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Blueberry Buckle

A delicious, 100+ year old family recipe for Blueberry Buckle that has been passed down through generations!

Early in my career in the Boston area, I worked with a lovely woman named Jane. One day, Jane announced that she would be bringing in some of her Blueberry Buckle the following morning.

The Blueberry Buckle was originally Jane’s grandmother’s recipe, and I soon learned from my co-workers that this was considered a Very Special Event in the office!  And the next morning, the air in the office was literally buzzing with anticipation as we waited for Jane to arrive with The Buckle.

A delicious, 100+ year old family recipe for Blueberry Buckle that has been passed down through generations!

We all watched as Jane finally walked off the elevator – carrying her blueberry buckle – with a big, knowing smile on her face.  We followed Jane to the office kitchen and collectively said “ooh!” as she revealed the blueberry buckle in the baking pan, which she had thoughtfully wrapped in a dish towel so it would stay warm during her commute to the office.  Carefully she served each of us a piece – and then we dove in!

A buckle is an old-fashioned single layered cake interspersed with berries and with a streusel-type topping that “buckles” as it cools.  There is one word for that blueberry buckle: sublime.  Not too sweet, perfectly moist, warm and bursting with berries.  OK – that was more than one word, but this is a must-try recipe!

A delicious, 100+ year old family recipe for Blueberry Buckle that has been passed down through generations!

Jane was nice enough to share her recipe with us that day, and we’re sharing it with you.  To Jane and her grandmother, wherever you are…thank you for sharing your recipe, and I hope we have done your family recipe proud!

This recipe was originally published on A Family Feast in January 2013.  The photos and recipe have been updated.

Blueberry Buckle
Serves: 8-10 portions
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For the cake
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Additional shortening and flour to prepare the baking pan
For the topping
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix until blended. Then add the milk and mix again until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture slowly until blended. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Grease and flour a 9x9 or 8x10 pan. Spread the blueberry batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. To make the topping, combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the cake mixture in the pan.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes for an 8x10 pan or 45-50 minutes for an 9x9 pan (until cake tester comes out clean). Other size baking pans may be used - just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  7. Serve warm or cold, plain or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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 A delicious, 100+ year old family recipe for Blueberry Buckle that has been passed down through generations!


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  1. Oh my word this looks incredible! Love blueberries!
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  2. I love this time of year because of all the yummy blueberry desserts.

  3. I have been known to began friends for recipes too… when a recipe is just too good, why not?! Love this buckle baked with love!
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  4. Blueberry Buckle is one of my all-time favorite desserts! Many thanks to Jane for sharing the recipe.
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  5. I bet Jane was asked to bake more of these pretty buckles. :) Blueberry buckles are a favorite here with my kiddos. I look forward to blueberry season mostly to make that first buckle!
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  6. I eat blueberries like they’re going out of style in the summer. This buckle makes me salivate. It’s so pretty, and so delicious looking. I also am smitten with that blueberry towel you show in the photo! Just thought I’d mention that too. Cute!

  7. That’s so awesome that Jane gave you the recipe! Recipes that literally make people buzz and stop them in their tracks are the types of recipes that I live for! I bet this does have the perfect burst of blueberry too!
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  8. thank you for posting this recipe for blueberry buckle. I made it yesterday and my husband and I both enjoyed it. Had some for breakfast too.

  9. Blueberries, cake and streusel topping. I mean, it really doesn’t get any better than this, does it?
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  10. I’m all about the buckle and the blueberry! Thanks Jane ; )
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  11. Love how fluffy and light this looks! I can’t wait to make it!
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  12. I tried this recipe on Tuesday for a women’s brunch and it was a hit! Very moist and tasty! I am making it again today (Friday) for dessert for a potluck dinner. Twice in a week means it is a winner. I did not have any whole milk so I used almond milk. It worked great!

  13. I am a sucker for anything blueberry and your Buckle looks to-die-for!

  14. That looks delightful. I don’t think I have ever had a blueberry buckle, but this makes me want to make one tonight.
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