Blueberry buckle is a delightful dessert. It combines fresh, juicy blueberries with a tender, lemon-zested sponge.
Finished with a crunchy, sweet streusel topping, it’s as comforting as it gets.
This old-fashioned blueberry coffee cake is the perfect summer dessert when blueberries are at their best.
But you can use frozen fruit if they’re out of season.
And trust me, this blueberry buckle is so rich and delicious, you’ll want to make it all year.
Every bite bursts with rich flavors and the most wonderful blend of textures.
So don’t miss out – let’s get baking!
Blueberry buckle is almost like a mash-up between a seriously tasty blueberry and lemon cake and a juicy fruit cobbler.
The berry studded cake is fruity, soft, and chock-full of fruity flavors.
And the lightly spiced streusel topping adds plenty of crunch. It’s a beautiful contrast to the tender crumb of the cake.
Plus, it’s so easy to make! The hardest part is waiting for it to cool.
Serve it with a hot cup of coffee and you’ll be in dessert heaven.
As impressive as this blueberry coffee cake looks, it’s actually crazy easy to whip up. And you only need a few pantry staples:
For the Cake:
- Flour and Baking Powder: the main structure of the cake and the leavening agent to help it rise.
- Butter and Eggs: the key to a rich sponge is real butter and egg yolks. The eggs also add to the lift and bind the other ingredients into a smooth batter.
- Sugar and Salt: for sweetness and to balance the flavors.
- Milk: to make the batter the right consistency.
- Blueberries: the star of the show! Fresh blueberries burst in the oven, creating pockets of fruity goodness in every bite.
For the Topping:
- Sugar: for a touch of sweetness. White, brown, or coconut sugar all work well.
- Flour: it won’t have that crunchy, cookie-like texture without flour.
- Butter: for a hit of richness and to bind the flour and sugar.
- Cinnamon: the aroma and spiced flavor push this buckle over the edge!
How to Make Blueberry Buckle
As you can see, this delicious and easy cake recipe consists of two key elements: the cake base and the streusel topping.
Luckily, they’re both a breeze to make.
Jump to the end of the post for a full list of instructions. Until then, here’s a brief overview of the method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Coat an 8×8-inch baking tray with cooking spray and line it with parchment.
2. Make the streusel topping by hand. Rub the butter into the flour, sugar, and cinnamon with your fingers. Set aside.
3. Mix the wet and dry in two separate bowls. Beat the butter, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Whisk the dry ingredients so the leavener and cinnamon are evenly distributed.
4. Mix the wet and dry gently with a spatula. Fold in the blueberries before the flour is fully blended into the butter and egg mix.
5. Pour the batter into the cake tin and cover it evenly with the topping.
6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden. Check the center with a toothpick.
7. Let the cake cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes, then lift it out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Tips for the Best Blueberry Buckle
If you’ve ever baked with fruit, you’ll know it can cause some cakes to come out dense.
Luckily, I have a few tips to ensure yours comes out light and fluffy.
- Choose fresh blueberries: Fresh is best simply because frozen fruit has a lot of excess moisture. So, if possible, use firm, ripe, fresh berries.
- Coat blueberries with flour: This keeps them from sinking to the bottom in the oven.
- How to use frozen fruit: Don’t defrost frozen berries. Instead, layer them between sheets of paper towel and gently rub off any ice crystals. Toss them in flour and add them to the batter, still frozen. Bake the cake for an extra 2-5 minutes.
- Use room temperature ingredients: They blend better this way.
- Add the fruit at the right time: The best time to add the fruit to the batter is when the flour is about halfway combined. If you do it when there are no streaks of flour visible, the batter will overwork.
In the mood for something different? Check out these easy recipe variations:
- Mixed Berry Buckle: Use a combination of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries for a burst of different berry flavors.
- Blueberry Coconut Buckle: Incorporate shredded coconut into the batter and topping for a tropical twist.
- Streusel Nut Topping: Mix chopped nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds) into the streusel for added crunch and flavor.
- Oatmeal Streusel: Combine rolled oats with the streusel ingredients for a heartier texture.
How to Store & Freeze
I don’t usually have leftover blueberry buckle because we devour it in one day.
But if you have leftovers, here’s how to store them:
To Store: Place the cooled cake in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature for 1-2 days. Or, store it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
To Freeze: Double wrap cooled cake slice in plastic wrap, then wrap in a layer of foil. Place the slices in a freezer bag and store for up to three months.
When you’re ready to enjoy the cake, unwrap it and let it thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
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