Easy Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

A delicious and easy blueberry coffee cake recipe that uses basic pantry ingredients and is so moist it will melt in your mouth!

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Even though blueberries aren’t always in season, most of the time they are plentiful and beautiful. I recently bought a pint, and every single berry was perfect. I decided to make an old recipe that I’ve had for years called (quite simply) blueberry coffee cake. 

blueberry coffee cake ingredients

Why This Recipe Works

My sister-in-law gave me this blueberry coffee cake recipe shortly after I got married, more than 40 years ago. Over the years, I’ve passed it on to friends and other family members. It’s easy, quick, and you should have all the ingredients, except for possibly the blueberries, right in your pantry!

blueberry coffee cake batter in bowl

Ingredient Notes

  • Flour: white whole wheat flour can be substituted for the all purpose flour.
  • Butter can be substituted for the Crisco, but the texture of the cake may change. I can’t honestly say for sure, because I’ve always used Crisco.
  • Even though the blueberries are the star of the show, other fresh fruit can be substituted. A combination of fruit is delicious as well. Suggestions are fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, diced peaches, or apples.
  • Other possible additions: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest,
blueberry coffee cake batter in baking dish

How to Make

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, combine the Crisco, milk, and egg until smooth.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix again until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Carefully fold in blueberries.
  • Prepare baking pan with softened butter or Baker’s Joy.
  • Pour the batter into your baking pan. Spread to the sides.
  • Baking times: 8 x 8 inch pan = 45-50 minutes. Bundlette pan = 25 minutes. Cake is done when a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake.
  • Optional streusel topping: Combine 1/2 cup white or brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup soft butter. Toss with a fork and sprinkle on coffee cake before baking.
blueberry coffee cake bundlettes with fruit garnish

Tips for Success

  • This blueberry coffee cake recipe should be baked in an 8 x 8 inch pan, but it can also be doubled, and baked in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  
  • For a twist on the traditional blueberry coffee cake, the batter can be scooped into the vessels of a mini bundt cake pan, as shown in the image above. Consult the recipe card for baking times. It works best to fill the vessels to about 1/2 inch below the rim. If filled up to the top, the cakes rise and overflow.
  • The amount of blueberries can be adjusted according to your taste. I like more batter than berries, so I cut the blueberry increment in half and use one cup . If you are a berry lover, then pack them in!
  • This is a very forgiving recipe. You can actually dump all the ingredients in your mixing bowl at once, and as long as everything is incorporated, your blueberry coffee cake will be perfect!
baked blueberry coffee cake

Frequently Asked Questions

How should this blueberry coffee cake be stored?

Cover the baking pan with foil or plastic wrap, and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. After that, store in the refrigerator.

Can this coffee cake go in the freezer?

Yes! It’s handy to freeze individual pieces so you can grab them as needed. Just place the pieces in a freezer-safe container and use within 3 months.

Why do Americans call it coffee cake?

In times gone by, friends and family would gather around a table to drink coffee, and enjoy sweet cakes or pastries. At some point, bakeries and groceries caught on, and began to market their sweet cakes as coffee cakes. Now coffee cakes are generally served for breakfast or brunch.

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Easy Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

A delicious and easy blueberry coffee cake recipe that uses basic pantry ingredients and is so moist it will melt in your mouth!
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4.58 from 7 votes
Servings: 9 pieces
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Crisco
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (washed + dried)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, combine the Crisco, milk, and egg until smooth.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix again until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Carefully fold in blueberries.
  • Prepare baking pan with softened butter or Baker’s Joy.
  • Pour the batter into your baking pan. Spread to the sides.
  • Baking times:
    8 x 8 inch pan = 45-50 minutes.
    Bundlette pan = 25 minutes.
    Cake is done when a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake.
  • Optional crumble: Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup soft butter. Toss with a fork and put on coffee cake before baking.

Notes

This recipe can be doubled and placed in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 375 degrees F.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg
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16 Comments

  1. This looks delicious! Can you substitute vegetable oil for the crisco?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Colleen…I honestly don’t know. I have never tried it. Crisco and vegetable oil are completely different textures, so I would imagine the coffee cake may be flatter. But again, I can’t say for sure. If you try it, let us know how it tastes!

  2. Well be trying this blueberry as a bread love blueberrys keep them in the freezer and snack on them frozen great in summer them just melt in your mouth Thank You I really enjoy your ideas recipes and gardening……..

  3. Jackie Johnson says:

    These look almost too pretty to eat! But I think I will try to make them!

  4. Your cakes are beautifully presented. Will you please share the trick for successfully removing them from the specialty mini Bundt pan? Mine stick and so I have abandoned using the pan. Thank you.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Liane, I always use Baker’s Joy. It’s a spray and is found in the section with Pam. I have never had anything stick!

  5. The recipe cards are so pretty, thank you so much for sharing, I have a recipe box also that I have had for ever, I still print out recipes, as I have lost a few on devices.

    Have a great day, hugs!!

  6. This looks great and I will try it. I have followed you for several years now,back when your little dog was attacked by another dog. I have followed you longer than I have anyone. Your posts are down to earth and not complicated. Your art pictures are wonderful . I love the blue colors around your house, especially on this post. Thanks
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  7. These look delicious, Ann! I love your presentation, too. I’ll be pinning these.

  8. I got this recipe years ago from a lady I worked with but she called it “Blueberry Boy Bait.” I thought you’d get a chuckle out of that! Anyway, my husband really does love it and so does everyone who tries it….love your blog. I will definitely be trying some things. Thanks for sharing! Love your creativity.

  9. Irene Kimball says:

    Can’t wait to make this one. The pictures make me want to go grab a fork and start right in eating!

  10. Made this today and I must say…it is DELICIOUS!!!! Used frozen blueberry’s, just dusted them with a little flour so they didn’t bleed in the mix. Also used brown sugar for the topping. Had my husband try a little piece and he can’t wait to have a slice in the morning with his coffee:)

  11. I made this today and I used butter instead of crisco also I sub Almond flour (Gluten Free) for regular flour .
    It turned out really good, we loved it and will make again …..thank you !!!!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yay! I’m glad you were able to adapt it for a healthier version. Thanks for letting me know ~ Ann

  12. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen says:

    Oh yum, your blueberry cake looks so delicious! :)

  13. Very yummy! I think I might try it this weekend! Have a good one!!