Blueberry sauce is swirled into tender butter cake and topped with a generous layer of New York style crumbs for a blueberry crumb cake that's perfectly at home at the breakfast table, next to your afternoon mug of coffee or tea, or sliced up and served for dessert after dinner.
Is this blueberry crumb cake best eaten at breakfast, as a mid-afternoon snack, or for dessert? For Easter or Mother's day brunch? On lazy Saturday mornings? As a late night snack?
This blueberry crumb cake is one of those unique treats that feels appropriate pretty much any time of day or night. Is it a coffee cake? Snack cake? Dessert cake? Whatever you want it to be, that's what it is.
The problem, as I see it, with many blueberry cake recipes, is that whole blueberries don't hold up well to a long baking time. They end up tasting a bit soggy. Also, if the blueberries you're using aren't perfectly ripe and sweet, you end up with forkfuls of cake studded with soggy, bland blueberries.
To avoid this situation, I started out by cooking some blueberries with a bit of sugar and lemon into a thick blueberry sauce before swirling it into butter cake batter. Then, I topped it with a lot of rich, buttery crumb topping.
The result is a tender, moist cake, flavored with swirls of slightly sweet, flavorful blueberry sauce, and plenty of buttery crumb topping on every fork full.
Big, Fat, Buttery Brown Sugar New York Style Crumbs
I'm a sucker for a good crumb cake - "good" being defined as a whole lotta crumb in proportion to cake. Also, I feel strongly that there should be a lot of butter and brown sugar involved.
My other preference is to top cakes with big, fat crumbs that are practically the size of small cookies. To get those big crumbs, just squeeze the crumb topping together in your hand as you add it to the top of the cake batter. If you prefer a delicate, loose crumb topping, just break the crumbs up as you sprinkle them on the cake. That's good too.
Used in this Blueberry Crumb Cake Recipe:
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- Berry Lemon Snack Cake
- Blueberry Corn Muffins
- Buttery Brown Sugar Crumb Cake
- Mixed Berry Muffins with Brown Sugar Streusel
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Blueberry Crumb Cake
Blueberry sauce is swirled into tender butter cake and topped with a generous layer of New York style crumbs for a blueberry crumb cake that's perfectly at home at the breakfast table, next to your afternoon mug of coffee or tea, or sliced up and served after dinner.
FOR THE BLUEBERRY SWIRL:
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups blueberries
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING: (*See note below)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoon butter, melted and still warm
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
FOR THE CAKE:
- 1 ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 9 tablespoon butter, at room temperature and cut into 9 pieces
- 2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- ½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
MAKE THE BLUEBERRY SWIRL:
- Add all blueberry swirl ingredients to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, smashing some of the berries against the side or bottom of the pan with a fork or pastry cutter.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture is thickened. If you drip some onto a plate, the blueberry sauce should hold it's shape.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Scoop into a bowl and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator before using in the blueberry cake. (The blueberry sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.)
MAKE THE CRUMB TOPPING:
- Add both sugars, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter to a medium size bowl and whisk vigorously to combine.
- Whisk the flour and cornstarch together and add to the butter and sugar mixture. Using your hands or a rubber spatula, rube the flour into the butter until completely moistened. Cover and set aside.
MAKE THE CAKE:
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 or 10-inch springform pan and cover the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Shake some flour around inside the greased pan to coat completely.
- Add the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking soda, and salt to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low just to combine.
- With the mixer running on medium-low speed, add the butter, piece by piece, mixing until the butter is completely incorporated into the flour and the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
- Add the eggs and egg yolk, buttermilk. and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 1 minute to combine.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared springform pan and smooth into an even layer. Drop spoonfuls of blueberry sauce all over the top of the cake batter. With a butter knife, swirl the blueberry sauce into the cake batter. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the top of the cake, squeezing it in your hands as you do to create large pieces of crumb.
- Bake the blueberry crumb cake for 60-70 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without any raw batter on it.
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before removing the sides of the springform pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. The cake will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
For softer crumbs: The crumb topping for this cake produces crumbs that are on the crunchy side. If you'd prefer softer, more cake like crumbs, increase the amount of butter to 14 tablespoons, the granulated sugar to ¾ cup and the brown sugar to ½ cup.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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I made this recipe with the changes in the crumb as per suggested. It was absolutely perfect. I made it for a large group and everybody wanted the recipe. I didn’t make it in an 11 inch spring pan so I had to adjust the time.
I would highly highly highly recommend this recipe it was amazing
Rebecca Blackwell says
I am SO happy to hear that the changes worked out well and that everyone enjoyed it so much! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I truly appreciate it! xo
Lynn, if you didn't use a springform pan what did you use? How did you get the cake out of whatever you used without it falling apart? How long did you bake it. I am going to try this using a boxed yellow cake which can be made into a butter yellow cake and some canned blueberry pie filling and hoping that it turns out just as good.
Patty Smith says
I really like this crumb cake. I think your idea to use a sauce for the blueberries is inspired. I’ve doubled it because I love the blueberries so much. I have a question about the crumbs - I’d like them to be a little softer after baking. Mine come out pretty hard, and not cakey like the NY-style super large bread crumbs of my youth. Do you have any thoughts?
Rebecca Blackwell says
Hi Patty! I am so happy to hear that you like this recipe! To get softer crumbs, I'd suggest adding more butter and more sugar. Try increasing the amount of butter to 14 tablespoons, and increase the granulated sugar to 3/4 cup and the brown sugar to 1/2 cup. I think that will do the trick. Please let me know if those ratios result in the crumbs you're looking for. xo