Today’s recipe, blueberry crumb cake, is a simple but tasty one that’s a favorite in our house. It’s one of those recipes that you can throw together last minute and would be perfect as a breakfast with your girlfriends (with a side of coffee, of course), or as a light dessert with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream on top. My boys love it and it never lasts long around our house.
And since blueberry season is upon us, this cake was made with fresh, plump blueberries, but I’ve made it before in the dead of winter with frozen ones. As a matter of fact, this same blueberry crumb cake graced our Christmas breakfast table this past year–that’s how much we love it.
You start out by greasing a round pan (I used a 9″ one) with coconut oil. I use coconut oil to grease all my pans–I actually don’t have any cooking spray in my house at all. Coconut oil works wonderfully to prevent sticking while baking. And I also used Golden Barrel’s dairy dipper to reach inside my almost-empty jar of coconut oil. It’s a great tool for this purpose as well as for scooping ice cream.
Once the batter was mixed in my stand mixer, I stirred in those beautiful berries. Oh–and there’s lemon zest in the batter too, which I love. The combination of the lemon zest and blueberries is such a fresh taste…one of my favorites. Not to mention the buttery cake itself–delightful. The batter is super thick, which if you’re adding frozen blueberries, can be a challenge to spread, but don’t worry–it’ll turn out okay. You shouldn’t have any problems spreading it if you’re using fresh berries though.
And let’s just take a second to talk about the crumb topping. Crumb toppings have always been a weakness of mine. As a little girl, I remember picking off the crumbs of my Mom’s freshly baked cakes…I couldn’t resist. There’s just something about butter, brown sugar and cinnamon–gets me every time. And this topping is no exception. It pairs perfectly with the cake. Since the cake doesn’t have a lot of sugar in it, the topping adds that little bit of crunchy sweetness to really complete it.
I guess I need to remember that next time one of my boys starts picking at the crumbs 🙂
So if you’re looking for something to whip up last minute, this blueberry crumb cake recipe is the one to try. I promise your friends and family won’t be disappointed!
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.