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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Year Resolutions on Hold

Have you all been keeping your New Year Resolutions? Maybe you don't make any, I know that I gave up on them quite awhile ago. Actually not true, I make resolutions about every month. Some I keep and others... eh... not really.

We've been trying to eat better around here, lots of salads and lower carbs and fat.  It's been a struggle, I grew up on a farm for goodness sake, and every day there included comfort food. I still miss my Mom's home cooked meals, she was a fabulous cook! 

One thing I'm already tired of is no dessert.... that lasted about three weeks and then these yummy blueberries were on sale and then I saw some lemons,  and well here is the result....



Lemon Blueberry Gooey Butter Cake




 





This is a pretty easy recipe and it's luscious, plus it feeds about twelve people, so it's great for a crowd. The entire recipe and directions are at the bottom of the post.


 

Start by making your crust, it's just butter, cake mix and an egg.  Remember to spray or grease the pan so it doesn't stick.

 

 

I've already creamed the butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs and juice... now I've added those delicious blueberries.
 


 
 

Stir in the blueberries and lemon zest, gently! Don't crush your berries! OK, I actually forgot to add the lemon zest.... too caught up in taking pictures and conversing with our house guest! 
Oops! 
It's much better with the zest. 
Don't forget like I did!



 

 
Smooth your batter over the unbaked crust.



 

Bake until golden and puffy, but don't over bake, it still should be gooey.  Jiggle the pan and if the center is still really loose bake for about 5 more minutes and check again. 



Lemon Blueberry Gooey Butter Cake

Crust:
1 box cake mix, white or yellow
1 stick butter, softened
1 whole egg


Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 whole eggs
2 lemons (zest removed and then juiced)
2 or 3 cups of fresh blueberries


Directions:
 
1.    For the Crust:  In large mixer bowl blend the cake mix and butter to combine.  Add the egg and mix until it forms a soft dough. Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Press the dough evenly into the dish. Set aside and make the filling.

2.    For the Filling: In large mixer bowl cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add the sugar and mix well.  Then add the eggs and lemon juice and mix until well combined and smooth.  By hand, stir in the blueberries and lemon zest.  Pour over the crust.

3.    Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.  Center of dessert will be gooey but not runny.

4.    Cool at least 20 minutes, cut or spoon onto serving dish and top with whipped cream.
 






Wait for your dessert to cool until you can't stand it any longer and then scoop into a bowl and cover with massive amounts of whipped cream.... and then fall into a sugar stupor! Yay! What else is there to do in January?  Except then I remember we're going to be going somewhere soon where the weather is tropical and shorts and swim suits are a possibility ..... then it's back to the salads!


Desserts are my one weakness! 
Want to share yours?

 ~xx Diane xx~

 

17 comments:

  1. Your cake looks so divine! Thank you so much for sharing, and the music is thoroughly beautiful and enchanting! I don't make New Year's Resolutions, only because I try to work on myself every day...a little at a time, one step at a time, this way I don't get disappointed if I make goals that I cannot or do not fulfill. :)

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  2. It looks so delicious! And I love these photos! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Diane. It's definitely a must try. :) I didn't make any resolutions for the New Year, but I do make them off and on throughout the year as things cross my mind. If I make them manageable, I find I can keep them. Thank you for sharing this scrumptious post!

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    1. I have about ten versions of this cake, pumpkin, chocolate etc...

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  3. Desserts are my weakness, too. I try to be good, honest I do. But . . . .

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  4. This looks so good!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Diane, you are so cute! Desserts are not my weakness, but I do like them! My down fall are chips. You know, you just can't eat one! LOL! Actually, if it tastes good, it's my down fall! LOL! Diane, you just keep being you and as long as you are healthy, that is the main thing. I don't really make resolutions. I just try to be the best person I can be everyday. Have a great time on your vacation! Hugs!

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    1. I still have a month before we leave, now if I walk every day for 5 miles maybe I'll burn off these calories....

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  5. Oh my goodness! I wish I could eat that. I saved it for a blueberry idea! That looks amazing! Pinned!

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  6. It is summer where I live. We have fresh blueberries galore! And you supplied great recipe .Thank you.Cheers

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  7. Diane, the lemon blueberry cake looks so Yummy! I love blueberries and lemons, so this would be a treat for me. So, you are going somewhere tropical soon? Maybe California hehehe? What is my weakness?......chocolate. :)

    Good to see a post from you again, Diane.

    love, ~Sheri

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  8. Ah yes, I know have a New Year's resolution. I have to make that dessert. Besides, this silly dude read somewhere that blueberries are um, supposed to be good for the libido, whatever libido is :)

    Thank you, my kind friend.

    Gary :)

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  9. Oh my, I think I need to make this the next time I bake. Thanks, it looks so yummy. Well I resolved to clean out and donate and have been doing well with that. Are we talking only food weaknesses here? Mine is tablecloths, lol. :)

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  10. This looks so delicious! Impossible to resist. I don't have a big sweet tooth but there are a few desserts that make me weak :)

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  11. Oh Diane I can understand looking at this recipe why the new year's resolution would bite the dust. I am going to try this by substituting a gluten free cake mix so hubby can enjoy as well. Desserts are my weakness too. In fact cookies are the biggest one. I think because they are so small what could one or two dozen hurt. Hee! hee! Have a wonderful day and thanks for this divine recipe. Hugs

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  12. That looks wonderful - I have bookmarked it for Sunday... xx

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  13. Hello Diane, oh my goodness that looks so gooooddd! Deserts are my weakness too. Mind you, I also love chocolate, cake and anything else with lots of sugar. I’m sure I would end up eating this while it was still hot!
    I didn’t make any resolutions this year simply because I was too busy enjoying myself with my granddaughters and son and daughter-in-law.
    Maybe next year!
    Happy New Year, Barbara x

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