I need your help. This time next week I will be prepped and ready for surgery. I’m having all four of my wisdom teeth extracted and not looking forward to recovery. I’m hearing polar oposits as far as recovery goes. It’s either a breeze or miserable. Panic….

Have you had your teeth pulled? Only give me the good stories 😉 Rig these answers, guys! I need support! Tell me how it was a breeze and how quickly you recovered and that you popped back to your job the next day. Right? Right….

Oh! And most importantly, what recipes would you recommend for me to have prepped and ready for recovery? I have heard everything from I was eating a steak the next day to you won’t be able to chew anything for days. I’m thinking soup? And hoping that isn’t too ambitious. Should I avoid spice or acid? I have no idea. The doctor hasn’t told me anything, so fill me in.


Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

Discovered on Dainty Chef, from Alexandra’s Kitchen


  • 1 3/4 cups flour, plus 1/4 cup for blueberries
  • 2 teas baking powder
  • 1 teas kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tbs for topping
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teas. vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan with butter.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and lemon zest until creamy; about 3 minutes. Add the egg, scraping down the sides. Mix in the vanilla, about 30 seconds.
Starting and ending with the flour mixture, combine flour and buttermilk until just combined into the butter mixture.
Toss the blueberries in a bowl with 1/4 cup flour. Fold blueberries into the batter and pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1 tbs sugar.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick insterted comes out clean with a few moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.


  1. I had all four of mine out when I was in HS – while the surgery itself was a breeze (hello… totally knocked out), I woke up sick in recovery. They gave me pain meds of some sort for after but they made me sick so I tried to not take them. The bruising lasted a while. Lots of water or juice, lukewarm drinks and food, no straws, easy to eat food (mac n cheese, jello, pudding… that kind of thing). But you will hear the odd story where someone says they were back to normal the next day – Rambo maybe? lol jK Good luck! I’m sure you’ll be fine.

    1. Won’t lie, I am petrified of actually getting ‘sick’ afterwards like they warned me about.

  2. Good luck…I think you will be just fine! Just take it easy and lots of soft foods. The cake though looks fantastic!

  3. I have never had one before but I heard the drug did good job as for the pain. Good luck with the procedure 🙂 I think mild and light chicken soup will be really good for recover 🙂 But that breakfast cake … I want 🙂

  4. I had two separate surgeries, four years apart, to do mine. The bottom two were definitely worse (it’s easier to get dry socket / infection in those), but ultimately my recovery wasn’t too awful. I’d say the day after the surgery is worst–not day of because you’re still numb for most of it. Definitely stay away from spicy sauces and crunchy things like pretzels that have sharp edges–my oral surgeon told me to avoid those for at least a week. I mostly ate pudding for the first day, and then scrambled eggs and pancakes and mac ‘n’ cheese in the day or two after. Really soft things that you can sort of mash up on the roof of your mouth (as gross as that sounds), because you’re not going to want anything to drift back into your molar area–having to use the little syringe thing to wash out the wound areas is a pain, both figuratively and literally.

    1. I could totally rock some pancakes and mac and cheese for a few days. That doesn’t sound so bad. 🙂

    1. haha, I don’t blame you. 😀

  5. I had two separate surgeries for my wisdom teeth. The top ones were a gem. The bottom ones were hell…and I got a dry socket.

    No pokey, hard, crunchy foods post-op! Only soft stuff. Nothing that can poke your “hole”, for lack of a better term.

    Also, one of the best tools I had was a medicine syringe, which I used for (sorry, it’s gross) flushing food away from my incision sites. Ugh.

    I’ll be thinking of you!

    You could totally have blueberry breakfast cake though!

    1. They haven’t told me about this syringe yet, and I certainly hope they don’t wait til I’m doped up to explain it! I am so scared of dry socket too

  6. The only thing you’ll need is a few tubs of ice cream. 🙂
    And if you have any pain, ask your doctor to prescribe you clove oil (I think you can also buy it over-the-counter at a pharmacy.) It takes away pain better than any drug I tried–even the crazy strong ones.

    1. I was hoping someone would tell me ice cream was allowed. 😉

  7. The first two I had out in highschool, were a breeze. Didn’t really puff up at all and felt normal after a couple days. The second two weren’t as fun. I couldn’t even eat cake because for some reason it hurt the entire top of my mouth. It was SO depressing esp when I had such an amazing cake in front of me. So things that don’t require chewing would be the safest option. Hoping you have it easy like I did for my first two!

  8. Best part of this will be … ICE CREAM! Not going to tell you any horror stories as requested but ….. all four at the same time?!!! Cheez! You’re a sucker for … umm … never mind. Feel good soon! Best thing about blogging … you don’t have to talk, just type lots!

    1. …. That helped, Ping ;p And I am looking forward to some quality quiet time with me and my computers.

  9. Kita, you don’t have to worry about it, first, the doctor will drug you and you will feel you are walking on the clouds. After surgery, ok I can’t lie there will be some pain, but again, they will give you pills to relieve the pain. And when you realize, you will be as always, eating whatever you want…but of course, is better to avoid spicy (I’m Peruvian, everything here is spicy) and hard food.
    You will be ok…good luck…!!!

    1. I love spicy… T.T I am so sad that I will have to give it up for a little while.

  10. I had my wisdom teeth out the weekend of Thanksgiving during my senior year in high school. I vaguely remember being served a Thanksgiving dinner smoothie by my mom the next day….I don’t recommend that :-). Seriously, though, mashed potatoes are great…soft, tasty, easy on the mouth. I had some pain for about 24 hours and then I ate soft foods the rest of the weekend. By Monday, I had no swelling and was back to normal. Good luck! I hope your surgery and recovery is a breeze!

    1. Oh I hope I recover as quickly as you! Considered buying some of those Bob Evan’s mashed since I am not sure if I will be up to cooking or not.

  11. OH man this looks AMAZING! So good my dear! I am totally craving anything fruity because spring is around the corner so I am loving the fresh taste. Looks great!

  12. Good luck to you!! I will not tell you about my experience, but it was years ago, I was 17 I think.
    As I remember you can eat whatever you are up to. Spice and that stuff wasn’t a problem for me, it was more texture and being able to chew. Soup is a good idea, maybe short cut pasta with not much chewing. I was allergic to the pain meds, so I remember mac n’ cheese and popsicles being eaten!

    1. I’ve never needed pain meds so I hope I’m not allergic!

  13. Oh man. I’ll spare you my store, just watch out for dry socket. I wasn’t drinking through a straw but I was breathing through my mouth. Go figure.

    This cake does not remind me of that experience at all, in fact, I’d like to experience this cake every day! Looks amazing!

  14. About two years ago I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled. I was horribly afraid because my Mom gets really sick when put under anesthesia and I had never been put to sleep before. I know you can opt to just have the area numbed, but I am not that brave. It turned out that I had nothing to be afraid of. I didn’t get sick, I didn’t even think it hurt all that bad, I got a fantastic excuse to eat a ton of ice cream and I was up and back to in two days. I know not everyone has it so easy, but there is no reason to think that you won’t. Good luck!

    1. I’ve never been under before, so I am nervous about that. The ice cream though, that has me excited.

  15. Thanks for the recipe. You might not want to hear my story because it could get your hopes too high, but I got my wisdom teeth out and had almost no pain. I don’t have a ridiculously high pain tolerance, either. It was just very quick and painless. One minute I was talking to the doctor and the next I was waking up in the operating room alone. They gave me pain pills but I didn’t even need to take them. I think I took one as soon as I got home, anticipating that I would feel pain later and thus could prevent it, but I hardly even felt achey. I don’t recall any swelling after the first day or two. I only had my upper two wisdom teeth, though. I was almost disappointed by how anticlimactic it was. Good luck!

  16. I had split experiences as far as the actual extraction, but recovery really was a breeze both times, same for my wife. Apple sauce, yogurt, soups, puddings. They are your friend. In the beginning stick with cool ones.
    And oh my, that cake looks fantastic!

  17. I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted about 5 years ago, two of them were the size of two molars put together! I actually didn’t have to many problems with them. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to make sure you keep the holes clean 🙂 Which might be hard to do with this cake!

    1. Do they let you keep the teeth? I am sooo putting them under my pillow. Someone had better tell Handsome the Tooth Fairy needs to ante it up. ;D

  18. I was sixteen too It was soooo long ago that I may have some reality problems here, but I don’t remember it being too bad.

    Jus make sure they knock you out!

    I am making this cake soon!

    1. Oh I am tooootally getting my booty knocked out. I don’t have the stones to be awake for it.

  19. Hubs got his yanked out during basic training. They gave him some ibuprofen and send him back out to run a few miles. He said it was no big deal.

    I, however, am I baby and will NEVER have mine out. I don’t care what anyone says. I’m keeping those suckers.

    The cake looks fantastic! Blueberry and lemon is my favorite combination ever I think.

    1. BF had his done while in the military too. Has been telling me he ate steak and drank beer the next day. I wish I didn’t have to get them pulled. I know it’s nothing major, but surgery scares me!

  20. I don’t envy you… i haven’t had this procedure done, but my husband has and though there was mild swelling, he didn’t have any pain. i think they keep you on painkillers for a few days and that really helps! in terms of food, he was on soft foods for a couple of days. I am sure everything will go well and all will be right with the world soon, Kita!

    The cake looks amazing! I love the classic flavor combination and the texture looks amazing and moist.. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. I used to work for an oral surgeon and also had to get most of my baby teeth extracted because they wouldn’t come out themselves and I was going to start having shark teeth when I was a kid (which at the time didn’t seem like such an awful thing, I mean who doesn’t want to be a shark?) I would advise against consuming anything through a straw the suction can cause dry socket which will be a miserable recovery. Smoothies and shakes and soup are good, just sip then from the glass or bowl instead. My favourite post extraction food was always very soft eggs.

  22. Is me saying “me likey” an appropriate comment? Cuz “me likey” a lot!

  23. I had all four pulled when I was I believe 16 or 18, can’t remember. But I did not have troubles, just followed the directions, and things were pretty easy. That is my positive story for you….you will be fine! Rest, and enjoy the resting:-) This cake looks so moist, and well I want some! Hugs, Terra

  24. I had it done as well. It’s not my favorite thing, but you’ll be fine. As for eating – take your time and you’ll know. I ate a lot of scrambled eggs. Best of luck!

  25. Girl, honestly — it wasn’t that bad. I had mine pulled when I was 24 and I bounced back relatively quickly. I didn’t even get put under for it!

    This cake looks great. I have some buttermilk leftover from another recipe so I might give this a whirl this weekend.

  26. Still hanging on to my wisdom teeth for dear life, but my husband had his out when he was 16 (it was the week we started dating!). The night he had them out we talked on the phone for like 3 hours, and the next day we were back to smooching as usual. He definitely made it look easy.

    Love your blog!! Recently moved away from Philly so I love reading about Tasty Kakes and other Philly goodness. 🙂

  27. I am really wishing we were neighbors so I could just BRING you smoothies and soft foods instead of recipe ideas. 🙁

    I’ve heard that because of the aftermath spicy things are no bueno. Maybe soft things like oatmeal, bread pudding, applesauce…smoothies? Yogurt would be good too. These are all what I’ve been told since I haven’t had mine out yet. EEK!

    This breakfast cake looks moist and sweet! I’d love this with some honey greek yogurt on the side!

  28. I would have prepped pureed soups (like potato-leek), ground meat like taco meat (not spicy-hot, just flavorful), oatmeal, scrambled eggs, ice cream, popsicles, etc. Honestly, you probably won’t really be hungry for the first day or so. Expect the first 24-48 hours to be less than awesome, but unless you get an infection or your doc really stinks, you should be so-so in 72 hours and more or less normal in 4 days.

    Also that cake? Looks DIVINE!!!

  29. Hope it’s not too late, but: Ask your dentist one more time to explain to you WHY they have to come out! Most of the dentists pull them just because they can. (Well, and they can make money with this surgery.)

    Do you have any problems with them? Do they hurt? Are you yourself convinced they have to be pulled? Just saying … my dentist wanted to pull my wisdom teeth when I was 30 or something like that. I just ignored him because I didn’t have any problems. He’s now my ex-dentist and I still have them today: I’m 45.

    Same with my husband. He was already lying on the dentist’s chair when he asked him: “Okay, just to make this easier for me – could you explain to me one last time the reason why I have to go through all this?” And the dentist answered: “Well, actually, I can’t. There is none.” And G. got up and left. And still has his at 58.

    I once read a study saying that most of wisdom teeth are getting pulled without any medical reason or need. So maybe you can spare yourself the whole thing when you ask your dentist one more time. And don’t be afraid to walk away if the answer doesn’t convince you!!

    BTW: The cake looks delicious!

  30. Your cake looks like a perfect breakfast cake. I love cakes made with buttermilk, and blueberries.

    I still have 2 of my wisdom teeth. they aren’t coming out until they absolutely have to.

    congrats on the Top 9 today. At least you can savor that, not food.

  31. When I had mine done, I spent weeks leading up mentally preparing myself to be perfectly fine after the surgery. I told myself every day that I would not be in pain after and I would handle everything just fine.

    I went under fine, came back fine. No one was around me when I became fully aware that I was sitting in the wheelchair waiting for my parents to take me home, so I started wheeling myself around the office. Everyone thought that I was still loopy from the procedure, but I was 100% conscious and aware of what I was saying and doing. I had very minimal swelling and bruising. My mom forced me to take one pain killer and then regretted that because it made me hyper. She did however make me chicken and dumplings (I highly recommend that because it’s warm and creamy and wonderful).

    Part of recovery is mental – just stay positive and hopefully it will all be just fine 😀 Let people pamper you too!

  32. Mmmm! This looks great! One question- in the recipe it looks like you forgot to mention how much flour to use. I would love to try this out for my hubs!

    Also- I got my wisdom teeth out and was back to normal in just a few days! Good luck!

    1. 1 3/4 cups. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  33. Thanks so much for linking back to my site, your photos are gorgeous. Hope your wisdom teeth surgery goes well!

  34. Ohh good luck with the surgery 😉 I’m sure it’ll be fine~ I’ve heard mixed stories too but most of the time my friends say it’s great because they get to eat all the ice-cream they want ~ but definitely be prepared to have soup, yoghurt and lots of liquids.

    This breakfast cake looks amazing! I’d love to have a piece now! I haven’t gone to bed yet but i’m already craving breakfast food hehe

  35. My two brothers and I have all had ours removed and everyone’s pain level and reaction is different. My oldest brother had to be forced to take any painkillers because he said he didn’t feel anything at all. I, on the other hand, was practically comatose from pain the next few days and was swollen and bruised for weeks.

    I recommend oatmeal, polenta, scrambled eggs, small noodles (like macaroni or small shells, not long strands of pasta) with sauce, creamy soups, avoiding acids, and NO NUTS. Ice cream is always good too, just nothing that has gummy or crunchy bits in it.

    All in all, no fear! If I made it through, you’ll be fine.

  36. I recovered from my wisdom teeth extraction really easily, but I had a little help from Vicodin. 😉 I watched 3 movies after I had my wisdom teeth out and don’t remember the fine details of any of them. I don’t remember any pain, either! Just be medicated and you’ll be fine. That sounds like irresponsible advice (“just take this pill and forget everything”), but honestly it really helps. As for what foods you should eat, soup is good– but not too hot. I would say lukewarm soup at most. Really hot foods were not pleasant. Ice cream is always good, but let it get a little soft first– something like a milkshake is best. Yogurt is pretty good too. 🙂

  37. Kita, this looks like the perfect coffeecake…moist and full of amazing berries! Just beautiful. I only had one wisdom tooth come in…and it was a piece of cake. I had a one year old and a two year old at the time…and nothing disastrous happened! I only took Motrin for the pain. I hope your surgery is just as uneventful

  38. I was to have all 4 pulled and the surgeon decided to do only 1. I could not have any either because I was Pregnant with my son (he is 44) I have dry sockets, so I went to my regular denist and had him do it for me– he was closer and it was winter- he made me go back and have the other 3 pulled PLUS I had 2 baby teeth that were rotten and had to be cut out. The surgeon was nasty — he hollered at me cause the injections stopped working and I was crying and he had to cut the 2 baby teeth out. In all I had 6 teeth pulled and all had dry sockets. I could only use a straw and very soft things like jello, no hot foods. I lost 15 lbs in 2 weeks. By the time I went back to my baby DR. I had put 5 back on so he thought I had only lost 10. He still started to say something until I told him why.

    I hope your experience has not been as bad as mine ( I also had a 9 month old baby to take care of while my husband went to work.

  39. Mine was a breeze, no worries! They let me choose a CD to listen to while I was getting knocked out. I went with Supernatural by Santana (pickings were kind of slim), and I don’t think I made it 30 seconds into the first song. Recovery was a bit sore, but nothing pain meds and ice cream couldn’t alleviate.

  40. These days those type of surgeries are a breeze. Maybe a day of a little soreness, but you should come thorough with flying colors. I had gum surgery on all four quadrants of my mouth with just novacain, and just had obvious soreness. Your recipe looks wonderful! Take care!

  41. am i just an idiot and dont see where it says to add eggs and vanilla? I followed the written directions perfectly ( or so I thought) and it was SO thick! So right before popping it in the oven I re read the ingredients just to make sure I didn’t leave anything out. There staring me in the face VANILLA AND 1 EGG!… WHAT… So… I just added them in? now my cake is blue…. I really hope this comes out…

    1. This is a very thick batter, however the eggs and vanilla did go missing from my steps. I have corrected the recipe.

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