Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

Recipe by Susan Reid

This recipe has been a classic for years: moist, easy to make, and liberally studded with juicy berries. It's the perfect way to make use of your berry-picking bounty, but it can be made at any time of year with frozen berries if you just can't wait for a forkful of summer.

20 mins
40 to 50 mins
1 hr
one 8" or 9" square or one 9" round cake
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  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease an 8" square, 9" square, or 9" round cake pan. If you use an 8" square pan or round pan, make sure it's at least 2" deep.

  2. To make the streusel topping: In a small bowl, mix the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Cut or rub in the butter with the side of a fork, two knives or your fingertips until it reaches a crumbly state. Set aside.

  3. To make the cake: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  4. In a separate bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla.

  5. Alternately add the milk and the flour mixture to the sugar/butter mixture, ending with flour. Add blueberries. Stir only enough to blend.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter.

  7. Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

  8. Remove the cake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve right from the pan. Or, to transfer to a serving plate, Loosen the sides with a knife or spatula. Holding the pan in your left hand, gently tip the cake out onto your right hand, remove the pan, and gently right the cake onto a serving dish.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Want to prepare the cake one day, bake it the next? Spoon the batter into the pan, but don't sprinkle the streusel on top. Cover the pan, and refrigerate. Next day, add the streusel, then bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Looking for a gluten-free version of this recipe? Find it here: Gluten-Free Blueberry Buckle.