Easy to Bake Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

Let me tell you a little secret: coffee and cake are a match made in heaven. And when you add fresh blueberries to the mix, magic happens in your taste buds. This is why I am excited to share with you my recipe for a scrumptious blueberry coffee cake with crumb topping.

As a barista, I am used to making different types of coffee beverages, but this time I wanted to switch things up and offer something that pairs perfectly with a cup of Joe. You can have it for breakfast, brunch, or even as a dessert after dinner. Trust me; this blueberry coffee cake will quickly become one of your favorite treats.

Before we dive into the recipe, let me give you a sneak peek of what is coming your way. The cake is moist, tender, and bursting with fresh blueberries. The crumb topping provides the perfect amount of crunchiness and cinnamon flavor that will make you want to savor every bite. And did I mention that this recipe is easy to make?

So, join me on this culinary adventure, put on your apron, preheat your oven, and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping
Delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping

Are you looking for a delectable dessert that will wow your family and friends? Look no further than this recipe for blueberry coffee cake with crumb topping! Trust me, this cake is one of the best out there. Here’s why:

First, the cake is moist and tender with fresh, juicy blueberries dotted throughout. The cinnamon in the batter gives it a warm, irresistible flavor that is perfect for any time of day. Pair it with your morning cup of coffee or enjoy it as an after-dinner treat.

Second, the crumb topping made with butter, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon adds a delicious crunch to every bite. It’s the perfect contrast to the soft and fluffy texture of the cake.

Lastly, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries depending on their availability, and even substitute other seasonal fruits like raspberries or blackberries. Plus, it can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

So, whether you’re hosting a brunch or just want to treat yourself, this blueberry coffee cake is sure to impress. Give it a try and see for yourself why it’s become one of my go-to recipes.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven topped with crumbly goodness.
A slice of heaven topped with crumbly goodness.

Let’s Gather Up Our Ingredients!

Before getting started, let’s make sure we have all the necessary ingredients for this delicious blueberry coffee cake with crumb topping recipe. You can find everything you need at any local grocery store. Be sure to follow the specific measurements to make sure all ingredients are in the right proportions for a perfect taste!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2% preferred)
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries (frozen ones will do in case fresh are not available)

Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Make sure your ingredients are ready before you get started with the recipe!

The Recipe How-To

 Blueberries + coffee cake = pure bliss.
Blueberries + coffee cake = pure bliss.

Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Pan

Before we start making this delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping, we need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, we need to prepare a 9-inch cake pan by greasing it with butter or oil spray. Then, set aside.

Make the Crumble Topping

In a medium bowl, let’s combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened. With a fork or pastry cutter, mix until well integrated, and you get a crumbly mixture. This will be the topping of our coffee cake.

Make the Blueberry Cake Batter

First, in a large mixing bowl, let’s cream 1/2 cup of softened butter and 1 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Then, add one egg at a time and continue mixing until incorporated.

Next, in another bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Then, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients in thirds, alternating with 1/2 cup of milk until all ingredients are well combined.

Lastly, gently fold in 2 cups of fresh blueberries into the batter using a rubber spatula until evenly distributed.

Assembling the Cake Layers

Spread half of the cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Then, sprinkle half of the crumb topping mixture over it. Repeat this layering one more time – spread the remaining cake batter on top followed by adding rest half of the crumble mixture on top.

Bake your coffee cake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Make it More Delicious!

If you want to make your Blueberry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping even more irresistible, try adding a lemon glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake.

Now that you know how to make this tasty blueberry coffee cake, get your apron and baking pan ready, and impress everyone with this delicious dessert!

Substitutions and Variations

 This cake brings all the blueberries to the yard (and into your mouth).
This cake brings all the blueberries to the yard (and into your mouth).

If you want to switch things up a bit, there are several substitutions and variations you can try out with this recipe. Here are a few suggestions to help you get creative in the kitchen.

– Flour: Although we recommend using all-purpose flour for this recipe, you can also substitute with gluten-free flour for those avoiding gluten.

– Blueberries: While fresh blueberries make for the best blueberry coffee cake, frozen blueberries can work just as well if fresh ones are not available. However, be sure to thaw them before including in your mix to avoid excess moisture.

– Topping: The crumb topping made from butter, cinnamon, sugar and flour creates a delicious crunch that complement the soft texture of the cake. But if crumb topping isn’t your go-to choice, then consider going for a lighter streusel topping instead or leave it out altogether. You could also add chopped pecans or almonds to the mix for added texture.

– Lemon Blueberry: Take your blueberry coffee cake up a notch by adding a hint of lemon to the batter mixture. You could also top it off with some delicious lemon glaze after baking.

– Cheesecake twist: Add a dollop of cream cheese in the middle of the cake batter and swirl it, creating a cheesecake-infused coffee cake.

– Sour cream addition: Add sour cream to your muffin mix batter or even entire cake mix. Using sour cream makes your baked goods extra moist and fluffy.

These simple substitutions and alterations will give you an entirely different flavor experience with your blueberry coffee cake recipe while keeping within the same framework. So don’t hesitate to experiment with these alternatives!

Serving and Pairing

 A perfect balance of sweet and tart with a touch of caffeine.
A perfect balance of sweet and tart with a touch of caffeine.

You can serve the Blueberry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping as a delicious breakfast treat or as a delightful dessert. The cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or milk. The sweetness of the fresh blueberries adds brightness to the dish and balances out the flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar in the crumb topping.

For serving, slice the cake into thick wedges and dust with powdered sugar. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of lemon glaze for an extra touch of sweetness. If you prefer something more savory, serve it alongside a plate of scrambled eggs or bacon.

As for pairing, the sweet yet tart flavor of fresh blueberries makes it easy to pair this cake with many different drinks. A bold, dark roast coffee will bring out the earthy notes in the cinnamon streusel topping. If you prefer tea, try brewing a black tea like Earl Grey or an herbal tea like chamomile for a complementary pairing.

Finally, if you want to make this dessert even more decadent or have it for an occasion such as a birthday celebration, you can top it with either vanilla ice cream or whipped cream cheese frosting. This gluten-free Blueberry Cream Cheese Cake variation goes well with light red wines such as sweet Chianti or Lambrusco.

Regardless of how you decide to serve or pair it, this Blueberry Coffee Cake is sure to become your new favorite treat – perfect for any time of day or occasion!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say hello to your new favorite breakfast (or anytime) treat.
Say hello to your new favorite breakfast (or anytime) treat.

Let’s be honest, as much as we love a freshly baked blueberry coffee cake, there are times when we need to make it ahead of time or store the leftovers. Fortunately, this recipe is perfect for preparing ahead of time and storing.

If you want to make this delightful dessert ahead of time, you can assemble it without baking it and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. In this case, I recommend covering the cake with cling film to prevent it from drying out.

If you want to bake the cake ahead of time, you can also do that. Once the cake is baked and cooled down, wrap it tightly with cling film or aluminum foil, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Make sure to bring it to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Reheating the blueberry coffee cake is also easy. You can warm it up in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes or microwave individual slices on high power for about 20-30 seconds. Just make sure not to overheat slice so that they do not become rubbery.

If you have any leftover blueberry coffee cake, you can also freeze them. Cut them into individual slices, and wrap each slice tightly with cling film followed by aluminum foil or plastic wrap. The cake will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

When thawing frozen coffee cake, just leave them at room temperature for about 30 minutes before reheating them in the oven or microwave.

Remember that if you are using fresh blueberries, their juice might soak through the crumb topping while storing which might make the crumble less crunchy but still delicious!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A crumb topping that's worth fighting over (but we suggest you share).
A crumb topping that’s worth fighting over (but we suggest you share).

Baking a Blueberry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping can be a deliciously comforting experience, but it can also be tricky, especially if you’re trying out the recipe for the first time. To make sure your cake turns out perfectly each time you bake, here are some tips and tricks that I’ve discovered throughout my years as a barista and baker.

Firstly, for the crumb topping, make sure your butter is cold before you start mixing. Cold butter will give your streusel topping that perfect crunchy texture while keeping its shape. Also, don’t mix the crumb topping for too long; otherwise, you would end up with a dough rather than crumbles. It’s best to use your fingers to combine them until they hold together and become clumpy.

While making the batter, do not overmix the wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Overmixing can result in a tough coffee cake instead of a tender one. Mixing until just combined will be enough to ensure your Blueberry Coffee Cake has the right texture.

Use fresh blueberries instead of frozen ones since they will help keep the cake’s moisture content high without making it too soggy. If you have no access to fresh blueberries, try thawing frozen blueberries and patting them dry with paper towels before adding them to the batter.

To ensure that your coffee cake is moist and flavourful, add more vanilla extract or cinnamon as per preference. A little bit goes a long way. Just be careful not to overdo it!

When baking, it’s essential to preheat your oven before placing your batter inside to allow an even baking efficiency. You also want to ensure that you’ve used an oven thermometer when checking temperatures because ovens’ temperature gauges don’t always accurately show true temperatures—common errors include underbaking or overbaking depending on individual preferences.

Lastly, if possible, let your Blueberry Coffee Cake cool for about 15-20 minutes before serving or applying the lemon glaze. This will allow for the cake’s moisture content to settle in and create that perfect balance in moisture, tenderness, and flavour.

By following these tips and tricks above, you are sure to make the best Blueberry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping every time!


Now that we know how to make this delicious blueberry coffee cake with crumb topping, let’s talk about some frequently asked questions. These are common concerns that readers have had in the past about this recipe, and I hope they can help you perfect your baking skills even further. So, let’s dive in!

What is the difference between coffee cake and crumb cake?

Coffee cake and crumb cake may seem interchangeable to some, but in reality, they are two distinct baked goods. While coffee cake features a topping of streusel, crumb cake is a delicious mixture of cake and crumb. In this article, we’ll be focusing solely on the art of making delectable crumb cakes.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

When it comes to crumb cake and coffee cake, the primary distinction lies in the quantity of streusel topping. Normally, crumb cake has a more substantial layer of streusel topping compared to a coffee cake. Additionally, a coffee cake recipe can be prepared without adding any streusel topping.

What is coffee cake topping made of?

The terms crumble, streusel, and crumb topping are interchangeable in the culinary world. This topping is comprised of a combination of sugar, flour, and butter that can be used to enhance the flavor and texture of muffins, cakes, and pies.

How do you make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

For this coffee and walnut cake recipe, you will need 100g of softened unsalted butter and an extra amount for greasing the tin. A 100g of caster sugar and two large free-range eggs. Also, 100g of self-raising flour mixed with one level teaspoon of baking powder, 50g of chopped walnuts, and one tablespoon of coffee essence. Keep in mind that the quantity of the ingredients can be adjusted depending on your desired outcome.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this blueberry coffee cake with crumb topping recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves the combination of coffee and blueberry flavors. With its tender and moist texture, crunchy cinnamon streusel topping, and fresh blueberries, this cake is a true delight for the taste buds.

Not only is this recipe easy to make by following our detailed how-to guide, but it also allows for substitutions and variations to make it more personalized. You can even make it gluten-free by using alternative flours or dairy-free by substituting the milk and butter.

This blueberry coffee cake can be served as a breakfast treat or as a dessert, making it versatile for any occasion. It can also be stored and reheated easily, allowing you to enjoy it anytime.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you are a seasoned baker or just starting out, this blueberry coffee cake with crumb topping recipe will surely impress both you and your guests alike.

Delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping

Delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping Recipe

This cake is simple but amazingly delicious. It's so moist on the inside and crumbly sweet on the outside. You can have it for breakfast, dessert or even just a snack. The pan is usually licked clean within an hour of it coming out of the oven in my house. Take this cake to a party or get together and it's sure to please everyone!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 316.8 kcal



  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (unless you're using salted butter)


  • Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add egg and vanilla to the creamed butter mixture. Mix until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and milk; Mix until formed into a batter.
  • Gently fold in the blueberries, being careful not to mash them.
  • In a seperate bowl, add all topping ingredients and mix together with your hands (or using two forks) until mixture is crumbly.
  • Pour batter into baking pan. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle top of cake with a little sugar.
  • Serve warm & Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 111gCalories: 316.8kcalCarbohydrates: 51.4gProtein: 4.3gFat: 10.9gSaturated Fat: 6.6gCholesterol: 45.2mgSodium: 239.7mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 27.5g
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