Thursday, July 22

Year One - {Blueberry Boy Bait}

Whisk Kid turns one today!


It's been a fun year for me, and I certainly hope that you've enjoyed it, too! I know my blog isn't hugely popular, but I still can't believe the great opportunities it's brought me or the readership I have. I'm stunned, really. Thank you so much!

You would think that after a year I'd have everything all set here on the blog, but I don't. To be completely honest, I'm still ironing things out! Living in a kitchenless dorm definitely affected my posting frequency this first year, but I really hope to be able to update more often in the future. I'm aiming for at least twice a week, but who knows? Maybe I'll be able to do more. Also, because I'll be cooking for myself in the very near future (or maybe not. I could probably live off of cake and cookies. Probably), it's likely that I'll be posting more savory stuff in this space. I'll definitely maintain a focus on sweets (gotta make friends somehow, right?), but it's a safe bet that you'll be seeing some pasta dishes and Mexican food all up in here pretty soon.

Speaking of which, I have an addiction to enchiladas. Really bad for you and completely inauthentic but still delicious enchiladas.

Did I say they were delicious?

They're soooooooo good.

Wow.


Which brings me to another point: maybe you'll get to know my personality a little more in these upcoming years. I've certainly had a lot to say about my past and my [occasionally-angsty-wannabe-deep] thoughts on life, but I haven't done many posts like this one. The kind where I just ramble and yarn and talk and talk until there's really no more point to it.

Yeah.

This kind.

It's kind of fun, really.

But would that bug you? I'm curious - what would you like to see more (or less) of on Whisk Kid? Certain writing styles, certain kinds of recipes, tips... Anything! If you have thoughts on that, I would love to hear them!

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that it's been a great year and I am truly thankful for all of the support that you have given me! I'm so lucky to be able to share what I love with so many people.


You guys rock!

Blueberry Boy Bait adapted from Smitten Kitchen
I like boys, so, naturally, I think "boy bait" concept is a wonderful thing. If you haven't already seen this recipe featured on Mrs. Deb's fabulous blog, I'm happy to have the pleasure of introducing you to it because it's fantastic! Buttery, sweet and completely addictive, you don't need to be a boy to fall for this stuff!
Printable Recipe

2 c (285 g) + 1 tsp flour, divided
1 Tbls baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c (235 g) butter, room temp
1 1/4 c (250 g) sugar
3 eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c (120 ml) milk
1/2 c (120 ml) yogurt
1 c (240 ml) blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, do not defrost first as it tends to muddle in the batter), divided
1/4 c (50 g) sanding sugar (or granulated sugar)

Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease and flour 9" x 13" baking pan.

In a medium bowl, combine two cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated and scraping down bowl. Add vanilla. Reduce speed to medium and beat in one-third of flour mixture until incorporated; beat in milk. Beat in half of remaining flour mixture, then yogurt, and finally remaining flour mixture.

In a small bowl, toss 1/2 c (120 ml) blueberries with remaining one teaspoon flour and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold blueberries into the batter. Spread into prepared pan.

Scatter remaining 1/2 c (120 ml) blueberries over top of batter and sprinkle with 1/4 c sanding sugar. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (topping side up). Serve warm or at room temperature.

42 comments:

  1. Congratulations on being a blogger for a year!!!!! I love reading it, and it even inspired me to start my own one after I saw you on the Martha Stewart show!!!! I love how detailed your recipes are, and your pictures are, well, just gorgeous!! I always love reading your new posts and am trying to work up the courage to try making macarons myself!

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  2. I still have to remind myself that you're so young. Your photographs, your writing, your words...you're much more mature than others your age. You're doing a fabulous job.

    I would definitely love to see more savory things. (My hips! They just can't take all the cake!) Quick and easy recipes are always a hit in our house.

    As for writing styles, I love yours. Be true to you. Find your voice. Shout it out. :)

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  3. Congrats on a great year! I must admit, I'm only here for the desserts. And your awesome photos. (I've got a serious food porn addiction!)I think you've got a great sense of voice and ought to just continue writing as you have been. I mean, that's what a blog is all about. Marisa is right...you are young but you sound so mature and you've got talent!

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  4. Happy blog birthday! Also, THOSE ARE HUGE BLUEBERRIES.

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  5. Congrat! Love to come here and read your stories and look at all the mouth watering desserts! Keep up the great work!

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  6. This is the first time I've visited Whisk Kid haha and viola! today happens to be your first anniversary here. Congratulations! - Jeff from dA

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  7. Wow, has it really been a year since I first laid eyes on your blog? Anyway keep doing what you're doing because its fantastic... esp the desserts. Man almighty, I love the desserts :D

    Congrats Kaitlin and here's to many more years!

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  8. this looks so delicious! Love this!

    Have a nice day!
    Paula

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  9. Congratulations!! One year is a long time (I'm only 4 months so far) and I've enjoyed reading your posts! Here's to young food bloggers! Looking forward to many more. More or less on Whisk Kid? I love your writing style, but I won't lie to you sometimes you're pictures are so amazing I skim and instead stare at your pics :). If you changed it up a little it wouldn't affect me negatively :)

    - Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

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  10. Happy Birthday! I love your blog just the way it is. My blog turned a year in June, so cheers!

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  11. Congrats on a year!

    If there was one thing I'd like more to see change it would be how your posts come through on google reader. Right now, the title and maybe the first sentence comes in and I know its silly but I like to see pictures and a bit of post first to know if I want to read the full post.

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  12. Congratulations and Happy Blogaversary!

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  13. Happy blogaversary!!

    I guess this is a great time to tell you that I'm in love with your blog. It's one of my top 5 blogs to read. Your pictures are amazing! I just want to eat them all! I love your way of writing, I feel like I'm reading a book not a blog. I think you have done a fantastic job with this blog. Just look at how many readers you have! (HOW did you do that?!?!)

    I look forward to this next year, seeing what you have in store. Can't wait to see some mexican food!!

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  14. By the way... You look very very much like my best friend Katie from elementary! I watched you on Martha Stewart, and I just couldn't believe the resemblance! What a co-ink-a-dink!
    Love your freckles :)

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  15. Happy one year. Can't belive it's only been a year. Time flies when you're having fun! Would really love to see more savoury dishes (I still remember the sushi roll yum!) and anything you write is really entertaining so keep it up!

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  16. I just started reading your blog (via a link from a wedding blog) and I am sad that I didn't know about it until now! My recommendation would be to only change the blog if you change. You have a strong voice- keep it up!

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  17. P.S. I am baking the Blueberry Boy Bait right now! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  18. Happy anniversary!! I love your blog like it is now. If you want to change it, then do it, but if not, that's perfect, too. That's the beauty of your space - it's all yours, to whatever you want with! Keep on whisking!!

    :-)

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  19. Happy one year!! A friend of mine would like to make this but she can't have eggs. I was wondering if there were any egg substitutes that she could use to make this.

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  20. Happy blog-iversary! I love what you do and think you are an excellent writer and baker. You should post on and write about whatever you'd like. I'll continue to enjoy it. :)

    And thanks for your comments.

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS, Congratulazioni, felicitations, mazal tov, comhgháirdeachas, gratulacje, felicidades, Glückwunsch and so on and so on in many languages. Kaitlin, your writings, your photos, your recipes…we need more, more, more (of course, as your studies allow.) I need your oh sooooooooo good enchilada recipe, one of my favorite foods. I so love this blog. I'm preparing "Blueberry Boy Bait" this evening. Stay focused on your dreams and it will happen. --marion

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  22. Congratulations! I have been following your blog since about May. (It's even made it to my bookmark bar!) I'm in college as well, so it is nice to find other people our age that find the time and the energy to put into cooking--and in your case, blogging!

    I'll definitely agree with Marisa--quick and easy recipes are right up my alley. Oh and perhaps a family recipe or two? It's always nice to try a recipe that withstands the test of time.

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  23. Happy blogoversary! I love your "deep thoughts on life" posts, but I also loved this one!

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  24. Happy birthday to your blog! And you're stuff is always amazing.

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  25. I would love to read your postings as many times as you can blog! Your recipes and pictures are the best that I've ever seen! I am saving them all! You have a wonderful future just waiting for you...a delightful young lady!

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  26. More blogs please. I love everything you share on your blog. Big congrats on the anniversary of your first year.

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  27. congratulations!
    im so happy u started this blog, & i found it existed.
    u fill up my eyes, before my stomach <3

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  28. Happy 1 year blog birthday! I can't wait until mine turns 1 ... but that's still quite a long way out :o) So happy to have met you through our blogs!!

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  29. Congrats on reaching 1 year! I just want to be at your house and eat all your yummy creations! Did you know that for a while I had your rainbow cake as my wallpaper on my computer because it made me happy whenever I saw it!
    By the way, have you ever written a tutorial post about how you stage great food photos? I would love to read your techniques! Like how you determine what background colour to use, and what you use to do it. How you choose your accessories for the photos etc!

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  30. By the way stop by my blog. I left your a little surprise!

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  31. Congrats on reaching one year! I am a new follower, you have some mad baking skills, the pictures are gorgeous they make me want to bake more! I hope you are having a great weekend.

    http://ourhappyhomeblog.blogspot.com

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  32. Congratulations on your 1-year birthday :) I love your blog... and wanted to say "hi" because I just finished my graduate degree at MSU! Always nice to meet another Spartan :)

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  33. Congratulations so much on your blog birthday (blirthday?)! I am in utter amazement that you've been posting all of these wonderful things while living in a dorm--I don't know how you manage to do it! Congrats, again!

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  34. Congrats! I LOVE your recipes/pictures and they have inspired me to cook, so now I'm kind of obsessed with baking. I do everyday now, it's really unhealthy. I'm worried about college next year and the sad excuse for a kitchen that I'll be dealing with, but since I've seen you deal with it all I will not lose hope.

    And about blogging about "lifey" issues, I say, go ahead! It's good for you and it's honestly fun to read.

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  35. Congratulations on the one year anniversary! I have to say you are doing an awesome job of making me drool with your amazing baking and photography skills!

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  36. Not sure how you judge your blog popularity, but it sure is popular with me!!

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  37. Congrats on having the blog for a year! And what do you mean it's not popular? 1000+ followers? I'd say that is!

    Hmmm what would I like to see more of on the blog? Maybe some more vegan recipes, or if not recipes, just a side note on how a recipe could be veganized.

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  38. Belated happy anniversary!! Did you know that we both started our blogs on the same day a year ago? How cool is that?! Congrats! Here's to more food blogging for both of us!!

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  40. This is awesome! I also gave it a try... would u mind taking a look here? http://foodsphotosetc.blogspot.in/2013/04/blueberry-boy-bait.html

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Thanks so much for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to me at kaitlin@whisk-kid.com.

Have a great day!