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Blueberry Boy Bait

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Blueberry Boy Bait

It’s rumored that this recipe for Blueberry Boy Bait can help a woman snag the man of her choosing. We’ve updated the recipe to make it a tad healthier, and it still receives rave reviews.

In 1954 a 15-year-old Chicago teen named Renny Powell submitted a blueberry coffee cake recipe to the Pillsbury $100,000 Recipe & Baking Contest (precursor to today’s Pillsbury Bake-Off). Renny took second place in the youth division for her creation, named in honor of its powers with the opposite sex. The recipe has been in circulation for nearly 60 years now, including here on YankeeMagazine.com, where our adaptation is one of the most popular recipes in our archive.

Total Time: 20
Yield: 18 squares

For the Cake

Ingredients

  • Butter for the pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 9x13-inch baking pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the oil, milk, and eggs. Mix with an electric mixer for 3 minutes.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then evenly sprinkle the blueberries on top.

Additional Notes:

If using large frozen blueberries 2 cups works best. If using small (wild) fresh or frozen blueberries, use up to 3 cups.

For the Topping

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over the blueberries. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

For the Cake

Comments
  • Hi Stacy. We haven’t tried a sugar substitute in the Blueberry Boy Bait recipe, so we’re not sure how it would affect the flavor, but you can swap Stevia for the sugar if you’d like. I’d suggest searching the web for a conversion chart to figure out how much to use. Let us know how it turns out!

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  • The recipe I have uses butter (not oil) and all the dry ingredients are mixed with the shortening cut in and one cup is reserved for a crumb cake topping over the blueberries. I also cut the sugar in the recipe as it is very sweet. In season, Maine wild blueberries are sweet and delicious just as they are. Enjoy!

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  • Are you christine boehmke of lordship conn? Do you remember me, susan bittner, now susan brower and live in North carolina

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  • Hi Louise. We’re sorry you didn’t love our version, but we’re glad you found one that better suits your taste. You’re right — there are usually many versions of the same recipe just a few clicks away online and with a little tweaking we can find the one that’s perfect for us. Thanks!

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  • First, I made the Yankee version of Blueberry Boy Bait. It was okay but nothing I would rush to make again. Then, I found the original recipe and made it, cutting back on the sugar from 1-1/2 cups to 1 cup. The original recipe was way better. I’ve found a number of other versions on the internet and they all seem to have their own little twist. Stick with the original recipe–it got rave reviews from my family.

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  • Yummy yummy yummy. I made the cake this morning and it was delicious. I added one very ripe banana and cut back just a little on the amount of oil.

    Very moist and delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    Toby Ann

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  • I still have my original Best Of The Bake Off Collection recipe book printed in1959. The Blueberry Boy Bait recipe was well used when I was a teenager how many years ago. I’ll have to dust it of and try it on my grandchildren.

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  • shoecob18@gmail.com

    i ‘ve always liked to get recipe’s- they use to come in larger print ,now are to small for me to read??
    Dorothy

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  • Anonymous

    I am always looking for an interesting receipe so when I saw this one I printed it and put it in my recipe binder! I made it last Sunday for church and it was a big hit! I added some frozen cranberries and a little chopped walnuts on top and it tasted great! Not too sweet and it makes a good size cake!

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  • Anonymous

    Oh my! Blueberry Boy Bait……The first cookbook I ever bought was the 1959 Issue of the Pillsbury Bake Off Best 1000 Recipes. Blueberry Boy Bait was the first recipe I made from that book and I made it many times over the years.
    But must admit that cookbook got pushed to the back of my shelf but your article this morning sent me looking for it. I found it and was able to find the original recipe. I like your changes to the recipe; less sugar and less fuss.
    Now I think I’ll make it for the grandkids.
    Thanks for that blast from the past.

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  • Christine

    Absolutely wonderful! Made it with less sugar and it was just fine. So moist, everyone in the family loved it.

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  • I’ve made this recipe for years. Took it from one of the first Yankee Magazine’s I received. It has always been a favorite. But the first recipe calls to beat the egg white separately and it really makes the cake better. Just does something special for the cake.

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  • Anonymous

    I tried this recipe for the first time and thought it turned out very well. It is a very good and sweet “breakfast bread/cake.”

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  • Anonymous

    My 7-year-old daughter loves blueberries and would have eaten the whole thing had I let her. It was very good. I made it according to the recipe. Next time, I may decrease the sugar in the topping. (Depends on how this New Year’s Resolution holds…)

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  • Anonymous

    My whole family loved it. I made it as it was…no substitutions. We will definitely make it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Lowered the amount of sugar to 3/4 C for cake, and 3TBSP for topping.

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  • Many years ago when I took this recipe out of Yankee Magazine, it called to separate the eggs. Mixing everything as you have it and then adding the beaten eggs at the end, it does make a difference in the
    taste, which I like better.

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  • Sherry

    I followed the suggestion and used the lower amount of sugar, plus 3 cups of freshly picked blueberries. The people at work loved it! So did my husband; he was a little put out that I gave most of it to my co-workers!

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  • Anonymous

    It was a little sweet so I think that you should go with the “you may use less sugar” thing. Other than that, the recope is great. It even has a cute little story to go with it.

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