Blueberry Buckle Recipe | My Baking Habit

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Blueberry buckle is a calmly 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 all 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 every now and then, proper?

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

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 It’s an outdated household recipe that also holds up in any case these years.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


Again when Eric and I have been nonetheless courting, 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 absolutely 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 type 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 straightforward 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 of a sort 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.

After all, over time I’ve added a few minor tweaks to Eric’s grandmother’s blueberry buckle recipe as a result of I’ve a problem with leaving effectively sufficient alone. However the essence of this recipe continues to be completely hers, and will 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 plenty of frills.

However there’s a cause 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: Ensure you know the right way to measure flour appropriately in order that this cake seems good each time.

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

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

Cinnamon: A little bit cinnamon helps to taste the cake and pairs surprisingly effectively 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 desire 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 offers a little bit of carry.

Vanilla: You should use your favourite model of vanilla or use selfmade vanilla extract.

Milk: I sometimes use entire milk, however reduced-fat milk or perhaps a milk different would work effective.

Recent blueberries: The batter for this cake could 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. In the event you do, do NOT thaw them and know that they nonetheless would possibly discolor the batter a bit.

The streusel topping makes use of a number of of those similar components, 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 mild 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 cut back the pace of the mixer. Add half of the dry components, the entire milk, then the remainder of the dry components, ensuring to combine after every addition.

Fold the blueberries into the batter. The batter will probably be fairly thick, so attempt to fold the berries in as gently as you may.

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 may argue that there’s nothing higher than a bit of cake recent from the oven, and this blueberry buckle is not any exception. Nevertheless it’s scrumptious the following day as effectively!

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

It’s also possible to lower the buckle into slices, wrap every one 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 giant egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) milk
  • 2 cups (286 grams) recent blueberries

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/3 cup (42 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (87 grams) packed mild brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon floor cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (43 grams) chilly unsalted butter, lower 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 mild and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, mixing till totally mixed. Scale back mixer pace to low and alternating including the dry components and the milk to the sugar combination, starting and ending with the dry components, 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. Together with your arms, work in butter items till small clumps type. Unfold topping evenly over batter.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.


This batter could be very thick, which signifies that some blueberries could get damaged up within the technique of folding them into the batter on the finish. Because of this, I don’t essentially suggest utilizing frozen blueberries. In the event 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 Data

Yield 10

Serving Dimension 1 slice

Quantity Per Serving

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

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