Monday, November 17, 2014

Blueberry Lemon Corncakes

Some of the best discoveries are made completely on accident. Christopher Columbus, anyone? Other famous mistakes include the slinky, chocolate chip cookies, silly putty, potato chips, and post-its.

This recipe just got added to the list. I added in the wrong amount of stuff for another recipe, and totally made this one up as I went. I JUST HATE wasting ingredients, so I'd rather throw a Hail Mary & hope for the best rather than just tossing them out. I prepared myself for monumental failure, threw these bad boys in the oven, and said a little prayer.


Lemon blueberry corn cakes

Blueberries and Lemon

Blueberry lemon corn cake

Of course I let my son think these happened on purpose. What can I say? Sometimes you've just got to be to be the opportunist hero. You could eat these for breakfast, dessert, or just because you're bored. 

Here's the recipe!


{For the Corn Cakes}
  • 2 {8.5 oz} boxes corn muffin mix
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup half & half
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 4 lemons
  • juice of 2 lemons
{For the Blueberry Topping}
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberry glaze {I tested with Marie's}


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, combine first three ingredients. 
  3. Add in remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  4. Spoon batter into 12 greased {or lined} muffin tins. Bake 15-17 minutes, or until golden & puffy, and centers are no longer wet.
  5. Remove cakes from oven. Cool completely & remove from muffin tin.
  6. Combine ingredients for the topping together. Spoon over top of cakes. 

I think a lot of people are scared of cooking because they're afraid to "mess up". If you're one of those people, listen: all cooks mess up. The trick is to not let those cooking hiccups get in your way. If you make a colossal "oops", just calm down. Take a deep breath. Your dish still may be worth saving. You'll never know if you don't try. Just experiment and see what happens. If it turns out to be an epic fail, learn to laugh at yourself & move on. You'll either end up with a great dish or a great story. Either way is a win in my book.

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