Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

So, I made my family cake for breakfast. What of it?

It’s full of blueberries, which are pretty much just plain magic in the health food world, so I’m not feeling guilty.

Also, muffins tend to be an acceptable breakfast and this is just one giant muffin baked in a cake pan.

See? Totally reasonable to eat cake for breakfast.


Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake


1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 teaspoon lemon zest
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar, for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 or 7x11 baking dish.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, lemon zest, and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
Add the flour mixture a little at a time to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk.
Fold in the blueberries.
Spread the batter in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, testing after 30 minutes.
Cool before serving.

lightly adapted from Alexandra’s Kitchen

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23 Responses to “Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake”

  1. what katie's baking May 20, 2012 @ 7:58 pm (#

    cake for breakfast is just my cup of tea!!!! yummy


  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 20, 2012 @ 7:58 pm (#

    An excuse to eat cake for breakfast? Yes, please!


  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 20, 2012 @ 8:43 pm (#

    I loooove this idea! Yum!


  4. joanne May 20, 2012 @ 8:45 pm (#

    I think it’s totally reasonable. You dont’ have to try to convince me twice!


  5. The Wimpy Vegetarian May 20, 2012 @ 9:53 pm (#

    This is exactly the kind of cake I love best. Saved this one to make!!!


  6. shelly (cookies and cups) May 21, 2012 @ 6:12 am (#

    Cake for breakfast is my life’s motto.


  7. Cookbook Queen May 21, 2012 @ 7:42 am (#

    I’m a firm believer in cake for breakfast.

    Or lunch.

    Or dinner.

    You get the drift.


  8. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 21, 2012 @ 12:56 pm (#

    This is a beautiful breakfast cake, Karly! It looks so warm, fluffy and absolutely delish for a morning meal! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!


  9. Rachel Cooks May 21, 2012 @ 12:58 pm (#

    Looks so delicious. Love that you added lemon.


  10. Deborah May 21, 2012 @ 10:19 pm (#

    I’m totally all over this for breakfast!!


  11. Sue {munchkin munchies} May 22, 2012 @ 8:26 am (#

    This would get anyone out of bed in a jiffy! YUM!


  12. Monica May 22, 2012 @ 11:48 am (#

    This might be just what my husband needs to survive the rest of the week without me! I’m headed out of state for a cousin’s wedding, and the only way he eats breakfast is if its 1) on the counter and 2) has blueberries in it. THANKS!!


  13. grace May 22, 2012 @ 12:40 pm (#

    i would leap out of bed if i knew this was waiting for me. leap, i tell you!


  14. TastefullyJulie May 23, 2012 @ 6:51 am (#

    I’m having deja Vu. I keep seeing buttermilk and blueberry recipes today. I thinks it’s the gods telling me to make some! Looks fabulous.


  15. Lawrie May 27, 2012 @ 3:05 pm (#

    I made this for breakfast yesterday and there’s none left. There was also a request this morning for another batch of it! It is so good-the lemon and blueberry combo is fabulous!


  16. Danielle H June 1, 2012 @ 8:34 am (#

    Think you could easily do this in muffin tins? That would make it easy for the hubby to grab as he’s headed out the door in the morning :) Wonder if I could add some protien powder to it…what do you think?


  17. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau June 5, 2012 @ 5:00 am (#

    Cake for breakfast makes you a goddess in my book. I love the warm, bursted, melty blueberries in this!


  18. Emma January 4, 2013 @ 11:01 am (#

    Do you think I could use chocolate chips instead of blueberries? Thanks a lot. Emma


    Karly Reply:

    Absolutely! I think that would be fabulous…I might have to try that myself!


  19. Ruthie January 25, 2013 @ 7:33 pm (#

    Holy yum! I am such a sucker for breakfast cakes… and then add in blueberries and forget it! I hope you’ll come and share these at my Super Saturday Show & Tell party tomo :) http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie



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