks and I’m ready!

Blueberry Nutmeg Cake and a ‘Ripe’ Cookbook #Giveaway

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Blueberry Nutmeg Cake and a ‘Ripe’ Cookbook #Giveaway

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (220g) blueberries
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 & 1/2 Tbsp (190g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the blueberries with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of the nutmeg and the salt.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and 1/4 cup (187g) of the sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low, beat in the sifted ingredients. Do not overbeat. Scrape into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  5. Scatter the berries and any juices over the batter. Stir the remaining 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of sugar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of the nutmeg together and sprinkle the mixture over the berries. Bake in the center of the oven for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the cake just begins to pull away from the sides.
  6. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake from the springform pan and let it finish cooling completely. Slide a wide, thin spatula under the cake to transfer it to a large plate. Wrap tightly with plastic and let it mellow at room temperature for several hours or overnight before eating.

Notes

While the cake may appear dry when freshly baked, it takes on a fantastic dampness after an overnight rest and it continues to improve with age. After 24 hours, store any leftovers in the fridge (what leftovers?).

http://www.creative-culinary.com/blueberry-nutmeg-cake/

We have a Winner!

The 11th comment received was from Cathy at Nobel Pig. Congrats!

About that giveaway!

Cheryl not only provided me with a copy of her book but I’ve been given another one to give to one of my readers. Yes. YOU! You want this book. Lemons, avocados, asparagus and tangerines. Bok Choy, Tomatoes, Beets and Strawberries. And more. It’s luscious; so luscious that I’m surprised it’s not actually dripping. The book has already garnered significant media attention and has entered its fifth printing. Read the reviews, see the video trailer, and learn how to purchase your copy on ripecookbook.com.

To enter to win this sweepstakes, the only requirement is to leave a comment; it would be fun to have you tell me how pretty I am the book is but it’ s not required. For additional entries, follow Cheryl on Twitter and leave another comment letting me know you did. You won’t be sorry!

For a third and last entry, I would love it if you would share this post with your Twitter followers; let’s get the word out about this fabulous and beautiful cookbook. Tweet the following statement and let me know in an additional comment that you tweeted – I just entered to win the ‘Ripe’ cookbook from @creativculinary & @sternmanrule Enter here: http://su.pr/1xw9JL #giveaway

This giveaway is open until Friday, July 13th at midnight. US residents only. Winner will be notified via email; if no response is received within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Thanks for stopping by! By the way; I might have whined just a bit to Cheryl that no one seems to think Denver is worthy of being a stop on a book tour; if you would like to see her come here, please let us know!

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1 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 14, 2012 at 1:44 am

That cake looks so moist and delicious!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com Most Recent Post: Marinated Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice

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2 Shumaila July 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Sounds like a fun cookbook to have! (And yes, you are pretty!)
Shumaila Most Recent Post: Streusel filled sour cream coffee cake cupcakes

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3 Gianna July 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Just found your site.. thanks for the giveaway!

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4 Jill~a SaucyCook July 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Leave it to you Barb to “honor” nutmeg! This looks delicious, but then again, I expect nothing less from you. If there are any left overs, you know where I am!!!

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5 Kristin July 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

This book looks amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
Kristin Most Recent Post: Recipe of the Moment: Spicy Black Bean Enchiladas

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6 Brian @ A Thought For Food July 12, 2012 at 5:56 am

I’ve been reading all sorts of amazing things about Ripe… still haven’t picked up a copy yet. This cake… holy moly. It’s so rare that you see nutmeg pop up in dishes in the summer months, but damn it sounds perfect.
Brian @ A Thought For Food Most Recent Post: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Kimchi

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7 Tania July 12, 2012 at 5:24 am

That book is stunning!

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8 Kim July 12, 2012 at 12:25 am

I really wish you were coming to Cheryl’s book-signing dinner and dessert event in my backyard next week. Not too late to book a ticket!!

I agree – the book is outstanding. And so is Cheryl. I am beyond thrilled that I get to see her next week.

We’re making this cake for the dessert course. And pairing it with my homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

[K]

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9 Abby July 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

This does look gorgeous!

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10 sina July 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

this looks like a great cookbook! would love it!!

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11 Samantha Remington July 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

What a wonderful idea for a cookbook! It’s beautiful (and I’m sure you are too)

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12 Tracy July 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Saladgoddess already following Cheryl on Twitter.

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13 Tracy July 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I have this book out from the library right now. Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway. I have some blueberries just waiting to go into this cake!

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14 Nancy@acommunaltable July 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Hi Barb! I don’t wonder that you had trouble decided upon a recipe – from the ones I’ve seen on twitter, facebook, etc. I can appreciate the dilemma!! This is SO my kind of cake – not fussy, no layers – just moist and YUMMY!!!

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15 Anna July 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm
16 Anna July 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I follow cheryl on twitter

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17 Anna July 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

It is a very pretty cookbook that I would love to have in my collection !
you just want to open and see what lovely recipes they have!

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18 jacquie July 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

i would so love to win a copy of this book. and yes your bluebery cake looks delicious but i have always been rather partial to purple also :)

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19 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos July 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Oh – what the heck – I’m tossing my stiletto in the ring. I tweeted about the giveaway (and I already followed her). Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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20 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos July 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I have been pondering buying this or not and, after this, I think I’m headed to Amazon!

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21 Jessen July 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

My favorite Giveaway is a Cookbook, and Any Cookbook! I’m obsessed with the knowledge and techniques of Other’s who cook. Now, if I can only win one. . . (Crossing my Fingers!)

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22 Phyllis July 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Can’t wait to try this cake ! I have baked for many years and can usually tell by reading whether it will be good or not. I can tell this is a winner !

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23 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

That cake looks gorgeous!

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24 Kimberly P. July 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

I just tweeted about the giveaway.

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25 Kimberly P. July 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

Following Cheryl on Twitter.

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26 Kimberly P. July 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

I cannot wait to try this cake! Looks incredible.

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27 robynski July 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

And, tweeted about the contest even though I didn’t want to because I really would like to win this contest. ;o)

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28 robynski July 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

Follow Cheryl on twitter. Yes I do.

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29 robynski July 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

I made this recipe this morning thanks to you! What a great way to start the day. Thanks Barb!

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30 Deb Harris July 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

I am following Cheryl on twitter

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31 Deb Harris July 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

I tweeted about giveaway http://t.co/fr82RlOj

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32 Deb Harris July 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

What a beautiful cover on that book, can just imagine what the inside is like. I’d love to win it. I think I’ll be trying that Blueberry cake either way. Always have blueberries but have never tried with nutmeg, I always use cinnamon too. PS when I was 12 I was allowed to design my room-lt purple wallpaper on 1 wall, slightly darker paint on other walls & light purple ceiling. Added my prize possession from my Grandmother a sq. wooden table with a dark blue mirrored top. I loved it!

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33 Denise July 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

That’s a gorgeous book cover, and the recipe you shared from it looks fab!

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34 Sara P. July 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

This book looks amazing!! Finger crossed…

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35 Joan July 10, 2012 at 5:55 am
36 Joan July 10, 2012 at 5:53 am

I follow Cheryl on twitter as @southerncooker

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37 Joan July 10, 2012 at 5:53 am

The cake sounds delicious as does the rest of the book.

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38 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

Tweeted it!

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39 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 10, 2012 at 1:04 am

This sounds like my kind of book, I’d love to check it out!

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40 nik July 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

ohgoodgolly that looks fabulous! I need to be noshing on that with a bit of limoncello as soon as humanly possible.
Purple was my favorite too…I badgered my father for months when I was 10 to paint purple footprints on my ceiling. He finally gave in, much to his artistic chagrin but I was a happier camper for several years. :)
The book looks screamingly cool and totally inspiring! And pretty. And yes, you are pretty. And smart and talented. Because all that counts too. ;)

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41 Megan's Cookin' July 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm
42 Megan's Cookin' July 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I’m now following Cheryl on Twitter!

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43 Megan's Cookin' July 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This sounds like such a wonderful cookbook. And this coffeecake is calling my name! I love that it’s celebrating the almighty nutmeg for a nice change from cinnamon!!! Pinned for a cooler day. It’s suppose to be 108 degrees here Thursday. :/

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44 amy marantino July 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm
45 amy marantino July 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

both you and the book are very pretty

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46 Suzanne July 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Beautiful cookbook and cake, I followed Cheryl on Twitter. Just lovely!!

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47 Kate | Food Babbles July 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway!

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48 Kate | Food Babbles July 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I follow Cheryl on Twitter

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49 Kate | Food Babbles July 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I love the fresh simplicity of this recipe and that the fruit is just “un-messed-around-with” (so to speak) It sounds incredible and the cookbook does as well! A “must have.”

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50 kelley {mountainmamacooks} July 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I had the chance to browse her book in Seattle a few weeks ago. Gorgeous is an understatement. It is a feast for the eyes!

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51 Linda S. July 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I’m following you on twitter (ljskop).

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52 Linda S. July 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love the idea of adding nutmeg to fruit; it really heightens the flavor.

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53 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

What a great book! I would love it. And I think you’re pretty. :)

Heather

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54 namuelle July 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Congrats ! This cake looks so yummy !!! thanks for sharing your amazing recipes !

Regards from Southern France

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55 Lyn July 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Following Cheryl @sternmanrule on twitter

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56 Cindy B. July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I tweeted.

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57 Lyn July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

This cake looks delicious! Adding Blueberries to grocery list…

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58 Cindy B. July 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I follow Cheryl on Twitter.

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59 Cindy B. July 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Your cake look delicious, love blueberries, thanks for sharing.

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60 Suzy Arnette July 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Gorgeous cake! I’ll be making that this weekend!!!

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61 Karin - The F Girl July 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Gosh. That looks so amazing. By the way, I applaud you for being able to wait a whole night before eating that cake. You are strong, lady. I couldn’t have. I am sure of it. :)

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62 Gabrielle July 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I definitely think I need this cookbook in my collection. We have been trying new fruits and veggies thanks to our local CSA!

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63 Lizzy July 9, 2012 at 11:13 am

This year my husband and I joined a CSA and we could totally use this book to find great ways to use our produce. The cover is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this book with us.

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64 Cathy @ Noble Pig July 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

I love this and yes many cakes I find are better after on overnight sleep. Love the blueberries this time of year!!

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65 cindy July 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

I just tweeted- I just entered to win the ‘Ripe’ cookbook from @creativculinary & @sternmanrule Enter here: http://su.pr/1xw9JL #giveaway

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66 cindy July 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

I followed Cheryl on Twitter.

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67 cindy July 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

I would love to win the cookbook. What a lovely cover and really need a cookbook that deals with fruits and vegetables.

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68 Hanaa July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

That blueberry cake you made looks amazing! I love how it’s loaded with blueberries. I have some in the fridge right now and with our temps in the lower 80s, I might be able to whip up a batch tonight. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for doing the giveaway.

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69 Holly July 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

What a beautiful book and your shots of the blueberry cake surely belong in the pages of this cookbook! How did you ever manage to wait overnight to eat this? I know I wouldn’t have the will power. Looks wonderful!

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70 Karen Harris July 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

Wow, this looks wonderful. I love blueberries and blueberry buckle is one of my favorite sweets of all time so I know I am going to love this. I can’t wait to make it.

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71 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

I tweeted the giveaway.

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72 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

I’m now following Cheryl on Twitter!

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73 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful cookbook. I must have a copy right away!

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74 JoAnn July 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

I’ve been DYING for a copy of this book! Sure, I should just go ahead and buy one, but it would be so much more fun to win one :)

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