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Blueberry Breakfast Cake – perfect for breakfast, brunch or a light dessert. This luscious cake is a deliciously moist, lightly sweet “coffee” cake bursting with juicy ripe blueberries and a hint of lemon.
If I owned a Bed & Breakfast, I would probably … wish that I didn’t have to clean house everyday. No that’s not what I was going to write. I was going to tell you that I would probably make this Blueberry Breakfast Cake for every-single-one of my guests. While we don’t own a B&B, we do have out of town company from time to time – so given the recently renovated guest bathroom and this great recipe, maybe we’ll get some visitors soon? My husband does a great driving tour of DC! You know you want to come just to have cake for breakfast – and that’s okay with me!
An incredible recipe created by Alexandra, and adapted for our readers.
I have three brothers and three sister-in-laws (plus one sister). My sister-in-law Briana and I have a lot in common especially when it comes to baking and recipes. She sent me a recipe for Blueberry Breakfast Cake that she made on Mother’s Day, because she knew I would love it. The original recipe was posted by Alexandra on her blog at Alexandra Cooks. Since June 2011 she has had thousands of comments on her post. That is a serious endorsement of this recipe’s popularity and after seeing her post, how could I NOT make this wonderful creation?
Minor adjustments were all that was needed for this recipe.
I made only tiny adjustments to the original recipe; a little less sugar, baked at a lower temperature in an 8″ springform pan, half the salt, with raw sugar on top, etc. The recipe calls for buttermilk which performs amazing magic on this “coffee” styled breakfast cake. It’s moist and absolutely stuffed with juicy, ripe blueberries. With a little hint of lemon and a sugary crunchy top, this is a must make for your culinary bucket list.
My husband wouldn’t even share this cake with our favorite taste-testers – now that’s an endorsement!
Since originally posting this recipe, I’ve made this Blueberry Breakfast Cake many, many times. Every single person loves this moist and delicious cake loaded with blueberries. This recipe is a keeper.
If I owned a B&B
I want to host a brunch or shower just so I can make it again. Or, I could open a bed & breakfast and serve it every day. Can’t you see this wonderful breakfast cake on a brunch buffet? Grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair. You’ll want to visit a while!
Can this Blueberry Breakfast Cake be made with frozen berries?
Yes you can use frozen berries in this recipe. I would add them frozen instead of thawed. Also, I would not fold them into the batter as the color tends to bleed. Layer 1/3 of the batter in the cake pan, then top with 1/3 of the frozen blueberries. Repeat until all batter and blueberries have been added.
Can Blueberry Breakfast Cake be frozen?
Absolutely yes! But, please try a slightly warm slice before you cool and freeze. It’s just so good!
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Blueberry Breakfast Cake
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- Zest from 1 lemon (no white pith!)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups fresh ripe blueberries, picked over, rinsed and dried
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch springform pan. Set aside.
- Set aside ⅓ cup of blueberries to put on top of batter before baking, if desired. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the remaining blueberries with 2 tablespoons flour and set aside. Make sure your berries are dry.
- In a small bowl combine 2 cups of flour, salt, and baking powder.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter, lemon zest and ¾ cup of sugar. Beat for several minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla just until incorporated.
- Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Beat on low until incorporated. Add ⅓ of the buttermilk and blend until smooth. Repeat adding 1/2 of the remaining flour, then ½ of the remaining buttermilk until both are incorporated, repeat one more time. Remove the bowl from the mixer. The batter will be very thick.
- Gently fold in the floured blueberries and any extra flour into the batter using a rubber spatula. Take care not to rupture the blueberries.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Scatter the remaining 1/3 cup of blueberries on top. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar. Bake in a 325°F preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
- Allow the cake to rest for 30-minutes before removing the sides of the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers for longer storage. The warm cake will crumble a little more than a cooled cake but it's absolutely delicious.
Blueberries are a favorite in our house. They have the most amazing flavor and can be added in to almost anything baked. These Easy Blueberry Crumb Bars are absolutely fantastic, and who doesn’t love these amazing Lemon Blueberry Muffins with Crumble Topping too?! Blueberries really shine in homemade pies like this Blueberry Buttermilk Pie and this super popular Blueberry Crumble Pie. And don’t miss this wonderful Blueberry-Lemon Icebox Cake which is the perfect make-ahead dessert for company this summer.
Check out these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes from Oh Sweet Basil – I really love the beautiful color! I can’t stop thinking about these beautiful glazed Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies from Shugary Sweets – I’m practically drooling! And don’t forget to add blueberries to your savory dishes too like this lovely Blueberry Apple Walnut Salad from Barefeet in the Kitchen.
Are you grilling this weekend? I want to – especially if it involves sitting on the deck and doing nothing. I’m thinking it’s about time for a vacation too. I can see “leisure time” in my future. Hope you have a wonderful long holiday weekend! Happy Memorial Day.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Tricia