Blueberry Buckle

07.26.2017

This Blueberry Buckle is the blueberry coffee cake of my dreams! It’s a  flavorful cake that’s studded with colorful blueberries and finished with a sweet cinnamon crumble. 

three slices of Blueberry Buckle stacked on top of each other on white plate

Blueberry Buckle is the Best Coffee Cake!

This blueberry coffee cake has a delicious buttery flavor, a soft and tender crumb and it’s brimming with fresh, sweet, juicy blueberries. Then it’s covered with a delicate yet perfectly crisp, cinnamony crumble that will make your heart sing.

This is a cake you don’t want to miss out on! This coffee cake is so good, in fact, I’d be totally fine with having this as my birthday cake — even though there’s no frosting!

Blueberry desserts are totally my thing and I love that this blueberry buckle will pass for either breakfast or dessert :). And that generous amount of fresh blueberries in this cake takes it over the top. Blueberries in every bite!

Now go grab some fresh summer blueberries while they’re in season and while they’re on sale and make this heavenly blueberry buckle!

Blueberry Buckle Cake Batter spread into baking dish before baking.

Blueberry Buckle Ingredients

For this blueberry coffee cake recipe, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Unsalted butter
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Milk
  • Blueberries

sprinkling crumble over blueberry coffee cake batter in baking dish.

How to Make Blueberry Buckle

  • Preheat oven and prepare a baking dish.
  • Prep crumble and chill.
  • Make batter and fold in blueberries.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread even.
  • Sprinkle with crumble
  • Bake until set.

Can I Make This Cake with Frozen Blueberries?

Frozen blueberries should work! You’d want to fold them into the batter frozen (do not thaw), and you’ll likely need to add 10 or so minutes to the bake time.

Can I Double This Recipe?

Without having tried it myself, I can’t say for certain. But it should be okay to double this recipe and bake the blueberry coffee cake in a 9×13-inch pan.

Coffee Cake with Fresh Blueberries

Tips for the Best Blueberry Buckle Recipe

  • Be gentle with the batter so it’s not a super dense cake (it’s not a super fluffy cake but over-working the batter will make it more dense than it’s intended to be). It is a thick batter to fold, but I think folding the flour in by hand does make a difference.
  • You do want fine crumbs for the topping so it’s light. This helps keep them from sinking into the center of the cake as it bakes. Those tiny buttery crumbs are definitely a highlight of this cake!
  • You can freeze slices of this blueberry buckle for later. Just set the frozen slice on the counter to thaw!

Blueberry Buckle slices stacked on top of each other

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Blueberry Buckle

5 from 2 votes

The cake has a delicious buttery flavor, a soft and tender crumb and it's brimming with fresh, sweet, juicy blueberries. Then it's covered with a delicate yet perfectly crisp, cinnamony crumble that will make your heart sing. This is a cake you don't want to miss out on!

Servings: 12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Crumb topping

  • 6 Tbsp (56g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (66g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, cold and diced into cubes

Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups (247g) all-purpose flour (use scoop and sweep method to measure)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk (anything but skim)
  • 2 cups (290g) fresh blueberries*

Instructions

For the topping:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

  2. Add flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt to a food processor and pulse several times.

  3. Add in butter and pulse until mixture appears sandy with tiny bits of butter. Transfer to refrigerator and chill while preparing cake.

For the cake:

  1. Butter a 9 by 9-inch baking dish. Line with parchment paper and butter parchment paper, set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. 

  4. Remove bowl from stand mixer (scrape excess butter on paddle into bowl). 
  5. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture (to sugar/egg mixture) and fold just nearly until combined then add in 1/2 of the milk and fold just until nearly combined, repeat process with flour and milk once more, then add in blueberries and fold just to evenly distribute. 
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Remove crumble from refrigerator and sprinkle evenly over top.

  7. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (center also shouldn't fall when lightly pressed), about 30 - 35 minutes. 

  8. Let cool at least 5 minutes then lift from pan using parchment. Cut into squares and serve warm. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  • *If using frozen blueberries, you'd want to fold them into the batter frozen (do not thaw), and you'll likely need to add 10 or so minutes to the bake time. 
  • Recipe source: inspired by King Arthur Flour
Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Buckle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blueberry Buckle, Blueberry Coffee Cake
Calories: 297 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

21 comments

  • Marion Rivera: I tried making your recipe for an employee’s birthday and everyone in the office (including the birthday celebrant) would come to my room that day and said that cake was amazing, not too sweet, so fluffy, and so on and so forth. I used freshly picked blueberries so they are a little tart and more flavorful. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! :) August 13, 2019 at 1:51pm Reply

  • Corinne: Can I make this with gluten free flour? August 10, 2019 at 8:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry without further testing I can’t say for sure. August 16, 2019 at 10:16pm Reply

  • Naomi B.: Seriously, Jaclyn… KILLER! This recipe was so good that I made it yesterday and it is gone in less than 36 hours! Sadly, it is just my husband and myself so when I’m working out extra hard, I’ll be cursing you out! 😂😂😂 July 18, 2019 at 6:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That sounds like it is at my house, stuff disappears before my eyes :). So glad you both liked it! July 18, 2019 at 8:06pm Reply

  • Yvonne Orbeck: This is a fabulous recipe for Blueberry Buckle. Thanks, Jaclyn, for all of your delicious recipes. Your blog is my go-to favorite. August 15, 2018 at 8:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Yvonne! August 22, 2018 at 11:29am Reply

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