Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Blueberry Coffee Cake is such an ideal coffee companion for its perfect tango of sweetness and sourness. Hot or cold, it is a flavorful and super delicious dessert!

If you want a fruit-based dessert, try this recipe! Also, check out the other recipes like Blackberry Cobbler, Pumpkin Mousse, and Strawberry Banana Bread.

Blueberry Coffee Cake is such an ideal coffee companion for its perfect tango of sweetness and sourness. #coffeecake #brunch #breakfast #blueberries #sweetandsavorymeals

Blueberry Coffee Cake (aka Boy Bait)

This Blueberry Coffee Cake is moist, fruity, and crunchy at the top with the streusel. I love it with my cappuccino in the morning and with this pastry, my breakfast is complete!

It does not need too many ingredients and it is really easy to make. And I also like how pretty and festive this dessert is! Also, the blue color simply adds more personality and makes it even more appetizing. It is quite addicting, too. Even without a latte, I will still devour this dessert and my husband likes it, too.

This has become his excuse for enjoying a nice cup of espresso. No wonder why this dessert is sometimes called Boy Bait. It was the name of this dessert as called by the teenage girl who entered a baking competition in the 1950s and placed second.

Blueberry Coffee Cake is such an ideal coffee companion for its perfect tango of sweetness and sourness. #coffeecake #brunch #breakfast #blueberries #sweetandsavorymeals

What is a coffee cake?

It is a pastry that can be served as a dessert or as breakfast. It usually does not have coffee as an ingredient, but it is called as such because it pairs well with the caffeine-laden drink.

The Europeans, particularly the Germans and the Scandinavians, brought the recipe in America. The original recipes included yeast, flour, dried fruits, and spices.

But centuries later, the recipe changed a bit with the addition of other ingredients like fresh fruits, cheese, and whatnots. Usually, it has streusel toppings as also present in this recipe.

How to Make Blueberry Coffee Cake:

Feel free to watch the recipe video tutorial attached. It shows all the steps taken to make this easy recipe. 

  • Prep for baking: Lightly grease the pan and sprinkle some flour.
  • Make the cake: Combine the dry ingredients into a flour mixture. Then, add-in the butter. Mixing these will result in a crumbly mixture. Next, add the eggs and the rest of the batter ingredients until soft and fluffy. Fold in the blueberries. Pour half of this batter into the pan.
  • Fill in: Simply put in all the ingredients in a bowl then, combine. Then, put a layer on top of the batter and finish off with the remaining batter.
  • Top with streusel: Combine the ingredients with a fork to form the crumbly texture. Sprinkle on top of the batter. Then, add more berries on top, too.
  • Bake: Put it in the oven and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Glaze: Prepare it by mixing sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the glaze on top and serve.

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How do you make a crumble topping?

You only need to mix these basic ingredients: butter, flour, and sugar. Also, add some cinnamon. It adds a lot of flavor to it!

Combine the cinnamon and sugar, and then, pour in the melted butter. Then, add the flour and the whole thing will solidify. Next, using a fork or your fingers, combine everything until crumbly. It is that simple!

Can I use frozen blueberries to make it?

Yes, sure! Don’t thaw the frozen fruits anymore or it will be watery. Then, simply just att them directly to the batter. 

How to Store Blueberry Coffee Cake?

  • Refrigerate: For up to a week, leave it sealed in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Freeze: It freezes well and you can consume it within 3 months. Just wrap it tightly or put it in a freezer bag.

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Recipe Tips:

  • For other flavors, try cranberry and cherry with cream cheese.
  • To make it gluten-free. Simply replace the flour with a gluten-free version of blended flour. Also, you may need to add xanthan gum. This will act as a binder in the absence of gluten.
  • The buttermilk adds tang, too. See this post for a homemade buttermilk substitute.
  • Also, if you are looking for the Classic Coffe Cake recipe, you can find it in this link.

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5 from 3 reviews
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 slices
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 30 mins


Blueberry Pie Filling:

  • 4 cups  fresh blueberries  (frozen work too)
  • 1 cup  water 
  • 1 cup  white sugar 
  • 4 tablespoons  cornstarch  (mixed with 6 tablespoons cold water)
  • 1 tablespoon  vanilla extract 


  • 2 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup  white granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp  kosher salt 
  • 1 cup  unsalted butter  (softened)
  • 3  eggs  (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla extract 
  •  Juice of 1 lemon 
  •  Zest of 1 lemon 
  • 1 cup  buttermilk 
  • 1 cup  blueberries 

Cinnamon Lemon Filling:

  • 6 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons  cinnamon 
  • 1 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup  packed brown sugar 
  • 2-3 cups  blueberry pie filling 

Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup  packed brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp  kosher salt 
  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter  (melted)
  • 1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour 
  •  Zest of 1 lemon 


  • 1 cup  powdered sugar 
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons  milk 
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 


Blueberry Pie Filling:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries, water, and sugar. Stir frequently, but careful not to crush the berries, bring to a low boil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with cold water until combined.
  3. Slowly stir the cornstarch into the blueberries, careful not to crush them. Simmer until the homemade blueberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla.


  1. Grease and dust with a bit of flour a springform pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  3. Using a hand mixer to a stand mixer, beat in softened butter into the flour mixture until all combined and crumbly.
  4. Add in eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, and buttermilk and beat until fully combined, the mixture should be fluffy.
  5. Stir in blueberries
  6. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.

Cinnamon Filling:

  1. In a small bowl, using a fork mix together the softened butter, flour, sugar, lemon zest, and cinnamon until soft crumbs form.
  2. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the cake batter. Add the remaining cake batter on top.
  3. Add the blueberry pie filling and spread evenly. Set aside.

Streusel Topping:

  1. In a large bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon and salt. Add in the melted butter and combine using a fork.
  2. Once the butter is fully combined, add the flour little by little and mix with a fork or using your hands until fully combined and crumbs are formed.
  3. Sprinkle streusel topping over the blueberry pie filling layer and evenly distribute.


  1. Bake cake in a 350-degree​ oven for about 45-50 minutes, until fully cooked.
  2. Cool completely before adding the glaze.


  1. Add the powdered sugar to a medium bowl, add two tablespoons of milk and the vanilla extract. Mix until fully combined with no lumps. If the mixture is too thick add one more tablespoon of milk. I like the glaze on the thicker side, yet pourable, so it will look white and shiny, not transparent.
  2. Use a fork or spoon to drizzle the icing over the cake.
  3. Slice and serve!
Carbohydrates: 149 Protein: 8 Fat: 33 Saturated Fat: 19 Cholesterol: 120 Sodium: 501 Potassium: 349 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 103 Vitamin A: 1131 Vitamin C: 6 Calcium: 177 Iron: 5 Calories: 750
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Blueberry Coffee Cake is such an ideal coffee companion for its perfect tango of sweetness and sourness. #coffeecake #brunch #breakfast #blueberries #sweetandsavorymeals

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Brianne Tursi Manz

This looks wonderful! I love the marbling! An excellent breakfast inspiration!



Oh yeah! I love blueberry in baked goods. All that marbling and that drizzle on top look so good!



Boy bait. Stomach bait. Whatever you call it, it looks absolutely delicious! Om nom nom.





This recipe looks so good! I love how you iced it to make it a wee bit sweeter.


Liz Mays

Gosh, this looks amazing. I'd really enjoy trying to make this coffee cake as a treat. The blueberries sound delicious.


Cyn Gagen

OH yes please! This sounds so tasty! I can just imagine this would a cup of coffee or tea as a mid-afternoon break treat. Perfection!



Blueberry desserts are some of my favorites. I really need to make this coffee cake. I can't remember the last time I had any.



This looks so good. One of my favorite cakes is coffee cake. I don't know if I've ever tried blueberry before though. Looking forward to giving this a try.


Ruth I

This dessert looks so good! Oh I can't wait to give this a try. I am sure we will all love this!


Celebrate Woman Today

I love blueberries in anything and any time of the year. Raw, baked, frozen – serve them to me!



Wow! This looks absolutely delicious. I am make a cinnamon streusel coffee cake but adding blueberry sounds like it will add another layer of flavor


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