Blueberry Buckle


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Blueberry Buckle is a deliciously tender lemon kissed cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a sweet buttery streusel topping. This old fashioned recipe is a favorite to serve with coffee, tea or for dessert.

What is a buckle? A traditional buckle has a cake-like batter and is topped with fruit; as it cooks the cake rises around the fruit, or “buckles” around the fruit.

This delicious Blueberry Buckle is similar in texture to a coffee cake dessert my grandmother used to make; sweet, moist and delicious with a crumbly streusel topping. It’s pretty effortless and the end results are amazing! The simple from scratch base is made like most cake recipes, sugar, butter and egg are creamed together, then the remaining dry ingredients are added, alternating with the milk.

Blueberries make the most delicious addition to summer desserts and hold up well in baked goods like muffins and quick breads.  The only thing better than a blueberry dessert is one that has been kissed with a bright lemony flavor. Zesting lemon is an easy way to add brightness to almost any dish, sweet or savory and if pairs perfectly with blueberries.

When zesting a lemon you want to be sure to only get the very outer edge of the skin, the yellow part because the white part (the pith) is bitter. I use either a microplane grater or a zester to get the most zest from each lemon.

Once zested, the lemon zest is added to the batter, fresh blueberries are gently folded in and it is spread into a prepared pan.

A couple of notes about the blueberries in this recipe:

  • Fresh blueberries are best.  Tossing them with a spoonful of flour keeps them evenly distributed throughout the cake.
  • If using frozen berries, there is no need to defrost first but your buckle make need a few extra minutes to finish baking.
  • Frozen blueberries may change the color of your batter but will still taste amazing.
  • Any fruit can be used in place of blueberries such as rhubarb, strawberries or even apples.  (I add an extra dash of cinnamon to my topping if using apples).

This cake is perfect as written but this recipe also makes amazing blueberry buckle muffins! Just divide the batter between your muffin cups and top with the streusel. Bake about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Blueberry buckle is amazing warm out of the oven but it also freezes beautifully.  Simply bake as directed, cool completely and place in a very well sealed container.  This will keep for a couple of months in the freezer and and still be wonderfully moist.

I love this recipe and my family cannot get enough of it! It the perfect way to enjoy fresh summer berries and our favorite  alternative to a traditional cake.

Make it a la mode for a decadent dessert or serve with a dollop of freshly whipped cream it with your afternoon coffee or tea. This Blueberry Buckle recipe perfect for any occasion so don’t be surprised if everyone asks for seconds (and the recipe)!

4.69 from 16 votes
Review Recipe

Blueberry Buckle

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Blueberry Buckle is a deliciously tender lemon kissed cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a sweet buttery streusel topping. This old fashioned recipe is a favorite to serve with coffee, tea or for dessert.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Topping
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream sugar, butter, egg & lemon zest until fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to sugar mixture, alternating with milk mixing just until combined.
  4. Toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold into batter and spread in prepared pan.
  5. Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter and bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 323, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 235mg, Potassium: 170mg, Carbohydrates: 53g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 31g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 380%, Vitamin C: 3%, Calcium: 70%, Iron: 1.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Blueberry Buckle is a deliciously tender lemon kissed cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a sweet buttery streusel topping. This old fashioned recipe is a favorite to serve with coffee, tea or for dessert.
Blueberry Buckle is a deliciously tender lemon kissed cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a sweet buttery streusel topping. This old fashioned recipe is a favorite to serve with coffee, tea or for dessert.
Blueberry Buckle is a deliciously tender lemon kissed cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a sweet buttery streusel topping. This old fashioned recipe is a favorite to serve with coffee, tea or for dessert.
Blueberry Buckle is a deliciously tender lemon kissed cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a sweet buttery streusel topping. This old fashioned recipe is a favorite to serve with coffee, tea or for dessert.

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  1. Very good, easy, moist. I was a little worried because I used frozen blueberries, but it came out great! Can’t wait to try with fresh blueberries! We had it warm with ice cream!

  2. This was delicious. will definitely make it again. have a piece to my friend and now she wants the recipe, she loved it.

  3. I bookmarked this page after I made this for the first time. I made it again today and it was just as easy and delicious! Love the lemon zest with the blueberries.

  4. My family LOVED it!
    This was the first recipe I’ve made that my family really enjoyed we made it in the evening and it was all gone by morning! Super delicious and it’ll rock your world served warm with vanilla icecream.

  5. Have made this recipe twice now. Found that I needed to cook for an hour other than that turned out perfectly as written. Itsva perfect combination of moist cake, blueberries and crumple type topping. My whole family loves it!

  6. I doubled the recipe – cooked in a glass pan for 50 minutes. I didn’t have a lemon but did have lemon yogurt so I used 1/4 cup less milk and used the lemon yogurt, also added a splash of vanilla. It’s a moist tender cake.

  7. The recipe was on spot except the ratio for the streusel was too mushy. Had to add atleast about 1/2 cup more flour to bake it crumbly. I would leave out the grated lemon rind next time and add vanilla extract instead.

  8. WOW! Easy AND delicious. 1st time my husband asked for 2nds. Will be making often, and will try w/other fruit. THNX!

  9. I was looking for a quick yummy blueberry cake and found this. I had all ingredients and whipped it up in a snap. I made as is. Smelled so good as it was baking. Cake was moist and the topping was crunchy. Perfectly done at 40 minutes for my oven. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  10. The blueberry buckle cake was wonderful!
    I did add 1 tablespoon more butter and a heaping 1/2 cup of plain yogurt to the cake mixture. I especially like that all ingredients one has on hand. An added plus, the house smelled terrific while baking and thereafter.

  11. Just made this and it’s delicious! I made a mistake and only used 1/4 cup milk! I was wondering why the batter was so thick! It was still delicious. Will definitely make this again

  12. I love this recipe. The cake is delicious. The secret is the lemon zest. It really makes a difference. I’ve made with frozen and with fresh blueberries. Great taste either way. I add amaretto also. Yummy!!!!

  13. Question – How did you get the crumble consistency on top of the buckle? I followed the directions; however, the crumble kind of melted and wasn’t a cohesive layer. Instead the cake puffed up in some areas and the crumble was more consistent around the edges. Do you have any advice? Thank you!

    1. Try using cold butter, and rather than mix it, use a fork or pastry cutter to make it crumbly by cutting the fork through the butter against the side of the bowl, which will make the ingredients mix in and be crumbly. It takes a bit of manual effort, and you don’t want to over mix it, but that may help.

      1. This blueberry buckle cake was delicious! I did add 1 tablespoon more butter to the cake filling and also added heaping 1/2 cup plain yogurt to cake filling. So easy with ingredients one has on hand. Everyone enjoyed. I will definitely make this a standard. An added plus, the house smelled terrific while the cake was baking and thereafter.

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work fine! You may need to bake it a tiny bit longer to make sure the center is cooked through. Let us know if you try it!

  14. Which cup should we use? I made a recepie but I think my cup was small and the paking powder according to it was more so after baking the cake got down.

    1. Use one cup, which is equivalent to 236 ml. For the flour, you should spoon it into your measuring cup (and not scoop it) to make sure you have the correct amount of flour. Hope that helps Naila!

  15. This is my dream recipe! The tender cake, full of blueberries, topped with streusel, and the ease of a pan-baked dessert rather than muffins…YES to all!