Blueberry-Orange Sour Cream Muffins

Welcome to my latest creation. My daughters are crazy for baked goods so this summer we are trying some new recipes.  The blueberries are so beautiful right now and bursting with flavor.  The topping is crumbly and makes these muffins a bit irresistible.  My first thought this morning was “maybe I should have one for breakfast.” Yumm….


First make the topping and refrigerate until you are ready to use.


Makes topping for 18 – 24 muffins


3/4 cup light brown sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter cubed

1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Cube butter and allow it to reach room temperature
  2. Combine ingredients in a bowl
  3. Use your fingers or a fork to mix ingredients to form coarse crumbles



Makes 18 – 24 muffins


3 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 cups sour cream

2 teaspoons orange extract

1 teaspoon vanilla

Zest 1 large orange or 2 small oranges

2 cup fresh blueberries


  1. Heat the oven to  375°. Butter muffin pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the 3 cups of flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, wisk the egg until frothy. Add the sugar and melted butter and beat until pale yellow, 1 minute. Beat in the sour cream, orange extract, vanilla and orange zest until blended.
  4. Add the blueberries  to your dry ingredients and toss. Using a wooden spoon, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Do not over mix – batter should be lumpy.
  5. Fill the muffin cups three-fourths full of batter and sprinkle with the topping. Bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when placed in the center of a mufffin. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool on a rack.





Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

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Just because we are eating on a budget doesn’t mean we can actually live without dessert. I know, I tried. That’s why this cake is a perfectly simple, delicious way to stretch dessert.

America’s Test Kitchen has always been my go-to for the best of anything recipe. I took this Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake of theirs I had stashed away in my recipes folder and split it into two loaf pans. That way, we worked our way through one loaf slowly while we froze the other for the next time the craving hits for the most moist,rich,chocolatey cake that doesn’t overwhelm after a simple meal.

You could fancy this up, of course; add raspberries and whipped cream on top or dollop it with our espresso whipped cream for an elegant touch. This doesn’t have to be a simple, weekday sweet, but it certainly does a good job as such.

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adapted from America’s Test Kitchen


For the Pan:

1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted

1 Tablespoon Cocoa

For the Cake:

3/4 Cup Natural Baking Cocoa Powder

6 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon Instant Espresso Powder

3/4 Cup Boiling Water

1 Cup Sour Cream, room temp.

1 3/4 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

12 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (1 1/2 Sticks), room temp.

2 Cups Packed Light Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

5 Large Eggs, room temp.

Whipped cream or confectioner’s sugar to top*



Stir together melted butter and cocoa in a small bowl to form a paste. Use a pastry brush to coat the inside of two standard loaf pans (or one bundt pan). Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°.

Combine Cocoa, chocolate, and espresso powder in heatproof bowl; pour boiling water over and whisk until smooth. Cool to room temp. Whisk in sour cream.

In a second bowl, whisk flour, salt, and baking soda to combine.

Using a mixer, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla on med-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. reduce speed to med. and add eggs one at a time, mixing about 30 seconds after each addition and scraping down bowl with rubber spatula after each. Reduce to med-low speed and add about one third of the dry ingredient mixture and half of chocolate/sour cream mixture and stir until just incorporated. Scrape bowl and repeat twice, dividing the dry ingredient mixture in half. Mix until batter is thoroughly combined.

Pour into prepared pans and bake until toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs attached, 45-50 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert to cooling rack and cool completely.