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Boo-berry Coffin Cake

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4 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup shortening
¼ cup butter or margarine
1 ¼ cups milk
2 eggs
4 cups fresh Maine blueberries (or frozen)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients except blueberries, until moistened. Carefully stir n blueberries (batter will be thick). Pour into greased 9” x 12” x 2” pan. Prepared topping.

Topping: Mix 1 cup sugar, â…” cup all purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon and ½ cup softened butter. Mix all ingredients together until crumbly and spread over top of cake batter. Bake for about 50 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

(Bat Blood) Glaze: Mix 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 4 cups softened butter or margarine and 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir in ½ cup water about two tablespoons at a time until glaze is thin enough to drizzle over cake. Add red food coloring (optional). Decorate with Halloween figurines.

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