A blueberry breakfast crumb cake that’s practically bursting with berry flavor and the best way to wake up in the morning.
Blueberry Breakfast Crumb Cake

I’m trying to write this while listening to a lecture on diabetes management, WELCOME TO THE IRONY OF MY LIFE.

Basically I tell people not to eat cake all day…and then I come home and eat cake.

It totally makes sense. Really.

Blueberry Breakfast Crumb Cake

But in my defense, if you’re someone who likes berries and cake and summer (aka if you have a pulse) then you will LOVE this cake. It’s impossible not to.

It comes from the recipe genius of Maida Heatter who is, I don’t know, only the QUEEN OF BAKING. She literally wrote critically acclaimed cookbooks well into her ninetieth decade of life and I pretty much want to be her when I grow up.

Blueberry Breakfast Crumb Cake

This cake is positively bursting with blueberries and is somehow incredibly moist and fluffy while only containing half of a stick of butter in its batter. A touch of orange zest brightens up its flavor even more while a rich cinnamon crumb topping will have you licking your plate (and baking pan) clean just to make sure even the tiniest bit doesn’t fall by the wayside.

We ate it for breakfast. And dessert. And “just a little slice won’t hurt anybody” for a midday snack, an approach that I highly recommend.

Blueberry Breakfast Crumb Cake

Blueberry Breakfast Crumb Cake
A blueberry breakfast crumb cake that's practically bursting with berry flavor and the best way to wake up in the morning.
Yield: 12 servings
For the topping
  • ⅓ cup (40 g) sifted all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz unsalted butter, cold
For the cake
  • 2 cups (240 g) sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (150 g) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
For the topping
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles course crumbs. Set aside.
For the cake
  1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, vanilla, and sugar until light and fluffy, for 3-4 minutes. Add in the egg and beat for another minute or until well combined. Add the flour mixture in three additions and the milk in two additions, alternating between the two and scraping down the sides after each addition. Mix until just combined.
  4. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and stir in the orange zest and blueberries, mixing only until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread in an even layer.
  5. Sprinkle the walnuts on top of the batter and then top with the crumb topping.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes or until the top has browned. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.


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7 Responses to Blueberry Breakfast Crumb Cake

  1. SallyBR says:

    left you a commnent on IG, but just wanted to say this is really looking amazing – I might bake it on Sunday. I have a husband who keeps buying blueberries “because they will disappear soon” and honestly our freezer cannot take that many more

  2. Kate says:

    I mean, if cake has fruit in it, it’s basically a health food, right?

  3. Sarah says:

    This is SO drool worthy

  4. Hilary says:

    Do you think this would work with another fruit? My mom loves cherries and they’re (relatively) cheap here right now. Looks delicious so I’ll probably have to make it with blueberries regardless!

  5. SallyBR says:

    Just made them…. OMG. Dangerous stuff. I am wrapping the pieces and putting them away from my eyes….

  6. Margaret says:

    Do you think you could use almond flour to make it gluten free?

    • joanne says:

      Hi Margaret, I think the texture will be off if you just do a 1:1 substitution of almond flour – it will be very dense. I would recommend either using a gluten free flour substitute that can be substituted 1:1 with all purpose flour (Bob’s Red Mill makes a great one).

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