July 19, 2019

Blueberry buckle

Finished blueberry buckle on a large plate.

Blueberry buckle is a rich cake studded with blueberries and topped with a streusel and it very similar to a coffee cake.

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For years I've been wanting to make/try a buckle. I was never even really sure what it was until I looked it up. It's very similar in style to a coffee cake with a rich cake batter and a buttery streusel topping. The blueberries keep it moist and provide a nice pop of flavor and color.

We enjoyed this buckle a lot and ate it for both dessert and with breakfast a couple of times. I slightly adapted this recipe from here and it turned out perfect. I'm looking forward to trying out this recipe with other seasonal fruits in the future such as raspberries or cranberries.

This version is just bursting with delicious seasonal blueberries! It's a wonderful recipe to highlight blueberries this time of year and can easily be a dessert or be served along with the breakfast or a brunch.

Buckles are pretty easy to put together and bake. You need a 9-inch cake pan for baking and a hand or stand mixer to make the cake batter.

This is my last recipe post for #BlueberryWeek and I hope you have enjoyed all the delicious recipes ideas this week as much as I have enjoyed them! Please visit the bottom of this post to see all the other recipes being shared today.

Side view of a slice of the blueberry buckle cake.

Yield: 10-12 pieces

Blueberry Buckle

A rich cake studded with blueberries and topped with a streusel.


For the streusel
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cubed
For the cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 2 cups blueberries


How to cook Blueberry Buckle

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Make the streusel. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in the butter until the mixture sticks together in crumb form. Refrigerate.
  3. Make the cake. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Beat together the sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment) until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Slowly begin to add the milk and flour mixture a little at a time and alternating between the two, mixing after each addition. End with flour. Fold in the blueberries until just combined.
  6. Spread into the cake pan. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top.
  7. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Place on a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving. Slice and serve from the cake pan, or remove to serve. Serve warm or room temperature.
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I hope that you give this cake a try this blueberry season! Let me know in the comments below.

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Top view of the blueberry buckle along with a slice on a small plate.

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  1. So a buckle is basically a streusel cake...what about a crumb cake? Are they the same thing? Your blueberry buckle looks fantastic, Amy.

    1. I think a crumb cake is a coffee cake, right?! There are too many names haha.

  2. Can I just say I love that platter? It is gorgeous as is the buckle on top of it.

    1. Thanks, Wendy! It is one I took from my Grandma when she was getting rid of things.

  3. This looks like a great breakfast cake!! :) Or dessert. Or a snack!

  4. Mmmm! This looks fabulous and it is so full of blueberries. What a great way to start the day!

  5. I cannot wait to try this. I sounds like the perfect breakfast or dessert.

  6. I've never made a buckle so it's good to know that it's similar to a coffee cake. I love a cake with a streusel topping, so I'll have to give this one a try some time!

  7. The first picture caught my attention but it was the second picture that made my jaw drop. This looks DElicious!

  8. It has been way too long since I made a blueberry buckle! This cake looks so soft and tender. YUM!

  9. What a beautiful cake Amy and loaded with blueberries...great with a cup of tea or coffee.
    I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  10. Dear Amy, I love buckles - especially with loads of lovely blueberries! Your recipe sounds so good and looks so delicious and I feel that I should make a blueberry buckle asap following your wonderful recipe!
    Hope you are all enjoying a fabulous summer!

  11. I've never had a buckle. They look so delicious! And full of blueberry flavor.

  12. Do you think I could use frozen Blueberries? Maybe I should reduce the liquid a bit.

    1. I haven't tried them, but I think they'd work fine.


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