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Blueberry Crumb Cake

Have you ever made a cake, tasted the batter, and you instantly knew it would taste good? This is one of them. Of course, it comes from Ina Garten. The cake is moist. The streusel bakes to a beautiful crumb, with the right balance of cinnamon and a kiss of nutmeg. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, it's the kind of cake you savor with a cup of hot coffee or tea-- and will impress your friends. Just don't tell them how easy it is to make. Just do it.

Ingredients

For the streusel:
¼ cup granulated sugar
cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
For the cake:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (¾ stick)
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
cup sour cream
cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup fresh blueberries
Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9-inch round baking pan. NOTE: I used a 9" Springform Pan. For the streusel: Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter and then the flour. Mix well and set aside. For the cake: Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, lemon zest, and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Fold in the blueberries and stir with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out with a knife. With your fingers, crumble the topping evenly over the batter. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely and serve sprinkled with confectioners' sugar.

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