Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Lemon-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

I swear buttermilk is magic. I’ve dwelled on this before. Buttermilk seems to turn everything to gold. Super-moist, super-delicious gold.

Anyway, I needed a simple, summery, breakfasty, cake-like-but-not-dessert-like recipe to make this morning. One of Ben’s friends had crashed here last night, and I thought it only appropriate to treat him to a proper breakfast. In other words, I was craving sugar and carbs. The truth is I’ve been craving sugar and carbs and a cake like this for months. But seriously, who doesn’t crave having a good, seasonal, berry cake recipe in their morning-treat repertoire?

Nobody. And I think I’ve found the recipe that fits the bill. On an old photocopied sheet of paper in my mother’s hand writing, I spotted a note: “Baby Boy’s Favorite.” Oh Baby Boy. Baby Boy is my younger brother, my parents’ favorite child, and one of the most satisfying people to cook for. If it was Baby Boy’s favorite cake, it would soon be mine, too. This cake is delectable! I think you’ll like it, too.

Lemon-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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Lemon-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Lemon-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
  • 7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (set aside 1/4 cup of this to toss with the blueberries)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup buttermilk***

    * 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons

    ** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top

    *** To make homemade buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Fill cup with milk until it reaches the 1-cup line. Let stand for five minutes. Use only 1/2 cup of the prepared mixture for the recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

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  1. says

    I have all of the ingredients and am heading in to the kitchen. It is time for a carb laden breakfast sonce it is the beginning of my weekend!!!!!

  2. says

    Ali, I cannot wait to make this! I was just thinking today that I need to make something that I can grab for breakfast on busy mornings. Thank you.

    And I just voted for your card on minted – I LOVE the design. Go you!

  3. says

    I finally made this for our Independence breakfast this morning.:) It was absolutely delicious! My husband even raved about it to his mom who is one of the best cooks I know which made me feel oh so good.:) Thank you for this…it will definitely become a routine recipe of ours.

    I also wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your blog. Thank you for sharing your recipes, photos, and perspective! Beautiful job!:)

  4. says

    I made this yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic. For a while now I’ve been trying to make something like Starbucks’ blueberry muffin that is super moist and delicious and this recipe came out very similar. Next time I’m going to put in a muffin pan and see how it goes.
    Thanks thanks

  5. emily brown says

    amanda — you are not dumb!! just measure out 3/4 then just fill up your quarter cup measuring cup half way!

  6. says

    Thank you Emily for getting back to Amanda before I could. Amanda, I hope Emily’s method works for you. I happen to have a 1/8 cup measuring cup, so it’s easy to get 7/8, but you could also do 3/4 cup + 2 T or, even quicker, you could just measure a scant 1 cup… 7/8 cup is a little precise/fussy, but it’s what seems to work best.

    Hope you find success with this recipe!

  7. Ali says

    Made this tonight for breakfast tomorrow and hopefully a couple days. Tried a sliver tonight and I can’t wait till morning. So yummy! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  8. says


    My mother made it with peaches and said it was delicious although she preferred blueberries, and another friend made it with strawberries and loved it as well. I haven’t tried canned fruit, but I would love to hear what you discover!

  9. Lindsay says

    I made this recipe as muffins and they were a huge hit! I substituted a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice for 1/2 the vanilla and may eliminate the vanilla altogether next time and just go with the lemon juice. This recipe made 12 good-sized muffins. I baked them at 375 for about 22 minutes. Wonderful recipe!!

  10. says

    I found this via pinterest as well and just pulled my cake out of the oven! It is delicious! I never have buttermilk on hand so I made some by adding half a tablespoon of lemon juice (white vinegar works too) to the 1/2 cup of milk.

    Next time I’m going to try muffins!

  11. Emily says

    I just made this and it is amazing. I went blueberry picking this past weekend and was left with tons of overly ripe berries — this was the perfect way to get rid of them. I added about 1/3 cup of ricotta that I had laying around to be used up and substituted half cake flour, half ap. It’s a wonderful cake with a perfect texture. Thank you!

  12. Natasha says

    I just put mine into the oven. Cant wait! It looks delicious! I found your recipe on Pinterest Thanks

  13. Dawn says

    Just found this via Pinterest and cannot WAIT to make it. I’m about to make it evident that I am uber dumb, but in your recipe, you reference a “T” measurement- is this for tablespoon? Apologies in advance for my culinary ineptitude.

    • says

      I haven’t but I think that is a fantastic idea. I’ve made muffin batter the night before so I don’t see why this batter would be any different. Report back if you do!

  14. Gen says

    I just made this and it’s the best blueberry cake I’ve ever had. I had to bake it about 10 more minutes longer though, because it was still very wet it the middle. The cake still came out very moist.

    This recipe is a keeper.

    • deborah good says

      Yes, if you cut it into individual pieces first. I freeze most everything since there is only 2 of us

  15. Christie Birchfield says

    Has anyone made this the night before and if so, was it just as yummy the next morning. Not sure I will have time to make it in the morning, but would love to be able to serve it to a house full of visiting college students.

  16. says

    I am always looking for ideas for breakfast! This looks amazing and sounds very easy! I never really gooked with buttermilk but I am willing to give it a try!!

  17. Amanda says

    Hello! I made this cake tonight for dessert – the hubby and I LOVED it!!! I made 2 changes. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just added more butter and milk (I know, cheating, haha) and I had strawberries on hand instead of blueberries. It turned out great! Made the baking time a little longer, but that’s okay. Wonderful recipe!

  18. Christy says

    I shouldn’t really comment because I didn’t make the recipe like you directed. Peaches instead of berries, a good palm of poppy seeds and all the zest and juice I could get out of that poor lemon. Then, to further throw your instructions away, I forgot the flour, buttermilk, flour thing and just mixed all the flour in and then all the buttermilk. And guess what? It’s STILL delicious. And with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top when it’s still hot from the oven? Well, even better.

    Thanks for sharing – it IS as yummy as all the pinning would lead one to believe!

  19. Jayne says

    As a new wife, I am always looking for things that will impress my hubby…this was a winner. It looked beautiful and my husband declared it a “family favorite.” Thank you! :)

  20. Ellie says

    I’ve had this recipe in my bookmarks for a couple weeks now and I’d been really looking forward to making it! Finally got around to it today… and I hate to say that it didn’t turn out well. I spread it in the pan as evenly as I could but even after baking it nearly 20 minutes longer than the recipe calls for and it’s still raw in some places! It’s actually back into the oven now, as per the request of my boyfriend. And it didn’t brown up for me at all. It’s just a big gray lumpy gooey mess.

    Mind you it is a fairly tasty lumpy gooey mess. But I don’t think I’ll be making this again.

    • Iluminameluna says

      I’m wondering about your oven. I don’t know how often you bake cakes, breads, etc., basically flour-based things that require temperature exact baking. I’m asking because you can cook chicken in an oven for an hour and if it’s done in half an hour or two hours, no one’s the wiser. But if you put a cake in the oven and it says it should be brown and done in 45 mins to an hour and in 50 mins it’s still gooey. then most likely your oven isn’t heating to the temp it’s set to. I might be completely wrong. If so I DO apologize. However, if there’s even a hint that I MIGHT be on the right track, try buying an oven thermometer. They cost abt $5 at your local hardware or Dept. Store with a Kitchen section. Don’t buy anything cheaper as it might not be accurate enough. Stick in on your middle rack and set your oven to a temp (350F, for instance) and when it pings that it’s reached that temp. Open your oven and see if your thermometer registers that same #. If it doesn’t, call your manufacturer or the store that holds the warranty and tell them your oven thermostat is off and what you should do about it. They’ll tell you where to go next. I wish you guys luck!

      • Mel says

        I had the same result as Ellie, end d up with a lumpy grey cake. I’ve been baking for 30 years and have a new oven, I don’t think my lack of skill or appliance failure were the problem here. I knew something was off when the batter wouldn’t spread.

        • says

          This is too bad, Mel. The batter definitely is thick, but it shouldn’t be so thick that it doesn’t spread. Do you ever measure using a scale? If so, try 255 g of flour total, then take a quarter cup of that to toss with blueberries.

    • says

      Becky, I’m not much of a freezer, but I don’t see why not. It’s super moist, so I think it would stand up well in the freezer. Let us know if you make any discoveries!

  21. Amanda says

    Just tried this cake this morning – I doubled the recipe and made it in a 9×13 pan, and it took about 70 minutes to bake (probably because it was a bit squished). I also used frozen blueberries and a large squirt of lemon juice instead of using the zest. It was AWESOME!! So light and fluffy and gorgeous – just like the pictures! Definitely a keeper recipe (I’ve already had two people ask for the recipe)

  22. Stephanie says

    Found this on Pinterest and it is in the oven right now! I’m making it for my church’s women’s retreat breakfast tomorrow morning. I haven’t had a chance to taste the finished product yet but the batter sure is tasty!

  23. Cassandra says

    This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it!!
    I was wondering what could be used in absence of the buttermilk as I have never heard of it? Thanks a lot!

    • says

      Cassandra, Hi, I’ve never made buttermilk or a substitute for buttermilk, but one other reader suggested this: “I never have buttermilk on hand so I made some by adding half a tablespoon of lemon juice (white vinegar works too) to the 1/2 cup of milk.” So, maybe that will work for you? All the best —

    • says

      Greek yogurt also works! I replace most dairy with it – milk, buttermilk, sour cream, etc – it makes everything super light and fluffy!

  24. says

    Adding lemon juice or vinegar to milk makes sour milk that I’ve used for recipes. Is it the same thing? I just got blueberries from the farmer’s market, I’m SO making this!!!

  25. Sherry says

    Buttermilk DOES make everything good. And it’s so easy to keep on hand — just buy a litre with your groceries, and it’ll stay happy in the fridge forever until opened! Use it wherever your baking recipes ask for milk.

  26. caitlyn says

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, and the cake came out *fabulous*!!! Everyone raved about it. Thank you so much!

  27. Erin says

    Hi Cassandra. I have used the vinegar/lemon juice many times to replace buttermilk and it works wonderfully. It will look lumpy and bad, but that is how it should look so don’t worry. Happy baking!

  28. Dayna says

    Another Pinterest find here. I’m planning to make this for first day of school breakfast tomorrow. It looks delicious!

  29. shirley says

    look in your market’s baking or powdered milk aisle for powdered buttermilk, it keeps for a long time in your fridge. Sometimes if there is no buttermilk I use plain yoghurt or sour cream.

  30. Alicia says

    Found this on Pinterest….this looks so good! My husband loves anything with blueberries in it, so I’ll have to make this soon!

  31. Kirsten says

    I also found this on Pinterest. I doubled the recipe and cooked it in a big lasagna pan. It took about an hour before the toothpick came out clean, and it is absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making this again!

  32. Trish says

    This cake is so delicious! My daughter and I kept getting “just a little bit more” until it was practically all gone. We made it two days in a row. But there was one problem–random places in the cake were raw when the other parts were done. I am an experienced baker but cannot figure out what went wrong. I followed the recipe to the letter. Suggestions are appreciated!!

    • says

      Hi Trish,
      I’m not totally sure how to help, but I have a few suggestions. Did you use an 8-inch pan or a 9-inch pan? I’m made it in both, and when I use the 8-inch pan, I find I have to cook it for about 10 minutes longer. When I really am patient and let the cake cool for 20 minutes or so, however, I have found that it is more evenly baked. And finally, do you have an oven thermometer? It sounds as though you bake a lot so I’m sure you know your oven, but I really like having my oven thermometer to double check that my oven is being accurate. That’s about all I can think of. I hope the cake bakes more evenly for you in the future!

  33. says

    Another linkee from Pinterest. I made this with white whole wheat flour and the batter turned out to be extremely thick. I ended up adding another 1/4 c. of buttermilk to make it thin enough to fold in the blueberries, but it was still almost like cookie dough in consistency. Still turned out delicious though! Thanks!

  34. Jamie says

    I never have buttermilk on hand, but I always have plain whole-milk yogurt and use it in blueberry muffins. Bet it would be great in this recipe. I’m gonna try it!

  35. Sari says

    Well, now we know that you can prepare this the night before and bake it the next day. Just as I put the batter in the pan, we lost our electricity due to Irene. I put the pan with the batter in it into the fridge and didn’t bake it until 36 hours later and it was still GREAT! My family loved it. Thanks!

  36. says

    i happened upon your blog via pinterest and i am obsessed..It is perfectly laid out, with gorgeous photos and amazing recipes. I made this blueberry breakfast cake last night for this morning and it was a hit!

    i will be posting and linking to your blog later in the week! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  37. ashley says

    so i made this tonight (yes, its 1 a.m, don’t judge) just because i wanted to. I had fresh blackberries that i substituted and even though they made the dough extremely blue it cooked great and tastes wonderful. I’m sure you could substitute any fruit in this cake and it be delicious. And adding buttermilk in replacement of regular milk may be the solution to not eating half of the dough before I bake things (it makes the dough taste horrible to me at least) thanks for that:)

  38. Coco says

    Found on pinterest as well (the crack site that it is) and am SO excited to try this! I’m in charge of breakfast treats at work, and I’m thinking I’ll have to do a test run tonight :-)

    For those who don’t have or haven’t heard of buttermilk, I would suggest looking up buttermilk powder online. It lasts forever even after opening (keep refrigeraged) and it works really well for baking!

  39. says

    I am making this right now this morning and can’t wait to taste it. On a side note my favorite kitchen items are turquoise blue. Where did you find your egg crate?

  40. Clayton says

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight! This was soooo delicious! We couldn’t get enough! I used frozen blueberries and they tasted just like fresh ones when baked in. I did have to cook it 10 minutes longer, like the recipe said we might. So good! We’ll be making this again. Thank you so much for posting for all to see!

  41. Rene says

    I can’t wait to make this to share at work. I have to comment on how awesome the photography is. about the 7/8 cup question- why not use the 1/8 cup measuring cup 7 times?

  42. Laura says

    This is, hands down, the most delicious thing I have ever made. I could have eaten the whole dish! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  43. Sally says

    My Mom made this MANY times every summer when blueberries were in season. She called it Blueberry Tea Cake. It is devine, especially served warm.

    • says

      I would definitely still check the cake at 35 minutes for doneness but imagine it will need an additional 10 minutes (if not more) of oven time. Letting it cool for at least 15 minutes is probably a good idea as well. Report back if you have success baking in the larger size pan — it would be so good to know that this size works. Happy baking!

  44. Dana Hale says

    I am planning to make this in the morning and just realized I don’t have a lemon. However, I do have an orange. Would orange zest be a good substitute?

  45. says

    Thanks for the recipe. I made it for my family a few weeks ago and loved it! I thought I’d let you know I added this recipe to my cooking blog. Thanks so much!

  46. Julie says

    I have been looking for a great recipe and I think I just found it!! My question is, have you or anyone else tried making muffins with this recipe? I’m planning on, I mean…I’m GOING to make this for my sons rowing team Sunday! They will go nuts for this, I just know!!! Thank You!

  47. TF says

    I am making this cake as we speak. I cannot wait until it is finished. I was upset that I didn’t have enough fresh blueberries. I went back to the store and they were completely out. So I used dried to make up the difference. I’ll let you know how it turns out. (The soft dried ones, not the crispy dried ones, obviously.)

  48. TF says

    Ok the dried blueberries did wonderfully. I don’t think I would substitute ALL the blueberries with dried,because my cake seems a bit dry, and that may be due to the lost moisture from not having all fresh blueberries. I think next time I’ll add a bit more buttermilk.
    I’m baking for the first time in my new house- it’s an old electric oven and I didn’t bother calibrating it. I’ll need to do that. The cake was made in an 8×8 so I thought it would take longer to bake but it was done at 35mins.
    Even though it is dry, it is very very good.

  49. Stacey says

    I just made this cake this morning and it was WONDERFUL! I took it to our Mom’s group meeting and got lots of compliments :) Just wanted to add that I doubled the recipe and used a 9×13 pan and it cooked in 55 minutes. This is definitely a keeper–thanks!

  50. Julie says

    I used a cast iron skillet, and I used frozen blueberries picked this summer. The cake was still perfect. I probably added 15 minutes to the cooking time. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • says

      I have not tried with other fruits, but my mother tried with peaches (with some success — preferred blueberries) and another friend tried with strawberries (who also said she preferred blueberries.) Let us know if you make any discoveries!

  51. Scarlett says

    I just popped this in the oven but I’m a little worried about the batter. The batter is thick, it looks more like cookie dough than cake batter. Is that normal? Thanks!

  52. Hayley says

    I tried to double the recipe and put it in a bigger pan, but that did not work out very well. the middle wasn’t cooked at all but the top was golden. I would suggest sticking to the smaller pan. But it such a yummy recipe!! :) Thanks!

  53. Bianca says

    Just made this… it’s baking now! Smells delicious and I can’t wait to eat it!! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

    • says

      So sorry for the delayed response, and unfortunately, I have no advice! I’m terrible about freezing in general but especially with baked goods. It’s a really moist cake, so I imagine it would do well in the freezer? Report back if you make any discoveries!

  54. Amy says

    Hi! I made this last night and reheated in the oven this morning. The cake was very crumbly. Just wondering if this is normal or if I dried it out when reheating? It was still delicious but a little different consistency than I expected. Thanks!

    • says

      Hmmm, Amy, the cake should not be crumbly. It’s usually so moist! I’m sorry it didn’t turn out the way you expected it to. It may have dried out a bit while reheating, but I’ve never reheated it, so I can’t say for sure. Hope you have better luck with it in the future.

  55. says

    I made this for breakfast this morning and the whole family loved it! I really liked the crisper top and the chewy inside. I sprinkled a mix of cinnamon and sugar on top since I already had some leftover from a previous cookie-making session, and it was delightful. Thanks for the recipe!

  56. Robin says

    I want to double this recipe in a 9×13 using frozen blueberries…how much extra cooking time would you suggest?

    • says

      Hi Robin,

      Kelly over at kellybewell.com doubled this recipe with success. Here is her comment: I doubled this recipe and made it in a 9×13 and had success – but it did take an additional 20 minutes in the oven. The top didn’t over-brown and the edges were fine, though!

      Hope that helps!

  57. says

    Recipes like this are dangerous! We made blueberry muffins for breakfast and managed to control myself and make only 6… whole baking tin of blueberry goodness … oh my word 😀

  58. says

    This looks so yummy! I found it on Pinterest and my version is in the oven as we speak.
    Only one problem, I guess: I used frozen berries, since the fresh ones are so expensive. Now they started to “bleed” and my batter turned out completely purple. So I’m affraid the cake will be purple as wel :o)
    Oh well, I think the taste will still be good. But any suggestions on how to prevent that the batter turns purple?

    • says

      Tine, I wish I had some advice for you! I don’t think there is much that can be done with the exception of mixing the batter as briefly as possible once you add the blueberries. I’m going to have to experiment with frozen now that blueberry season is over. I’ll report back if I make any discoveries!

  59. Jennifer says

    I’m making this later today but only have frozen blueberries. Will they work? Do I need to do anything different…..like dust them with flour or anything? Thanks and I love your stuff! :)

    • says

      I have not made this with frozen blueberries, but others have (you’ll have to scroll through the comments) and have found success. Just a warning, as Tine notes below, your batter might turn purple.

    • says

      Also, the recipe calls for tossing the blueberries with 1/4 cup of the flour, so I think if you do that with the frozen berries as well, it should work out. Let us know if you make any discoveries!

  60. Delia says

    @Amy, this type of recipe usually works best if you reheat in the microwave not the oven. Just cover with a napkin or towel. Heat only about 15-20 seconds depending on the size slice you choose. I would not warm the whole thing at one time, just by the slice. Hope this helps!

  61. Dana Hale says

    I am wondering if the batter can be made at night to save time in the morning. I’d like to make this for my moms’ group on a busier weekday morning. (I’ve been making it on the weekends). Maybe leave the blueberries out of the batter until ready to bake?

    • says

      Yes, I think it definitely can be made ahead. I would not leave the blueberries out, however. The batter is pretty thick, and I would worry that you would have a hard time incorporating them into the batter the following morning. If you feel like scrolling down through the comments (totally understand if you don’t :)), I’m pretty sure somebody made the batter the night before, baked it off in the morning, and found success. Also, I have made so many batters in advance and never have had a problem with baking them off in subsequent days. Report back if you make any discoveries!

  62. Kimberly says

    I made this over the weekend! It was so good. It WILL be one of my special go to recipies for brunches and special occasion get togethers! YUM! Wish I’d had it when I was pregnant….I was obsessed with blueberry anything!

  63. Cheryl says

    To comment on Alexandra’s reply about frozen blueberries turning your batter purple:

    If you dust frozen blueberries in flour prior to mixing, the color will not bleed.

    Also remember to fold the blueberries into any mix; do not overstir. This too can cause the blueberries to turn your batter purple.

  64. Melissa says

    I made this recipe very successfully with frozen blueberries. The only down fall is the dough gets really stiff and it is hard to mix the dough and the blueberries together. But turned out fantastic!!!

  65. Heather says

    I saw this on Pinterest and made it for Sunday brunch for my husband and I. Let me tell you, this is definitely going in my favorites book. I made it with frozen blueberries and powdered buttermilk and it turned out wonderfully. The batter is a bit thick like Melissa said, and I’ll probably add some cinnamon and some more lemon to the mix, but this is an AWESOME recipe. Thanks for sharing!!!

  66. Lisa says

    I was wondering how this would work if I used muffin cups rather than making it in a pan. I have a cousin who is having her baby within the next week and was wanting to make sometime to take to her. Thought this sounded delish! But I think it would be more convenient for her if she could just grab a muffin and go, rather than having to cut a slice out of the pan.

    Any thoughts?

    Can’t wait to taste it…my mouth is watering! Haha

  67. heather says

    Hi, I just made these in cupcake form and they were great. It worked perfectly. but since they are cake they dont rise that much, might want to fill them a bit more than you usually would. I love this recipe!!

    • says

      Gosh, I don’t know. Are they in some sort of syrup? I would strain them and dry them off as much as possible if so. Then follow the same instructions (tossing them in flour, etc.). Hope that helps. Let us know if you make any discoveries!

    • says

      Hi Alicia! So sorry for this delayed response! Your comment was held up in my “pending” box b/c of the link and I didn’t see it till now. (I need to change that setting.) And no, I didn’t get any notice about the post. Thanks for letting me know! Can’t wait to see your plum variation!

  68. Mollie says

    This was de-lish! I made this for a Veteran’s Day breakfast that I threw at my house. I made it the night before with frozen blueberries. And it turned out perfect. I predusted the berries and they did seem to still bleed but I’m sure it still tasted the same and I think it was kindof pretty. The batter seemed to do well being made the night before and cooked in the morning. The only change I wished I would’ve made was adding the sugar to the top before I baked it. I added it at night and you couldn’t tell.

    • says

      Hi Sarah, Not silly at all. Sorry for this delayed response, but “cream” means to beat or mix together. So, in this case, it means to beat the butter and lemon zest and sugar together (ideally with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) until the mixture is light and fluffy. If you don’t have a stand mixer, a handheld electric mixer will work just fine. It really helps to have your butter at room temperature.

  69. Elizabeth says

    Hello, this looks amazing! My question what is the lemon zest for, I hate lemon flavor. Can I omit the lemon zest.

    • says

      Radhika, I’m stumped. Do you have any frozen berries available? And what sort of fresh fruits do you have available this time of year? You need to educate me on what’s available :) Hope I can help you out once I hear back!

  70. Tanisha says

    This question is pretty much for anyone…

    I’m making this tomorrow for my family who are coming into town for Thanksgiving. I have an 8X8 square pan and a 9X13 rectangle pan; which one should I bake this in?

    Thanks ya’ll!

  71. Sarah says

    Made this for today!! It was really good. The only thing I would do different is serve it warm. I had made if early and it didn’t get warmed again before serving. But still very good!!

  72. Sarah says

    This sounds yummy! I love buttermilk but I never buy it so I’m going to try using soured milk instead, see how it goes. I also might try raspberries instead of blueberries since that’s what I have on hand.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  73. Nicole says

    Made this tonight – found if you use frozen blueberries – LET THEM DEFROST and then dry them off (roll them around a towel) before tossing in the flour. Also, I found to avoid the purple colour , to fold the blueberries in at the end. Frozen blueberries = frozen, lumpy, purple batter. NOT NICE. Had to make the batter twice, second time was a roaring sucess.

    Also, don’t be afraid to put foil over this cake!

    Hope that helps someone using frozen blueberries.

  74. says

    I just made this and since I do not bake much from scratch I thought I had made a mistake when the batter was so thick. But, it turned out just right and delicious. It was a big hit with my whole family! Be sure to reserve and sprinkle the sugar on top. It makes it!

  75. Kailey says

    Hi! I was wanting to make the Blueberry Breakfast Cake and I was wondering how long it lasts before it gets stale and soggy? (:

  76. Dawn says

    I too found this on Pinterest, and it looked so good I just HAD to make it today. However, with a sleeping baby in the house I couldn’t go to the store to get the ingredients I was missing. So, making use of what I had I made the following substitutions: lemon juice instead of lemon zest (substitution info from allrecipes.com), frozen blueberries, and vanilla yogurt instead of buttermilk. It definitely need the full 45 minutes of baking time. I am currently scarfing down my second piece, planning on a third! Now, I don’t know what the real recipe is like to compare, but I think it turned out great. Thanks for posting such a tasty coffee cake. I will definitely try this recipe with all the correct ingredients at some point :).

  77. Alexia says

    Great receipe, needing comfort missing my Mom at the holidays. I will bake this with soy milk in place of buttermilk as I do not use dairy, and soy butter. Will let you know how delicious it is!

    • says

      I haven’t, but I’m sure it would come out just fine — I make a lemon blueberry muffin which is almost identical to this one with the exception of milk instead of buttermilk. I say go for it with milk, or scroll through the comments to find “recipes” for homemade buttermilk. Report back if you make any discoveries. Happy Baking!

  78. Karen says

    An easy substitution for butter milk is to add a 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar (give or take) to your measuring cup, then add the milk up to the correct amount. Let it sit on the counter while you gather everything else, and it works just about the same as buttermilk in recipes. Use it all the time for pancakes (1 tablespoon for 1 cup of milk is the normal guideline I use).

  79. says

    Absolutely wonderful!! I used frozen berries – caused it to take a lot longer to bake, but just put foil over the top so it wouldn’t brown too much. VERY yummy! Thank you!

    • says

      Hmm, I don’t know. I never find the blueberries I use to be that sweet, but that said, cranberries are much more tart in general. I would maybe add a couple more tablespoons or 1/4 cup at the very most. This is a fantastic idea for the holidays! I think I might have to try this myself. Report back if you make any discoveries! I think orange zest in place of the lemon zest would be fantastic, too.

  80. Dee says

    I used frozen blueberries….and drained them over night in the fridge in a colander with a bowl under to catch the liquid…..worked great!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  81. Natalie says

    I found this on Pinterest and knew immediately that this was a recipe I couldn’t bear to pass up. Since blueberries are not in season in my area, I decided to follow the recipe but substitute blackberries for the blueberries instead. The end result is absolutely delicious! So much so that I am planning on baking this Breakfast Cake again for two upcoming holiday parties. I cannot wait to have another piece in the morning with my coffee!

    • says

      Ginger — I have no idea how to advise here b/c I’ve never made it in a bundt pan, but I think it would work, especially since the cake is really moist (especially in the center.) The only concern I have is if the recipe is enough batter for a bundt pan. Some people who have posted comments have doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9X13-inch pan and had success doing so. I don’t know if doubling is necessary for the bundt pan — it might be too much batter? — but it might be worth comparing the volume of a bundt pan to that of an 8×8-inch pan. Report back if you make any discoveries!

  82. Nicola says

    Would love to make this! I live in Scotland & we work in weights, not cups. Any idea how much the 7/8 cup of sugar weighs? Also, what kind of flour do you use? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Nicola — I don’t know weight conversions, but from looking online, it seems as though 7/8 cups of sugar would weight about 218g (7.7 oz), and I use all-purpose flour. Hope that helps!

  83. Amy says

    You could do this in a bundt pan with the recipe and have a shorter bundt cake or double it and make a regular sized bundt and if you have too much batter, make a small round cake too. Baking times will vary and I can’t say exactly how long each pan will take. I usually go by my nose, eyes and touch. If you smell the cake very well and the top is browned, touch the top to see if it is soft and indents or is firm and springs back at the touch. The latter means it is done.

    @Nicola, that is so interesting that weight is used in Scotland as opposed to cups and such. Some people swear you need to weigh ingredients when making breads, cakes and so on. I go by eye with most of my breads and such and never have an issue. I call it the rustic technique. I learned most of my Arabian breads from Arabian ladies and that is how they have done it for centuries.

  84. Bekah says

    The 9″ baking dish you used, was it a 9″ by 13″ or would I have to double my recipe? I can’t wait to try this :)

  85. TA says

    Could you make the batter the night before and bake it in the morning? I am planning on bringing this in for coworkers one morning, but I don’t want to get up at 5 am to mix and bake! :)

    • says

      TA — I haven’t made the batter the night before, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. My only suggestion would be to store the batter in a different pan than you are planning on baking it in. This is mostly because I worry that the blueberries might all sink to the bottom when it rests overnight. So, when you transfer the batter to the pan in the morning, I think it will help get the blueberries back to being more evenly dispersed. Does that make sense?

  86. Brooke says

    This is delicious! I made it this morning with just regular milk and it turned out wonderful. Since I use Skim milk I doubled the amount listed in the recipe. I still can’t believe how moist the cake is. I’ll definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing

  87. says

    I have fallen in love with your recipes. They’re fun, delicious and tried and true! I have never really used a recipe from a cooking website before but when I discovered this recipe on Pinterest I had to try it! I used frozen blueberries and from the suggestion of another reader of yours, I drained them overnight in the fridge in a colander. It took about an hour to cook (I’m at a higher elevation as well) but I just kept checking it and when it turned golden, pulled it out. The cake was dense, moist and delicious! The same recipe would make great muffins as well. Thank you!

  88. heather says

    Just made these for the second time and added extra lemon and substituted cranberries and it was amazing. Also in muffin form instead of a cake.

    Love this recipe. Its one of my favorites.

    • says

      Heather — This makes me so happy! I’ve been dying to make this recipe with cranberries for the holidays. Might have to try this out tomorrow morning! Thanks for writing in —

  89. Staci says

    I wonder if this could be made gluten free — using almond flour and something different for the sugar to lower the carb count? Thoughts? Please comment if this might work??

    • says

      Staci — hi, did I never respond to this?! So sorry. I have no idea how to replace flours in recipes. I would imagine you could replace a quarter of the flour with almond flour? I have no scientific basis for this, however. Also, have you seen C4C flour? It’s made by somebody who worked for Thomas Keller, and apparently you can replace any flour (cup for cup) with this C4C mixture, and it will be gluten free. I bought some from Williams Sonoma but still haven’t tried it. It’s a bit pricey, but it might do the trick. Wish I could be more helpful!

  90. Linda says

    My family has eaten and loved every single blueberry recipe known to man and we cannot stop talking about this dish. It is by far our favorite (including our dogs!). Very yummy! Also came out as a beautiful dish! Perfect for a family brunch or get-together. Thanks so much for posting this. Found this on interest and passing it on to extended family

  91. Jennifer V says

    I made these tonight and doubled the recipe. I did make a few changes, I used 12oz frozen Publix brand berries, I put the juice of the lemon I zested in my measuring cup and then filled up the cup to 1cup w/ buttermilk. They are delicious and moist and zesty!!

  92. Lindsey S says

    @Jennifer V or anyone- how would I adjust the time if I did muffins instead of a cake. Also, how long do they stay good for? I am leaving tomorrow evening for a weekend family Christmas and need stuff baked for breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning… Any clue? Thanks!

    • says

      Lindsey — For muffins, I would bake them at 375º for 30 minutes, checking at the 25 minute mark for doneness. As for their longevity, is there anyway you can prepare the batter in advance and bake it in the morning? The batter can definitely be made the night before, so that would be ideal. Otherwise, I wouldn’t bake them more than one day in advance of serving.

  93. Heather says

    Question on the amount of sugar….is it 7/8 cup or 7 to 8 cups of sugar? Making it this weekend for a Christmas breakfast so please respond soon 😀

    Thanks in advance,

  94. Laura says

    I’m making this for a Marine’s homecoming tomorrow. I was planning on making it anyway and then found out he loves blueberries. I will post how it turned out.

  95. Lauren Taylor says

    I actually have mine in the oven as I type this. Mine was REALLY thick…is that how it is supposed to be?? I thought about doubling the buttermilk but decided since this was my first try, I better follow the recipe.

  96. Allie says

    Was planning on making this for Christmas morning, but can the batter be made the night before then go in the oven in the morning?

    • says

      Allie — I haven’t made this batter with blueberries the night before, but I am sure it would work because I just made the batter with fresh cranberries the night before, and it worked beautifully. My only suggestion is to not store the batter in the pan you plan on baking it in — this way, when you transfer the batter to the prepared pan in the morning, you sort of help to make sure all the blueberries haven’t sunk to the bottom. They might be fine because the batter is thick, but I wouldn’t take any chances.

  97. Allie says

    Was planning on making this for Christmas morning, but can the batter be made the night before then put in the oven that morning? Would that make any difference?

  98. Michelle Bradley says

    I saw that you told a reader that 7 eighths cup equals 3 fourths, but of course it does NOT. 6/8 = 3/4, so 7/8 would have to be a little more than 3 fourths…half way between 3/4 and a full cup actually.

  99. Natalie says

    @Victoria- I’m not sure of the recipe but there is a way to make buttermilk with regular milk and vinegar. I have seen my grandmother do this substitute many times. And whatever she makes is always wonderful. So maybe do a search on this and you will find something. Good luck!

  100. Sandy says

    One of the yummiest things I’ve ever tasted! The taste combination of blueberries and lemon is just incredible. This will be a mainstay in my recipe box.

    • says

      Elizabeth — one of the commenters did make this recipe in a 13X9-inch pan and doubled the recipe. It’s some place in the comment section below, but it might take awhile to find. I’m pretty sure she kept the oven temperature the same, but had to bake it for about 10 minutes longer. Hope that helps!

  101. Sarah says

    Victoria – for 1 cup of buttermilk, add a tablespoon of white vinegar (or lemon juice) to a scant cup of milk. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and there’s your buttermilk! I’ve used it many times and it works wonderfully.

    • says

      Shannon — You can definitely use table salt in place of kosher salt. I think 1/2 the amount is about right. I just did a quick google search and found that 1 tablespoon of table salt equals 2 tablespoons of kosher salt, so your guess is right on!

  102. Brenda says

    Hi .. is there a difference between kosher salt and regular salt? AND can I use lemon juice instead of the ‘zest’? What would be the workable amounts if I substituted these ingredients?

    • says

      Brenda — yes, there is a difference between kosher and table salt. If you use table salt, I would reduce the amount of salt a teensy bit. Maybe use 1/2 a teaspoon table salt instead of a teaspoon of kosher salt? I would perhaps google this to find a more precise amount. And yes, you can use lemon juice instead of zest. I would squeeze about a teaspoon or a teaspoon and a half (about 1/2 lemon) of juice into your 1/2 cup measuring cup and then fill up the rest with buttermilk. Does that make sense? Write back if not.

  103. Brittney says

    I started making this this morning and I got very confused. The instructions are very confusing! I hope it turns out good. My whole cake was purple before I put it in the oven.

  104. kathy says

    I don’t have a question just a thought…these look so yummy and easy, they remind me of something I made years ago for a brunch and boy was it a hit!

    Thank you for posting, it is now back in my files so that I can bake it again. Yum I love fresh blueberries with lemon. And I have found you can’t seem to go wrong when using buttermilk. Can’t wait to make these.


  105. says

    I made this today….mine did not turn out fluffly like yours….wondering if it is because i did not have egg at room temperature and i used canned blueberries which were drained…maybe my pan was too large? took 30+ min to cook….tasted fine (!!) but the texture i know was not right….i am going to try again though and get it perfected…thanks for the recipe!

  106. heather denice says

    what about cooking these at high altidude??? we just moved to CO form TX and are now over 6,000 ft above sea level and im still learning how to adjust recipes for high altitudes.

    thanks in advance!!!

  107. Samantha says

    I have made this recipe before and I love it, I I would like to try and make this vegan for my brother who is home, I know I can substitute the egg with applesauce but do you know a good vegan substitute for the buttermilk? Thanks!

    • says

      Samantha, hi! So sorry for this delayed response, and I’m even more sorry that I don’t know how to help. Did you try to make a vegan version of this? So curious to know what would be a good substitution for buttermilk. Report back if you make any discoveries.

  108. Brenda says

    Just made this for my grandchildren for Christmas breakfast! The recipe and photos are perfect. Not confusing to me…thank you for sharing <3

  109. Lynn says

    I made this recipe today, but modified it to allow for my son’s egg allergy.
    I used 1/4 cup of Fage Greek Yogurt in place of the egg, and I used Kefir in place of the buttermilk. I reduced the temp to 330 and it cooked for about 20 minutes longer. But the flavor and consistency were perfect. Thanks!

  110. says

    Made this for Christmas breakfast. The only change I made was using lemon juice instead of zest because the grocery store was out. I was a little worried at the end because the batter is very thick, but it turned out perfect! So yummy! I did have to bake it about 50 minutes for it to be done in a 9×9, but I just started checking it every 5 min. At 35 min. Also, I put Sugar in the Raw on top and it turned out kind of sweet and crunchy- I recommend that. Thanks for the recipe!

  111. Ashley says

    The picture is very misleading. The recipe is difficult to follow. The dough was super thick & the blueberries turned it purple. The finished product was okay in taste, but way to thick.

  112. Heather says

    Really great! I made this a few days ago and am going to make more for my mother in law’s 65th birthday brunch tomorrow. Would you recommend doubling and using a 9×13 or making two 9×9’s to feed a crowd?

    • says

      Hi Heather — so sorry for this delayed response. I imagine you’ve already figured out what to do? Truthfully I don’t know how to advise. What did you end up doing? Did you follow Dana’s advice? I think a number of people have had success doubling the recipe and using a 9X13-inch pan, but I don’t think you can go wrong either way.

  113. Dawn Rocillo says

    Recipe was perfect -looked just like your photos -the fiance had four pieces before he would pass it to his mother on Christmas morning – I made the day before and popped in the oven to warm it a little bit – super moist – STILL super moist three days later… Thank you for sharing – definitely a keeper!!!

  114. michelle brilee says

    i made this today and it turned out great, always looking for different ways to use blueberries than just conventional muffins/

  115. Colleen says

    I am certainly new to this whole domestic baking thing and wanted to give it a try, but so far, I don’t think I made it correctly.. my batter doesn’t look like batter at all.. its very very thick and dry? Where did I go wrong?? I think if you posted pictures along the way.. what the butter with sugar and vanilla look like, once it’s all mixed together and ready for the pan..? For people like me who need to know if they are on the right track.. I’m about to put it in the oven.. **Crosses fingers** we’ll see….! Maybe it’s supposed to look like this???

    Thanks for posting! Please help!

  116. Colleen says

    MMM!! Just made this for our New Years Day breakfast and it was so delicious! There were lot’s of “yums” being said at the table. I will be putting this recipe in with my favorites! Thanks for sharing this one!! It was perfect:)))

    • says

      Hi Dee — I think it would work great with blackberries. I think my only worry is that blackberries might turn the cake purple because they tend to be a bit more fragile than blueberries. Would you agree? I don’t think that would adversely affect the flavor, however, so I say go for it! Report back if you make any discoveries.

  117. Lisa says

    I made this for Christmas breakfast and it was devine! Served it up for dessert with icecream later in the day.

  118. Carmen Avelar says

    if 7/8 cup is 2 tablespoons and the recipe asks for 7/8 cup plus 1 tablespoon…why doesn’t the recipe just say 3 tablespoons???

  119. Melanie says

    Look at the recipe closely – you will notice that the 7/8 cup goes IN the batter, the extra 1 tablespoon goes on TOP after you put it in the pan….

    7/8 cup is 3/4 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons

  120. jennifer says

    7/8 cup is not 2 Tablespoons…. so if it calls for 7/8 cup plus 1 Tablespoon then it’s 15 Tablespoons. 1/8 c = 2 T

  121. Joe says

    Tried this yesterday and didn’t like it. You could taste the flour. In defense of the recipe I will say that I think I over mixed the butter/sugar mixture because the butter started to separate. That may have thrown off the whole thing because mine was everything but light and fluffy. Not a bad taste but I wouldn’t make this again.

  122. Patricia Cesare says

    You can absolutely make this with frozen blueberries! Just DO NOT thaw them and skip the flour coating step. In my experience it doesn’t really help them from sinking anyway.
    If the berries collected any ice just pluck it off. Do not take them out of the freezer till it’s time to fold them in. I am blessed to have blueberry bushes at my home and they are a staple in my freezer :) love them.

  123. Nina says

    I made these yesterday & I would have loved this cake, but the lemon zest took over the whole flavor profile. I will try again, but will omit the lemon zest. The texture and look of this cake was awesome!

  124. says

    Absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing your family recipe. I know my family will enjoy if for years to come. My son said, “Delicious! My mouth is overflowing with flavor!” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  125. says

    Made this Christmas morning for Breakfast and it was wonderful! Everyone oohs and awws over it!! Super easy to follow recipe and instructions. Mine turned out exactly like the pics and as it should. I used more than 2 cups blueberries and it was divine :)

  126. says

    forgot to mention that I didn’t have lemons but, I had limes so used a little lime zest instead of lemon zest and it was great even still! I’m making it again tonight and again don’t have fresh lemons so, I’m using lemon juice. Hope it’s as good as the first time.

  127. Lynnsey says

    these look great! can’t wait to try them. my question might be silly, but do you use all purpose flour? i’m still pretty new to the baking/cooking scene and don’t want to mess it up!

  128. Lara says

    Delicious! I made it with white whole wheat flour, frozen blueberries, and no lemon zest (forgot to buy a lemon), and it was amazing!

  129. Melissa says

    Could you make a youtube video on how to make this? I love tutorials with pics or videos… helps me understand since I am new to using a kitchen at all, thanks!

  130. says

    this is in the oven right now!!! i could have just eaten the batter, but i decided to finish baking it. can’t wait for the finished product!! nom!

  131. Rachel says

    What an awesome recipe!!! This is a keeper! Made it last night with frozen blueberries and it exceeded my expectations. Only a few pieces left for breakfast…that says it all! Thankyou!!!

    • says

      Stacey — I’ve never tried, but I am sure it will work. Obviously, I would omit the baking powder in the recipe. Also, I’m not that familiar with self-rising flour — does it already contain salt? If so, adjust the additional amount of salt you add or maybe. Report back if you make any discoveries. I used to use self-rising flour all the time for a beer bread recipe I had, and it was great to have on hand. I’m just not so sure how to substitute it for all-purpose.

    • says

      Hi Chelsea — Yes, definitely. Mix up the batter the night before but don’t store it in the same pan you plan on baking it in. Store it in a Tupperware or something, then transfer to a buttered baking dish in the morning — this will help remix up the batter and redistribute any blueberries that might have sunk to the bottom of the dish. Hope this makes sense.

  132. Heidi says

    Would like to know about making it a day ahead and either refrigerating it, or freezing it. Think either would work?

    • says

      Hi Heidi — I don’t know how to advise — I’ve never frozen this cake, but if you have experience freezing cakes and have had success with doing so, then I say go for it. It is a super moist cake, so I imagine it might be a good fit for the freezer.

  133. Meesha says

    I want to make this for ou work, but would like to use a bigger pan (9×13). How would you tweak recipe to make that work?

  134. Patricia Cesare says

    Hi Meesha, To answer your question ~ most 9 x 13 recipes double perfectly. Just double the ingredients. Baking temp should stay the same for this since it is only a flour cake as opposed to say a cheesecake. Cooking time should be almost the same too. Possibly 10 minutes or more. I am sure it will be great. I could never bake a 9 x 9 of anything. (well maybe if I was eating something all by myself ~ hahaha) Hope this helps.
    Patricia Cesare

    • says

      Hi Patricia & Meesha — Thanks, Patricia, for answering Meesha’s question. Just to reiterate, several commenters have had success with doubling the recipe and baking it in a 9 x 13 pan. One commenter noted that she did have to increase the baking time by 10 minutes. Hope that helps!

  135. Carly Thomas says

    I just put this batter in a scone pan and made scone shaped blueberry breakfast cakes. Delish! Would be great with a lemon glaze!!!

    • says

      Rachel — The dough is very thick. It shouldn’t be bread dough-like but it’s much thicker than normal cake batter. It’s probably not quite as thick as cookie dough either, but it’s closer to cookie dough in texture than cake batter. Hope that helps!

    • says

      Leisa — I’m not the best with substitutions, but I think if you substitute all of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, the texture of the cake will be different. I don’t think it will be bad, but it will probably by a little denser and it might taste a little healthier if you know what I mean :) If you don’t mind this sort of taste, which I don’t — I actually kind of like it every so often — then go for it. You shouldn’t have to make any other changes. If you are a little bit worried about the result, maybe try substituting half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat to start, and if you have success, substitute more next time. Just a thought.

  136. Jill says

    I just put this in the oven. My batter was very tthick. I had to press the dough onto the pan and I couldn’t get the blueberries to mix very well without breaking them. Maybe I mixed it too long. Hopefully it will still turn out!

    • says

      Jill — the batter is very thick, which does make it a bit hard to fold in the blueberries without breaking them. But if your batter looked like that, that’s a good sign! I hope it turned out well for you!

  137. Sara says

    Leisa, I’ve read that when substituting whole wheat flour for white, you need to decrease the amount of whole wheat flour by 2 Tbsp. per cup of flour. I just subbed white whole wheat flour for white in my banana bread recipe and it turned out awesome. Hope that helps!

  138. Rian says

    Not sure where I went wrong, followed the recipe all the way except used frozen blueberries (which might not have been thawed completely but had been sitting out for over an hour). My dough was still kinda runny and even after cooking for 50 minutes it still seems to be runny inside, kinda hard to tell with a toothpick but it does look gooey instead of dry.

    • says

      Hi Rian,

      Sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe. I’ve never used frozen blueberries with this recipe, but as far as I know, I don’t think you should thaw the berries before using them. Just toss the frozen blueberries right in with the batter (or toss them with the flour as the recipe suggests) and bake the cake immediately. Now, as far as cooking times go, some commenters have found the cake to take 10 to 15 minutes longer than what the recipe says. 50 minutes does seem like a long time. I’m not sure how to advise here. Do you have an oven thermometer? I have one that hangs from the oven racks — this helps know for sure what my oven temperature really is. When my dial says 350º, the oven thermometer reads 325, so I always set the dial to more like 375 or 400. Have you noticed other foods taking longer to cook in your oven?

  139. Audrey White says

    I heard that using frozen blueberries is the best for the recipe. New to this and don’t know how to change it!

    • says

      Audrey — I would say that using frozen is best this time of year, but come spring and summer, definitely try it with fresh blueberries. As far as using frozen berries goes, use them just the same as the recipe says for the fresh. One commenter noted that tossing the blueberries with flour was unnecessary, so it’s up to you if you want to do this step or not.

  140. Tynishag says

    this looks amazing!!!!! I can’t wait to try it. I hope mine turns out as tasty looking and beautiful as the photos seen here. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  141. Suzanne says

    Love this and so do my preschoolers. I used whole wheat pastry flour and frozen blueberries. It needed an extra 15 minutes or so in the oven (and maybe a slightly lower temp, to avoid over browning). I will try mixing the night before and storing in fridge: the blueberries would thaw w/o breaking in the mix and we can enjoy it that much sooner in the morning.

    • says

      Thanks for your tips, Suzanne. Love the idea of using whole wheat pastry flour. Making it the night before is a great idea — I’ve never done it with the blueberry cake, but I have with the cranberry cake, which is essentially the same recipe.

  142. Denise says

    Hi Alexandra! I found this recipe/page on Pinterest and just wanted to say that the photos you took of the ingredients and cake are awesome and I also enjoyed reading about how you came across the family recipe. :o) I have always told my kids (now 16, 14, and 10) that when they move out on their own I will make them each their own printed/bound cookbook filled with their favorite recipes that I have made over the years. You have given me great ideas about how to use photos in the book — not just of the completed dish but of the ingredients and process too. Thank you! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • says

      Thanks for writing in, Denise. That’s a fantastic idea! I need to start collecting Ella’s favorite recipes… oh wait, she only eats oatmeal, hotdogs and yogurt :) One day, I hope she ventures out. Love your idea of including process photos in the cookbook. Your kids will be eternally grateful!

  143. Elisa C says

    I also found this recipe via Pinterest. A friend and I baked 2 cakes while our sons had a playdate. Unfortunately I forgot the salt (distracted by our kids) in our cakes but I just tasted it and it is super yummy. I plan on making it again with the salt to see how the flavor is enhanced.

  144. Leah says

    It look so easy and so delish! ummm I’ll make that for tomorrow breakfast! And easy for rest of the week not worry about to cook anything. We all LOVES blueberries, especially my 2 years old son that loves I mean LOVES blueberries! (my husband isn’t fond of blueberries, but maybe add fresh strawberries in it?) Now you make me hungry for it right now! I’ll add raw sugar on top instead of the white sugar.

    • says

      Megan — So glad to hear this. You are too speedy, too — didn’t get a chance to respond to you before you hit the kitchen! Glad to know this cake works with frozen strawberries. Thanks!

  145. Brian says

    How would you change this to be a no sugar added recipe? This sounds great but I have to avoid the sugar. So hard to find good recipes I can eat.

    • says

      Brian — I wish I could be more helpful. Unfortunately, I’ve never used sweeteners. I’m curious how the Splenda cake came out. Jill — did you have any success with the Splenda?

  146. Anna says

    Are you allowed to have stevia? It’s a natural sweetener but zero calories. Or try agave nectar but since it’s fluid you may have to adjust the dry indigence. I hope that helps.

  147. says

    I made this over the weekend. I used an 8″ metal baking pan and baked it for 45 minutes. It looks exactly as pictured and tastes amazing.

  148. Toni Legates says

    I love love love this cake. I’ve made it three times so far and its a real hit at my house. I also used your wonderful recipe as a base and used 2 cups of diced peaches and in stead of lemon zest I used orange zest and added a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon and used brown sugar as the topping. It was fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe and please keep them coming!!!!!

    • says

      Julie — yes, you can use regular salt — like Morten’s table salt, right? Just cut back on the amount a teensy bit otherwise it will be too salty. Maybe do 3/4 teaspoon or a scant teaspoon of table salt.

  149. Michelle says

    I made this yesterday after seeing it on Pinterest. I doubled the recipe, but used only 1 stick of butter and added about 3/4 cup of applesauce. I also used only about 1 1/3 cup of sugar and used white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. It got rave reviews this morning! Oh, I was also short on blueberries and had some frozen dark cherries, so I tossed those in.

  150. Ashley says

    How do you store this? I am making it tonight for breakfast in the morning and I’m not sure if it needs to be refrigerated. Thanks!

  151. Isela says

    You can make buttermilk at home. For every cup of buttermilk, use 1 cup milk (minus 1 tablespoon milk) and add 1 Tablespoon lemon or vinegar. If you have no lemon, I would (and have) use(d) Greek yogurt with a bit of milk to thin it out.

  152. Sandy says

    I made this last week for my daughter’s family…couldn’t wait to get home to make it for my husband. This is absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for the great recipe – made it exactly according to the recipe… Why mess with perfection??? Thanks.

  153. Gracian says

    I used both frozen and Dried blueberries on different occasions. I plumped up the dried BB in warm water first and then drained them well. Both turned out excellent! I do think that I actually liked the plumped up dried BB better :-)
    Also the consistency of the cake reminds me of a wonderful buttery flakey scone!!!!

  154. says

    I made this last night and it was delicious! My family and I loved it so much I just posted it to my blog with a link to your site. Thank you to you and Pinterest for helping me to discover a great side for my breakfast for dinner!

  155. Deborah Pedde says

    I have made this several times before. It has been a big hit every time I have served it.
    Last night I made in into muffins – same recipe just in muffin form. They turned out great. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • says

      Kelly — it’s definitely best the day it’s baked, but it is a super-moist cake and holds up better than most. So, if you need to make it a day in advance, I don’t think anyone will be complaining.

  156. Mona says

    If u can’t use regular sugar, try using palm sugar. It’s derived from the coconut flour. Tastes just like sugar, but better for you.

  157. Juniper says

    Found this on pinterest and am so excited to make it but here’s my question…could I use applesauce instead of the sugar? Do you think it would make a big difference? Or should I just stick with the 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp?

    • says

      Juniper — I say go for it. Or maybe try substituting half of the sugar with applesauce to start? I am terrible with these sorts of things. Please report back if you make any discoveries. I’ve had success with using applesauce in recipes in the past but it’s never very scientific :)

  158. Shephali says

    I can’t wait to make this cake! Will be perfect for a Mardi Gras breakfast party in a couple of weeks. Has anyone added a handful of choc chips to this recipe?

  159. Beckie says

    I am allergic to eggs. Do you think applesauce would work in this recipe instead? I am always looking for breakfast foods I can eat.

    • says

      Beckie — gosh, I don’t know how to make these sorts of substitutions. I know applesauce can often be used in place of fat or sugar (sorry, I’m terrible with the food science) but I don’t know how it works as a substitution for eggs. I’ve used a product called EnerG in some vegan muffins that worked quite nicely. Maybe give that a go. I store the box in my freezer since I don’t use it that often.

  160. Tiffany says

    Would sour cream be an ok substitute for buttermilk in this recipe or would it affect the flavor too much? Not sure if it is there for flavor or just moisture. Thanks!

    • says

      Tiffany — I think sour cream might be OK actually. Anything tangy like yogurt or kefir or sour cream probably won’t affect the flavor too much. Report back if you make any discoveries!

  161. Kate says

    Just made this and substituted plain greek style yogurt was very liquify– for the buttermilk, and added a handful of fresh raspberries to fill out the 2 cups of blueberries. I also substituted orange zest for the lemon, as thats what I had on hand. The batter tasted delicious and the cake is happily baking in the oven. Looks pretty!

  162. patb says

    Can I make the batter the night before and refrigerate it for the morning? If I use frozen blueberries should I defrost them first? Thanks.

  163. Erin says

    Do you have to use lemon ZEST, or could you substitute with just a little lemon juice? Is it more for flavor or texture? No lemons on hand, but I do have lemon juice…maybe I’ll just test it out. Also would you double for a 13X9 pan? Or would that change the consistency when baked? Thanks

  164. Pam says

    Thanks for the recipe…yum! I didn’t have any lemon zest, so I used a little lemon juice and it still turned out delicious.

  165. Leslie says

    Do you have any suggestions on doubling the recipe to make it larger for a bigger crowd? Maybe using the 13×9 pan?

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it : )

    Leslie O.

  166. Leslie says

    Any suggestions on doubling the recipe?
    This sound awesome and plan on making it for a large group of people.

    Thanks! Yum, yum!

    • says

      Hi Leslie — sorry for the delay here. I have not doubled it, but many of the readers have and they suggest using a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Some of them had to increase the baking time by about 10 minutes, but otherwise, doubling was pretty easy. Happy Baking!

  167. Jackie Presser says

    I made this today for breakfast and it was killer! Hubby compared it to his favorite blueberry muffin from Mimi’s Cafe being that good! Thank you!

  168. Jackie Presser says

    Made this today and it was killer! Hubby even compared it to his favorite blueberry muffin at Mimi’s Cafe! Thank you!

  169. says

    Bekie, we eat vegan and I use 1 TB corn starch plus 1 TB water for each egg in a recipe. I’ve not tried this recipe yet, but this formula works in all my other baked goods. Hope that helps!

  170. 2BMrsWalsh says

    To Rachel above:

    As a recent culinary graduate, and with a very vague idea on how baking science works, I would say applesauce would not work as good. In the picture, its brown and crispy and thats due to the fat in the butter. Applesauce is a good substitute in recipes that are like a regular cake where color isn’t a desire to have. But in this cake the top is crackly and crunchy while the rest is moist. Fat is lighter than water (two of the three components that make up butter) and when it melts in the oven, all that fat goes to the top of this cake and bubbles and browns. Its the best part : )

  171. Courtney D. says

    Thanks for the recipe! DELICIOUS! Just made it for my husband and 2 little boys for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast! ALL were wanting more! :)
    My substitutions were agave nectar for sugar, coconut oil for butter, and plain yogurt for the buttermilk. This recipe has officially landed in my tried-and-true-recipes cookbook! :)

  172. Courtney D. says

    FYI – I made it all last night, put it in the Pyrex, covered it with foil, and tossed it in the oven this morning. I didn’t seem to have any problems by doing it early and letting it sit in the fridge overnight.

  173. says

    Hi, I love the pictures… I’m on no sugar, no chocolate and no gluten… pictures are getting me through and this looks AMAZING! I will use one of your recipie’s in the future… after I’ve reached my weight goal!

  174. Jeri says

    If you are increasing from a 9×9 to a 9×13, you will have to increase baking time. I usually try an extra 10-15 minutes and keep a close eye. It will make a thicker coffeecake so you can cut smaller pieces than if you were using a 9×9 pan. Making this for my grandkids for breakfast….looks amazing!

  175. Judy says

    You make me smile…but sound like my stepmother. She takes an old family 4 ingredient recipe and makes a substitution for all four of the ingredients and serves it as “an old family dish”.

  176. Katie says

    We just made this but didnt have a lemon so used a lime. The batter was very good! My three year old licked the bowl clean. 😉 Can’t wait for it to get out of the oven!

  177. 2BMrsWalsh says


    Thank YOU for this delicious recipe. I’ve made it twice and am making it again tonight!

    I think I over bake it though, it doesn’t turn out as dense and moist looking as yours. Im going to try and cut it to 25-30 minutes. Either way, its always very good!

  178. Jill says

    I made it today! It went together quickly and the cake was moist. I did have to add 10 minutes to the baking time. I did not think it was sweet enough.

  179. Alyssa says

    I made this last evening and it looked good, but it was a little dry. Not as gooey as your pictures portray…did I over bake or could my oven be off?
    The batter did taste delicious before I baked it!

    • says

      Hey Alyssa, Sorry to hear that your cake was a little dry. Overbaking is the only thing I can think of. I usually run into the opposite problem with this cake… it’s so gooey inside that it sometimes takes longer than expected to bake.

  180. KristanElizabeth says

    I made this delicious cake for my birthday breakfast this morning, and let me tell you, it’s wonderful! I used splenda in place of sugar and wheat flour in place of white flour. Here are the nutrition facts for 8 servings ( which are hearty sized ) Per serving : Calories 241, Total fat 12.9g, sat fat 7.7g, Cholesterol 58.3mg, Sodium 352.8mg, Potassium 153.4mg, Total carbs 28.2g, Dietary fiber 4.6g, Sugars 4.6g, Protein 5.8g. Vit. A 8.7% Vit. C 6.9% Calcium 11.8% Iron 7.5%

    I used the zest from 1 lemon, I think next time I’ll try a little more, I loved the hint of lemon flavor with the blueberry 😉

  181. angel says

    I loved it! instead of sugar top i put on a lemon glaze… drizzled on each piece as being served.. oh and i added a 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract.. just to boost lemony goodness.I defiantly will make again!

  182. Ariane says

    AMAZING! Made it tonight and trying not to eat the whole thing! I followed the recipe exactly except I had roughly an extra tsp of lemon zest-which was PERFECT. I made a complete mess mixing in the flour & buttermilk (flour flew out ALL over) & it was so worth the mess!! My dish was almost 9×9 and 3.5” deep & it took about 45 min to pass the toothpick test. Tangy, sweet, zesty! Can’t wait to have it for breakfast too :)

  183. Jeanne says

    My kids are not big blueberry fans so I substituted strawberries….it’s delicious! Strawberries were so moist I baked it an additional 10 minutes. It will be a new favorite at our house!!

    • says

      Kate — I’ve never done this, but several commenters have — essentially they’ve made homemade buttermilk just as you have suggested. I think some may have used lemon juice in place of the vinegar. I don’t know proportions but if you do a little google search, I’m sure you’ll find something.

  184. Deb says

    Just made these, a little dry, this is more like a scone cake. It’s really yummy, but I would use more buttermilk and butter next time, maybe an extra egg. I don’t know, I am going to play with this recipe. It has all the amazing basics.

  185. says

    Took a leisurely stroll through this recipe for a late breakfast this morning and was delighted with the outcome! Perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch outing, especially with some doctored coffee. I can’t wait to try it with blackberries or raspberries, or some sanding sugar when I make it for company.

    Just a note: I used sweet milk and lemon juice as a substitute for buttermilk and it worked just fine. Thanks for sharing!

  186. stephanie says

    I am so excited to try this recipe, especially since blueberries are my 3 year olds FAV! I am wondering if I thaw some frozen blueberries and strain off the juice if they would work in a pinch? I’m gonna try it both ways and let you all know if I don’t hear yay or nay. =)

  187. says

    stephanie – Forgot to mention in my earlier comment that I used thawed frozen berries this morning. Just be sure to pat them dry before you coat them in the flour so they don’t clump. :)

  188. Pamela says

    Found this recipe on Pinterest. Delicious!!! Had to stop ourselves from eating the whole thing. Left out the lemon zest because we don’t like it. Thanks :)

  189. gabriene says

    I made this yesterday, and it was sooooo good! Very easy to make and it was very moist! I did let it cook for an additional ten minutes. I am passing the recipe on to one of my friends since she liked it so much!

  190. Susan says

    I made this earlier in the week and it was a big hit with everyone. I even replaced the flour with a mixture of rice, brown rice and coconut flour, used frozen blueberries (not thawed) and replaced the buttermilk with coconut milk (not the canned kind). Great recipe, thank you!

  191. cami says

    I had to use frozen blueberries because the store I went to didn’t have fresh ones. The cake still tastes good although it did increase the baking time significantly (by 25 minutes). I agree with the reviews that the cake wasn’t as sweet as I would have thought. Next time I make it I think I’ll add a little more sugar and try harder to find fresh blueberries (or at least wait tell the frozen ones thaw more- was too impatient to wait the first time),

  192. says

    Unfortunately this didn’t turn on right. Not that the recipe is bad, it’s just a little misplacement in the text, precisely in the directions part.

    It doesn’t say to do the dry mixture in another place…


    “2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.

    3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.”

    Just a head’s up, a little editing could save many people that get distracted doing other things and trust the recipe completely. I was making dinner and this cake altogether, wanting everything to be prepared and ready for the next day too, due to lack of time on my side.

    Maybe you edit that “Add the egg and vanilla to the batter and beat until combined.” and “Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour in a separated bow, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.”

    Although i think the blueberries should should only be added in the end…

    • says

      Kathryn — lemon zest is the outermost part of the lemon — a microplane grater is the best tool for this, but you could also use a box grater or even a peeler. You just want to get the outermost layer, however — don’t get too much of the white pith, which is a little bitter. Does this make sense?

  193. Natasha says

    Mmmm. I just baked this and it turned out scrumptiously. I had to make a few substitutions so I didn’t have to go back out to the store. I used a frozen berry mix (mostly blue and raspberries) which I thawed, and sprinkled with both sugar and flour. I also substituted 1Tbs sour cream in 1/2 c milk for the buttermilk (but I do want to try this with buttermilk in the future). I doubled the recipe too and used a 9×13 pan and it baked for about 45-50 mins. The only citrus I had on hand were a few clementine oranges which I zested and put the juice from one Clem in as well. I added brown sugar for half of the sugar. Then I threw in a few flaked almonds on top too. Even after all of these modifications it turned out marvelously! Thanks for the recipe.

  194. Lauren says

    Thinking switching out the blueberries for peaches and the lemon for cinnamon! My grandpa grows fresh peaches during the summer! Yum :)

  195. Lauren says

    Thinking about switching the blueberries to peaches! and the lemon for cinnamon! Love me some fresh peaches this summer cant wait to try it!

  196. stephanie says

    This was a taste of heaven, a party in my mouth and did I mention how utterly delish it was!??! I substituted strawberries and lime zest for the blueberries and lemon, my boys devoured it…for once a quiet supper, lol.

  197. says

    Kathryn, lemon zest is the outside shavings of the lemon. You can buy a zester for small thin pieces.

    Can’t wait to make this recipe!

  198. Melissa says

    I use frozen berries in recipes all the time. The directions in these recipes say “do not thaw”. Just toss them with the flour and add them to the mixture last. This way, your batter does not get blue colored from thawed blueberry juice.

  199. Krispen says

    I made the batter last night and left it in the refrigerator since we made breakfast for church this morning and I wanted it to still be warm and gooey. I baked it this morning. It increased my cooktime to 1:05, but it was still nice and moist! Everyone loved it!

  200. Sarah says

    I love this cake! I have literally made it 6 times since I first tried it a few months ago. I have taken it to many different functions, and everyone loves it. The first time I made it my husband and I ate the whole thing in a day!:) I did have to bake it longer though as you instructed. Thank you for sharing!

  201. brooke says

    for those who thought it wasnt sweet enough, heres an idea for you. Juice the lemon you have already zested and add powdered sugar to make a sweet/tart glaze. Drizzle on the cake. This makes it more of a dessert than a breakfast in my opinion, but the cake is a winner either way

  202. Aline says

    It taste good but I feel there is too much butter in the recipe and then it fell apart.
    If I make it again i will use only half amount of the butter to compensate for the Buttermilk. It is really high in fat even though I used low fat buttermilk.

  203. says

    I made this for my sister’s friend for her “day-after” birthday breakfast. We had to cut a piece as soon as it was cool because it smelled SO good we couldn’t resist. This was gooey as promised, and didn’t need any extra sweetness. This was so easy (I burn everything I bake usually), extremely tasty, and I would make it again for sure! I will probably make it my contribution to Holiday breakfasts and brunches. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  204. says

    I would love to make this JUST for me.. In other words.. in amounts for ONE or TWO servings.. Maybe to make it in a Ramekin … But in cutting down I usually go by the EGG amount and cut it, starting there… but with only ONE egg to make a dish that will serve 6 -8 servings, I don’t see how.

    Any suggestions..

  205. stephanie says

    So I made this a 2nd time and I used strawberries again but substituted whole wheat flour and it was still great. Yay! I loved the dense texture and the added health benefits of the whole grains. Just thought I’d share incase there’s anyone else out there having the urge to “heft” up the fiber on this lovely piece of heaven. =)

  206. says

    I love the look of this Recipe and definately want to try it. I was wondering if as mentioned by Jan Cargill in a previous Post you could make individual portions in separate ramikins? I really like that idea. If that is doable any idea how to adjust the baking time and how full would you make the Ramikin? Does this cake rise much?
    I love getting all the ideas from the ladies on here. I have learned so much. Thanks..

  207. zam says

    Re Jan Cargill’s thoughts,
    I often make smaller portions of recipes by freezing the egg white/s with a pinch of salt after I give it a stir (usually in snap lock plastic bags… or resealable bags if you haven’t heard of them) and then I defrost the egg whites ever so gently in the mic and they whip up perfectly…. Salutations from Emu Plains/Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia!!

  208. Elle says

    Just made it! It was fantastic! Only downfall is that the only buttermilk in the store was a half gallon so I’ve got to find a bunch more recipes to use it in! Pancakes for dinner… here I come!

  209. MaMaMoJo says

    Elle– I am making this recipe because I have leftover buttermilk too! It was a smothered porkchop dinner, if you’re interested?!?

  210. Debra says

    Yummy!!…Just made for breakfast this morning and it tastes just as delicious as it looks. Baked for exactly 35 minutes & it turned out fabulous, soft & moist on the inside with a sweet crunch on top. This is definitely a keeper…Thanks for sharing.=)

    • says

      Brooke — Yes, make the batter the night before. Several commenters have reported in that they have had success doing so. And they even put the batter right in the pan that they planned on baking it in. Baking time did increase by about 10 minutes, but start checking it after 10 minutes.

  211. Lucindy123 says

    I guess I should know, but could someone clarify for me, do yo use self rising or all purpose flour. Thanks

  212. says

    Looks VERY good! Will definitely have to try it! I have a similar recipe that does uses cream cheese, not buttermilk. I’ll be interested in finding out how the two recipes compare (here’s a link to the one w/ cream cheese, in case you’re interested:
    http://thecountrybasket.com/blueberry-cream-cheese-coffee-cake-recipe-pictures-show-how/ )
    Your pictures are excellent as well; love your dark cutting board, cool and rustic.

  213. Stephanie says

    Uses for leftover buttermilk: homemade ranch dressing; and also as a marinade for bite-sized pieces of chicken. Then coat with panko bread crumbs that have been seasoned with garlic, salt, onion powder, and paprika, and then bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. You can spray them with non-stick cooking spray (I actually use olive oil in a spray bottle) to make them a bit crunchier. Makes amazing homemade chicken nuggets. :)

    My friend made this cake for my family yesterday because my daughter had surgery and she brought us dinner. It was AMAZING. Thanks for putting a smile on my poor, sick daughter’s face! :)

  214. Stephanie says

    Lucindy, since the recipe calls for baking powder, which is a rising agent, you’d want to use all-purpose flour. HTH

  215. Lisa says

    You can always make your own buttermilk to use in recipes (WHEN will the stores start to sell buttermilk in smaller cartons? WHEN?)

    Add one Tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of milk.
    Let stand for ten minutes and voila! Buttermilk for recipes. HTH

  216. Judy says

    The kids and I made this recipe this morning. Batter tastes great and it looks wonderful. We can’t wait for it to come out of the oven and cool.

  217. Cassandra says

    I just made this and it is very good. I think I did something wrong though. Mine remind me so much of my mom’s blueberry muffins, same texture and similar taste, this just has the hint of lemon. The batter was very thick. Looking at your pictures they seem more moist and from the top I gather that your batter was thinner than mine. Mine looks almost like the top of a banana bread, texture wise. I wish there were pictures of the batter so that I could compare. Next time I may add a little more buttermilk.

  218. Kathy says

    I love cooking with buttermilk and I often freeze “about to expire” buttermilk. I freeze in 1 cup portions as this is what I often use for my pancakes..works great!

  219. Treasurs says

    in the oven now, but I added rasberries also:) Can’t wait to eat. Your pics make it look delicious!! thanks for letting her post on pinterest. How I found you!

  220. traci says

    Can I use regular milk or does it work only with butter milk? It’s 11pm here and I just found this recipe and want to make it tomorrow ….any suggestions if you don’t have buttermilk?

    • says

      Hi Traci,

      Regular milk will work but I do think there is something special about buttermilk… the result is probably subtle, so by all means, use regular milk if can’t get your hands on buttermilk. Also, one of the readers just commented that you can make your own. Here is her comment:

      You can always make your own buttermilk to use in recipes (WHEN will the stores start to sell buttermilk in smaller cartons? WHEN?)

      Add one Tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of milk.
      Let stand for ten minutes and voila! Buttermilk for recipes. HTH

      Several other commenters have suggested the same thing. I have never tried it but I imagine it will work. Good luck! Let me know if there is any other question I can answer.

    • says

      Sarah — I would suggest reheating it at 350 with a piece of foil covering the top for about 15 minutes. Check for warmth after the 15 and remove the foil for the final few minutes of reheating.

  221. ginger says

    I have tons of blueberries in my freezer, which I picked fresh and then froze. Can I substitute these for the fresh if I just throw them in frozen? I know sometimes you can as long as they aren’t defrosted.

  222. says

    I had some leftover kiwi fruit, but no blueberries. So I made this recipe with kiwi (chopped into blueberry-sized pieces) in place of the blueberries, and it turned out spectacular. I suspect any fruit will work in this recipe–a good way to use up nearing-the-end-of-its-life fruits!

  223. zita says

    I have seen very similar recipes under the name Boy Bait. Apparently a turn-of-the-century favorite for when the fella walked a young lady home from church.

  224. says

    Never mind! Looking at this on my phone gave me issues. Now all of the other comments are showing and my question was answered! Making this tonight!

  225. Lisa says

    Made this last weekend and it was soooo good! Very moist and tasted like 1 big blueberry muffin, only better! My husband who is not into desserts/sweets wants me to make it again this weekend! Thanks!

  226. heidi says

    I have made this several times, it is awesome. It is also easy enough for the girls to make (teenagers), we make it a morning in the kitchen together. Great recipe!!

  227. Cassandra says

    Alexandra – this was wonderful. I made it this morning and O M G – so easy and so tasty! My wonderful hubby said it was delicious and a definite keeper.

  228. says

    I am so happy to have found your AMAZING blog! I have printed off several recipes and I am SO excited to cook them. Thank you so much for all that you share. I will be a regular here!

    • says

      Amy, gosh, I wish I had an answer! I have no experience cooking at high altitudes. I have a dear friend, however, who has an incredible blog, The Garden of Eden (www.darcyeden.com) and she lives in Denver. She never mentions anything about altering for high altitudes and she bakes a lot. She might be a good one to ask about this. Good luck!

  229. Stacy Frazer says

    I am making this for an upcoming baby shower. Just wanted to say that your pictures are beautiful and I look forward to baking this!

  230. Kim craft says

    Stupid question… All purpose flour or self rising flour? And do I double recipe for a 9″x13″ pan?

  231. Ana says

    Love this recipe! Yummy! I made a few adjustments though, subsituted lemon juice for vanilla and added an extra splash of buttermilk because the dough was TOO dry. I had to bump the baking time up to an hour. I live in El Paso (high altitude) and this might be why the baking time was so much longer.

    • says

      Kerrie — I think it can, but I don’t know the proportions. I just commented to another commenter, but somebody made this cake with Stevia and posted it somewhere (facebook maybe?) with all of the proportions. I’ve tried to locate it but can’t seem to. It’s so frustrating. I’ll report back if I find it.

  232. says

    This looks yummy! FYI, f you double the buttermilk (1 c.) and halve the flour (also 1 c.), you have a dessert I make all of the time called cobbler–it has a soft, almost wet texture that pairs fabulously with whipped or ice cream. :) Yes, buttermilk is truly magical in baking!

  233. Kylie says

    Is the dough supposed to be really thick? Or more like actual cake batter? Mine was really thick so I added more buttermilk, but it was still really thick. Is that how it’s supposed to be?

  234. Jessica says

    I made this for my co-workers and they all loved it. My boss told me it was very addictive. Thanks for the recipe!

  235. KellyAnne Scott says

    Can I make this the night before & keep it in the fridge till Im ready to bake it? I’m thinking about making this for Easter but don’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen!

    • says

      Kelly — Yes! It works great. I’ve made the batter the night before and baked it off in a separate pan the morning of, but a few commenters have said this is unnecessary — they store the batter right in the pan they bake it in. Hope that helps!

  236. Katlyn says

    Do you think I could replace the sugar with a sugar substitute or will that damage the texture/backing process?

    • says

      Katlyn — I haven’t made it with a sugar substitute, but somebody has, and I just tried to find the post/comment, but I can’t seem to. It may have been on facebook, but anyway, this woman made the cake with Stevia, I believe, and said it turned out great. Wish I could find that post for you! If I come across it, I’ll get back to you.

    • says

      Jocelyn — I haven’t tried it, but I know one of the commenters made it with blackberries and loved it. I think she said the blackberries turned the batter purple, but that the flavor was delish. Blackberries sound wonderful!

  237. Erin Huie Mizell says

    I made this to take to a dinner party with friends. It turned out wonderfully. It was very delicious and a big hit with everyone. Thank you!

  238. Tonya says

    This looks amazingly delicious! I am making this for Easter breakfast this weekend! Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait!

  239. Anne says

    Do you think you could substitute frozen (not thawed) blueberries? Blueberries are so expensive where I live & I often substitute them in other blueberry recipes without a problem. I’m looking forward to giving this a try for our blueberry muffin loving family!

  240. kathy says

    I’m going to make this to take to work Easter morning, it looks wonderful! Unfortunately though, I used your “printer friendly” option and got 7 pages of every single picture and the recipe is not even readable because of the huge photos, not to mention the wasted ink. Better to just copy and paste next time.

  241. Karin Stewart says

    I make a similar dish and I use blueberries that I have frozen individually. I haven’t used buttermilk but I will try it. Delicious coffee cake!

  242. melanie moore says

    How do you think strawberries would work and also I am diabetic so do you think splenda would work for the sugar inside of the cake and them I would just use the sugar for the top. Thank you

    • says

      Melanie — I think strawberries would work really well — many of the commenters have used strawberries in place of the blueberries. And, I can’t say for sure about the Splenda, but several commenters have made this cake using sugar substitutes and have had great success. Hope it turns out well for you!

  243. Bonnie says

    Made this a couple of weeks ago and loved it! Am making again for Easter morning tomorrow. I want to make muffins with this recipe. Has anyone tried that and how long did you bake?

  244. Linda says

    I tried to double the recipe and the dough was very thick…not sure if it will come out. Also, step 3 did not print on your printer friendly version…skipped right to 4, so I’m not sure if that would have made a difference in the consistency of the batter…?

    • says

      Linda — what a nuisance! I’m sorry step 3 didn’t print out for you. I think I need to look into other printer-friendly options. Sorry about that. I can’t say if it would have made a difference in the consistency. So often recipes say to do this — alternate with the wet and the dry ingredients, but I wonder if it really makes a difference or if it’s just so that it’s easier to stir. I hope it turned out well for you.

  245. allison says

    Easter brunch here we come! I used frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries), substituted 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup milled flax seed and 1/2 cup wheat germ. Hopefully it will still be just as delicious!

  246. Tracy says

    I just had this at my sister’s for Easter Brunch and it was AMAZING! I am going to make this for my co-workers. It’s an excellent treat. Brunch was great! Thanks Cathy!

  247. Amy says

    Made yesterday for my family, I used half the blueberries the recipe called for and added fresh strawberries. Turned out great!!!

  248. Amy Doran says

    I made this yesterday using frozen raspberries and it turned out great! (Just had to add a little extra baking time). Thanks for the delicious recipe! :)

  249. Wanda says

    Just made this tonight, the dough was very thick, I wasn’t expecting that and it rose up well. Seemed like a lot of blueberries to me, but I tasted it and the cake is very moist and delicious. I may reduce the amount of blueberries I use the next time so they don’t overpower the cake, but overall, I think it is a great recipe. The real test will come in the morning when my 16 year old eats it. :-)

  250. says

    Mmmm…made this for Easter breakfast with a streusel topping…it was absolutely amazing! I ate 2 more pieces of it for breakfast this morning while I was at work. My co-workers are in love with it too! I love to bake in my kitchen and I’m always looking for new yummy things! Thank you so much for posting this…I am definitely making again!!!

  251. val says

    cake is in the oven right now I used black berries and mixed peel we’ll see how it tastes meals wonderful

  252. stacey castro says

    So its in the oven now…. I used whole wheat flour… It was a really stiff batter. I added a little more buttermilk. I wanted to try this “cake” but after losing 50+ lbs since the first of the year i wanted to make it a bit healthier. I have never used whole wheat flour before I think that is why it was so stiff. Looks and smells great…. Fingers crossed it comes out well!!

    • says

      Stacey — What an accomplishment! I am very impressed. Keep it up. THanks for the whole wheat flour suggestion. Also, the batter is indeed very thick — it’s not just because of the whole wheat flour. Hope it turned out well for you!

  253. janet bell says

    I have everything on hand to make this but my butter is salted. I think I’ll try it and cut down on the Kosher salt. Hope it’s good.

  254. says

    The entire fam loved this for breakfast this morning; delish & easy! I used thawed frozen berries to save some $$ & the only thing I would have done differently is rinsed the berries & dried them before putting the flour on – the batter was VERY purple, but it still tasted great!

    • says

      Leslie — Yes, definitely. I made the batter the night before and baked it off in the morning. I didn’t store it in the pan I baked it in, but according to one commenter, you can butter a baking dish, put the batter right in, and store it over night. It baked off just fine.

  255. says

    This sounds so delish! I just came across it on Pinterest 😉 and followed it here… I printed it out by copy and pasting it into Notepad. That worked very nicely. My mom used to make something like this – I know I’ll love it!

  256. Frances Restoff says

    So excited that I found a link to your page. Just made the cake this morning, and it was wonderful and moist. So tasty!

  257. Natalie says

    This looks great! I plan to make this to take to work next week, but would really prefer to make it as muffins/cupcakes just so it’s easier for single servings & so I don’t have to leave my dish…has anyone tried that yet & did it turn out okay? Recommended bake time?

    • says

      Becky — yes. I have not done so, but many of the commenters have with great success. Don’t stir too much they warn — the batter turns purple — but otherwise, the cake turns out really well.

  258. Carolyn says

    As others have said, I found this on Pinterest, and am SO glad I did. We just made it, and yum! Our house smelled so good, my daughter could barely wait out the 15 minute cooling period. I subbed in 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour for a little fiber. It was a very stiff, but added around an ounce more buttermilk. I also used 1/2 frozen, 1/2 fresh blueberries. It took 10 extra minutes in the oven, but the outcome was not affected. Thanks again for the delicious-ness!

  259. Katie says

    To save yourself from having blue batter, just plop the blueberries on top and push them into the batter.

  260. lina says

    natalie….can i subtitute the buttermilk with sour cream? just look at the pic, i cant wait to try ur recipe, thanks for sharing

    • says

      Lina — I would imagine sour cream would be a fine substitute — it’s got that tang. I’ve never tried it, so I can’t say for sure. I imagine the texture might be altered slightly, but I can’t imagine much. Report back if you give it a go.

  261. Heather says

    Lina, you can substitute milk with a 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice for buttermilk. Let it curdle for a couple minutes, then blend.

    For every cup of milk, 1 tbsp lemon juice = sour milk

    • says

      Liz — I’m so sorry, I have no idea. This batter is very similar to a muffin batter — it bakes beautifully as muffins in fact — so, do you ever make adjustments when you bake off muffins? If you do, I would make those same adjustments with this cake.

  262. Felicity says

    I am not sure if this has been mentioned already but i wanted to know if this was something that could be baked the night before (to be heated up for morning tea the next day) or if it is best made just before eaten.


    • says

      Felicity — Yes, it definitely can be baked ahead of time — some commenters have mentioned that it tasted great baked a day in advance. I’m definitely partial to serving it the day it is baked, but you can always mix up the batter the night before and bake it in the morning. This works well. Some commenters have even stored the batter right in the pan that they baked it off in and said it worked perfectly.

  263. Amanda says

    I just made this with my two year old, it’s in the oven and looking awesome! This is the second time I made it…the first time didn’t go as well. I used frozen blueberries straight from the freezer, when the cold berries hit the batter it turned into purple cement. So it took longer to cook so by the time the middle was done the outside was darker than I wanted, still yummy though! This time I thawed the frozen berries overnight (fresh blueberries are awfully expensive here). And I rinsed them so all that juice wouldn’t turn everything all purple and they were room temp. I think it solved all the probs I had last time.

    Thanks for the great recipie it will be a regular in our house now!

  264. Pam says

    This recipe is wonderful!
    I discovered you via Pinterest about 6 weeks ago, & have baked this breakfast cake several time since. The only change I made was using ¾ cup of buttermilk (via Paula’s suggestion; dishingthedivine.com) so that the batter would be a little easier to work with. I used fresh strawberries (cut into small pieces) once, but the cake seemed mushy — I probably should have cooked it a little longer.
    Blueberries are the best; they are my favorite anyway. The cake turns out fluffy & moist; my husband loves it so much he eats most of it, before the rest of us even get a piece!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • says

      Pam — thanks so much for the tip on the buttermilk. I have blueberries and strawberries and buttermilk on hand right now … hmmmmm. So glad you are liking the cake. It definitely is easily adaptable to whatever you have on hand.

  265. Beth says

    I looked through lots of the comments, but couldn’t find an answer to this one — hope it doesn’t sound too stupid. So, the batter is pretty hard to stir once most of the flour is added, I am skeptical about adding the blueberries WITH the 1/4 c of flour they were tossed in. Do you add that flour or discard it?! Hope you read this soon…!!!

    • says

      Beth — not stupid at all. I usually scoop the blueberries out of the bowl into the batter leaving the excess flour behind (which I then discard). Honestly though, I’ve done it both ways and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Hope that helps! Let me know if I can answer any other questions.

  266. Krista says

    This recipe looks amazing!!! I wonder if anyone has a suggestion about how to substitute for the egg. My daughter is allergic to eggs. She can’t even have egg substitutes because they too contain egg product. Any suggestions would be awesome. Thank you.

    • says

      Jennifer — Thank you for answering Krista’s question. I’m afraid I can’t be of more help — I didn’t know that egg substitutes contain egg product?! That’s annoying.

      Krista — I hope one of these substitutions works out for you. Report back if you give one a go.

  267. Jennifer says

    @Krista – picked this up off Pinterest:

    For each egg, substitute one of the following in recipes. These substitutes work well when baking from scratch and substituting 1 to 3 eggs.
    1 tsp. baking powder, 1 T. liquid, 1 T. vinegar
    1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
    1 1/2 T. water, 1 1/2 T. oil, 1 tsp. baking powder
    1 packet gelatin, 2 T. warm water. Do not mix until ready to use.
    I believe I have heard of people using the first one, not sure about the rest. Hope this

  268. says

    I just made this yesterday to have for breakfast today because we have a lot house guests. So easy and delicious! This recipe came together so fast and the cake is light and flavorful. Thanks for sharing!

  269. Nicole says

    This looks like a really good twist on our frequent weekend-morning blueberry pancakes!

    @ Krista: chia seeds make a good egg substitute, I have used them successfully. http://alternativestoeggs.info/egg-replacements/chia-seeds/

    @ Lina: not sure about sour cream, but I use plain yogurt interchangeably with buttermilk. If it’s a thicker yogurt, I mix it 1:1 with milk, a thinner yogurt just needs a splash of milk to thin it out a bit.

  270. Cheryl says

    mine is sitting on the stove cooling (and hopefully still cooking a bit) now! I start a new job tomorrow and wanted something that I could eat quickly for breakfast so this was right on time. The batter was quite thick and it seems like it takes a bit to cook in the middle but it looks yummy! I don’t have toothpicks but when i stuck the knife in, it came out with some batter on it. I think the next time I’ll put it in a slightly larger pan so it’s not as dense in the middle can can bake more evenly. Can’t wait to try it!

  271. NahNah says

    The sunday school class loved it!!!! I used splenda because my husband can’t eat sugar …always double the amount when I use splenda. I mixed up the night before and placed in prepared pan with cake baking spray. . Baked in the morning before church. Be careful with the frozen blueberries. Fresh blueberries here were going to cost me $13.00 for aprx 4 cups. Let the frozen one become room temp. I made the same mistake and turned it to clay. It was very hard to mix berries and spread in pan without making mush out of the berries…But it was so good. I added 1/4 cup of buttermilk to the top when added the sugar to help moisten it back up. I think discarding the excess flour in the blueberry mix would have been the key. I will have to make this again on my husband demands. Don’t know what the cold temp does to it but it must make the difference or maybe it was because I doubled the recipe.

  272. Becky says

    I baked a Gluten free version of this today and it was wonderful! I just replaced the flour with a rice flour blend. Great recipe, thanks!

  273. Marisue says

    I want to make this for a brunch on Sunday with about 20 people. Do you know what the measurements would be if I made it in a 9×13 pan instead of a 9×9? Thanks

    • says

      Marisue — I haven’t made this in a 9×13 pan yet, but many of the commenters have. The consensus seems to be to double the recipe for the 9X13 and to add about 5 to 10 minutes of cooking time. Letting it cool completely before serving is also key. Hope that helps!

  274. says

    I read this recipe last night and had to try it as soon as I could! 14 years ago we stayed at a lovely B&B near Yosemite and the owner baked us something like this for breakfast. I have never found a recipe that was quite like it until now
    This morning I pulled out a bag of blackberries (left over from a bumper crop in the autumn) from the freezer. As soon as they defrosted I made the cake. It was ridiculously easy and utterly divine. The blackberries mostly held their shape and the cake wasn’t too sweet, unlike breakfast cakes I’ve tried before. Cloudy Yorkshire felt like sunny Yosemite for a while.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe

    • says

      Jay — thanks so much for writing in. I am so happy to hear this story. I imagine home-grown blackberries make this cake especially divine. I hope one day to visit cloudy Yorkshire. It looks beautiful.

  275. Michele says

    It’s in the oven right now… I did use frozen blueberries that I THOUGHT had thawed enough, but It’s been baking for 45 minn now and it’s no where near done. The center is still gooey! Hope this turns out all right. My kids and the hubs keep asking if it’s done! :)

  276. Pam says

    Please publish the gluten free receipt…we have that problem in my home and am trying to find good tasting food

    • says

      Pam, hi, I don’t have a specific gluten-free recipe, but I recently discovered C4C flour, which is expensive but gluten free and works really well. Also, RecipeGirl (www.recipegirl.com) just informed me that making gluten-free flour mixes is really easy. I haven’t tried her recipe, but if you visit her site, I bet you can find it.

  277. Brenda says

    Made this this morning and it was a hit! I served it on the table right out of the oven and since no one could wait for it to cool, we “scooped” it onto our plates and it was incredibly delicious! I used frozen blueberries cause fresh were way too expensive and it worked out just fine. I very gently folded in about a cup, then after spreading the batter on my 9×9 pan I topped it with the left over blueberries and gently “pushed” them into the batter. It turned out perfect! Thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe!

  278. says

    Alexandra, if you ever do visit Yorkshire be sure to drop in for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake!
    I’ve shared squares of your breakfast cake with 7 friends and they all loved it. We’ll be making another one for tomorrow morning. Many thanks again for the recipe!

  279. Het says

    Hi Can you tell me how much in either ounces or grams is 7/8 of a cup of sugar is and same for the butter please? Het.

  280. Lori says

    In response to ELLE: Just buy the powdered buttermilk and add water, then you don’t have to purchase the whole quart and you will have it whenever you need it!!

  281. staci sharpe says

    I made this Sunday morning. OMG! That has GOT to be one the best things I’ve eaten in a looooong time. And boy, was it EASY! Use fresh Blueberries and REAL buttermilk. What I wouldn’t do for a piece (or two) RIGHT NOW!

  282. Julie says

    Has anyone thought about adding pecans? Think I’ll try this in the morning. It will be my 13 anniversary!

  283. Bianca says

    Soooo yummy!!!

    I was thinking of adding a drizzle on top next time, when its fresh out of the oven…of maybe powdered sugar and milk, kind of like the blueberry cake donut…just a thought!

  284. sarah says

    So delicious!! I used whole wheat flour and added a little almond extract. I also felt bad using only the zest from my lemon, so instead of sugar on top, I made a lemon glaze with 1/4 cup lemon juice + 1/4 cup sugar heated over a low flame. It made it a little soggy, but it was soo tasty.

  285. Betty says

    Please disregard my earlier question regarding the number of eggs. My newspaper reprinted the recipe but left out the egg and I now see it on this website. Thanks!

  286. Magda says

    Very yummy cake! I made this gluten free. I used tapioca, rice, potato and sorghum flours but I think any of a favorite mix would do. I added 1/2 teaspoon “gum” into flour mix. Very nice, great and easy recipe…

  287. Magda says

    Buttermilk is very easy to make in a pinch, just add 1 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk, let stand for a few minutes and voila!

    • says

      Michelle — I have not, but many of the commenters have. For a 9 x 13 -inch pan, double the recipe and add about 10 minutes (maybe more) of cooking time.

  288. Karla says

    Yum! Had it for breakfast but w/ strawberry this am. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it was great!

  289. MarineMomJenny says

    This is in my oven as I type this! So excited to try it! It makes my house smell AMAZING!!!

    • says

      Annie — If you bake it the night before, you probably won’t even need to reheat it. It tastes great at room temperature and it will still taste fresh just a day later. If you do want to reheat, however, I would cover it with foil and bake it at 350º for 15 minutes. Another thing you can do is mix up the batter the night before, spoon it into your greased pan, store it in the fridge, and bake it off in the morning. It works beautifully!

  290. amanda d. says

    Tried this last weekend, was SUPER fabulous. My Mom liked it so much she is requesting to have it tomorrow for Mother’s Day. Thanks for the recipe, it rocks! Love the blog :)

  291. Mandy says

    A friend made this and brought it to work. AMAZING!!! She made it the night before and stored in the fridge, worked perfectly.

  292. Allie says

    Discovered this on Pinterest and now I’m making it for my Mom’s Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. Thanks so much!

  293. kiiki says

    i’d love to try these as muffins! i saw someone else already made these as muffins, any suggestions? how many muffins does 1 batch of the recipe make? thanks!! k

  294. shawn says

    Made this for my boyfriend and I this morning for breakfast. He absolutely loved it! So easy to make!

  295. Loretta Liger says

    Do you add the remaining flour from dusting the blueberries? My cake is in the oven now. Anxious to see how it turns out.

    • says

      Loretta — I don’t usually add all of the remaining flour. I kind of scoop out the berries and some of the remaining flour always falls in, but I don’t generally add the remnants — the flour helps keep the berries from sticking to one another when you fold them in to the batter, so the excess isn’t really necessary. Hope it turned out well for you!

  296. Chris says

    I’m not a big fan of blueberries (though my family is) so I wonder if I could use raspberries or blackberries instead? Whatever I use, and based on the review here, it’s going to be super yummy!

    • says

      Chris — Many of the commenters have found success with blackberries, strawberries, and with various others frozen/non-frozen berries, so I think you can safely make a substitute using the berry of your preference. Good luck with it!

  297. Destiny says

    I apologize if this is a repeat question, but I can’t bring myself to search through 18 pages of comments! 😉 This probably sounds silly, but I’m wondering about the flour? The recipe calls for 2 cups, and then says to use 1/4 cup to toss the blueberries… so am I taking that 1/4 from the 2 cups, essentially meaning that I only put 1+3/4 cups into the batter? I am probably making this way too difficult, I know!

  298. Destiny says

    I’m sorry if this is a repeat question, but I just can’t bring myself to search through 18 pages of comments! 😉 This probably sounds silly, but I’m wondering about the flour? The recipe calls for 2 cups and 1/4 for tossing the blueberries… so do I take that 1/4 cup from the 2 cups, essentially meaning that I would only use 1+3/4 cups in the batter? I’m probably making this way too difficult, I know!

    • says


      That is exactly right. Use 1/4 cup of the 2 cups of flour for the blueberries and then whisk the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour into the batter. Also, after you toss the blueberries with the 1/4 cup of flour and are ready to add them into the batter, there might be some excess. I don’t usually add this excess — I just scoop the blueberries from the bowl and if some of the excess flour falls in, it’s totally fine, but not necessary to brush all this excess flour in there. I hope I’m not confusing you more :)

  299. Lynann says

    This looks delish! I will be making it for my family soon. Call me sentimental, but I will be coming back here often just because of the name. My Alexandra is 6 and isn’t cooking yet. :) I will be sure to have her help me when I make this!

  300. Destiny says

    Ok great, thank you for your quick reply! I’ve made this a total of three times since I found it on pinterest, and my family LOVES it. I was doing it the correct way the first two, then yesterday I was questioning myself and made it with a full 2 cups. It didn’t turn out bad, just a little fluffier and less flavorful if that makes sense! You didn’t confuse me at all :) Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us!!!

  301. says

    I just saw this cake on Pinterest and simply had to come here check the recipe. This cake looks so rich and buttery and soft…mmmm… I love all the ingredients, and it’s so super-simple! A definite must try! Just have to buy blueberries :-)

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  302. Betty says

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for my family! They loved it! Soooo Goood!! Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Hi Beth, you could definitely substitute regular milk for the buttermilk. I have a blueberry muffin recipe very similar to this one that I make with milk rather than buttermilk. Also, according to many of the commenters, you can always make your own buttermilk: 1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. 2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line. 3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.

  303. Crystal says

    I’m going to try to make this Gluten-free and with chocolate chips….. I have a kid who hates blueberries! I am making the regular recipe too though! I love blueberries.

    • says

      Kay — Please don’t use 7 or 8 cups of sugar. You will hate me forever. It is 7/8 cup sugar, which is 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons of sugar. Does that make sense? Less than a cup of sugar total.

  304. Paula says

    Has anyone used self rising flour? I usually use self rising flour in any sort of biscuit like recipe. I don’t have any regular flour so I may try this recipe using self rising flour and leave out the salt and baking powder… This looks yummy! Thanks…

    • says

      Paula — I have not used self-rising in this recipe but it seems to work like a charm in other recipes. I think you should give it a shot. Report back if you make any discoveries!

  305. Robin says

    Can you use frozen blueberries and would you use the same amount? Look forward to your response. Thanks!

    • says

      Robin — I haven’t used frozen blueberries, but many of the commenters have and with great success. I would use the same amount frozen as fresh. Also, some people have used the frozen berries unthawed, and some people have thawed the berries, but if you do thaw the berries, be sure to drain them and dry them off. The thawed berries also tend to turn the batter purple. Just a warning. I don’t think the flavor is affected, just the look. Hope that helps!

    • says

      Rachel — I have not made this at high altitude. Awhile back another commenter was asking the same question but I never heard if she ended up making it or not. It’s a super moist cake — I don’t know if knowing that will help you make the appropriate adjustments? Good luck with it!

  306. janet says

    I made this using reg. salt & reg. butter. It was horrible!! I had to throw it out. Very upsetting since I made 3 of them, planning on giving 2 away. And the blueberries were expensive.

    It had no sweetness at all. I’m reading here that other made it and loved it. The dif. can’t be just the butter & salt?

    • says

      Janet — I can’t imagine that using regular salt and regular butter would have made the difference. The cake should come out tasting sweet and moist — did you add the 7/8 cup sugar? I hate that you have wasted so many blueberries — nothing is worse. And I am perplexed. This cake always is a hit when I make it.

  307. Betty says

    Can cake flour be used instead of all purpose flour? If so, would the amount be the same. Thanks!

  308. says

    Thanx for the great recipe! I made it this morn with a mix of cut up strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Luved it. Also had to use salted butter and adjusted the salt and it was fine. I use to have a recipe like this that I cooked free form on my pizza stone. Lost it and was so sad. I’ll try it next time like that just because it was so easy.

  309. Nancy Lanni says

    Agree–buttermilk is magic. It lightens everything and is quite good for you. I recently made traditional Irish Soda bread which has only 3 ingridients -buttermilk being one of them–and it is delicious.

  310. Lynann says

    We made it! My Alex did help, as she was very pleased to report to her grandma. :) I was surprised by how thick the batter was, but it was very yummy!