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Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake Recipe With Cream Cheese

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Want to make a simple but delicious treat? With this Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe, you can easily make a delicious cake packed with blueberry goodness. It’s the perfect mix of moist cake, juicy blueberries, and a super yummy streusel topping. 

A blueberry coffee cake on a plate and in a casserole.

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This cake boasts an incredible flavor, and its visual appeal makes it a hit at any gathering. If you’re intrigued by this recipe, you’ll be delighted to know that I have many more like it. 

Want more delicious cake recipes to try?  If you loved this recipe and you’d like some more cake recipes, a classic to try is a Tres Leches Bundt Cake made in the easy to spot bundt tin. Or make this caramel apple dump cake that’s packed with fall flavors.

If you have some blueberries left, why not make a marshmallow fruit salad with blueberries to use them up?

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simplicity and Accessibility: This Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake recipe is straightforward, requiring ingredients that are likely already in your pantry, making it easy for anyone to whip up a delicious treat without a trip to the store.
  • Versatile Serving Options: Whether it’s served as a warm breakfast option, a mid-day snack, or a dessert after dinner, this coffee cake fits perfectly into any meal plan. 
  • Bursting with Flavor: The combination of fresh blueberries and cream cheese not only adds a rich moistness but also ensures every bite is packed with a burst of tangy sweetness.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: From casual family gatherings to more formal brunches, this cake’s impressive presentation and delightful taste make it suitable for any event.

What is Coffee Cake?

Coffee cake might throw you off with its name since it usually doesn’t have a drop of coffee in it. Instead, this tasty treat is perfect for munching on while you sip your morning, afternoon, or even evening coffee. It’s super soft and often comes with a yummy streusel or crumb topping, making it perfect for easy eating and sharing. 

With all sorts of fillings like fruit, nuts, and spices, it’s pretty versatile and a great addition to any baker’s collection. Whether you’re hanging out casually with friends or at something a bit more formal, the whole point of coffee cake is enjoying it with great company and a warm cup of joe.

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What’s in This Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe?

Ingredients for Blueberry coffee cake sitting on a white countertop.
  • All-Purpose Flour: The backbone of many baking recipes, all-purpose flour provides the structure for your cake, ensuring it rises properly and achieves a fluffy texture.
  • White Sugar: Adds sweetness and golden color to the cake, balancing out the tanginess of the blueberries and cream cheese.
  • Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent, helping the cake to rise and achieve a light, airy texture.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt is crucial as it enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, making the sweetness and berry flavors more pronounced.
  • Butter: Gives richness and moisture to the cake, contributing to its soft and tender crumb.
  • Eggs: Bind the ingredients together and add structure to the cake, ensuring it doesn’t crumble when sliced.
  • Milk: Adds moisture to the batter, helping to create a smooth and pourable consistency.
  • Vanilla Extract: Infuses the cake with a warm, aromatic flavor that complements the sweetness of the sugar and the tartness of the blueberries.
  • Fresh Blueberries: Bursting with fresh flavor, blueberries add juicy bursts of tanginess throughout the cake and are packed with antioxidants.
  • Cream Cheese: Provides a creamy, tangy contrast to the sweet cake, adding richness and depth to every bite.
  • Cold Butter (Optional Topping Ingredients): Used in the streusel topping, it helps create those delightful crumbly bits that add texture and a buttery flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour (Optional Topping Ingredients): Part of the streusel topping combines with the butter and cinnamon to create a sandy, crumbly mixture that bakes to a golden brown.
  • Cinnamon (Optional Topping Ingredients): Adds a warm, spiced note to the topping, perfect for complementing the blueberries and enhancing the overall flavor of the cake.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Gluten-Free Flour: For those who are gluten-sensitive, a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour can be used in place of traditional all-purpose flour to make this cake suitable for everyone.
  • Alternative Sweeteners: If you’re looking to reduce refined sugar, coconut sugar or a liquid sweetener like honey can be substituted, though you may want to adjust quantities to taste.
  • Different Berries: While blueberries are a classic choice, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix of berries can also be used to add a different flavor profile and color to the cake.
  • Nut Addition: For an added crunch, consider folding in a half cup of chopped walnuts or pecans into the batter or sprinkling them over the streusel topping before baking.
  • Lemon Zest: Adding the zest of one lemon to the batter can enhance the berry flavor with a bright citrus note, complementing the tanginess of the blueberries and cream cheese.
  • Spices: For a warmer, spicier cake, consider adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg into the batter to infuse the cake with comforting spice flavors.
  • Dairy-Free Options: Dairy-free milk and vegan butter can replace the regular milk and butter, and a dairy-free cream cheese alternative can be used to accommodate those with dairy restrictions.

How to Make Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake Recipe (step-by-step directions)

Collage of creating Blueberry coffee cake batter.
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Grease an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the center of the mixture and set aside. (Photo 1)
  3. Melt the 6 Tablespoons of butter in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract to the melted butter and whisk until combined. (Photo 2)
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients. Stir everything together until just combined. (Photos 3 & 4)
Collage of assembling Blueberry coffee cake.
  1. Gently fold in the blueberries, trying not to burst them. (Photos 5 & 6)
  2. Transfer the cake batter to the prepared casserole dish. Smooth the top to create an even layer. (Photo 7)
  3. Use a teaspoon to create 12 indents on the surface of the cake. Place a teaspoon of cream cheese into each indent. (Photo 8)
Collage of creating Blueberry coffee cake.
  1. Mix the cold butter, additional flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl until the mixture resembles coarse sand. (Photo 9)
  2. Evenly sprinkle the streusel topping over the top of the cake batter. (Photo 10)
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 22-28 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (Photo 11)
Blueberry coffee cake on a plate with fresh blueberry in the background.

Recipe Tips

  • Avoid Overmixing the Batter: To ensure your coffee cake has a tender crumb, mix the batter until just combined. Overmixing can lead to a dense cake.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: For the best results, have your eggs, milk, and cream cheese at room temperature before starting. This ensures a smoother batter and a more evenly baked cake.
  • Checking for Doneness: Ovens can vary, so start checking your cake a few minutes before the recommended baking time. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Adding Cream Cheese: When adding the cream cheese to the batter, try to space the dollops evenly to ensure each slice has a creamy pocket of cheese.
  • Preventing the Topping from Burning: If you notice the streusel topping getting too brown before the cake is set, lightly cover the top with aluminum foil and continue baking.

Storing Tips 

Wrap leftover cake tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. For longer storage, refrigerate your cake, well-covered, for up to 5 days.

Freezing is an excellent option for extending the life of your cake. Wrap the cake or individual slices securely in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil, or place them in a heavy-duty freezer bag. Frozen, the cake will keep its quality for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature before serving.

Serving Suggestions

For a cozy breakfast or brunch, pair it with a hot mug of coffee or tea to bring out the cake’s rich flavors. Adding a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream can turn it into a yummy dessert, giving it that creamy touch against the crumble topping. 

If you’re looking to make it a bit fancier for a special event, try serving it with a glass of sparkling wine or prosecco to bring out the berry flavors with some extra flair. 

Tossing in some fresh fruit, like extra berries, on the side can also boost the cake’s fruity vibes and add a fresh twist to the mix. Or serve as a breakfast buffet with things like waffle bowls with fruit and blueberry bagels.

A slice of Blueberry coffee cake on a cake slicer.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this cake in advance?

Yes, you can prepare Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake a day in advance. After cooling, cover the cake tightly to prevent it from drying out. You may want to warm it slightly before serving for that fresh-baked taste.

Is it possible to use frozen blueberries?

Absolutely. Frozen blueberries can be used instead of fresh berries without the need for thawing. However, the added moisture in frozen berries might slightly increase the baking time.

Can this recipe be doubled and baked in a larger pan?

Yes, you can double the ingredients and bake the cake in a 9″ x 13″ pan. Adjust the baking time accordingly, as a larger cake may take longer to bake through. 

How can I tell if the cream cheese pockets are done?

The cake should be golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near the center (but not into a cream cheese pocket) should come out clean. The cream cheese pockets may remain slightly gooey, adding a deliciously creamy texture to the cake.

Can I substitute the cream cheese with another ingredient?

If cream cheese isn’t your thing or you don’t have it on hand, you can leave it out for a simpler blueberry coffee cake. Alternatively, a dollop of ricotta cheese or mascarpone could provide a similar creamy texture with a slightly different flavor profile.

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5 from 6 votes

Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Enjoy a simple blueberry buckle coffee cake with this easy to follow recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ cups Flour All-Purpose
  • ¾ cup White Sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 1 Egg Plus One Egg Yolk
  • cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Blueberries fresh
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese

Optional Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons Cold Butter
  • ½ cup Flour All-Purpose
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375℉. Grease an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the center of the mixture and set aside.
  • Melt the 6 Tablespoons of butter in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract to the melted butter and whisk until combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients. Stir everything together until just combined.
  • Gently fold in the blueberries, trying not to burst them.
  • Transfer the cake batter to the prepared casserole dish. Smooth the top to create an even layer.
  • Use a teaspoon to create 12 indents on the surface of the cake. Place a teaspoon of cream cheese into each indent.
  • Mix the cold butter, additional flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  • Evenly sprinkle the streusel topping over the top of the cake batter.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 22-28 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Notes

  • Avoid Overmixing the Batter: To ensure your coffee cake has a tender crumb, mix the batter until just combined. Overmixing can lead to a dense cake.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: For the best results, have your eggs, milk, and cream cheese at room temperature before starting. This ensures a smoother batter and a more evenly baked cake.
  • Checking for Doneness: Ovens can vary, so start checking your cake a few minutes before the recommended baking time. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Adding Cream Cheese: When adding the cream cheese to the batter, try to space the dollops evenly to ensure each slice has a creamy pocket of cheese.
  • Preventing the Topping from Burning: If you notice the streusel topping getting too brown before the cake is set, lightly cover the top with aluminum foil and continue baking.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 290kcal (15%) Carbohydrates: 34g (11%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 16g (25%) Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 59mg (20%) Sodium: 378mg (16%) Potassium: 82mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 16g (18%) Vitamin A: 563IU (11%) Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Vitamin D: 0.2µg (1%) Calcium: 67mg (7%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Omg I am drooling! This look so moist and delicious and perfectly studded with blueberries, can’t wait to try this out-Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Enjoyed this for breakfast this morning and started my day off right! Easy, light and delicious; definitely, a new favorite recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake Recipe With Cream Cheese, I always have a cake made, because I eat it with coffee, I can’t wait to make this recipe, we love the ingredients. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I made this coffee cake for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! Definitely making all spring and summer long!

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