Delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

Hello caffeine lovers! Are you ready to indulge in a slice of heaven? I present to you my Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake Recipe, a baked good that is sure to make your taste buds dance in delight. A slice of this cake with a steaming cup of the best coffee will make for a delightful start to a day or an indulgent evening treat.

This is not your typical coffee cake recipe, no sir! It has fluffy and tender blueberry crumble with a dusting of cinnamon and brown sugar. The cherry version oozes of sweet cherries, making every bite absolutely heavenly. Think of biting into a warm and delicious crumbly cake with surprise bursts of juicy fruits.

This recipe can be prepared easily using basic ingredients that are readily available in any kitchen pantry. Whether you’re baking it for breakfast or to accompany an afternoon coffee, this recipe will never disappoint. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on baking the best Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake
Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake

Picture this, a warm and delicious coffee cake, filled with juicy blueberries or cherries, and the sweet aroma of cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through the air. This Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake recipe is all that and more. Trust me when I say, you’re going to love this recipe.

Not only is this coffee cake easy to make, but it’s also the perfect baked good to pair with your morning cup of joe. Who needs a fancy pastry shop when you can indulge in a homemade coffee cake that’s made with fresh ingredients? And let’s not forget to mention that this recipe doesn’t take much time to prepare, so you can bake it any day of the week.

One thing that sets this recipe apart from others is how moist and tender the blueberries or cherries get after baking in the oven. The sour cream in the batter keeps everything moist and adds a tangy flavor that compliments the sweetness of the fruit. I mean, who wouldn’t love that sweet and sour combination?

Another great thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. Not feeling like blueberries or cherries? No problem! You can easily substitute them with other seasonal fruits like peaches or even make it a lemon-blueberry coffee cake by adding a squeeze of lemon juice to the batter.

In conclusion, this Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake recipe is an absolute must-try for any coffee lover out there. Its simplicity, versatility, and deliciousness make it one of the best coffee cakes out there. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you later.

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the sweet and tangy flavors of blueberry coffee cake.
Indulge in the sweet and tangy flavors of blueberry coffee cake.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make either a Blueberry Coffee Cake or a Cherry Coffee Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or cherries (or a combination of both)

For the crumb topping (optional):

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

Note: If you prefer, you can use frozen cherries or blueberries instead of fresh. Just be sure to defrost them first and drain off any excess liquid.

The Recipe How-To

 Cherries on top! A tempting treat just waiting to be devoured.
Cherries on top! A tempting treat just waiting to be devoured.

Now that we know what ingredients we need to make this delectable blueberry or cherry coffee cake let’s get started on making it.

Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

To start making the cake, we need to preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Next, in a large bowl, we mix together 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of baking soda.

In another smaller bowl, we mix together 1 cup of sour cream, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Step 2: Mixing Everything Together

Using an electric mixer or by hand, we beat together 1 cup of butter and 1 ½ cups of sugar until it’s light and fluffy. We then add in the contents of the smaller bowl with the mixed eggs, sour cream and vanilla before gradually adding in the larger bowl with the flour mixture.

Next, fold in 2 cups of blueberries or cherries into the mixture with a spatula.

Step 3: Baking The Cake

Grease and flour a large baking pan. Pour in your cake mixture into the pan evenly. Bake for around one hour until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

Step 4: Adding Toppings

After our blueberry or cherry coffee cake has cooled down after baking, it’s time to add our toppings! To make this cake extra mouthwatering, add cinnamon brown sugar crumb topping. For an extra wow-factor I often serve my blueberry or cherry coffee cake topped with a scoop of my homemade peach-blueberry ice cream.

Now that you’ve read through these simple recipe directions go ahead and give it a try! This delicious baked good is sure to become your new favorite dessert recipe for any occasion.

Substitutions and Variations

 Nothing like a homemade cherry coffee cake to kickstart your mornings.
Nothing like a homemade cherry coffee cake to kickstart your mornings.

When it comes to making coffee cake, there is always room for variations and substitutions to make it more personalized. Here are some options you may consider:

– Instead of blueberries or cherries, try using other fresh fruits such as peaches, raspberries or blackberries. Frozen berries will also work if fresh ones aren’t available.

– For the crumb topping, use chopped nuts (such as almonds or pecans) in place of cinnamon, or use a combination of both.

– In place of sour cream, use plain yogurt or buttermilk. This will give a slightly tangy taste and tender crumb to the cake.

– If you’re looking to make this recipe healthier, you can reduce the sugar amount by half and swap in unsweetened applesauce for half of the butter.

– To make a gluten-free version, replace regular flour with an equal amount of gluten-free flour blend. Almond meal or coconut flour will also bring a unique flavor when used partially with gluten-free flour.

– If you want to experiment with the flavor, add lemon zest or almond extract into the cake batter. This will give it a hint of citrusy fragrance and nuttiness.

– For a richer variation, swap out some portion of sour cream for cream cheese for creamy texture.

– If you prefer a fruit-stuffed coffee cake, mix in 1/2 cup of cherry pie filling or blueberry pie filling evenly with the batter before baking. This will create pockets of fruity gooeyness throughout the crumbly layers.

As you can see, there are many different ways that you can customize this recipe according to your taste preference or dietary requirement. Try out these various substitution ideas and discover what works best for you and your loved ones.

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of blueberry goodness.
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of blueberry goodness.

One of the best things about this blueberry or cherry coffee cake recipe is how versatile it is when it comes to serving and pairing. A slice of this warm and tender cake is perfect on its own with a steaming cup of coffee, but it can also be spruced up with a variety of toppings.

For a classic twist, you can dust the top of the cake with a generous amount of powdered sugar or sprinkle some cinnamon on top. If you want to get creative, try adding a dollop of whipped cream or drizzling some homemade caramel sauce over the top.

If you’re looking for something even more elevated, try pairing your blueberry or cherry coffee cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream so that each bite has a mix of hot and cold sensations. Or perhaps you could serve your cake with some fresh berries like raspberries or blackberries for extra sweetness and color.

When it comes to beverages, this cake pairs well with all kinds of drinks. Of course, it goes without saying that it pairs perfectly with coffee but don’t hesitate to try it with teas like Earl Grey or Chai for something different. You could even pair it with a glass of iced tea or lemonade during the summer months.

In short, this cake is very versatile and can be paired with just about anything that suits your taste buds. Serving suggestions will depend on the occasion, season and personal preference; however, don’t be afraid to experiment until you find your own favorite combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Cravings for something sweet and fruity? Try our cherry coffee cake.
Cravings for something sweet and fruity? Try our cherry coffee cake.

When it comes to baked goods, making things ahead of time can be a real lifesaver. Luckily, this blueberry or cherry coffee cake recipe is one that can be easily made ahead of time, stored, and reheated when needed.

To make ahead: Prepare the coffee cake recipe as directed in the how-to section but do not bake it. Instead, wrap the uncooked coffee cake in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, simply preheat your oven as usual and bake the coffee cake until it’s golden brown.

To store: After the coffee cake is fully baked and cooled completely, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the coffee cake for later use for up to 1 month.

To reheat: There are multiple ways to reheat a slice of this delicious coffee cake recipe. You can heat it up in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds (depending on the power of your microwave) or place it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes until it’s warmed through.

Pro tip: If you’re in a rush and want to enjoy a slice of this yummy blueberry or cherry coffee cake but don’t want to wait for it to come to room temperature or reheat it, try slathering a bit of softened butter on top of it. This will not only add additional flavor but will also enhance its texture.

In conclusion, whether served fresh out of the oven, warmed up from storage, or reheated after being frozen, this blueberry or cherry coffee cake is sure to satisfy all your cravings for something sweet and delicious.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Rise and shine with a slice of warm and comforting blueberry coffee cake.
Rise and shine with a slice of warm and comforting blueberry coffee cake.

Here are some tips to make sure you get the best coffee cake possible.

First, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. This will ensure that everything mixes together evenly and you get a light and fluffy cake.

Second, don’t overmix the batter. The more you mix, the tougher your cake will be. Mix just until everything is incorporated, and then stop.

Third, don’t skimp on the crumb topping. That’s what makes a good coffee cake great. Make sure it’s nice and thick, and use extra cinnamon if you like things spicy.

Fourth, grease and flour your baking pan well. You don’t want your cake sticking to the pan when you try to remove it.

Fifth, make sure your oven is fully preheated before you put your cake in to bake. This will ensure even cooking and prevent any uneven browning.

Sixth, resist the temptation to open the oven door while your cake is baking. Every time you open the door, you let out heat which can affect how your cake cooks.

Seventh, test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is done!

Finally, let your coffee cake cool down for at least 10 minutes before serving. This will allow it to set and for all those delicious flavors to meld together. Enjoy!


Before you start baking this delicious cherry or blueberry coffee cake, you might have some questions in mind. Here are some frequently asked questions that can help you to solve your doubts and get the perfect outcome in your baked good.

How do you increase the flavor of coffee in a cake?

As a barista, I can recommend a few tips to make your coffee experience more flavorful and delicious. One way to infuse your baking with coffee is by using instant espresso powder in the batter. Another interesting way is to add a mocha swirl to the mixture to enhance the taste. Including coffee in the crumb topping can also elevate the brew’s flavor. Lastly, a boozy latte glaze can be a great finishing touch to your cup of coffee. So, try these handy tips to make your coffee taste like a pro’s.

Which cake is best with coffee?

As a barista, it’s common to advise on making different types of coffee. However, sometimes a caffeinated drink is not enough to satisfy our cravings. Treats like banana bread, vanilla sponge, blueberry cake, cardamom cake, lemon drizzle cake, Madeira cake, carrot cake and chocolate cake can be a delightful complement to our drink. Despite the trend of baking banana bread during lockdown, there’s no shame in admitting that you still like it. Let’s dive into the world of sweet treats!

What is the difference between Buckle and coffee cake?

When it comes to baked goods, people often wonder about the difference between a buckle and a coffee cake. While a buckle is made with fruit mixed into the batter and covered with streusel, coffee cake is any cake-like dessert that goes well with a hot cup of coffee.

How to make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

To make a scrumptious coffee and walnut cake, you’ll require 100g/3½oz of softened unsalted butter, along with some additional butter for greasing the baking dish. 100g/3½oz caster sugar and 2 large free-range eggs are also required. 100g/3½oz self-raising flour, one level teaspoon of baking powder, and 50g/1¾oz chopped walnuts complete the list of ingredients. Furthermore, you’ll need to add a tablespoon of coffee essence to the mixture.

Bottom Line

Overall, this blueberry or cherry coffee cake recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves a delicious and sweet baked good. With its tender and fluffy texture, bursts of fresh fruit flavor, and irresistible crumb topping, this cake is sure to impress your coffee-loving guests.

But don’t just take my word for it! Give this recipe a try in your own kitchen and see for yourself how amazing it is. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or just as a weekend treat, this coffee cake is bound to become one of your go-to dessert recipes.

So the next time you’re looking for the perfect pairing for your morning cup of joe, reach for this blueberry or cherry coffee cake. You won’t be disappointed!

Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake

Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake Recipe

Awesome sour cream coffee cake with brown sugar crumble topping. From the White Gull in in Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin, where they serve it in great big pieces. Use fresh or frozen fruit - fresh is better!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 large coffeecake
Calories 215.7 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries (or cherries)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 additional egg white
  • 1 cup sour cream (a little over one cup)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 325°F Grease and flour one 8x12 pan, or use cooking spray.
  • Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, egg white, sour cream and vanilla and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • In another small bowl, combine topping ingredients until well mixed. Set aside.
  • Spread 1/2 of dough in bottom of prepared baking pan. Top with blueberries or cherries. Spread rest of dough on top (you may need to use your hands for this, the dough is sticky and can be tricky to spread).
  • Sprinkle topping over dough.
  • Bake at 325°F for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 63gCalories: 215.7kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2.7gFat: 11.7gSaturated Fat: 6.5gCholesterol: 42.2mgSodium: 165.9mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16.2g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Berries, Breads, Breakfast, For Large Groups, Fruit
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