The Best Streusel Topped Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you’ll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you'll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

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Blueberry Buckle. You’ve seen it in every church cookbook, but what is it exactly?

A classic buckle is a tender cake packed with fruit. As the cake bakes it “buckles” around the fruit. Many breakfast cakes are topped with a thick crumb topping!

Today’s Blueberry Buckle recipe is from scratch, and kitchen tested to come out perfect every time! 

My favorite recipes are ones that can be enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee.  What I love about today’s recipe is it’s not TOO sweet, making it the perfect breakfast treat!

Whether you call this Blueberry Coffee Cake or Blueberry Breakfast Cake, one thing is for certain. Cake for breakfast is a genius idea!

How to make Blueberry Buckle

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you'll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with baking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter to the flour mixture (I used the paddle attachment on my electric mixer to blend it into the dry ingredients).

Add eggs, vanilla, milk, and lemon zest to batter. It will be very thick.

Fold in blueberries and spread batter in bottom of baking dish.

For the streusel topping, in a separate bowl, combine flour, sugars, cinnamon, and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of blueberry batter.

Bake for 55-60 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove and cool completely before slicing. ENJOY.

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you'll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

A few notes about making Blueberry Breakfast Cake

The batter will be VERY thick. Gently fold in your blueberries, it’s okay if a few of them burst. The thick batter helps keep these berries floating in the cake and not sinking to the bottom.

Use your hands to mix the streusel. This helps break up the butter evenly into the crumb mixture.

Adding lemon is optional, but I love the way it brings out the flavor in blueberry recipes. Just like I added citrus to these Blueberry Lemon Hand Pies and lime to this Blueberry Lime Crumble recipe.

When zesting the lemon for today’s buckle, I use this microplane grater. Be sure to only zest the outer skin, the yellow part. If you zest some of the white, it becomes too bitter, so don’t go crazy with zesting!

Fresh blueberries work best in this recipe. Frozen berries will still work, but may bleed color into your cake, and may affect the cooking time. The added moisture from frozen berries is significant in today’s recipe!

This cake can also be made without the streusel if desired. Sprinkle with about 2 Tbsp of coarse sugar in place of the streusel. This gives the top of the cake a little texture and sweetness without the added layer of streusel.

Want to make Blueberry Muffins? Big, Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins packed with flavor and blueberries! You’ll love these freezer friendly breakfast bites!

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you'll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

What you’ll need to make Blueberry Buckle

  • 9-inch baking dish
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Large Eggs
  • Milk (buttermilk works great, or any type can be used)
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Lemon, zested
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Mixing Bowl and spoon

Love Breakfast Cakes? I’ve got you covered with some great ideas

A slice of fresh coffee cake is my idea breakfast! Here are a few of my favorite breakfast cake recipes.

Thick Cream Cheese Coffee Cake has a layer of cheesecake and is topped with a crunchy Cinnamon Streusel. This coffee cake NEEDS to be made for family and friends. 

There’s no dough to knead or shape, and you don’t have to peel the apples. The result? A delicious Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake with the texture and flavor of cinnamon rolls!

This Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake is a tender cake filled with a cinnamon swirl and topped with a delicious brown sugar streusel.

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze is the perfect fall treat. Whether for breakfast or dessert, indulge in this delicious recipe today!

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you'll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

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Yield: 16 servings

Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you'll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries

For the streusel topping

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9-inch square baking dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. For the cake, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, slat, and baking powder. Add in butter and mix with paddle attachment until blended.
  3. Add in eggs, milk, and lemon zest. Blend until combined. Batter will be very thick.
  4. Fold in blueberries. Spoon into baking dish.
  5. For the streusel, combine butter, flour, sugars, and cinnamon. Mix until crumbly, using hands if necessary.
  6. Sprinkle over the top of the blueberry batter.
  7. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 149mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Protein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice

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13 comments on “The Best Streusel Topped Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake”

  1. Shiho

    I have never heard Blueberry buckle before and it was interesting read 😀 The cake looks delicious and easy to make even from scratch. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Julie Menghini

    I love blueberries and streusel anything. This buckle would be perfect for Easter brunch or for when we host overnight guests. I’d definitely be adding the lemon. I think it really takes blueberries to the next level.

  3. Sommer

    Now I know what to make with the blueberries I have!

  4. Jennifer

    Made this last night! OMG – so yummy. Perfect with my coffee this morning!

  5. Jen

    This is going into my regular rotation! It was so delicious and everyone was wanting the last piece. Thank you!

  6. This is really ahhh-mazing! A new favorite in our house!

  7. Everyone in my family loved it!! It was so good!

  8. Alli

    This has quickly became a favorite in our house. So stinking good. 

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  11. Carol Hawley

    would you have a recipe for rhubarb buckle ? and also one for rhubarb muffins? I love your recipes.

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