Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Midweek baking usually requires some speed. There is not enough time for something complicated so a I always think of crumb cakes.

For this Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe I used a similar berry cake from Martha Stewart.

Blueberry Crumb Cake
My cake trial below......

Blueberry Crumb Cake

For this recipe I used:

4 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
3/4 Cup of Flour
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1/4 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 Tablespoon of Buttermilk Powder
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
4 Ounces of Unsalted Butter
3/4 Cup of Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
1/4 Cup of Water
1 Pound of Blueberries

Blueberry Crumb Cake - The Ingredients
I started by lining a 9"square pan with parchment paper that hung over 2 sides.
Blueberry Crumb Cake - Lining the Pan
Then I dusted the blueberries with 1 Tablespoon of the 1 1/2 cups of flour. I mixed the berries well with the flour. This should hold the berries in the batter rather than letting them sing to the bottom of the pan.

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Dusting the Blueberries
I made the topping mixture by combining the 4TBS of butter, 3/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of Sugar, the Brown Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the cinnamon. Blend together with a pastry blender until well combined. In future I would melt and cool the butter to make a crispier more cohesive topping.

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Adding the Topping Ingredients

Blueberry Crumb Cake - The Crumb Topping Mixed

Next I sifted the rest of the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set them aside. Flour, baking powder, salt and the buttermilk powder.

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Sifting the Dry Ingredients

Blueberry Crumb Cake - All Sifted

Now it was time for the wet mixture. I beat the butter and sugar together until the mix was light and fluffy,

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Butter and Sugar

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Butter and Sugar now Light and Fluffy
Then I added the eggs and vanilla and mixed well.

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Eggs (Vanilla off camera)

Blueberry Crumb Cake - After the Eggs and Vanilla are Mixed In
Next it was time to add the four and water to make the final batter. I worked these both in in separate additions and mixed the final batter by hand with a spatula.
Blueberry Crumb Cake - After the Alternating Wet And Dry

I then gently folded in the blueberries.

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Adding the Blueberries
After pouring the batter into the pan and spreading it out I added the crumb topping and popped it in the oven for about an hour.

Blueberry Crumb Cake - In the Pan

Blueberry Crumb Cake - With the Crumb Topping
After the cake was out of the oven I let it cool for 15 minutes on a rack then grabbed the ends of the parchment and removed the cake from the pan.

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Out of the Oven

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Final Cooling
After cooling for about an hour it was time to serve the cake up

Blueberry Crumb Cake - Served!
Cooks notes:
  • for the topping melt and cool the butter then mix all of the topping ingredients together. This will produce a crispier, chunkier topping
  • use any fruit you like
  • try cardamom instead of cinnamon for a more European flavour


  1. Sweet and simple is really the way to go. You definitely nailed it with this tempting cake!

  2. Great tip about dusting the blueberries...I never knew that. Then again, I haven't baked much with blueberries. that's gotta change soon!

    1. Thank you for your comment Marie. I am not sure if the dusting actually works but it only takes a second or two :)

  3. It's true, mid week different is so different from weekend baking when you can take lots of time! this looks terrific-I love crumbs and crumble :D

  4. This looks lovely! You just can't go wrong with blueberries.

  5. I buy frozen blueberries to have on hand all the time since they are expensive in the Winter here...or about 8 months out of the year. Your dessert looks simple and delicious. Bet it is good warm with vanilla ice cream!

    1. Thanks for your comment Gloria! I hear you on winter. Frozen Blueberries are pretty awesome to have on hand. Always helpful for that last second blueberry pancake fix!

  6. Dusting the blueberries is such a clever idea! I love crumble! Mm.

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