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 (omit if using salted butter)
  • 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 Make batter: 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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83 Comments / Reviews

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  • Ruchi

    It was very salty..and too much of sweet at the same time…..big.blunder recipie

  • Mimi Ahlin

    We loved it! Was easy to make. I used Almond Flour and Splenda and it turned out perfect.

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  • Mary Anne

    Ok..so after reading the reviews I’m a bit perplexed. This was awful…followed as directed. Cake was waaaay over cooked, dry texture and there was no sweetness whatsoever…
    The directions say 8 or 9 inch springform but no explicit directions for either size so I went with the lesser of the two in a 9 inch…too long!
    1 star for color, 1 star for appearance…otherwise, AWFUL

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  • Laura

    I made this yesterday (in 90 degree heat, no less) and everyone loved it! I’m putting it in my regular repertoire of recipes right now. Easy and delicious! Thank you.

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  • Maritess Bakas

    Can I use stevia to replace the white sugar?
    Can I use brown sugar?

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