blueberry crumb cake Recipes

blueberry crumb cake

Theoretically, we are supposed to move this Saturday, but evidence is mounting — in the form of a kitchen without countertops or appliances, a toilet in the middle of the living room, and a peeling, black bathtub that looks like the kind place you’d find a horror movie victim — that it might not happen. Did I mention the great plume of drywall dust from the doorway they’re sawing out of a wall today? Nothing that 48 hours can’t sort out, right?

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It’s a good thing, in Opposite Land, that we are not the kind of people who plan every element of a big event like a move up to a month out, with each detail, from sending the kid to his grandparents for a couple nights so he doesn’t have to watch all shh, most of his toys get boxed up, or ordering furniture to be delivered that morning, furniture we have exactly no space for in our current overfilled apartment. I realize that I sound like we’re at Stress Level: Hip Flask this week, but it’s not so bad, mostly because I’ve chosen instead to focus my energies this month on blueberry crumb cake studies.

lemon zest

just one egg for maximum craggy crumb
a mass of blueberries, a minimum of cakefor the streusel

My theory is that everyone needs a perfect recipe for blueberry crumb cake, or at least everyone who loves blueberries, cake, summer and making people happy with summery blueberry cakes. Some people are indecisive enough to need seven recipes — some people have fallen hard in the past for intensely lemony yogurt loaf cakes with blueberries, buttery blueberry cakes crossed with a hint of cornbread (in the book), straight-up boy bait and at least three others that are especially delicious with blueberries instead — but none of them have what Maida Heatter’s classic blueberry crumb does, which is a staggering amount of blueberries (even more so in my take on it), an incredible rich, plush cake from just a modicum of butter, a minimum of eggs (for the most tender crumb) and a streusel that evidences good priorities (it has as much butter as the cake it tops).

thick, thick batter
blueberry cake in crazy morning light

I made this for the kids and teachers on the last day of summer camp, because I’m a total kiss-up. I’ve brought this to two summer homes where we’ve been a guest, in a shameless ploy to be invited back. And I’ve made another this week, just for us, because it’s so much more enjoyable to deal with life’s — or at least real estate’s — uncertainties over cake.

blueberry crumb cake with extra blueberries

Used cookbooks: Many of Maida Heatter’s cookbooks (such as this one) are out of print, and all of them should be in your possession if you love to bake, which means this is the perfect day for me to give you an extremely (8 years, even) overdue shoutout to one of New York City’s greatest food wonders, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, a used cookbook store in the West Village. Bonnie herself is there everyday, an is not only one of the friendliest New Yorkers you’ll meet, but she knows almost everything about cookbooks. I’ve never come there on a hunt for a cookbook and not found it (and, oops, usually five more; see above: overfilled apartment, guilty as charged). Walking in there is like walking into quickly vanishing NYC you see depicted in movies and I hope if you’re visiting this summer, you don’t miss a chance to stop in.

One year ago: Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini
Two years ago: My Favorite Brownies
Three years ago: Zucchini Fritters
Four years ago: Nectarine Brown Butter Buckle
Five years ago: Plum Kuchen
Six years ago: Huevos Rancheros
Seven years ago: Quick Zucchini Saute (still make this at least once a week — including tonight!)

Blueberry Crumb Cake
Adapted from Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts

There are several things about this cake that always stand out to me. First, while most cakes of this size use a quarter pound of butter, plus an additional quarter or eighth for the crumb, this uses half and you don’t notice any missing. There’s as much butter in the cake as there is in the streusel, which I see as a sign that Heatter had her priorities straight. Second, every time I make the streusel topping, I find it too buttery and soft; I’m eager to add more flour to make it more crumbly but I recommend resisting because Heatter knows what she’s doing. The streusel will seem moist but when it bakes, it will both become crumb-like and adhere well to the cake, so you lose very little when you flip the cake out of the pan. I should know not to doubt her, anyway.

Still, I tweak a bunch of things, for ease and personal preferences: I use even more blueberries because I love a blueberry-overloaded cake. Heatter recommends 2 cups, but the pints I buy at the market often have 2 2/3 cups in them, and I use them all. I don’t bother dusting the berries with flour, as she recommends, because it’s not necessary to keep them from sinking here. (The reason is that the cake batter is very thick. Thick batters keep fruit in place.) I also don’t bother sifting the dry ingredients, in part due to laziness and also because while in some cakes, sifting is an important part of yielding a delicate crumb, this cake, where the hallmark crumb is moist, plush and heavily decked with leaky berries, we’re not angling for delicacy. To accommodate the volume that’s lost by not sifting, I am suggesting below using a smidge less flour in both places that you measure it. Oh, and I like to beat the zest in with the sugar, whose grittiness will help release the most oils and flavor from it.

Serves 8 in big wedges or 16 in the 2×2-ish-inch grid I cut mine roughly into

Topping:
5 tablespoons (40 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup, 2 ounces or 55 grams) unsalted butter, cold is fine
Pinch of salt

Cake:
2 cups minus 1 tablespoon (i.e. 1 3/4 cups + 3 tablespoons or 240 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup, 2 ounces or 55 grams) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint (2 to 2 2/3 cups, 12 to 16 ounces, or 340 to 455 grams; see Note) fresh blueberries, clean and dry
1/2 cup milk, whole is ideal, any kind should work
1/2 cup (55 grams) walnuts, chopped medium fine (optional)
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

Heat oven to 375°F. Butter a 9-inch round baking pan (with at least 2″ sides) and dust it lightly with flour; line it with a round of parchment paper.

Prepare the topping by mixing the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt, then cutting the butter in with a pastry blender, fork or your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt until combined. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and zest together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Beat in 1/3 of the dry ingredient mixture until just combined, followed by 1/2 the milk; repeat with remaining dry ingredients and milk, finishing with the dry mixture. The batter will be very stiff, but don’t fret. Fold blueberries into cake batter until evenly distributed.

Scoop cake batter into prepared pan and smooth so that it is flat. If using walnuts, scatter them on top. Sprinkle with prepared streusel. Bake in heated oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out batter-free. You can let the cake cool complete in the pan on a rack, or just cool it in the pan for 20 minutes before flipping it out onto a cooling rack, removing the parchment paper lining, and flipping it back onto a plate. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if using.

Do ahead: Cake keeps covered with plastic or foil at room temperature for three days. If longer, it might be best to keep it in the fridge. It gets more moist each day.

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312 comments on blueberry crumb cake

  1. Whenever you post a new Everyday Cake, it turns into a night of binge-watching TV or playing tabletop games, and having cake for dinner. I suspect this will be no different.

  2. I don’t have a round pan. Do you have a suggestion for what size square/rectangular one to use? Our blueberries are just on the edge and I was thinking crisp tonight, but I like the idea of this better! :)

    1. Frozen berries — Yep, I bet they’d work. Probably no need to defrost them. It might take a few minutes longer to bake, but check at 40 minutes. (Maida’s original recipe says 45 to 50 minutes, but mine was done in 40 all three times I made it in the last week.)

  3. This is exactly what I want to make today. (Since I just picked a ton of garden huckleberries, I’ll use those instead.)

  4. Thanks Deb! How did you know I was looking for a simple lower fat recipe for a blueberry cake? I think I will make two cakes-one with blueberries bad the other with cherries!

  5. There you go again, Smitten! Posting recipes that I just MUST try, and there goes my resolve to lose 20 pound (again). We’re heading to Maine in a few days, where we have some wild blueberry land that is just dying to be harvested and turned into this cake (and a million other things–think pancakes, smoothies, pie, . . . . ) Thank you!

  6. I just made a blueberry crumb cake last week adapted from Ina Garten’s. It was so delicious – the tartness of the blueberries mixes so well with the sweet crumbs. I still think your rhubarb big crumb cake is one of the best things I have ever made, nothing can compare to that crumb to cake ratio.

  7. I just made a blueberry buckle last night. I used the recipe my mom always used, which is from a very old Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s suprisingly similar. The main difference is that Betty doesn’t include lemon or vanilla in hers. I’ll be using yours from now on, as those sound like excellent additions!

  8. I’ve actually made my blueberry crumb cake recipe in a 9 inch spring form pan. It makes it easier to slice, especially at a brunch or potluck.

  9. “Stress Level: Hip Flask” should be a band name. Hang in there! Also, stop tempting me to cheat on my paleo diet. On a side note, Nom Nom Paleo linked to your recent pickle recipe this week.

  10. What size round pan did you use? I didn’t find that info in the notes. 8 or 9 inch I’d guess? This looks delish, it will be made this weekend!

  11. Wow, Deb, wow. I see you have no shame in practically forcing so many unsuspecting readers to bake by posting these awesome pictures and stories! :) Do you think almond milk or coconut milk instead of milk, um, from a cow would mess up the cake’s texture?

  12. I can’t tell you how excited I get every time you post a new recipe. Please don’t ever delete or close this website down as I live off it, going on it every day looking back at your old posts (and telling myself I will make this some day) because it’s so beautiful. The food… and your blog…
    I really hope I can meet you some day, not only are your recipes I’ve had the most success with, you also inspired me that having a passion for cooking/baking doesn’t mean you have to be a chef or have a restaurant. But you can cook and bake every day, just for those around you. Pursuing your passion everyday. I’m only 17 and my family doesn’t support me in the culinary world, but more to the ‘get a good job, earn a lot of money, then do what you want’, which makes me sad.
    Anyways, congrats on your new house! I’m excited to try out this recipe soon :)

  13. hi deb! i never comment , but i just want to say i love your recipes, they always come out great , your book is the one i go to when i have people over. ive done so many over the years and i recommend your book and blog to everyone

  14. You never fail to provide me with a cake recipe for the weekend. :) This looks like another winner.

    Also — your glass storage jars are beautiful! Are they Weck?

    1. Jen — I do have some stuff in Weck jars, but nothing that’s shown here. I’ve bought a lot of different sized canning jars with clamp-tops from Overstock.com over the years. They always have a lot in stock.

      Elisa — It’s a scant 2 cups, but I know if I’d said that, specifics would be requested so instead you can just measure 2 cups flour and take out 1 tablespoon. Or just use the weight measurement. Buttermilk should work and I think the flavor would be lovely here. There’s often some concern in baking about swapping an acidic ingredient (buttermilk or yogurt) for non-acidic ingredient (regular milk, soy or almond milk) because a leavener like baking soda needs an acid to activate and other very long-winded explanations, but as we’re using baking powder and adding an acid rather than taking one away, it shouldn’t be an issue.

      Manuela — I think so. I might stick to 2 cups halved or quartered since I find them even wetter than blueberries and wouldn’t want the cake to turn to mush. You might also like this strawberry summer cake if you have an excess of strawberries.

      Michal — It might. Or, you could make my favorite blueberry muffins.

      Tovah — And then you have to go to Three Lives and Co. across the street. :)

      Leah — I’ve read that and it fascinates me. Of course, we’re just moving within our building so we wouldn’t have to deal with street-level chaos. But can you imagine?

  15. Mmmm this looks so good! I’m so jealous of that bookstore! It sounds amazing.

    Good luck with your move, that sounds totally annoying — but it looks like you’ve found the solution to not be TOO stressed :)

  16. Deb, I have moving agita for you – I’m a terrible mover and dread transitions of almost any kind. (Fun tidbit: May 1 used to be Moving Day in New York, when hundreds to thousands would relocate on one date. So at least you won’t be competing with a vast horde, I guess?)

    I’m new to Maida Heatter’s oeuvre, but I just looked over her Palm Beach Brownies recipe, which was so delightfully particular and involved for a brownie recipe I feel compelled to try it! And to visit Bonnie’s shop – thanks for the recommendation.

  17. Good luck with your move!

    This looks like it would certainly help with those stress levels. It also looks quite a bit like a streusel topped peach buckle I’ve got on the docket. How many everyday cakes is too many?

  18. How do you think this would work with other berries – say, some diced strawberries, or whole blackberries? I might give it a shot with strawberries, only because I just bought a 4lb container of them at Trader Joe’s this afternoon!

  19. If you wish to further your studies – have you tried Ina’s blueberry crumb cake recipe? I believe sour cream is involved.

  20. Perhaps the people completing the renovations on your new place would be inspired to work faster if you plied them with this lovely creation?

  21. This looks delish! I love crumb cakes but always struggle with the crumb. No matter what I seem to do the crumb topping is always dry. Any tips?

  22. Picked blueberries at a farm two weeks ago. Weekend and end of school is here, and I was planning to bake something this weekend to use them up. Perfect timing, Deb. :)

  23. So buttermilk may work? I’d love to hear from anyone who tries it. I have some buttermilk to use, and I really hate wasting it. I always swear I will use it all up every time I buy it, but I don’t seem to actually get around to doing that.

  24. I have loads of fresh blueberries and this seems like a great use for them! While on the topic…do frozen berries work well for baking? I guess they might be watery? so thaw and drain maybe? Or should I always stick with fresh? I have so many that I want to freeze a good amount. If baking with them doesn’t work, that’s ok since I have lots of other uses!

  25. I have a bunch of raspberries looking pitiful in my fridge and was just wondering what to do with them before they walk away on their own (besides breakfast bars, we have already done that his month). I think this will work nicely.

  26. I have been making this cake for years and it is truly the best blueberry coffee cake i have ever tried. So glad that you found it!

  27. ARGH always one ingredient short making a store run necessary. Today, butter. If I make this tonight and cut it into squares then when I bring the rest in tomorrow my coworkers won’t know about my quality control tasting!

  28. I can’t wait to make this this weekend! I have everything in my pantry/fridge already. What size round pan do you use?

  29. My suggestion is to tell those renovators in your new apartment that if they hurry up and finish, you will have homemade blueberry crumb cake waiting for them…chances are you will be able to move in on time! Best wishes!

  30. Even though it is 101 degrees outside, I fired up my oven and made this today! It sure is beautiful. I have been looking for a recipe like this for years, with the perfect topping and moistness, thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  31. An insta photo that you posted earlier in the year of a visit to Bonnie Slotnick’s tipped me off to its existence and I visited when I was in New York (from Sydney) earlier this year. A great suggestion, thanks! I came away with a gorgeous first edition Jane Grigson and left wishing I could squeeze more into my suitcase!

  32. Possibly stupid question… Wouldn’t flipping the cake out of the pan result in the streusel/ topping being on the, um, bottom? Should we be using a springform? Or removing the cake with parchment?

  33. I’ve made the rhubarb snacking cake with other fruit! Usually half the pan with rhubarb, and half the pan with whatever other fruit I’ve got because I don’t have enough rhubard for a whole pan (from my neglected plants in the back yard.) Fresh peaches one time, and frozen mixed berries another time, off the top of my head.

    I’ll be trying this one soon!

  34. I make this cake all the time, and just brought one to dinner at a friend’s house…made with the wild blueberries we brought home from Maine. I have always made this in a 9″ springform pan ..don’t want to lose a single crumb of Streusal !
    I think a couple of chunks of this cake, and one of those bourbon slushies should get you through the move just fine. Good Luck.

  35. Good luck with the move! it’s always so stressful but will also be soooooo worth it. Love it that you’re still making cake, in spite of it all!

  36. I’ve been searching for the right recipe for this type of cake. I like baking crumb cakes for my family and have been wanting to do something with blueberries. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing and the reminder about visiting Bonnie’s bookstore. Must go !

  37. That cake looks amazing! We don’t get blueberries here in India. This is the season for stone fruit…you think diced plums could be subbed?

  38. This looks delish, but as a UK reader who works in grams, isn’t 5 tbsp of flour for the topping equivalent to 75g not 15? So 4tbsp would be 60g not 55? Or our spoon measurements different as well? *brain explodes with confusion*

    P.S. Good luck with the move when it happens

  39. I love the way you write! I sure hope there is a larger kitchen in your new place! Thanks for the tip on the bookstore; I’ll put it on my list for our next “field trip” into NYC from NJ.
    I’m making lunch for friends with a new baby on Sat., and this will definitely be on the menu. There is a peach streusel coffeecake in the William’s-Sonoma Muffin Cookbook, which people love, but now I’m not supposed to eat stone fruit (which is going to really kill me when the prune plums come out, AND mess with my Rosh Hashanah baking), so I’m putting lots of berries in everything.

  40. My husband doesn’t like blueberries… What other fruits could I substitute? ( I’m thinking strawberries would be too watery)… Raspberries? Peaches?

  41. Hey Deb. First, you’re amazing and every recipe I’ve ever made of your has become a family staple. Second, how do you think whole wheat pastry flour would go with this, in lieu of all-purpose? We moved last fall and have discovered DELIGHTFULLY that we have four blueberry bushes lining our driveway!!!!! So we are loaded with blueberries and man ALIVE, I’m loving this recipe!

  42. Adrienne—I make muffins using chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen) and they are delicious. I think this crumb cake recipe would be splendid with strawberries. Actually, this recipe would be delicious without any fruit at all!

  43. Can’t wait to try this! Not a fan of lemon zest. Do you think it is necessary to put it in for the best results, or will be be delicious without it also?

  44. Hi Deb, I absolutely love your web site and ALL your recipies……..I’m making this blueberry crumb cake Yum….can you substitute olive oil for the butter? I work at an olive oil store and we like to suggest cake recipies to clients that use olive oils. I’ve made several olive oil cakes and customers love them! Thanks and best wishes for your move. Monica

  45. Eeeep! I would be no where near your level of calm right now. Admirable! Do you think (I know you can’t vouch for it, just wondering your thoughts) refined coconut oil (no coconut taste) would work in place of the butter? Thanks!

  46. Have you tried Dorie Greenspan’s Blueberry Crumb Cake (from Baking)? It uses buttermilk and the walnuts are in the crumb instead of the cake, but it seems very similar. I’ve been happy with it, but I might have to make sure by trying this one.

  47. Bonnie is a true New York eccentric. I stopped in there a few years ago {it’s almost always closed when I pass by there in the morning or early afternoon on the way to my office, so I was thrilled that I could finally see the inside} and chatted with her as I wandered around, admiring the gorgeous displays and oohing and aaahing over all of the beautiful rare treasures. After about 15 minutes, she said, I have to go do an errand, would you mind watching the shop for me? AND SHE LEFT ME ALONE IN HER STORE FOR OVER HALF AN HOUR. I actually waited on a few customers, not that I was of much service. When she got back, I bought a book {I felt obliged to buy something after spending almost an hour in there} and she didn’t give me a discount.

  48. Is the weight in grams for the 5 Tbs of flour (for the topping) accurate? I bake by weight (all your fault Deb!) and if one cup of all-purpose flour weighs ~125g that means 5 Tbs should weigh around 40g… right? Or is it supposed to be 5 teaspoons of flour, which would weigh 15g?

    1. Weight of flour in topping — Nope, that was a typo. It is indeed 40 grams, now fixed. Thanks.

      Substituting oil or coconut oil for butter here — Should go off without a hitch.

      Renee — I think you could use it here. Personally, if I’m making a baked good for the first time with a whole wheat or alternative flour, I start with just a 1/3 to 1/2 max swap. If I’ve worked with it before, I might go up to 2/3 swap. I rarely do a full swap. But, if you’ve been baking with 100% whole wheat pastry flour for some time and feel confident about the texture in cakes, go for it.

      Instead of blueberries — Diced very ripe peaches, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, diced plums, apricots, etc.

      Sara — Sorry for the confusion, I meant, flip it out, remove the parchment, return it right-side-up.

      Maytal — I think it should be okay with an all-purpose gluten-free baking mix.

  49. This looks like the delightful blueberry “coffee cake” my grandma used to make and serve after church service on Sundays. Had lost her recipe. Can’t wait to try it for my family!

  50. Hi Deb! How do you think it’ll take to freezing? I live alone and don’t share well… I also don’t want to eat all of this in one night.

  51. Deb, you MUST come to Maine right away–and get away from all that NYC stress. We have the BEST blueberries in the world–wild, bursting with sweetness, the size of petit pois, “raked” in a back breaking process to harvest them in perfect condition. Just imagine how amazing this cake would be. The blueberries are ripe RIGHT NOW! Get thee to the border and I’ll get me to the kitchen!

  52. Are those ceiling beams in the LR? The archways are GREAT ( I had them in my last home) too- instant “personality”. Well worth however long it takes…and a deck also????? I wish you lots of joy in your new place and more time to cook things like Blueberry Cake. Did we totally miss rhubarb season without the recipe for the cake( or was it pie?) that fell on the kitchen floor? Say it will be delayed.. ( but not so long that we have to wait for cookbook #2) to pacify me…but pleeeease may we have it soon?

  53. This is definitely on the treat-me-myself-and-I list. I’m a longtime reader, new commenter, and avid coffee drinker. I can now go on to daydream my way through the last couple of hours of work. Coffee and blueberry crumb cake…mmmmmm :) Thanks!

  54. This looks delicious but I’m noticing a lack of huckleberries(!) in your recipe repertoire. Do they have them on the east coast? They taste, to me, like blueberries much stronger & more flavorful cousin.

    1. Laura — It might be a little dry. I think cakes like this are best with fresh fruit.

      Kelly — I am overdue to try them. We don’t hear much about them on the East Coast, but I will ask around at the Greemarket — I bet someone grows some.

      Lauren — I’m sorry, I still owe you that pie. The thing is, I hadn’t even loved it that much. It was okay. I’ll get it right next spring. And thanks — this building does have a lot of ceiling beams and arches (for a totally not fancy building). Unfortunately, they’re not exactly historical preservationists here, so when they make a new doorway, as they are for us, they look different. (Can you tell I was stressing over this at 5am? Ugh.)

      Karen — Ah, it sounds so wonderful. Maine is absolutely the best place to be in August.

  55. Just baked the cake and it is delicious even though it fell a bit in the middle. Do you have suggestions on how to prevent? My husband said he could eat in place of dinner tonight. Haha.

    1. Maribeth — Usually falling is a leavening issue but this a cake I’ve made three times in one week (I know, I need an intervention) and it never happened. Were there any ingredient changes worth mentioning? (Buttermilk for milk, etc.)

  56. I just made your blueberry crumb bars 2 days ago (for about the millionth time) – but I had a ton of blueberries so I doubled them. Incredible! Now you post this, and I’m going to have to get some more blueberries so I can make it asap. My colleagues love me (and by extension you!) but my hips are not so happy :-(
    Good luck with the move and thanks again for all your wonderful recipes.
    PS. Jacob and I share a birthday – have you started planning the cake yet?

  57. Hi Deb,
    Made this last night to eat over the weekend. It looks delicious and I am sure will taste so as well, but when I followed the recipe as written it did not seem to produce the amount of crumb topping as yours has in the pictures. I looked at other recipes for similar sized crumb cakes I’ve made from you in the past and they seem to have a lot more flour. Is there a possible mistake, or did I just do something wrong?

    Have a nice weekend!

    1. Tamar — I would say that it makes about, maybe just shy of, 1 cup of streusel. Does that sound like what you got? The crumb layer isn’t thick here, but the topping should easily cover the top of the cake. I hope that helps.

      Another Deb — It’s no fun to plan anymore; all he wants is chocolate. However, while eating a slice of this, he actually said that maybe he MIGHT go for a blueberry cake. But blueberries will be out of season by then. I would love to make him a plum cake with a brown sugar brown butter cream cheese buttercream but, I don’t know, maybe that doesn’t sound so fitting for a 5 year-old? As you can see, I’ve got a lot of thinking to do. (Plus, also, this dude I married has a big round birthday this month, and requires cake.)

  58. Sold. Again. I made a blueberry crumb cake from Cooks Illustrated and it was uber-tasty, but this one cooked be singing it’s siren song to me. Good luck with your move tomorrow! As long as you know where to find a bottle of wine and a corkscrew, you’re good!

  59. Excellent! Might even rival the Summer Strawberry Cake. However, my topping didn’t come out to nearly the amount yours did in the picture. Next time I might do 1.5 times the amount for extra crumby goodness.

  60. No blueberries in the house so I’m going to switch it up with cherries (cut in half), almond extract, and some almond meal in the crumb topping in place of wheat flour.

  61. I sent the link to my niece with a comment that it looks good. It worked — she made it (who could resist).

    It smelled amazingly good!!! We rushed through dinner to get to the main event. The cake was moist, the blueberries were bursting, the flavour was perfect. Double yum. Many many thanks Deb. (She used brown sugar for the crumble and it had a nice crunch.)

    It was a perfect cake.

  62. Good Morning Deb ! Not sure what happened here but my first note went elsewhere..trying again. I had to laugh about a post you wrote July 31st. You stated you made the blueberry cake three times that week. What?? ? You didn’t share with me ! Now I am truly going to try this yumolicious sounding recipe. Thanks ever so much for sharing it with all of us. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ Holly

  63. Jennifer, I just did the same thing. It stared back at me from the counter for all of about 15 minutes (after it was cool enough to transfer to a cake pedestal) before I cut into it, lol. OMG, I need to get of of the house now!

  64. Made this, this morning. Forgot to use the parchment paper. Still came out of the pan perfect. Must be my lucky day.

  65. I made this cake this morning. I made one goof. I mixed the nuts in the batter with the blueberries but it didn’t matter. I used my spring form cake pan since my regulars are too short. This cake is wonderful!

    btw Deb, buy the blueberries now in season and on sale, and put them in the freezer.

  66. Ok I have twins napping upstairs and the right thing to do would be for me to nap, but I can’t till I make this cake. Cake is as important as sleep sometimes :)

  67. i’m going to a cookout for a coworker tonight. guess what i’m bringing? this and a mexican street corn salad. thanks for never letting me down, deb! i hope moving is going … better than you expect?

  68. I made this last night to serve to in-laws this morning. My father-in-law, who is not prone to gush, said, “This is probably the best coffeecake I’ve ever had.” I concur! Many thanks — this recipe goes in the permanent rotation!

  69. I made this and it was truly delish. The only problem was the crumb topping. I did not have a pastry blender and I used my fingers. I think the warmth of my hands caused the butter to melt. It turned out to be more like a buttery solid topping than a streusel. What do you think about using a food processor to make the streusel?

  70. Oh!!! Now I know the problem. In reading the comments, I see the weight on the flour in the streusel was wrong. No wonder mine was so buttery it actually flowed over a bit – I used 15 g instead of 40 grams. I will try it again.

  71. All these summer time recipes, I’m dreaming of hot summer days and long light nights… can’t wait! Moving is always so stressful and in my case so un organised and rushed (every year for the past 3 years we’ve moved apartment) but you seem to be organised and still blogging which I think is a good sign :) Good luck with the final move when it happens and I hope that bath tub goes… sounds scary!

  72. Bonnie slotnick! haven’t heard that name in awhile. absolutely agree that she is the best procurer of out-of-print cookbooks ever. she was able to get me 2 hard-to-find books in less than 5 days. she is a wonder! now that you’ve reminded me, I think it’s time to ask her about those Clementine Paddleford books I’ve been trying to find…

  73. Wowza! This cake is so right on so many levels. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon, but it’s really ‘just right’ here. The fruit is moist but not wet. The cake holds its shape well so would be good for traveling/bringing to a friends’ house. And the taste is divine; everyone had seconds! Just an FYI – I made this yesterday with 250 g blueberries and 200 g strawberries (quartered) – a great combination in case you ran out of blueberries like I did. Thanks for another winning recipe!

  74. In the oven as we speak. I’m so excited. Picked the blueberries out East and brought them home just for this. Man I love summer on Long Island.

  75. Like Louise, I made the cake before reading the comments and the following correction of the flour weight for the topping. It did not seem right – more spreadable than suitable for sprinkling – but I remembered not to doubt, you as advised. Nevertheless, the cake came out wonderfully, with a delicious crust in place of the crumb. So the 15g-flour-streusel may well be an alternative (and and a bit lower-calorie) version of the topping :-)
    Thanks from your reader from Warsaw, Poland

  76. EXcellent, as always, Deb. Made it early this a.m. and set it out to cool before church. Back now and had to do a taste test before taking it to a function this afternoon, and happy to report it is just as wonderful as I’d suspected. Thanks for another great recipe!

  77. I made this yesterday and it turned out perfect. Because of the higher altitude, I baked it at 400 F and let it bake for an extra 5 minutes. There just so happened to be a gathering next door, so I was able to bring this over and it was gone within an hour. Everyone loved it.

  78. Hi Deb- Never commented before, but this recipe plus your peach-blueberry cobbler requires a major thank you! After making the cobbler and becoming much more popular with my friends, I doubled the fruit and tripled the topping for a gathering yesterday. Definitely earned kudos. Now to try this one, which reminds me of the Polish apple cake recipes my mother used to bake, with more panache!

  79. I made this last night and took it to work today. It was a big hit! I will definitely make it again. This was so easy to make and great for a coffee cake or a dessert. Thanks for your wonderful and inspiring site.

  80. Just bought a bunch of Maida Heatter’s books. I guess I’ll read them while eating the cake. Wait scratch that, I’ll have the cake now and make more for reading later!

  81. All those organic blueberries I bought on Saturday are now safely in cake! I used the max 455 grams of fruit and love how much more there is in this cake compared to others. I wonder about using agave for at least some of the sweetening—–to lower the glycemic index. I’m never quite sure how to work that substitution. Ideas?

  82. Made it yesterday with buttermilk — and I’m happy to say it was a resounding success. I didn’t change anything else, just swapped buttermilk for the milk. Delicious!

  83. I baked this cake friday and handed out slices to all who stopped by my home. We have never had a cake this yummy and moist. Everyone that had some asked for the recipe and an extra slice to take home.

  84. I made this for a summer cookout and served it with local frozen vanilla custard. It was amazing!! The only thing I changed was baking it in a square 8×8 pan and it worked perfectly!!

  85. Yup, I made this instead of unpacking in my new apartment and it was incredible. Everyone loved it. This is definitely one of my favorite SK recipes to date. It was unbelievably easy too. Thanks for sharing! Hope you’re all settled into your new place.

  86. I made this yesterday and it was delicious. Turned out perfectly. Followed recipe exactly, but I didn’t have a lemon to zest so I used a lime. Even my husband who isn’t much of a blueberry fan liked it! We had it last night with vanilla ice cream – delicious. I made it in a 9 inch springform pan.

  87. I just made this today. Why can’t all cakes be like this, never had a cake with streusel before. Unforgettable!
    I used half mooned plums and I baked it in a pan with a hole in it (what do you call those?). I wouldn’t change anything – except for maybe trying it with peaches, raspberries, nectarines, pears etc., etc… You get the idea :) Thank you so much.

  88. I made this yesterday using frozen huckleberries instead of blueberries. It is so very good. An added bonus is the crumb topping is virtually identical to the crumb topping my mother used to use on her Dutch crumb peach pie. I have tried a number of crumb recipes trying to replicate hers and none were the same. This crumb recipe is the closest I’ve found. I’m not sure if I will ever make this with blueberries as I find blueberries to be bland and tasteless after eating huckleberries for years. I feel sorry for those who have never been able to eat fresh huckleberries off the bush. As far as I know there is still no domestic or garden grown true huckleberry available even though research continues into developing a domesticated version of the wild huckleberry.

  89. This was so amazing! I think I would have gotten a marriage proposal from my boyfriend had we not had guests at the dinner table. I’ve got about 4 more of these to make in the next few weeks because its just.that.good!

    Question for you, Deb. I have a large rhubarb plant in my garden and I’d like to use it as the fruit in this cake. Do you have any suggestions for me? Should I add more sugar to the mix or do you think it will work as is with the substitution of tart rhubarb for the sweet blueberries? (I’m going to experiment with it tonight, I think. I’ll report back)

    I’m also completely geeking out that Deb “liked” my photo of this cake on Instagram. (I’m such a dork!)

  90. This sounds amazing. As a side note, for all the readers wanting to use buttermilk because they have some left over, I’ve discovered that you can make quark cheese with buttermilk. It’s a European soft spread cheese not found easily in the States. And it’s so easy! For anyone who’s interested, here’s the recipe: http://relache.hubpages.com/hub/Quark

  91. I’m Ann the full time RVer who has posted before. I am now in Michigan where cherries and blueberries are in season and fruit stands are on all the roads. After purchasing some of the above, I made this blueberry crumb cake. Delicious. Also, the recipe from a year ago (as above, Burst Tomato Galette) I modified and made a quiche. Also Delicious. I also made the Egg Salad with pickled celery. Another Delicious dish. We are now set with meals while we spend time touring this beautiful country. Thanks again for all your hard work. Good luck with your move.

  92. B — I think you could substitute diced rhubarb here easily. It’s a little more tart but this cake is (to me) on the sweet side. I might keep the amount to 2 cups, though. Hope that helps.

  93. Hi Deb,

    I am not really a baker, but this looks so good I have to try it. I was wondering if you think this would work with an herb like rosemary or thyme added into the batter.

    Thanks!

  94. Oh, this is good! I’m not a streusal fan (just too sweet for me), so I left it off, and I decreased the sugar to 1/4 c. granulated + 1/4 c. light brown. I found the cake plenty moist and sweet. Had it tonight with whipped cream and will have it for breakfast tomorrow with yogurt. Thank you!
    @Martha #148 – Thank you for the quark tip! Love it, and it’s so hard to find in a store where I am.

  95. Made this tonight and it was delicious. I thought I had a lemon but didn’t, so some orange zest was fine. Also, our guest has various food issues so rice milk worked well too. Plus, I didn’t have the right pan and used a buttered and floured 9″ Pyrex deep-dish pie plate. Served directly from the dish, the cake came out easily from the pan. Easy made even easier to no ill effect!

  96. Visiting my cousins in Waldoboro, ME, and picked beautiful blueberries. What a treat to make this cake to thank our family for a beautiful stay. My husband and I enjoyed some with wildly strong coffee on our flight home to Sonoma county today. Coming from and going to beautiful parts of the US. Thanks!

  97. Hi Deb,
    This looks beautiful, and with the last of the summer berries coming in, I can’t wait to get to it! I was wondering if you had any suggestions for modifying this recipe for high altitude? I live in Denver (5,280 ft above sea level) and this can pose some baking issues.
    Thanks!

  98. Loved this! I substituted raw sugar fir the topping and it was beyond expectations. I was supposed to save dome for my husband coming back from a business trip but hey a girl needs breakfast :)

  99. Going to Book Club tonight and visiting family tomorrow. Both groups complain about “watching carbs” and will not eat whole cake so thinking about making as muffins or in two loaf pans? Anything I should change if I did? Maida is a goddess in my book. Thanks!

    1. Ellen — I think that the volume might actually be right for one loaf pan, not two. But flatter cakes don’t always translate well to loaves; often, but not always because they sometimes need extra leavener to adjust to extra height climb.

  100. OMG I love crumb cakes like this one but I’ve never brought myself to make them at home! Guess what I am making this weekend! One of the best things about living in Wisconsin is wild berries everywhere! I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  101. It turned out perfectly. It was so moist and I could’ve had another slice but I’m going to share some with neighbors and friends. I’m going to pick more blueberries tomorrow!!!!! Thanks, Deb :)

  102. This was so easy, came out perfectly. If one is patient and pays attention, even people who think they cannot cook will be able to make this. Got blueberries from farmer’s mkt, expensive but much better flavor. I don’t know why my oven always takes longer (61 minutes) .. I had an oven thermometer in there at the right temp. I used my 9-inch springform pan.

  103. Lovely cake! I always use half unbleached white flour & half whole wheat pastry flour in recipes like this one. Worked very well! Took quite a bit longer to bake than the recommended 40 minutes though.

  104. This is fabulous cake! I made a double batch and gave one to the neighbor that so kindly helped with our yard work out of the goodness of his heart (gotta love that kind of neighbor). I used buttermilk for the regular milk and frozen blueberries for the fresh, but otherwise followed the recipe. I had a longer cooking time, but assumed that was because I put the berries in directly from the freezer. This recipe is an absolutely a keeper.

  105. Hi Deb I’m a massive fan of yours and your blueberry crumb bars are notorious in my house. I made this cake during the week and I think it’s the nicest cake I have ever produced. We had it hot with custard and cold with ice cream. It was amazing. I’m now thinking of all the other amazing combos I could produce. I’m even wondering whether slightly stewed apples or even plums could work now that we are heading in autumn. I will let you know if I attempt one of these alternatives. Thanks once again for the wonderful recipes.
    P.S. right now I’m making the lazy pizza dough for dinner tomorrow. I can’t wait.

  106. Hi Deb, and thanks for yet another lovely recipe! The cake is backing in the oven right now, but the streussel melted and covered the cake like a top crust layer. I am sure it still tastes wonderful, cant wait to try it, but I have no idea what went wrong. As you describe it felt very buttery and I resisted the extra flour urge. Any ideas what I might try next time?

  107. I had to giggle when I inverted the cake onto a plate. I said, “Its a huge muffin!” Absolutely delicious. I will be making this many times. Thank you for the great recipe!

    1. Mary-Marshall — I think it could, actually. Do let us know if it works. My only concern is that you might be better off doubling it if you want to fully fill the bundt.

  108. i’m about to make it for the 3rd time – it’s absolutely delicious! used a spring form pan, pecans instead of walnuts, and buttermilk instead of milk – perfect!

  109. Thank you, Deb, for yet another wonderful recipe!

    I made this as cupcakes/muffins without the topping (since hubby and I are on a diet so the butter and portions have to be kept low) and they are gorgeous!

  110. Could Buttermilk be substituted for the whole milk? And how about baking it in a tube pan? I used a springform and that was fine, and am trying a 9×13 pyrex baking dish to make it easier to serve at a pot luck.

  111. Holy cats, this cake was so good that it didn’t even matter that we only had half of a lime for zesting and that I forgot the vanilla. Thank you a million times for sharing your recipes, your photographs and your great good humor. I am a better cook, wife, mother and friend for it!

  112. Just took this out of the oven (smells wonderful & looks fabulous)! My 9 inch round cake pan was only 1 1/2 inch on sides. I thought the batter might spill over the sides as it baked but it didn’t. In fact it rose to over 2 1/2 inches with every bit of crumbs adhering perfectly to the gorgeous round puffed cake! Deb do you think this is due to the thick batter & that I had just opened a brand new can of baking powder?

  113. Yet another amazing recipe. I’ve just moved back to the northern hemisphere from the southern and it is really exciting to be able to get seasonal ingredients at the same time as you rather than having to wait 6 months to make some of you recipes.

    In some of your other recipes you suggest melting the butter for the crumb topping to make it easier to combine with the flour and sugar. Is there any reason why that wouldn’t work here? Also, the oven in my new home is only in Celsius. I was wondering if it is possible for you to include temperatures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit in your recipes?

    1. Natasha — Very astute! Mostly I kept it Heatter’s way not to change it for the sake of changing it as her recipes always work well. But I think you could melt it. That said, given that the crumbs are already on the buttery side, I hope that melted butter wouldn’t make them impossible to clump together. And yes, I will try to be more consider with the Celsius. I keep it over here, FWIW, so you can check on recipes I’ve missed.

  114. I made this today with fresh sweet cherries, 1/2 tsp almond extract along with the vanilla extract and slivered almonds in place of walnuts. It took a little longer than the written time to bake, but it was awesome!!

  115. This cake was delicious! It wound up being done in thirty minutes instead of forty for me, but probably because my oven is often a little on the hot side. Could you make the crumb topping in a stand mixer or food processor instead of by hand?

  116. Just finished two pieces of this…wonderful. I did find that it needed 50 minutes to cook and so I sadly I had to wait But it was so worth it.

  117. Wow. Mind-blowing. I was on the fence about this recipe vs. a much richer one. This one is absolutely perfect. Possibly my favorite cake, ever.

  118. I make this yesterday and it was delicious! I substituted some very ripe white nectarines for the blueberries and added some nutmeg instead of the lemon zest. It was a hit! Will be making this again soon with blueberries. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!!!

  119. This cake is to die for!! Thank you, this recipe is a keeper. And, by the way, I used a 9″ spring form pan (because my cake pans are not deep enough) and this worked perfectly.

  120. I have made this cake twice so far. Yum. I am looking for a bit more flavor in the cake. Could I substitute or add lemon juice? Thoughts?

  121. You know you’re killing me, right? I’m single and I was planning to spend the weekend home alone snuggling with the dog and appreciating the quiet. Now my choices are invite someone over or eat an entire crumb cake on my own. *Sigh*

  122. I figure it’s about time I comment after years of being a fan.

    Your recipes never fail me, and many have made it into my regular rotation. This is another huge winner! Absolutely delicious.

    Now I am off to make the refrigerator dills.

  123. This is my new favorite summer cake! But I can’t stop thinking about the plum cake with brown butter brown sugar cream cheese buttercream that you mentioned in your comment above. Do you have a recipe in mind? I’d really love to try it!

  124. This was amazing! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I’ve made this cake twice in the past week (Because each time I make it, the family rushes it, and it’s gone before I can blink!). You’ve def. encouraged me to experiment a bit more, and try to learn more about baking! We went and picked a huge box of peaches from our local orchard this morning, and am hoping to try several of your peach recipes this week.

  125. I have made this a number of times and recently used fresh peaches instead of blueberries. Both versions are great. Thanks for the recipe. I also will make any Maida Heatter recipe without question. I’m waking up early tomorrow to make this again for the eight 12 year olds who are sleeping over here tonight!

  126. This cake is SO GOOD. I didn’t have a round pan with tall enough sides so I baked it in a rectangular ceramic pan that is about 12×5 and it was perfect. I just oiled it instead of using parchment, and served it right out of the pan. There was no problems with it sticking.

    I will use this recipe again for sure! The rhubarb snaking cake, and peach-blueberry cobbler recipes are also my favourites.

  127. Just tried this recipe and it turned out fantastic :) I’m very new to baking and this little bit of success (scrumptious, scrumptious success) is tremendously encouraging! Thank you so much for all your wonderful inspiration. <3

  128. 9″ springform pan ok? All my other round pans are 8″. Bumper crop of blueberries after berry picking this weekend = excellent excuse to make this blueberry cake recipe that I’ve had bookmarked for weeks! Thanks for providing great accessible recipes for home cooks!

  129. Long time lurker here…but I just wanted to say thank you for adding in weight measurements to your recipes! Being gluten free, I’ve been able to sub in a good quality gf flour blend in this recipe and several others using the weight measurement and they come out fantastically!

  130. This is absolutely divine. The only change I made was subbing in brown sugar for the granulated in the topping, though it’s good both ways. I think I ate 3/4 of it myself!

  131. I made this in an 8″ round cake pan and it was great! I scooped out maybe 1/3 cup of the batter and baked it in a mini-loaf pan. This gave me an extra little cake to give to a friend, and no overflow on the “main” cake.

    I baked this on a Tuesday night and brought it to work the next day. First day flavor was lovely, and it was still good on the second day though not quite as lemony.

    Will definitely make this recipe again!

  132. Hi would I found this recipe and instantly fell in LOVE! Considering I’m hosting !5 people for dinner tomorrow plus 2 little children who both LOVE sweets and all of which love blueberries and had no idea on what to serve for a desert considering a few of them really dislike chocolate an done of which is 4 and last time the desert included it she was really not amused! Anyways but I was getting to is that one of the guests is extremely allergic to nuts but really think the walnuts would give it a great crunch and was wondering if you had any ideas on a substitute for it because i don’t think it would be very fair to exclude somebody from one of your delicious deserts! Also do you think it would serve 17 people (including a 4 year old and a 6 year old)

    1. Emily — The walnuts can be skipped — I usually do. I don’t mind but most people I know find nuts in cakes to be a dealbreaker. I would double the cake in a 9×13-inch pan.

  133. Was wondering whether I can substitute this for strawberries? It’s winter down under with plenty of strawberries, so I was hoping I can sub them for blueberries!

  134. I made this yesterday and it smells amazing… I didn’t change anything and flowed your directions to a t. the dough for the crumbs felt pretty wet and the crumbs ended up meeting over the cake… any suggestions for next time? a little more flour maybe?

  135. I’ve made this twice in the past week–once exactly as written and once without the blueberries and lemon zest (for my daughter). I added a little nutmeg and cinnamon to the cake the second time, and it was amazing. BTW, I went to amazon to order Maida’s cookbook and it’s listed (in “acceptable condition”) at $65! I was able to find it on another site for only $4, but I have to wonder if your post and link pushed up the price? Thank you for the recipe and cookbook recommendation!

  136. most of my baking is usually done at 350 i am kind of scared to bake it at 375 have you ever made this crumb cake at 350…..

  137. This was delicious! I used coconut oil in place of the butter in the topping and cake, and used half whole wheat flour in the cake. I also used light coconut milk for the milk in the cake. So good!

  138. I just made this and took it camping with us, to the delight of everyone there. SO delicious! What a great way to make a tiny dent in the three gallons of blueberries we picked this summer!

  139. awesome possum!!I couldn’t find fresh blueberries soI used frozen..scandalous….. still really good! I coated the frozen blueberries in dry milk powder and added milk powder to the cake and crumb!! The rest is downstairs in the fridge but I can hear it calling to me from the fridge!! A cinch to make!

  140. This is a winner! Little Maine blueberries are in season, and I’ve just made my second cake in two weeks. This time is I used 3/4 of a quart of berries and it still was delicious. My wife suggests a little lemon sauce to make it into an elegant desert? I want to try the cake recipe for a Boston Cream Pie.

  141. I have yet to make anything from Smitten Kitchen that I did not LOVE! This is no exception and I’m one of those foodie types with a huge perfectionistic streak in the kitchen. Everything must be awesome and Deb never fails me. LOVE LOVE LOVE this crumb cake!

  142. Deb, I’m making this now for the 3rd or 4th time – this time as mini crumb cakes, I’m sure they will be just as good! I’ve used a springform pan before, and it works perfectly. Your recipes are wonderful, and I really appreciate everything you do!

  143. Hi, Deb! I made a half batch in a six-inch springform, and it was fantastic (although measuring half a beaten egg is always annoying). Another reliable and delicious recipe– thank you!

  144. Debbie,

    I made the cake and posted it on my blog with credit and link back to you. I suggest you put the crumble back in the refrigerator until ready to use. It firms it up and makes it easier to sprinkle. It was great. Thanks!

  145. This recipe was posted while I was in NH during the height of blueberry picking. I made this cake 3 times, in 9×13 pans, and it was demolished each time. Best blueberry crumb cake evah!

  146. Just as a heads up for the people who asked if you can freeze this cake, I tried it and it went well. I froze the cake in individual slices. When I wanted some, I microwaved a slice of cake for 30 seconds to thaw it out a bit and then I finished heating it in the toaster (just because I think the microwave messes with texture.). It wasn’t quite as good as when it was fresh, but it froze well overall and I’m going to try to keep my freezer regularly stocked with it for yummy (ok, occasionally unhealthy) breakfasts. Thanks for the great recipe!

  147. I’ve made this recipe twice so far (and doubled it each time). Just thought I’d say it behaved well out of the freezer. I thought about trying this as muffins today (baking ahead for impending baby), even after looking over the muffins recipe. I just want this; it is SO good!

  148. LEAH Aug 24th comment WHAT site did u find the cookbook for $4.oo PLEASE SHARE THAT INFO…. I want to purchase one for a friend!!! thanks so much!

  149. I have made this cake 4 times already and have shared it with 3 friends who are now making it regularly too. Fantastic recipe, thanks!

  150. This is the very best crumb cake I ever (made and) ate! Absolutely fantastic – my teenage calorie counting daughter ate half the cake when it was still warm! Thanks soooooo much, Barbara

  151. My 13 had her eye on this one since you posted….I walked in after a long, wet commute home and found this filling the house with wonderful smells. Thanks Deb! My daughter declared it ‘ the best dessert I have ever made- even better than chocolate peanut butter cake’ (blasphemy perhaps?)

  152. Made this a few days ago – I struggled to get the mixture stiff as described, so I added a little extra flour and a TINY bit of extra sugar…it was incredible! So light and fluffy – the perfect breakfast cake. Really impressed & will definitely be making this again.

  153. I made this cake today and it was wonderful! The crumb was perfect and everyone exclaimed over the amazing streusel and loads of berries. I used 2 and 2/3 cups frozen blueberries, and the cake took an extra 20 minutes to cook through. Oh and I cooked it in a parchment-lined 9-inch springform pan and it couldn’t have released more easily. Thank you SO much!

  154. This cake is unreal!! Probably one of the best cakes I have made actually. I made it gluten free, using a flour blend of sorghum, brown rice flour, tapioca, potato starch and xanthan gum. And I used hand picked blueberries from the Norwegian forest. Absolutely beautiful cake! I love that it’s all soft inside and all crunchy on the top! Thank you so much, cookbook ordered to Norway! :D

  155. Wonderful cake! I had two packages frozen blueberries and decided to double the recipe, baking it in a 9×13 Pyrex pan. Wow! The dough was really stiff, what with the many frozen berries. I could not transfer with spatula, had to use a metal soup spoon. Baked an extra 15 minutes, due to frozen berries and the huge amount of dough, which filled the pan generously(I hoped it would not rise!). The result? A very fine, scrumptious cake, which I immediately shared with a friend w ho had dropped by to visit. She took home 1/2 the cake. This morning, it’s less crunchy, almost caramelly at topping a nd bottom crust. Blueberries are clumps of jam-like bursts of sweet blueberry. So delicious! By the way, I made the topping in my mixer with the paddle attachment. Very easy. Deb, I want to congratulate you, and Maida, for an amazing cake. The texture is so incredibly fine! Muffins should aspire to this.

  156. Hi, I made this for the first time tonight as a desert for my family of 5. In fact, it was the first recipe I tried from Smitten Kitchen and I can tell you, it will certainly not be the last! My whole family LOVED it! Good step by step instructions. Thank you Deb, I am going to try more of your recipes in the near future! Many thanks from Amsterdam, Jeroen

  157. Just FYI – I rarely if ever comment on recipes that I try, but I couldn’t help myself.. I was originally on your site looking for a brownie recipe, and realized I had 6 bazillion (literally, bazillion) blueberries in my fridge that were going to go bad, so I thought, eh, fine, I’ll save the chocolate for later (this weekend!), and try out this cake.. And might I say – HOLY COW. Talk about DELICIOUS! The ONLY change I made was that I had no walnuts, so I used some hazelnuts instead, and I added just a bit of brown sugar to the topping because I ran out of white.. Everything else was exactly as written. I shared it at work, and I think I may get a raise because of it. It was a HIT. My boss said “I will forego all of the diets in the world to keep eating this, how does it stay so moist!”. It’s now saved forever and ever as my favorite blueberry dessert. Thank you so much!!!

  158. I just made this with peach chunks (using up a friend’s frozen summer harvest) and it was a definite success. With the change of fruit, I adjusted the spices to use nutmeg and orange zest. And I used sliced almonds in the topping, rather than walnuts between the batter and topping layers. I can’t wait to try the recipe with other fruits now. Delicious!

  159. What a wonderful cake. I made it today because my family came over for tea. I had to use demerara sugar because I didn’t have white granulated and it worked really well. I also switched the walnuts for pecans because I like them better. Finally, I served it with a good vanilla custard because if my Dad was in a sitcom, his catchphrase would be, “It would be nice with custard on it.” I have to say, it was delicious and went down very well. Even my brother who can usually take-it-or-leave-it when it comes to desserts (madness, I know) enjoyed it. My Mum is now planning to make it for her mother some time, and I’m pondering possible variations. Rhubarb and orange, with maybe some stem ginger under the crumble is one possibility. Gooseberry and lemon with elderflower seems like it would work well too. Just need to work out how to incorporate the elderflower – maybe replacing some of the milk and sugar with an elderflower syrup? I’m definitely going to revisit this cake!

  160. Hi Deb,
    I have made this cake so many times I have lost count. Each time with a different variation, which often includes an assortment of berries. I was reading your roasted apple spice sheet cake recipe the other day and was wondering whether you thought roasted apples would be a good addition to this cake seeing as it could be thick enough to suspend chunks of apple, but the apples would already be cooked and soft so I wouldn’t have to worry about them being hard after the cake finished cooking. Thanks for any advice and thanks for the superb recipe, it has made me a legend.
    Kind regards
    Courtney xxx

  161. I made this today using frozen blueberries in a deep dish pie plate with a little more cinnamon and a little less zest. It looked amazing coming out of the oven but as I placed it on the cooling rack, it slipped out of my hands and onto the floor! Good thing my floor was clean and it actually was only half the cake. Anyways, the cake was phenomenally delicious and I’ll definitely make this again.

  162. Courtney — I think they could be tasty here. I’m not sure that it’s 100% necessary to pre-roast them here, but it WILL give them a better final texture. I don’t think they’d be too heavy at all in berry-ish sized chunks.

  163. FYI, I made this with frozen berries which I defrosted and drained and then used the liquid in place of milk as I needed this to be dairy-free. Also used orange zest as a previous commenter, as I had no fresh lemons. For those who wondered about whole wheat flour, I have been using a mix of half white and half whole-wheat flour for all my baking lately and I don’t even notice a difference – this cake was no exception. Sooooo yummy.

  164. First time entry from a fan in northern Canada. Yup, I’ve thinned out the recipe book collection and just go to your site. I’m tattooed if you ever leave. :-) Loved the cake by the way.

  165. Just made this today for a family gathering (Easter) and it was quite a hit, the entire cake was eaten! I followed the recipe as written with farmer’s market blueberries and meyer lemon zest – perfect. Thanks!

  166. Thanks for a great recipe which I tried for the first time this Sunday. As I didn’t have enough blueberries I went with 50/50 blueberries and strawberries and the result was absolutely delicious. And yes, you are right, it is even better after a day in the fridge.

  167. I had a surplus of frozen blueberries and this was a great use for some of them! I’m glad I had made your plum poppyseed muffins so many times or I might have panicked at the fruit to batter ratio. I used a combo of oat and whole wheat flour for one of the cups of flour so I could justify eating this for breakfast. It tastes amazing!

  168. Didn’t read through all the comments but wanted to say we love this cake for breakfast at my house and I use a 9 inch springform pan for baking so I don’t have to turn it out. Also, was great with buttermilk! I have about 15 blueberry bushes so I make it a lot!

  169. My son’s girlfriend texted me today and asked me for “the lemon blueberry crumb cake recipe you made at Thanksgiving” because my son told her it was the best thing I’ve ever made. High praise indeed cause I do a lot of baking!

  170. Hi Deb- this cake was perfect. I used buttermilk instead of reg milk and followed the rest of the recipe exactly. It’s a really nice and moist cake, def worth making over and over and actually it was pretty quick/easy :) Thanks as always!

  171. I just made this at high altitude (~7000ft) and made the following adjustments with success:

    Everything else was the same unless mentioned:
    Cake:
    2c + 2tbs flour
    3/4 tsp baking powder
    3/4c – 3/4 tbs sugar (in hindsight I’d probably just put the full 3/4c in)
    2 large eggs

    Cooked at 400degrees. I started checking on it at 30 minutes.

  172. Just made this recipe for a fresh, fun summer dessert! Was absolutely fantastic. Not a piece left over! I used frozen blueberries, and it turned out fantastic. Thanks Deb!

  173. Amazing! Made this today with my two year old and she had a lot of fun. Served it with some fresh whip cream on the side. Love the crisp top and the moist cake with so many berries. This and your strawberry cake are the two summer favorites. Thanks Deb!

  174. This cake was a religious experience. Thanks for my last-ever coffee cake recipe – the only one I’ll ever need!! P.S. I had some gorgeous white nectarines in the fridge so I sliced up a few and added them to the blueberries (I only had about 1.25C of blueberries on hand so the math worked out.) It was a delicious combo! Also, used a parchment-lined spring-form pan so I didn’t have to flip anything anywhere. Worked like a charm. Can’t wait to make it again!

  175. Delicious, I made this with my 9 year old daughter today…she was on topping and lemon zest duty ;) the topping came out more crust like than crumb like but it did not detract from the overall yummyness!

  176. oh my — this is such a delicious cake. i served it as dessert Sunday night and it was an all thumbs-up hit. thank you very, very much. i can see also being a perfect addition to brunch.

  177. deb! deb.

    i made this yesterday for brunch and oh gosh…it was/is SO GOOD. i could have eaten half of it in a day if i let myself. i baked it in my mini rectangular glass baking dish. (40 mins was perfect.) i’m too chicken to use parchment (on other occasions the paper has always turned dark brown and gotten smoky which makes me paranoid) so i just buttered & floured and it still turned out! a nice surprise.

    the only change i made was just to use regular salted butter because i can’t be bothered to buy unsalted butter. also, my hand mixer died so i used a potato masher instead ;)

    i put a glamour shot on IG:

    thanks again, this one’s going in my permanent recipe box!

  178. Ohhhhhhh my Gosh.
    Deb! This recipe is perfect.

    I followed it to the letter today and changed nothing. I knew it was the right thing to make because every. time. that I eat a blueberry muffin I think to myself, “this needs more blueberries.” This cake is everything yummy and so satisfying for summer. My kiddos, who are very particular about cake (I know – whose kids don’t like every kind of cake?? Mine.) rated it 1,000 on a scale of 1 to 10.

    Thank you!!

  179. I’m really looking forward to making this cake for my dad’s birthday tomorrow, but I was just wondering if it would be possible to make the batter the night before and refrigerate/freeze it and then bake it the next morning?

  180. Anna — I don’t generally recommend premaking batter because the baking powder begins to work fairly quickly after being mixed, and won’t be as potent in the morning, plus the blueberries will leak a lot of liquid, possibly leading to a mushier cake. However, the cake keeps very well (and moist) overnight and longer so no reason not to make it in advance. If more than 2 to 3 days, you can also freeze it until needed.

  181. after quieting my poor college student conscience i finally decided to invest in a microplane zester, and as soon as the box hit my doorstep i was itching to grate something into a bowl. i debated for probably nearly an hour what my first recipe to recreate would be and after a riveting episode of breaking bad i decided at 1 am to have a go at this cake. i had to put myself to sleep to prevent myself from eating it 35min later. this cake is so freakin good. like so easy and so good and next time i will be sure to bake this with the crumb topping (i dont know why i omitted it last night, poor judgment or something). thank you so much for sharing all of these ingenious recipes, deb. this and many other recipes of yours will be my go-to stress relief joints for this upcoming hellish semester. and also, late, but congratulations on your baby girl! she’s absolutely adorable : ) wishing the best for you and your family

  182. What a yummy cake! I made this with pitted and halved sweet cherries, added about a 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract and replaced some of the flour in the topping with almond meal. This was my birthday cake this year and I truly enjoyed it. Thanks again Deb and congratulations on the adorable addition to the family.

  183. I’m not usually one to comment, but after making this cake four (!) times in the past week and about to make cakes five and six tonight, I felt like I needed to bow before your culinary genius. I suspect this cake is the reason for at least half of my invitations to cottage weekends this summer, and with a recipe this easy and blueberries abound, it’s hard to find an excuse not to bake a seventh to keep for myself :)

  184. Hi, thank you so much for this recipe! I am from Norway, and the Norwegian forest is packed with delicious bilberries now and they make an exquisite version of your cake! If you ever get the chance to make this with bilberry instead of blueberry you have to try it, you will love it! I have made your cake several times, and almost every time someone says it’s the best cake they have tasted. I bought your book because of this cake :D Looking forward to trying out more of your recipes. Love from Norway :)

  185. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, and finally yesterday evening made this with my last fresh berries, from my own bushes. Needless to say, the neighborhood went wild. Does it work with frozen berries?

  186. Deb, Thanks for another great cake recipe! I made this using frozen wild blueberries because I’m so tired of fat, flavorless fresh blueberries. I defrosted the berries only slightly (the berries were still firm) so I could towel off as much water as possible. The batter turned purple, I freaked out a bit, but the baked cake looked fine. The cake took about 45 minutes to bake (I test cakes with an instant read thermometer, baking cakes to an internal temperature of about 200F). I used light brown sugar in the topping instead of the granulated sugar (I had a bit of brown sugar to use up), cut the cinnamon down to 1/2 tsp. (I used strong Vietnamese cinnamon), and skipped the walnuts (they seemed an odd note in this luscious cake). Delicious!

  187. Hi Deb! My partner and I have various food allergies, and I have had so much success tinkering with your recipes! I substitute goat milk yogurt for sour cream or certain cheeses you call for, and using the same ratios of gluten-free flour has worked every time but one (maple bacon biscuits…way too dry and crumbly). Most recently, I replaced egg with banana in your recipe for blueberry cornmeal butter cake and the results were TO DIE FOR. I’d made the cake twice with egg and this time it was even better!
    Thank you so much for your inspirational recipes. I’ve currently got an egg-free and gluten-free version of your pineapple upside down cake in the oven…fingers crossed!

    Leah

  188. Hello Deb, I would like to make this LOVELY GORGEOUS AMAZING cake as a 9×13 cake to feed hungry coworkers (well, and me) but I’m forever confused about the leavening ratios. I know other people in the comments have said that they have doubled the recipe but I’m wondering if that means also doubling the baking powder? Or should the baking powder be 1.5x? Or just keep it as it is? Signed, confused and obsessed in London.

  189. This cake is so fabulous and seeing it on FB masked me want to make it again! I saw some comments about frozen blueberries. I’ve only made it with frozen ones and it worked great but did trquire 10ish more minutes of baking. Also, I followed a cooks illustrated recommendation to use frozen wild blueberries. They are smaller and according to CI are better for baking. For those with Trader Joes, TJs has very affordable frozen wild blueberries!

  190. Just made this today to use up some frozen berries before moving next month. I used a combination of blackberries and raspberries…it was fantastic! So delicious. This will now be my “go to” coffee cake. Thanks!

  191. I just made this for Thanksgiving tomorrow I replaced the lemon zest with orange zest and the blueberries with fresh cranberries. I did dust the cranberries with a small amount of flour to help with more even distribution. I have made so many awesome recipes from your site. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Thanks!

  192. Hello! I have made this before with a regular round oan that you have in the directions, and it was amazing! I wanted to make this in some mini loaf pans as gifts…would it be doable? Should I add more baking powder for a little more height, or can I get away with it since they’re smaller loaf pans (technically, those little fancy cardboard stand alone ones)?

  193. This makes great muffins – I have a long commute so eat in the car. I found that freezing them, even if only for a couple of days, keeps the streusel fresh and crunchy. I pull them out before the coffee starts, warm them up in the toaster oven, and head out to face the early morning Denver traffic. Just hoping( really won’t work but I can hope) for no more snow this spring.

  194. This was delicious! My friend’s mom’s recipe has the same recipe for the batter, but your topping is so much better! I added chopped walnuts. It took 45 min in a springform pan at 375F. This is a keeper!

  195. I have been making this recipe since I was a little girl.
    The lemon zest and the vanilla give it its unique flavor.

    I like to prepare the pan the night before and coat it with the bread crumbs or even matzo meal the night before and place in refrigerator. Makes it easier when you put in the thick batter.

    When the cake has cooled, run the knife along the edges before flipping onto a serving plate.

  196. Made this cake as written and weighed out all the ingredients for the topping but the crumb seems to have melted! (At least most of it) I baked at 190C (writing from Sweden :)) is there any adjustment I should make next time or just make more of the crumb??

    1. Aga — I mention the softness of the streusel in the head notes. “… every time I make the streusel topping, I find it too buttery and soft; I’m eager to add more flour to make it more crumbly but I recommend resisting because Heatter knows what she’s doing. The streusel will seem moist but when it bakes, it will both become crumb-like and adhere well to the cake, so you lose very little when you flip the cake out of the pan.” So, my question is, did it adhere or totally disappear? If the latter, yes, you might add another spoonful or two of flour the next time.

  197. Made this tonight and my whole family raved it was the best cake they had ever eaten! Used the maximum amount of blueberries by weight – 450+ grams. Didn’t have the correct sized round pan so used an 8″ square pan and 40 mins was perfect! Didn’t even bother to turn it out of pan, just cut and served it from there. Amazing. Thanks Deb, this is a keeper!

  198. Baked this the other day and it’s a great tasting cake. The crumble at first seemed to be on the sweet side but it pairs well with the cake beneath but I might try adding less sugar next time and maybe a bit of coconut to the crumble. My husband said it’s the best tasting cake he’s had in a while.

  199. Can this cake be frozen? I want to take it with me on vacation in three weeks. Blueberries will be scarce by then; I’ve already bought enough to make this. Thanks muchos. Your recipes are fabulous.

  200. Hi there.. Thanks a bunch for sharing this yummy recipe.. Since in the part where we live we dont get fresh berries i made this cake using a blueberry pie filling and it was awesome

  201. Hi there.. Thanks a bunch for sharing this yummy recipe.. Since in the part where we live we dont get fresh berries i made this cake using a blueberry pie filling and it was awesome

  202. Im sorry,half of my comment wasnt posted. I wanted to ask your advice on making this as mini cupcakes. If its possible to do,how long should i bake and at what temperature. I thought of doing this for eid

    1. Shafna — I haven’t made them as muffins but these two commenters have. They don’t mention baking times. In general, you want to use the same temperature and start checking at 10 minutes.

  203. 2 questions:
    1) do you line the entire pan with parchment, or just the bottom? Why do that if you’re buttering and flouring the pan?
    2) can you substitute frozen blueberries?
    Thanks!!

  204. Hi.. Thank you so much for replying, in Shaa Allah I hope to make it for eid.there is another question for you. Will it affect the batter in anyway if I double or triple it? Will there be problems with the rising of the cake batter or the taste

  205. This cake was delicious and so easy to make!! Made it for my family today and it was a huge hit with a dollop of cream on the side.. yum!

  206. I brought this cake to a friend’s house on Friday and everybody loved it! I did the max amount of blueberries and used buttermilk for the milk. It was not too sweet, which we liked. On Sunday, I made Blueberry Boy Bait (also from your site) for a BBQ. After using 2 2/3 C of blueberries in this recipe, I was mystified that the other recipe only called for 1/2C in the batter and 1/2C on top, so I doubled it. That recipe was good, but this one is better! I’ll be making it again!

  207. But, wait! Don’t forget about your *BLUEBERRY BOY BAIT*!! Every time I make it for clients, they go crazy for it!!

  208. Gosh, Ellen beat me to it. (I’ve had Maida’s recipe in my laptop for ages–it’s time to try it, I guess!)

  209. I did scroll through and could not find my answer….. since it looks wonderful in square cut pieces, could this be made in a square pan? 8 or 9″?
    thanks

  210. Loved your recipe and made it for a birthday for my brother and his family. Eaten by all. I have also been able to order a used copy of Maida Heatters cookbook. Looking forward to seeing what other recipes she has. Thank you for all the amazing recipes you have to share