Sep 11, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake

There are some flavours that work year round and on every occasion. Lemon is one of them. This recipe was my first choice for the cookout a few Sundays ago, but eventually strawberries won.

What's very interesting is that it's a coffee cake made with oil. So it comes together really fast. The last month I've had a lot of work-related changes going on. Good ones. And they inevitably bring changes in my everyday life. So unthinkable things happened, like I was not able to post the upside down cake for TWD last tuesday, the horror, I know. Recipes like this lemon blueberry crumb cake keep me going and happy in the kitchen. And a food blog with easy, scrumptious recipes for coffee cakes is always welcome I think. This one certainly fits the bill.

Lemon and blueberries are best friends, we all know that. If you want to try other flavours I would suggest some acid on either the fruit or the zest. Like strawberries and lime. This was a crowd pleaser, my dad being at the top of the crowd. He even took a doggie bag home for the next day's breakfast.

barely adapted from Bon Appetit, April 1995


2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup packed golden brown sugar
Grated zest of 2 lemons
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup vegetable oil
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
Powdered sugar, for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 325ºF /170ºC. Lightly butter or spray a non-stick 8 inch round or square pan.
In a bowl stir flour, sugars, zest and cinnamon. Make a hole in the middle, add oil and lemon juice and mix with a fork until flour is evenly moistened and mixture forms clumps. Set aside 1 cup of this mixture.
To the remaining mixture add egg, sour cream, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well with an electric mixer until batter is smooth.
Spred in prepared pan and sprinkle with reserved cup of crumb mixture. Scatter blueberries on top. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until dry, golden and a tester inserted comes out clean.
Let cool on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


  1. What a gorgeous flavoured crumb cake :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. I wish I had some now with my tea :D
    And I can only agree that lemon and blueberries are best friends :D

  3. What a delicious looking blueberry crumb cake!

  4. that looks wonderfully homely! greta with a cup of tea. or a blob of cream.

  5. ooh, my comment didn't seem to appear. i love how homely this looks. cup of tea and perhaps a blob of thick cream; perfection.

  6. Just gorgeous, Paula! I'll have to try this!

  7. Looks fantastic, and seems to be simle to put together, so it is a must-try!

  8. This is one of the best flavour combinations of all time! I love baking with sour cream - it makes cakes so delightfully moist. Your cake looks beautiful and delicious, especially with that crumb topping!

  9. The cake looks really moist and beautiful. It would be great with some coffee or tea.

  10. Blueberry! Crumb! Cake! You are saying all the right words, Paula! Heh. Excellent recipe. :)

  11. Paula, your Lemon Crumb cake would be a perfect breakfast teat for me as well - have to agree with your dad there. I always enjoy a slice of "Coffee Cake" in the mornig. What a nice treat! Hope things will run more smoothly very soon (work and all)!

  12. Paula, This crumb cake looks so wonderful…would love to have a piece with my morning cup of tea! It would make my morning perfect!


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