Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

The BEST Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe!

The most amazing lemon coffee cake! Loaded with lemon flavor, and packed with blueberries, this Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake is the perfect breakfast or brunch treat. Fantastic for Easter brunch, Mother’s Day brunch or anytime you’re in the mood for cake for breakfast!

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Lemon blueberry coffee cake with slice being lifted out of cake.

An AMAZING Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe!

Love coffee cake for breakfast or brunch? This Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake is a must make for your next Sunday brunch get-together. Moist, tender lemon cake is studded with blueberries for the perfect springtime flavors.

This lemon coffee cake recipe is made extra moist with the addition of sour cream to the batter. It’s also topped with a crumbly streusel topping and a drizzle of icing for the perfect amount of sweetness.

Here’s how this delicious Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake come together:

Batter of lemon blueberry coffee cake, with blueberries and mixed in.

Mixing the batter of your lemon blueberry coffee cake:

Pro-Tip 1: The addition of sour cream will help add additional moisture to this coffee cake. There is quite a bit of batter to this cake and it will take a while to bake. Don’t worry – it will come out wonderfully moist!

Pro-Tip 2: Feel free to use fresh or frozen blueberries. Depending on the time of year, not everyone has access to fresh blueberries. However, you can find frozen blueberries in your freezer section all year long. These are a great option. Simply fold these into the batter.

What’s the secret to a moist cake?

I’ve discovered a few secrets to making your coffee cake super moist.

  • When using butter, make sure the butter is at room temperature. Not cold and not melted.
  • Fat from plain full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream is a great way to add extra moisture to a cake.
  • Don’t overmix the batter – this will add air bubbles to the batter, which will dry out the cake.
  • Don’t overbake the cake – this will remove moisture. Test for cake doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean and crumb-free, the cake is done baking. Remove from the oven right away.
  • Frosting or a glaze always help seal in moisture. If frosting your cake, make sure it cools completely to room temperature before frosting.

lemon blueberry coffee cake batter in pan, topped with streusel.

What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?

Coffee cake is typically baked with a streusel topping. Streusel topping is typically made of fat, sugar and flour, and mixed together to a gravel-like crumble. This is baked on top of a coffee cake.

What is the difference between a cake and a coffee cake?

The primary difference between cake and coffee cake is the streusel topping that is included on a coffee cake. Traditional cake, that is served as a dessert, most often includes a frosting. 

Why do they call it coffee cake?

Coffee cake is traditionally served with coffee or tea at breakfast or brunch, thus taking on the name “coffee cake.” Coffee cake typically does not have coffee in it or as an ingredient.

Lemon blueberry coffee cake, frosted on platter.

How long does this coffee cake need to bake?

You’ll note in the recipe that this coffee cake does take a rather long time to bake, approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, to 1 hour 30 minutes. This is because it is a rather thick cake with moist berries included in the batter.

If you would like to speed up the bake time on this coffee cake you can bake the cake in a 9 x 13″ pan. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes. Make sure to test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean and crumb-free the cake is done baking.

 

Lemon blueberry coffee cake, with slice on its side and whole cake.

 

If you loved this lemon coffee cake, check out some of my other lemon treats:

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bars

The BEST Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon OREO Icebox Pie

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Are blueberry treats more your thing? Check out some of my most popular blueberry recipes:

Blueberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake

Creamy Blueberry Pie

Healthy Blueberry Pancakes

 

Here’s the recipe for my delicious Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake:

Serves 10 slices

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

The most amazing lemon coffee cake! Loaded with lemon flavor, and packed with blueberries, this Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake is the perfect breakfast or brunch treat. Fantastic for Easter brunch, Mother's Day brunch or anytime you're in the mood for cake for breakfast!

30 minPrep Time

1 hr, 20 Cook Time

1 hr, 50 Total Time

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Ingredients

    Cake:
  • 2 1/2 c. flour, + 1 Tbsp.
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon, (about 1/4 c.)
  • 2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 - 2 Tbsp.)
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1/3 c. light brown sugar
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1/3 c. butter, softened, not melted
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 - 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" spring form pan with non-stick baking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until completely combined. Add the eggs one at a time while mixer is on low. Mix in vanilla and sour cream. With mixer still on low, gradually add the the dry ingredients and mix until batter is smooth. Lastly, add the lemon juice and beat on low until combined into the batter.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the blueberries and lemon zest. Stir in the last tablespoon of flour and thoroughly coat the blueberries and zest. Fold the fruit mixture into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. In another bowl, combined the slightly melted butter, flour and brown sugar. Mixture will be crumbly. Evenly sprinkle/crumble the streusel over the top of the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, 20 minutes, to 1 hour 30 minutes. Ensure the cake is set and cooked through by lightly moving the pan. If the batter giggles, its not done. Batter needs to be set in the center, golden brown, and when inserting a toothpick, it should come out clean of crumbs.
  7. Take out of the oven, let cool for about 15 minutes before removing from the pan. To make the glaze, combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar. Stir until fully combined and drizzle over the cake.

Notes

Bake Time: Cake could take as long as 1 hour 30 minutes to bake in a 9" spring form pan.

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Lemon blueberry coffee cake, sliced and on plate.

Comments

  1. This looks amazing! I wish I could have some right now with my coffee. Lemon and blueberries are always great together. Please come share at the weekly Bacon Time linky, it just started this morning.
  2. Erin, this coffee cake looks divine, especially to a lemon lover like me! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend - pinned! Hope you have a happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend!
  3. This is my kind of coffee cake! I love lemon and blueberry together and with a crumble topping- perfection! I love your coffee cake story too, so sweet:) Have a great weekend!
  4. This looks stunning- love the lemon and blueberry combo! :)
  5. This looks so, so, so good. Perfect for spring. I can't wait to try it!
  6. Featuring at Bacon Time this Friday!
  7. Loved your story about "coffee cake". So glad you figured out what it was really all about, otherwise you wouldn't have come up with this amazing cake. Looks delicious!
  8. Cute story...funny how those first introductions to things stick with us! I absolutely love this coffee cake - lemons and blueberries are the perfect pair!

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