This Blueberry Coffee Cake is a delicious and easy-to-make treat that's perfect for breakfast or brunch. Made with fresh blueberries and a buttery crumb topping, it's a sweet and tangy cake that will have your taste buds singing!
Seriously, who can resist a blueberry coffee cake topped with an outrageously delicious crumble topping and juicy blueberries? In my house coffee cakes has a special place and it is served with tea and coffee for our guests.
This recipe is a great way to use up any extra blueberries you have on hand and is sure to impress your family and friends. So, let's get started and make this mouth-watering blueberry coffee cake together!
🥘 INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED FOR BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE
All you need are some simple, pantry staple ingredients to make this delicious blueberry coffee cake at home.
You can scroll down to the recipe card for further details and instructions.
Flour: We'll need a decent amount of flour for this recipe as it will be the base for both the cake and crumb topping. Regular all-purpose flour will work fine.
Sugar: We're going to use white sugar in our cake and brown sugar in the crumb topping. The sweetness of the sugar helps balance out the tartness in the blueberries.
Butter: We will be using butter as well as oil in this recipe to get a really rich, moist cake. Be sure to use unsalted butter.
Blueberries: I love to use blueberries in this coffee cake recipe because they're semi-sweet yet tart. Make sure to grab fresh blueberries!
Evaporated milk: To make the cake richer, I have used evaporated milk as the moistening agent. You can use regular whole milk instead if you prefer.
💬 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you are new to coffee cakes, then you should know that they actually don't have any coffee in the ingredients. They're called that because the coffee cake is mostly served with coffee. The coffee cake was first created in Germany; the cake was delicious and quickly became popular in other parts of Europe and later in America.
Coffee cakes are usually served without any kind of frosting, and this recipe is no exception. Instead, it includes delicious blueberries and a sweet crumb topping. Give this cake a try with your next cup of coffee and you'll see why they're so popular!
Flavor combination: The combination of unique flavors definitely makes this cake special. The tartness of the blueberries is perfectly balanced by the sweetness in the cake and crumb topping.
Easy to make: This recipe is easy to make and requires only a few basic ingredients that are already found in most kitchens. The instructions are simple, and even beginner bakers can make this cake!
Great with coffee: This cake is so good with coffee, it's where the name comes from! The sweet burst of cake and blueberries after a drink of strong coffee is a delicious combo.
The name may suggest that this cake is different because it includes coffee, but that's actually not the case! It's only called coffee cake because it's common to eat it alongside a cup of coffee. Similar to how tea cakes are eaten with tea but don't actually include tea.
Instead, the biggest difference between coffee cakes and other cakes is the topping. Other cakes almost always have some form of frosting on top, whereas coffee cakes don't. Instead, they are topped with a sweet crumb topping and often have fruits or nuts in them.
Quite the opposite! Coffee cakes are moist, crumbly cakes; if yours comes out dry, chances are it was baked at too high a temperature or for too long.
Coffee cakes also usually include an ingredient that keeps the cake moist. These can be milk, buttermilk, or sometimes sour cream. In this recipe, I'm using evaporated milk, as that tends to make the cake even more moist!
🔪 HOW TO MAKE BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE
Making this delicious, crowd-pleasing Blueberry Coffee Cake is incredibly simple and easy.
The full instructions are in the recipe card below, but let's look at the main steps to making this treat.
HOW TO MAKE THE CRUMB TOPPING:
Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until combined. Stir in the melted butter until crumbs form.
Create small uneven balls from the crumbs and place them gently over the cake batter.
HOW TO MAKE THE CAKE:
Preheat your oven to 350F/180C. Line three 4 x 2-inch baking loaf pans with parchment paper. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Keep aside.
In a different bowl, add the sugar, butter, oil, and vanilla, and beat well for at least three minutes on high. Add the egg to this mixture and beat until combined. Add the milk and beat for one minute.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix for a few seconds. Pour the batter into the baking loaf pans and spread the crumb topping evenly.
Add the blueberries on top of the crumb topping. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool for 6 minutes while in the pan, then place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Your delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake is ready to be served!
💭 COOKING TIPS FOR BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE
Use room temperature ingredients: It's important to use room temperature ingredients for this recipe. This ensures that the ingredients will mix together smoothly and evenly to give a tender and moist cake.
Cool the cake: Allow the cake to cool completely before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and the crumb topping to set.
Baking time: Keep an eye on the cake during the baking process to prevent over-baking. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
📖 DELICIOUS VARIATIONS FOR BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE
- Streusel topping: Instead of the crumb topping, you can make a streusel topping by mixing together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the cake batter and bake as directed.
- Lemon blueberry coffee cake: Add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the cake batter to give it a bright and refreshing flavor that pairs well with the blueberries.
- Berry mix coffee cake: Instead of using only blueberries, you can use a mix of berries such as raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries to add a variety of flavors to the cake.
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🌡️ HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE
Leftover blueberry coffee cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Alternatively, you can freeze it too! To do this, wrap individual slices with plastic wrap and freeze them for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying a slice with your favorite tea or coffee!
Easy Mini Blueberry Coffee Cake Loaves Recipe
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted melted butter
For the cake:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 3 tablespoon softened unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup blueberries
Making the crumb topping
- Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until combined. Stir in the melted butter until crumbs form. Create small uneven balls from the crumbs keep aside.
Making the cake:
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line 3 4x 2-inch baking loaf pans with parchment paper. I have used mini loaf pans but you can use a 9 x 5 x 3" loaf pan for this recipe.
- In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Keep aside.
- In a different bowl, add the sugar, butter, oil, and vanilla, beat well for at least for three minutes on high.
- Add the egg to the previous mixture and beat until combined. Add the milk and beat for one minute.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix for a few seconds.
- Pour the batter into the baking loaf pans and spread the crumb topping evenly.
- Add the blueberries on the crumb topping.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool for 6 minutes while in the pan, then place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
- You can use frozen blueberries for this recipe.
- Please read how to store this blueberry coffee cake under "How to store blueberry coffee cake" in the post.
- Instead of evaporated milk, you can use whole milk.