So… I did this.

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Blueberries.

Bacon.

Together.

For breakfast.

In dessert form.

I mean… I made a cake with bacon fat. If that wasn’t on my bucket list I don’t know what is.

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We’re moving a little backwards here, what with dinner yesterday and breakfast today and then tomorrow… lunch. Whatever… we’ll get there. But this doesn’t HAVE to be breakfast. It’s totally breakfast slash dessert slash snack slash tax stress out food. I’m pretty sure we all know that little word… *breakfast*… simply makes an appearance so we feel better about ourselves and the fluffy sugar consumed at 7:18 this morning.

Ugh. I just love this so much. So much, in fact, that it’s disgusting. I love it so much that I hate it’s guts.

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The only thing that could make this whole blueberry bacon experience better was if I was eating it somewhere magical. Like a tropical island. Maybe a snowy ski lodge with a fireplace roaring. Probably not in a bikini in June. Or most definitely… Target. It’s a major secret of mine to wish to be locked inside Target overnight… a la Joey and Pacey in K-Mart circa 2003. Granted I’d want more than 12 hours to be surrounded by the multitude of beauty products, magazines, movies, food, scooters, bikes and all that crazy choxie chocolate stuff… but it’s a start.

Totally Team Pacey for life by the way. For LIFE.

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But this cake. Oh this cake.

The cake itself is nothing special – similar to your regular ol’ coffee cake cut into your typical square – but this time it’s laced with tons of bursting blueberries and super crunchy, salty bacon. With a little cinnamon and vanilla swirled in there too. And topped with a cream cheese glaze because, well… can I ever leave well enough alone?

I’m sure you know the answer to that. It just completely WORKS. It’s like eating fat blueberry pancakes with a side of bacon. Except your bacon is like, on top of the pancakes. Or sandwiched in between. Because I know you’ve done that before… come on!

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Blueberry Bacon Breakfast Cake

[adapted from my eggnog crumble cake]

makes a 9×13 dish

6 slices thick-cut bacon

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons bacon fat, cooled

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 ounces fresh blueberries (frozen work too – just thaw and pay completely dry)

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add bacon. Fry until completely crisp and fat is rendered. Remove bacon and place on a paper towel to drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix thoroughly. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk butter and bacon fat with sugar until combined. Whisk in eggs until completely smooth, then whisk in vanilla extract. Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing with a large spoon. Add in milk and stir until combined. Toss blueberries with 1-2 tablespoons of flour. Fold in bacon and blueberries, then pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 30-33 minutes, or until golden on the sides and top. Remove cake and poke holes on top with a toothpick. Pour glaze over top, reserving a bit extra for topping if desired.

 

Cream Cheese Glaze

1/2 cup whipped cream cheese, at room temperature

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-3 tablespoons milk

Add softened cream cheese to a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add in milk and vanilla, mixing until combined, then begin to stir in powdered sugar. If mixture is too thick, add additional milk 1 teaspoon at a time. If it is too thin, add in powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

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Also suggested: chocolate chips. Now we’re talking.

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135 Responses to “Blueberry Bacon Breakfast Cake.”

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 17, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Agreed – team Pacey ALLLL the way! Bacon and blueberries is not a combination I’d have ever thought of, but not because I don’t think it’d be delicious! I’d say I’m surprised… but then again, this is you that we’re talking about here. ;)

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    Jenna — April 17, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    I have to admit, there’s something about this cake that makes me uneasy. Maybe because I have a very finicky palate when it comes to texture and I don’t know how I’d like bacon in my cake.

    But, no worries! Reading through this post gave me encouragement to be as creative as I want to be in the kitchen, so, even if I don’t make the recipe, I still appreciate the post. Good job!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — April 17, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    Woah and woah. I love this idea! I bet the bursting blueberries in combination with the salty bacon is incredible. I’m making apple bacon pancakes tonight and I’m SO stoked. :D Yummm!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — April 17, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    You’re ridiculous – and I love you. That’s all I can say.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 17, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    Oh my Gosh! You are crazy, crazy I tell you, but I love it!! Fab recipe!!! I have to make this for hubby, maybe he’ll shower me diamonds when he takes a bite of this cake?

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — April 17, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    I was Team Pacey, as well. Dawson was a bit of a wuss, in my opinion. ;) And I can’t even talk about this cake. It’s like food porn. :P

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    Cait's Plate — April 17, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    Haha, interesting. I can’t taste the combo of the flavors in my head but savory + sweet pretty much always equals something delicious.

    Also? Being locked in a Target would definitely be a dream come true. I’ve fantasized about just secretly living in one before…weird?

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    • Jessica — April 17th, 2012 @ 7:45 am

      Normal.

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    Simply Life — April 17, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Oh I see ww flour in there- definitely makes it a breakfast food! :)

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — April 17, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    mmm soft coffee cake with crunchy bacon and sweet blueberries… if this doens’t get my stubborn butt out of bed i don’t know what would! looks sooo good Jessica!

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — April 17, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Ooooo-la-la!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — April 17, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Making a cake with bacon fat should really be on everyone’s bucket list. AND Team Pacey, fo sho.

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    Blog is the New Black — April 17, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I love when I see the words “breakfast” or “snack” in front of cake!

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    Ali @ Peaches and Football — April 17, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    I saw some bran breakfast muffins online a few weeks ago that had fruit and bacon in them. It seemed weird at the time but now that I’m seeing it pop up again… makes me wonder if I should give it a second thought!

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    Heather — April 17, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    I may have been team Professor Wilder. Scandalous! Truthfully, though, I just loved the way he talked about literature. [Specifically Flaubert]

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    Sommer J — April 17, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    holy shizz, miss!!! I def will try this- soon!!!! caaaaaaaake!

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    Amy — April 17, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Geez woman! I’ll be thinking about this all day now.

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    Emily @ Making Life Fit — April 17, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    I’m speechless. For some reason, I’d kill to make this with peaches.

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — April 17, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    What time should I be over for breakfast? And I was always and still am Team Pacey. Pretty sure I need to order the full series.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 17, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    bacon and fruit….you really know a way to a girl’s heart.

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    Kim in MD — April 17, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    If anyone else said they were making a cake with blueberries and bacon I would think they were out of their mind. But you Jessica? It’s just natural! Only you would think to combine bacon and blueberries with cream cheese glaze, and make me want to make it STAT! :-)

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 17, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    Oh Yum! This is crazy ridiculous on so many levels. I love you for creating it!

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    Julia — April 17, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    I have a dream to be locked in Costco overnight… They have ovens and bacon and blueberries, in BULK! AND chocolate chips! For reals, waitta come up with an insanely creative combo!

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    Julie — April 17, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    You should have a cooking show. Do you have one? Im new here so maybe YOU DO??
    Im so gonna try this too. Im on a diet and finding your blog is not helping :)

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    Gen — April 17, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Loooooove the idea!!!!Now I need to go find some blueberries somewhere in this country…:D

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    Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free — April 17, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    This is everything good in life. Amen.

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    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — April 17, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    haha you cray cray girl! I LOVE it!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — April 17, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    This cake is one-stop breakfast shopping, and for that – I love you.

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — April 17, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    I would absolutely try this, the key is getting someone else to dive in. I think I might sprinkle the bacon on top so that wimpy people could pick it off…after I forced them to at least try a bite the way it was intended! :)

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    Living The Sweet Life — April 17, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    This is a dream right – - I mean, how could I possible make this and eat the entire thing without it being a dream?!?! I NEED THIS in my life … stat. It’s happening, no point in fighting it.

    p.s being locked in target – - now that’s a dream come true!!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — April 17, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Pure genius.

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    Jen N. — April 17, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    This looks DELISH! But, more importantly, I’m glad I’m not alone in my dream to be locked in a Target overnight. Have you ever seen the movie “Career Opportunities” starring Jennifer Connelly before she became all legit? I blame that movie for giving me the idea as a kid, minus the whole robbery aspect of it all.

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    • Jessica — April 17th, 2012 @ 11:25 am

      That’s just what I was thinking!! I love that movie. She taught me to embrace my unibrow as a kid. I haven’t eaten red meat or pork in a really long time, but I’ll admit that one of the only things that still gets to me is the smell of bacon (that and corned beef sandwiches, which is another story entirely). Nothing compares to that. You can’t fake that. No amount of veggie bacon can come close. And in a cake, no less. This cake is brilliant – takes savory/sweet to a whole new level. Unfortunately I’ve packed chickpeas for lunch – not quite bacon. Fingers crossed that the power of imagination can help me out come lunchtime, so I can pretend I’m eating a bacon cake.

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      • Jessica — April 17th, 2012 @ 11:31 am

        I’ve never seen this movie. So deprived.

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    Chelsy — April 17, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Whoa, whoa…hold the phone! This is all I dreamed of and more. Lord have mercy I am going to have to say this cake might just be a little too sinful…ya right, who am I kidding…hand me a freaking fork! O, by the way…team Pacey for life over here…loved me some joshua jackson ever since mighty ducks, he looked pretty good in those ice skates with Emilio Estevez!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — April 17, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I love bacon in desserts, it is the missing piece to the puzzle!! I am so glad you did this!

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    Cookbook Queen — April 17, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    This is basically worthy of a Nobel Prize. I’ll be nominating you within the hour.

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    Liz — April 17, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    My world’s just collided – Team Pacey and Team Damon are HANGING OUT! in REAL LIFE! I must be hallucinating… see proof here: http://budandleo.blogspot.com/2012/04/coachella-street-style.html

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    • Jessica — April 17th, 2012 @ 11:33 am

      I feel old. I have no idea what Team Damon is.

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      • Liz — April 17th, 2012 @ 11:38 am

        How can you not be watching Vampire Diaries?! It’s seriously the only well-written, well-acted show on the CW (not that I don’t watch all the rest of the trash too!)

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 17, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    We have bacon almost every morning so your cake would be an easy sell in my house…sweet, salty, fluffy, great breakfast!

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    • Jessica — April 17th, 2012 @ 11:33 am

      Bacon every morning? I’m coming to live at your house.

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    Nicole @ Sweet Peony — April 17, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    1. Bacon in a cake? YES. 2. Cream cheese glaze. DUH. 3. Calling it breakfast so we feel less guilty about eating half of it. GENIUS. I mean, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? 4. Target slumber party. DONE.

    This is all sorts of amazing. Yum!

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    Janelle — April 17, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    I am also Team Pacey! Have you see him in Fringe? He makes my heart skip a beat. He got all tall and left-handed and smartsexy.

    On a food note, I don’t eat meat but I bet bacon would be a fantastic addition to your brown sugar blueberry cookies!

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    • Jessica — April 17th, 2012 @ 11:33 am

      I have not… I must.
      Also – I like how you think.

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    Lauren — April 17, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME?! This looks amazing. Anything with bacon fat instantly becomes awesome. There’s no way this is gonna be bad.

    This is happening.

    (PS- Team Pacey? Yes. Always.)

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    Shawna — April 17, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    I didn’t think it was possible, but I love you EVEN MORE!!!! You know…the whole Team Pacey thing. My precious little nephew is named Pacey <3 and people ask ALL. THE. TIME. "Pacey? Pa-cey?That's…..an interesting name…" LOL- some people get it and some don't. Poor souls.

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    • Jessica — April 17th, 2012 @ 11:32 am

      Now I want to name my future child Pacey.

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    rose — April 17, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Too bad I can’t spend much time with you anymore. I am now into decorating cakes more. Somehow, part of the decorating roots began here.

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    Ashley — April 17, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    This looks like the moistest [apparently a real word] that ever lived. Good gosh.

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    Meme — April 17, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    oh my gosh this looks so delicious! I might actually have to make this even though I have no one to share it with…

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 17, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Shutthehellup this cake is now on MY bucket list!

    Team Pacey FOREVAH!

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb — April 17, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    always, ALWAYS team pacey. and always, ALWAYS team bacon.

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    Natalie — April 17, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    I never would have thought to put together blueberries and bacon, but I guess when thinking about sweet and salty it works together. The combination definitely adds a new B to the things that go well with bacon. Thanks for sharing.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 17, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    oh.
    em.
    gee.

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — April 17, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    You are outta control. In the best way possible.

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    Erin — April 17, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Why must you make me so hungry? I have 1.5 hours until lunch still!

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    Allie @ sweet potato bites — April 17, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Agreed on Team Pacey. Dawson never stood a chance.

    I am intrigued by this bluberry/bacon combo – it sounds delicious!

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