Blueberry Buckle Recipe | My Baking Dependancy

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Blueberry buckle is a flippantly spiced, dense blueberry espresso cake topped with a candy and crunchy streusel. Serve this cake for breakfast, dessert, or a day snack. 

Fork about to take a bite from a slice of blueberry buckle on a white plate.

I don’t learn about you, however I like several excuse to eat cake for breakfast.

I imply, I nonetheless know that it’s cake. However calling it espresso cake offers you an excuse to splurge each occasionally, proper?

Whether or not it’s my simple espresso cake made with baking combine, apple espresso cake, or chai espresso cake, I like all of them.

So in fact I like this blueberry buckle as properly! It’s an outdated household recipe that also holds up in spite of everything these years. And I believe you’ll adore it as a lot as we do.


Again when Eric and I had been nonetheless relationship, I had an opportunity to raid his grandmother’s recipe assortment. There’s simply one thing so particular and nostalgic about handwritten recipe playing cards – I type of really feel prefer it’s a misplaced artwork that completely must make a resurgence.

I don’t know why her recipe for blueberry buckle caught my eye, however I do know that the truth that it had the phrase “buckle” within the identify sort of intrigued me.

Two white plates, each with a slice of blueberry buckle on them.

Seems, a buckle is an old style dessert and simply refers to a single-layer cake with berries or fruit within the batter. When it bakes up, the highest has a “buckled” (indented) look.

Buckles additionally typically have a streusel topping, so it’s not all the time simple to identify the indents within the high, however they’re there!

Discover some similarities between that and cinnamon espresso cake and even Bisquick espresso cake? That’s as a result of buckles can positively be thought-about a kind of espresso cake! And who doesn’t like an excuse to eat cake for breakfast?

Dry ingredients for blueberry buckle whisked together in a glass mixing bowl.

In fact, over time I’ve added a few minor tweaks to Eric’s grandmother’s blueberry buckle recipe as a result of I’ve a difficulty with leaving properly sufficient alone. However the essence of this recipe continues to be completely hers, and may completely be in your must-try listing.


Like many old style recipes, like old style apple dumplings or date cake, this can be a fairly simple recipe with out numerous frills.

However there’s a purpose the classics are so standard – as a result of they’re scrumptious!

Wet ingredients for blueberry buckle mixed together in a white mixing bowl.

Substances you’ll want

You could find just about all of what you’ll want for this blueberry buckle recipe in most baking pantries:

All-purpose flour: Be sure you know the way to measure flour accurately in order that this cake seems excellent each time.

Baking powder: This cake is leavened with baking powder. Be sure you use baking powder, not baking soda!

Salt: A bit of salt helps to stability out the sweetness of the cake.

Cinnamon: A bit of cinnamon helps to taste the cake and pairs surprisingly properly with the blueberries!

Batter for blueberry buckle in a white bowl, with the blueberries ready to be added.

Unsalted butter: The unique recipe requires shortening, however I favor to make use of butter as an alternative. You’ll be able to positively use shortening if it’s what you’ve got and what you want, although!

Egg: An egg helps to bind the cake and supplies a little bit of elevate.

Vanilla: You should utilize your favourite model of vanilla or use home made vanilla extract.

Milk: I usually use complete milk, however reduced-fat milk or perhaps a milk different would work tremendous.

Recent blueberries: The batter for this cake may be very dense, so odds are good that among the blueberries will break up as you combine them in. Due to that, I don’t essentially suggest utilizing frozen blueberries. When you do, do NOT thaw them and know that they nonetheless may discolor the batter a bit.

The streusel topping makes use of a number of of those identical elements, plus brown sugar. 

Blueberry buckle batter spread into a cake pan.

Making this recipe

Seize your favourite 9-inch cake pan and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine collectively the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, use an electrical mixer to cream collectively the butter (or shortening) and sugar till the combination is gentle and fluffy. This takes about 3 minutes. 

Assembled blueberry buckle in a cake pan, ready to go in the oven.

Add the egg and the vanilla, then scale back the pace of the mixer. Add half of the dry elements, all the milk, then the remainder of the dry elements, ensuring to combine after every addition.

Fold the blueberries into the batter. The batter shall be fairly thick, so attempt to fold the berries in as gently as you possibly can.

Unfold the batter into the ready pan, then combine collectively the streusel topping and unfold it evenly excessive of the batter.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes. I like to recommend letting the cake cool for at the least 10-Quarter-hour within the pan earlier than turning it out onto a wire rack. 

Baked blueberry buckle on a wire cooling rack.


I don’t assume anybody might argue that there’s nothing higher than a chunk of cake contemporary from the oven, and this blueberry buckle is not any exception. But it surely’s scrumptious the following day as properly!

Retailer any leftover cake properly wrapped at room temperature for as much as 3 days.

It’s also possible to minimize the buckle into slices, wrap each in plastic wrap, place them in a zip-top freezer bag, and freeze for as much as a month.

To thaw and reheat the blueberry buckle, unwrap a frozen slice and microwave it for 30-60 seconds.

Slice of blueberry buckle being lifted up with a cake server.


  • 2 cups (257 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon floor cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (147 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter (softened) or shortening
  • 1 massive egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) milk
  • 2 cups (286 grams) contemporary blueberries

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/3 cup (42 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (87 grams) packed gentle brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon floor cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (43 grams) chilly unsalted butter, minimize into small items


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9-inch forged iron skillet or cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk collectively the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Put aside.
  3. In a big bowl with an electrical mixer on medium pace, mix sugar and butter or shortening and blend till gentle and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, mixing till totally mixed. Cut back mixer pace to low and alternating including the dry elements and the milk to the sugar combination, starting and ending with the dry elements, mixing till simply mixed after every addition. Fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into ready pan.
  4. Make the Streusel Topping: In a medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Along with your palms, work in butter items till small clumps kind. Unfold topping evenly over batter.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.


This batter may be very thick, which signifies that some blueberries could get damaged up within the means of folding them into the batter on the finish. Because of this, I don’t essentially suggest utilizing frozen blueberries. When you do use frozen blueberries, do NOT thaw them earlier than including to the batter and be aware that even then, there could also be some discoloration of the batter.

Diet Info

Yield 10

Serving Measurement 1 slice

Quantity Per Serving

Energy 292Whole Fats 9gSaturated Fats 5gTrans Fats 0gUnsaturated Fats 3gLdl cholesterol 41mgSodium 273mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 2gSugar 25gProtein 4g

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