Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

My son has been very sick and I wanted to make him something that would cheer him up and make him feel better.   I saw this breakfast cake on my friend Cathy’s site, Wives with Knives, and knew immediately that this would make my son (and the rest of the family) VERY happy. I was right.    My entire house smelled amazing while this cake baked .  This breakfast cake was moist, bursting with sweet blueberries,  and  tasted so delicious.  My daughter said she especially loved the sugar coating on the top of the cake.  My son was definitely feeling a bit better after having this for breakfast – thanks Cathy!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

Cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest together with a mixer until creamy & smooth.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.  Add  2 tablespoons of flour to the blueberries and toss to coat evenly.  Mix the remaining flour together with the baking powder and salt until well mixed.  Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time alternating with the buttermilk.  Fold in the blueberries gently.  Spread batter into the pan evenly.  Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on top of the batter.  Side note: The batter will be very thick.

Place into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.  Enjoy!


Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Yield: 9 slices

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes


1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar
Zest of one lemon
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of flour (divided)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 cups of fresh blueberries
1 tbsp white sugar (for the top)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.

Cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest together with a mixer until creamy & smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the blueberries and toss to coat evenly. Mix the remaining flour together with the baking powder and salt until well mixed. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries gently. Spread batter into the pan evenly. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on top of the batter. Side note: The batter will be very thick.

Place into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Wives with Knives

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58 Responses to “Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake”

  1. 1

    Christy — February 8, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    I’m going to pin and try this! Yum!


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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — February 8, 2012 @ 5:26 am

    Looks delish and this would even be a great after school snack. Pair it with a tall glass of milk!


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    Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab — February 8, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    That looks SO good! I’ve been on a major blueberry kick lately. I was thinking about doing some blueberry muffins, but I might try this instead! Or, more likely, I’ll just make them both- you can never have too many yummy things with blueberries in them right? :)


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    Laura — February 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Looks delicious! I am sure that he felt better indeed!


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    Blog is the New Black — February 8, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    This looks wonderful- I am saving it to make this weekend! :)


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    Janna — February 8, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    I think I’ll make this today and take the guesswork out of tomorrow’s breakfast :)


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    Martha — February 8, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    fantastic! blueberries AND buttermilk! no wonder he felt better!


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    Blond Duck — February 8, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    I bet Ben would love this!


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    Jenn's Food Journey — February 8, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    That would make me feel better too!!! Looks amazing!


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    Kim in MD — February 8, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you and your son are under the weather. I hope you feel better soon! This breakfast cake looks amazing, Pam! Seriously, it looks so delicious. The first thing that came to my mind when reading the recipe is that some lemon zest would be a great addition to this recipe. I love blueberries with lemon. What do you think? Thanks!


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    Kim in MD — February 8, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    Pam-After re-reading this post and recipe I noticed that you have a lemon in the ingredient photo but don’t mention it in the recipe ingredients. In the instructions you say to add the lemon zest, so it looks like the zest was omitted in the ingredient list. Thanks! :-)


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    Becca@learnasyougocook — February 8, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    AMAZING! I thought I was going to make some muffins this weekend but I am definitely making this instead. And I hope your son gets to feeling better.


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    Lisa@Pickles and Cheese — February 8, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    That looks delicious! I think buttermilk makes everything you make with it better. Looking forward to trying this one sometime this weekend. Thanks!


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    Kris — February 8, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Oh, you know I am filing this one!! I love buttermilk added to things. I just made a buttermilk pie yesterday that was to die for! Yummy!!!! Can’t wait to make this!


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    alex — February 8, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    I have some blueberries in the fridge right now! this would be perfect!


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    Merin — February 8, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that your son is ill.I hope he gets well.Your cake looks amazingly delicious.i love the violetish colour that blueberries give to the cake.


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    Nithya — February 8, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    Lovely cake. Bookmarking and will be trying it out soon :)


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    Stacey — February 8, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Oh my! My youngest would LOVE LOVE LOVE this….. I am printing this one too! Thanks for all the yumminess! (and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving kind words).


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    Natalie — February 8, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Oooooh blueberries, a big fav!



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    Sharon — February 8, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Wow! Looks amazing. Looks more like dessert though. Thank you.


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    Missy — February 8, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    This was so awesome i tweeted it as well. It looks SO packed with blueberries….Yummy!


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    Marjie — February 8, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    This looks just wonderful, with all those blueberries in it. I’m sure everyone else was happy that you thought it would be good for your son!


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    grace — February 8, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    that’s the most blueberry-heavy cake i’ve ever seen, pam, and it’s amazing! the sprinkle of sugar on top is a great touch.


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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — February 8, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    Hi Pam – I’m happy to read that you and your family enjoyed this breakfast cake as much as we did. It’s so nice and moist and that little bit of lemon zest really brings out the flavor of the berries. I hope your son is feeling better. Many thanks for the link.


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    Cate — February 8, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Yum! Looks divine – is on my list of things to make (after the diet!)

    Thank you!


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    Joanne — February 9, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    Aww your poor son! I hope he feels for real better soon! Waking up to this would make my day GAZILLIONS better…no matter how crappy I was feeling.


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    Carol @There's Always Thyme to Cook — February 9, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    That cake looks fantastic, has to guarantee a smile. I hope your son feels better.


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    Danielle — February 9, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Yum, looks delicious. I hope your son is feeling better.


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    Cooking Lady — February 9, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    I hope your feeling better. This cake sure looks good, I love blueberries so, I’m filing this one away to try later. Thanks for sharing.


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    jennifurla — February 10, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Crazy but I just made this myself, it was so simple but shockingly good.


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    Diane — February 10, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    I made this for my family for breakfast today. They all loved it. I think it was better than blueberry muffins. It had a really nice texture and flavor and was really moist. Thanks for all your recipes.My husband thought it tasted “professional”. I have made so many of them. I try to comment after I have made them. I have your roasted pork tenderloin on the menu for tonight. It is marinating as I type.


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    Chris — February 11, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    I should make this for Alexis and her coworkers tomorrow, they would love it.


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    Sophie — February 11, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    I hope your son is feeling better now, after he savoured this tasty dessert!

    Lucky him! :)


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    Susan — February 12, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    I hope your son is feeling better. The blueberry cake looks yummy!! The fork..that is what I love!!! Where did you get that??


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    Tiffany — February 14, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    Super Excited! Im making this right now in heart shaped pans for valentines breakfast at work :) I can’t wait to taste it!


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    Kathryn — February 14, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    I made this yesterday and it is FABULOUS! I can’t keep out of it! Next time I make it I hope to remember to put the sugar on top because I forgot this time! Silly me! Thanks for this recipe!


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    Jessica — February 16, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    I have this in the oven right now and I’m so excited to try it!!! Yours looked soooo good I couldn’t help but start making it an hour before midnight!


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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — February 18, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    I could go for a slice or two of this for breakfast!


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    Stacey — February 18, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    Pam….. My kitchen SMELLS delicious right now! It is the perfect ending to a busy, busy day. Thank you soooo much for this recipe.


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    Nevine @ Tableya — February 22, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    I absolutely adore this.


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    Maranda — February 22, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    This looks SOOO good! It’s been a while since I’ve done Sunday breakfast. I might need to get back into it with this recipe!


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    Sarah — February 27, 2012 @ 5:42 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! The blueberry/lemon combination is absolutely wonderful. I made the cake as a post-run treat for a group of friends who were competing in a race and they couldn’t get enough – next time I will have to make two!


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    Choc Chip Uru — March 8, 2012 @ 2:24 am

    A cake so delicious looking should not be allowed in the morning – but since it is I will have 4 slices please ;)

    Happy Holi :)
    Choc Chip Uru


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    Randy — August 9, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Can I substitute fresh peaches? How many and do they need to be cooked first? Also how should I cut them ? Thanks!!!!!


    • Pam replied: — August 13th, 2012 @ 8:18 am

      I don’t see why not. My only concern is that they are so juicy compared to blueberries. Let me know how it turns out because I may want to try it!



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    Cristina — August 13, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    I have made this twice for breakfast and everyone loves it. It is the most amazing coffee cake we have tried. The combination of flavors are out of this world.


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    klabila — August 31, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    I don’t have fresh blueberries, could I replace them by bleuberry Jam??
    thanks in advance for your reply.


    • Pam replied: — August 31st, 2012 @ 7:52 am

      I honestly don’t know if that would work… it may make the cake too runny. Frozen blueberries would work well if you can’t get any fresh blueberries. I hope this helps.



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    Sharli — January 4, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Do you think I could make this tonight and bake in the morning? Would it become runny or not turn out right?



    • Pam replied: — January 6th, 2013 @ 6:17 am


      To be honest, I don’t know how it would turn out. I’ve only baked it right after making it. Let me know how it turned out.



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    Isabel Lopez — June 15, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    For breakfast or whenever!!!Mmmm


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