Ga’s Easy Blueberry Coffee Cake

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

Another family favorite!

Does your family have some recipes that they have just come to expect at family events? The dish that, when the person who usually makes it arrives at the gathering, you hug and say hello, but reeeeally you’re checking their hands to make sure they brought it? Share those dishes in the comments! It’s so fun to see friends’ family traditions.

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.This Blueberry Coffee Cake is one of those dishes in my family. Truth be told, I didn’t grow up liking blueberries (wasted time – wasted!), but as I have come to my senses, this recipe is settling in as a fan favorite. And it’s so easy. All ingredients you probably have on-hand, and no fancy techniques. Just delicious, fluffy coffee cake, studded with tart blueberries (you can use fresh or frozen), and covered in a sizable layer of cinnamon-sugar crumb topping.

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

When Ga handed over her recipe file to me, this was one that she highlighted as an obvious delight that I had to carry on. I took this task very seriously, as you can see!

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

You know how usually when you make a coffee cake, you have to double the streusel topping because there is never enough? Not so with this recipe. The quantity in the recipe is just right. And you’re talking to the girl who used to ONLY eat the crumb topping off of Entenmann’s Crumb Donuts (brought to our home, of course, by Ga).

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

Try serving this coffee cake with brunch. Mix the batter before you get everything else ready – like an easy but option-filled Baked Benedict Buffet with a fruit salad – and everything will be done at the same time. Just pop the eggs for the benedicts in when you lower the temp on this Blueberry Coffee Cake! Of course, you could always bake the cake during brunch, but as we all know, one of the specific, delineated purposes of brunch is to be able to eat dessert during a meal.Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

And of course, if you are like my family, you can store the leftovers in the 8″ x 8″ pan you baked it in, covered in foil, in the “snack corner” of the kitchen, with a knife in the pan for easy access. I promise it won’t be there for long.

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

The blueberries in this batch were HUGE, and left great crevasses when they baked down.

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

I love original hand-written recipes, and there are many in Ga’s recipe file. They sometimes take a minute to decipher, but you can’t beat a time-aged recipe with food stains, jotted down on my grandpa’s scratch paper (apparently provided by a drug company selling Pavabid – most office supplies in my grandpa’s home originated from drug companies). And in the upper left corner, we have Vi Schmidt to thank for the recipe. I don’t think I met Vi, but she contributed something to my family that brought smiles to faces for decades, and continues to do so.

Blueberry Cake Recipe

 

Blueberry Cake Recipe-2

4.8 from 4 reviews
Blueberry Coffee Cake
 
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An easy, fluffy coffee cake studded with tart blueberries, covered in just the right amount of cinnamon-sugar crumb. (And of course, "just the right amount" = a lot!)
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Recipe type: Brunch, Dessert
Serves: 8" x 8" pan
Ingredients
For the cake batter:
  • .5 stick unsalted butter, softened {You will see that this recipe calls for one stick of butter total - half in the cake and half in the topping. Hang on to the wrapper to grease the pan!}
  • .75 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • .25 t salt
  • .5 c skim milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 pint (2 c) blueberries (fresh or frozen - fresh will taste a little better, but frozen is easier to keep on-hand)
For the topping:
  • .5 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • .5 c sugar
  • ⅓ c flour
  • .5 t (heaping) cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375. (Note: You will lower the temp during baking)
For the cake batter:
  1. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamed together.
  2. Add the egg, and mix again.
  3. Sift in half of the flour, adding the baking powder and salt to the sifter. Mix well.
  4. Add half the milk, and mix again.
  5. Sift in the remaining flour.
  6. Finish off the milk and add the vanilla, and - you know what to do - mix again.
  7. Stir in the blueberries. If any liquid has formed from frozen berries, drain and discard.
For the topping:
  1. This is the fun part! Grab a set of little hands if you have a kid available.
  2. Place the four ingredients in a medium bowl. Using your fingers, combine and smush them all together, pinching as you go. Make little pieces, and make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated into the butter.
To bake:
  1. Prepare an 8" x 8" baking dish (tin, glass, or casserole) by greasing it with the butter left on the wrapper from the stick you just used in the recipe. Lightly dust the pan with flour (use the sifter if you want), and knock out the excess into the garbage.
  2. Pour in the batter, using a spatula or spoon to get it into the corners.
  3. Top with the topping! And don't be shy. And get it in the corners.
  4. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 350, and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
  5. The coffee cake will get a great rise, and the topping will very lightly brown.

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.

And, falling into the category of #foodbloggerproblems, we have #instructionsformyfamily:

Ga's Easy Blueberry Cake by My Utensil Crock. You will love the easy batter, fresh blueberries, and thick cinnamon crumb.Upon completion of photography, all was devoured.

 

Comments

  1. Randy says

    My favorite breakfast recipe so far. I have just recently gotten in to baking and this will remain on the top of my list.

    Ps my phone wouldn’t input on the five stars for some reason. It is definitely five star worthy.

  2. Lauren says

    Going to try this recipe this weekend! I was wondering for the topping if you always use sugar or if you ever sub out brown sugar. Most recipes I’ve found call for brown sugar so I just wanted to check!

    • says

      Hi Lauren!
      That’s funny, someone else asked me this question recently. I never really had thought about it, but no, I have never tried brown sugar. If you do, let me know how it goes! You know what, let me know how it goes either way. :)
      Becky

  3. says

    I made this recipe but haven’t tasted it yet- on my way to church with it now. It looks beautiful. My only concern is the batter was extremely thick !! Is that how it is supposed to be ? I think I followed the directions exactly. It looks perfect anyway

  4. Lauren says

    Do you think this could be easily doubled? Looks delish, but I was hoping to make it for a bigger crowd.

    • says

      Hi Lauren!

      I have never tried to double it, but I bet it would work out fine. If possible, I would use fresh blueberries, because 4 cups of frozen blueberries might produce a lot of liquid. Just a thought! Let me know how it goes if you try it.

      Sometimes when I am nervous to double a recipe, I just make the smaller batch twice. This is such a quick mix that it wouldn’t be a hassle. You could make the double crumble all at once, too, reducing prep time.

      I hope you love it as much as my family and I (and now my co-workers) do!

      Becky

  5. says

    Eden,

    I read your comment to my family during Thanksgiving dinner tonight and it completely warmed our hearts. We were missing my grandma, while enjoying a few of her standards (stuffing and meringue cookies). Your comment was just what we needed.

    They were also very interested in your “Thanksgiving Breakfast.” Not a tradition in our family but a very welcome potential for the future 😉

    Thank you for the sweet comment. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Becky

    • Eden Isaac says

      Aw, I’m so glad.
      We did have a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving. Thank you.

      Thanksgiving breakfast is definitely a tradition you should try. One of my favorite memories as a child is waking up on Thanksgiving & Christmas to the smell of homemade blueberry muffins & my Grandma’s homemade hot chocolate. It was something we only had during special occasions, so it was really special. :-)
      My daughter requests coffee cake, rather than muffins, so I made this for her. But we all loved it.

      I hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well!

  6. Eden Isaac says

    I made this for Thanksgiving breakfast today. It was a huge hit! Thank you for the delicious recipe. 😀
    Also, I love my Grandma’s handwritten recipes also. There’s something enchanting & magical about reading through them. <3

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