Blueberry Cake

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Lovely blueberry cake recipe, simple single layer cake made with two cups of fresh blueberries.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Have an abundance of blueberries? When they are in season you really have to enjoy them while you can, right? Here is a lovely blueberry cake that makes the most of fresh blueberries (though you can use frozen if you want).

In fact, it almost seems like there is more blueberry than cake in this cake; that’s a problem I can live with!

Often times the issue with blueberries in baked goods is that they sink to the bottom of whatever you are baking. Coating the blueberries with flour helps keep them suspended, but still there’s always the risk of berry sinkage.

Blueberry Cake

We take advantage of gravity in this cake by scattering the berries on top of the batter, and letting them sink if they will while they bake. The result is that at least half of the berries float at the top of the cake, the rest swimming somewhere below. Gorgeous!

Blueberry Cake Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (130 g) all purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon of flour (plus more for prepping cake pan)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 113 g, 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (160 g) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 cups (325 g) blueberries, rinsed and drained (if using frozen blueberries, thaw and drain first)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Method

1 Preheat oven and prepare springform pan: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter an 8 or 9-inch springform pan and dust with flour. Or use an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan, butter and dust with flour and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2 Mix flour with baking powder and salt: Vigorously whisk together 1 cup of flour with baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.

3 Beat butter, add sugar and vanilla, add eggs, add flour:  Using a mixer, beat the butter on medium high speed for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, a couple minutes more. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well blended. Stir in the lemon zest if using. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and slowly add the flour mixture, beating until smooth.

4 Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan.

5 Toss berries with flour and lemon juice, spoon over batter: Combine the berries with the remaining teaspoon of flour and the lemon juice in a bowl. Spoon the berry mixture over the batter.

6 Bake: Bake on middle rack in oven for 50 to 55 minutes at 350°F, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Carefully slide a thin knife around the edges of the cake to release it from the pan.

7 Dust with powdered sugar to serve: Transfer the cake to a platter, berry side up. Dust the cake with powdered sugar to serve.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Sherry

    I am happy to say mine looked EXACTLY like the picture and was a big hit at work! I’ve tried a vegan version for my son (egg substitute and vegan butter). I’m sure it will be just as delicious. I am thinking you could make this in a muffin tin as well – just a little batter in each cup topped w/blueberries!

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  • Elyas

    Wonderfully simple recipe. Thanks for sharing. I used canned blueberries and stevia substituted for sugar. An absolute hit with all the family. Will definately be making this again.

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  • Marrion Beers

    First time making this cake! Love it! Delicious! Will make it again soon.

  • Alexandra

    I have been making this cake for years. I have used a spring form pan, a cake pan, a Pyrex bowl, etc and it always turns out wonderfully. My friend’s friends and their friends and family make it too, occasionally using it other juicy fruit (peaches, strawberries, etc.) I’m about to make it for family in the UK. A perfect recipe. My “go to” cake, (just ahead of Dorie Greenpans’ “Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake.)

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  • DonnaEv

    My first time making this cake. Baked it for 45 minutes. Absolutely delicious.

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