First, you need to walk the sandy woods of Luce County. Breath in the pines, the dry lichen, and bracken fern. Visit Lake Superior and thank God for creating the Upper Peninsula above the rest of Michigan. Listen to the waves wash stones along the beach. Feel the breeze against your face. Finally, it’s time to complete the most important step: pick the sweetest blueberries you’ve ever tasted. Bring an old plastic pitcher and fill it from bush after bush amidst the solitude of the forest.
In a 9×13 cake pan, melt one stick of butter in your preheated oven. Once the butter has melted, spread evenly around the pan and add one cup (packed) of brown sugar. Spread the sugar throughout the pan and use a spatula or your hands if necessary. Take two cups of wild blueberries (though farm-grown will do for you city dwellers) and cover the sugary, butter mixture. Finally, pour your cake batter on top and bake for longer than normal. You can always test the doneness of the cake by poking a toothpick in the center and seeing if it comes up clean.
Once the cake is down, put a pan on top of the cake and gently turn over and remove the cake pan. Serve with homemade whipped cream and relish all your hard work.
Photo credit: Paul VanDerWerf, http://go.shr.lc/1NlJKR5.