Light and fluffy blueberry crumble cake is layered with blueberry jam and baked with a buttery crumb topping. This easy blueberry cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert with vanilla ice cream on top!

blueberry crumb cake cut into squares.

Blueberry lovers get ready! Cambrea Bakes is home to so many delicious blueberry recipes, like blueberry cinnamon rolls, blueberry blondies, and now this blueberry crumble cake!

After working in countless bakeries, I have finally perfected crumb cakes. It’s all about the correct berry-to-crumb ratio.

If you love blueberry recipes, try my popular Macarons with Blueberries and Earl Grey Cake with Blueberry Filling.

blueberry crumble cake slices stacked on top of each other.

why this blueberry crumb cake is the best

  • Blueberry cake: This cake has a delicious blueberry jam layer that is made with real blueberries! It’s the blueberry version of my popular strawberry crumb cake!
  • Easy recipe: While there are three components of the cake, they come together easily with just a few staple ingredients.
  • Tender cake: It has a soft, moist, and perfectly tender texture!
  • Serve it for any occasion: While it’s perfect for dessert if you need a breakfast or brunch treat, it’s basically a fancier version of blueberry coffee cake!

ingredient notes & substitutions

ingredients needed to make blueberry cake in bowls with labels.

Blueberries: You can use frozen or fresh blueberries. I prefer frozen wild blueberries for the best blueberry flavor, like in my bakery style blueberry muffins!

Buttermilk: I recommend using store-bought full-fat buttermilk, I don’t recommend substituting this ingredient.

Butter: If you want to use salted butter, omit 1/2 teaspoon of salt from the recipe.

Full ingredient measurements and instructions can be found in the recipe card below!

recipe instructions

Before you start: Line a square 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder and set it aside. Then preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C.

Step 1: Make the crumb topping. In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and melted butter until large crumbs form. Place the bowl in the fridge to chill until ready to use (image 1 below).

Step 2: Prep the blueberries. In a separate bowl, combine the frozen wild blueberries, all-purpose flour, sugar, and lemon juice until evenly coated. Set aside (image 2 below).

a process collage for making blueberry crumble cake.

Step 3: Make the cake batter. In a stand mixer, cream the unsalted butter and granulated sugar with the paddle attachment on low speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Slowly stream in the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until completely combined.

Then add in half of the dry ingredients, the buttermilk, and the rest of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

Evenly spread the thick batter into the prepared baking dish with a rubber spatula or offset spatula (image 3 above).

Step 4: Layer the blueberries. Evenly distribute the frozen blueberries on top of the cake batter (image 4 above).

blueberry crumb cake in a pan before baking.

Step 5: Bake! Evenly sprinkle the crumb topping over the top of the blueberries. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the middle is puffy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (image 5 above).

For cakes made with fresh blueberries: Bake for 55-60 minutes.

For cakes made with frozen blueberries: Bake for 65-75 minutes.

Let the cake pan cool on a wire rack for 20-30 minutes, then pull the parchment sides to lift it out of the pan and allow it to cool completely before serving.

expert baking tips

  • Use a kitchen scale: Baking with a scale is faster, easier, and overall much more accurate than cup measurements.
  • Use room temperature ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients creates a smooth, fully blended batter that will result in a uniform texture and even baking.
  • Chill the crumb: If you don’t chill it before baking, the butter will melt too quickly and the crumb will melt together.
  • Baking times may vary: Frozen vs. fresh blueberries will bake differently! Because the frozen berries are juicier and hold more water, the cake will bake for at least 10-15 minutes longer than with fresh berries.

storage & freezing

For best results, store any leftover cake in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the fridge for 3-4 days.

You can also freeze the cake as a whole or individually sliced, in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to one month.

recipe faqs

Can I use fresh blueberries instead?

Definitely! I recommend using only 2 cups of fresh blueberries instead of 2 1/2 cups.

Can blueberry crumble cake be made with gluten-free flour?

I have not tested this recipe with gluten-free flour but I would love to hear how it turns out if you do!

I don’t like blueberries, can I use a different berry?

Yes! You can make strawberry crumble cake or substitute the blueberries for blackberries or raspberries.

Why does my cake crumble when I cut it?

Too much flour can cause the cake to be dry and crumbly. My #1 tip when baking is to use a kitchen scale for accuracy!

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blueberry crumb cake cut into squares.

Blueberry Crumble Cake

5 from 33 votes
– by Cambrea Gordon

Light and fluffy blueberry crumb cake is layered with blueberry jam and baked with a buttery crumb topping. This easy blueberry cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert with vanilla ice cream on top!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 slices
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Ingredients 
 

Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Blueberry Layer

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen wild blueberries, *see notes for fresh blueberries*
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Vanilla Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour, *see notes for measuring*
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large whole eggs, room temperature, whisked together
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature

Instructions

  • Lightly butter a square 8×8 baking pan and line it with parchment paper on all sides. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C.

Make the Crumb

  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and brown sugar Add the melted butter and mix until crumbs form. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
    6 tbsp (84 g) unsalted butter, 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp (100 g) all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar, 2 tbsp (25 g) light brown sugar

Prep the Blueberries

  • In a medium bowl, combine the frozen blueberries, sugar, flour, and lemon juice until evenly coated. Set aside.
    2 1/2 cups (340 g) frozen wild blueberries, 1 tbsp (15 g) granulated sugar, 3 tbsp (30 g) all-purpose flour, 1/2 lemon

Make the Cake

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
    1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp (190 g) all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp kosher salt
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • Scrape down the bowl. Slowly stream in the whisked eggs and vanilla, mixing very well after each addition.
    Do not do this too quickly or the mixture will curdle.
    3 large (150 g) whole eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add in half of the dry ingredients and mix on low until almost combined. Then mix in the buttermilk, followed by the remainder of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
    1/4 cup (58 g) buttermilk
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Then evenly spread the blueberries over the batter. Finally, sprinkle the crumb topping over the berries.
  • Bake for 65-75 minutes, or until the middle is puffy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool for 20 minutes on a wire cooling rack, then remove it from the pan and let it cool completely.

Notes

Step-by-step process photos are provided above, in the body of this post.
*To substitute fresh blueberries, use 2 cups (280 g) and bake for 55-60 minutes.
*Measure your flour properly. This is my #1 baking tip! Do not ever scoop a measuring cup into your flour as this always leads to using too much flour. Instead, use the spoon-level method. This means fluffing the flour first, then spooning it into your measuring cup/spoon. For the BEST results, use a kitchen scale!*
 
      • Use room temperature ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients creates a smooth, fully blended batter that will result in a uniform texture and even baking.
      • Chill the crumb: If you don’t chill it before baking, the butter will melt quickly in the oven causing it to melt together.
      • Baking times may vary: Frozen vs. fresh blueberries will bake differently! Because the frozen berries are juicier and hold more water, the cake will bake for at least 10-15 minutes longer than with fresh berries.
 
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 984IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg

The calorie information provided for the recipe is an estimate. The accuracy of the calories listed is not guaranteed.

The calorie information provided for the recipe is an estimate. The accuracy of the calories listed is not guaranteed.

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37 Comments

  1. Baila Hirsch says:

    Every recipe I follow from this website turns out amazing. The steps are so easy to follow, and I love that you put the amounts of eat item in the instructions, it makes following this recipe so much easier.
    I made this recipe for the first time and now I realize I have to triple the recipe if I want to have more than 1 slice for myself.
    I live with a bunch of health nuts and they couldn’t even resist.5 stars

    1. Thank you sooo much for this super kind comment Baila! I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. Made this with mixed berries. Turned out great! Next time, I’ll play with the flavors a bit to add some complexity to the cake…lavender, almond extract etc…5 stars

  3. Can this recipe be doubled and put into a 9×13 pan?

    1. Hi Rachel! I haven’t tested it myself but I think it should work just fine! The baking time may be a little bit different though.