Blueberry Buckle is a blueberry-studded cake topped with a sweet cinnamon-streusel topping that “buckles” as it cools.

blueberry buckle

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.

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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!

What is a buckle?

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!

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Blueberry Buckle

Jane was nice enough to share her recipe with us that day, and we’re now sharing it with you. Scroll down to see this Blueberry Buckle recipe, as well as video showing how we make it!

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.

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Blueberry Buckle

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 portions
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Additional shortening and flour to prepare the baking pan

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  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 9×9 or 8×10 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 8×10 pan or 45-50 minutes for an 9×9 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.

Keywords: blueberry, buckle

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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    I can totally see why everyone in the office went crazy for this! Pinned

  • Stephanie @Back for Seconds wrote:

    Ahhhh, one of my favorites! So delicious!

  • Tasha @thatssoyummy wrote:

    This blueberry buckle looks like breakfast to me!

  • Sherry Myers wrote:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Our neighbor returned from a trip to Maine, and guess what she brought us? Beautiful blueberries! I have been hoarding some of them in the freezer for a special recipe like this!! I can hardly wait to get in the kitchen to make this visually tempting blueberry buckle! And just like every recipe I have tried from A Family Feast, I have no doubt, it will be delicious! Have a great week!
    Sherry Myers

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Sherry! So glad you are enjoying our recipes and this recipe in particular will help you enjoy those Maine blueberries! Thanks so much for writing to us today! Martha

  • I just love your office story abut Jane! I really love when precious family recipes get passed down and you’re lucky enough they were willing to share!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Brenda! I can’t make this recipe without thinking of her and am extremely appreciative that she was willing to share the recipe!

  • Linda R wrote:

    Martha, I so look forward to your posts, this one may be my favorite. We love fresh blueberries, having just vacuumed packed several two cup containers for our freezer, this will be baked this week.
    Can’t wait to see the pictures of the new granite counter tops.
    Your love of family,home and food is heart warming!!
    Linda

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Linda! You’ve made our day and Jack and I both so appreciate you taking the time to comment! 🙂 I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! We just had the new countertops installed this past week and have a few little bit of trim work to add around the island. Once that is complete, we’ll share the finished kitchen photos! Thanks again for writing to us today!

  • Jan Bunford wrote:

    I just made this last night and my husband fed most of it to some very talented and hard working guys rebuilding our deck while I was at work today. They loved it!
    I am glad I packed a piece for supper at work tonight-otherwise, I would be out of luck.
    I like to use cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg into the cake batter – and a teaspoon of vanilla. I sub brown sugar for half of the the called-for white sugar in the cake portion of the recipe (1/2 white/1/2 brown) I don’t touch the topping ingredients; I don’t think you can improve on that!

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds like a great variation Jan! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarita wrote:

    Can I use butter instead of shortening? Looks so good.found this on Pinterest…thank you

    • Martha wrote:

      Yes! The taste may be a little different but it will be delicious!

  • Teri wrote:

    could you substitute other types of fruit? like chopped peaches in this recipe? I’m thinking it peach buckle would be delicious and don’t see a reason it wouldn’t work, but I am not an expert baker. I mean, I can follow a recipe but making changes to baking recipes is not my forte.

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      I think fresh peaches that aren’t too wet would work great! It’s a pretty basic batter so the flavor will be fine for other fruits! Let us know how it comes out for you!

  • Chris Smith wrote:

    Can this recipe be doubled ok?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Chris – I’ve never doubled it myself but I’m sure it would work if you can find the right size pan! A 9×13 might be a little too small since the cake rises a bit as it bakes. Let us know how it comes out! Thanks!

  • Deborah wrote:

    Just a suggestion: If you are using frozen blueberries, toss them with a bit of flour before you mix them with the other ingredients. That will help keep the blueberries from “bleeding” all over the cake and making your crumbs blue.

    I’ve made other blueberry breakfast cakes. Looking forward to this one!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for sharing that tip Deborah!

  • Jenny Busch wrote:

    I’m upset! I keep trying to sign in and it won’t let. I only have one email address and it says it
    already taken. Something is wrong!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jenny! Sorry for the problem – Are you trying to subscribe to our emails or log in to ZipList? Or something else? Please let me know more details and I will try to help!

      Martha

  • jam wrote:

    This recipe is from a Betty Crockery cookbook published in 1958.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you!!

  • Rose wrote:

    I’m planning on making this for the second time for my husband to take to work. Do you think it would still come out good if i combined all the ingredients and put it in the fridge over night and then just popped it in the oven in the morning? I always get nervous when making something for other people in a way that i’ve not made it before. It was wonderful the first time around and I really want it to come out the same this second time.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Rose! I haven’t tried refrigerating it overnight before baking… I would be concerned that it might not rise during the baking process if it is mixed that far in advance! You could measure everything out the night before and then mix it together as soon as you wake up? That might help save some time! Hope that helps! Martha

  • Cheryl wrote:

    It’s in the oven now. I can’t wait to taste it. My Mom always made blueberry cake or bb muffins with blueberries that my Dad would pick in the wild. We are lucky here in the North to get such a wonderful fresh treat. We freeze them and have them all year! Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      I hope you enjoy it as much as we do Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by!
      Martha

  • Laura Dembowski wrote:

    Blueberry buckle is truly one of my favorite treats! The one I make has more blueberries than cake and is so yummy! Yours looks so pretty.

    • Malin wrote:

      This is one of my favourite cakes! I also love the moist and sweet, but not too sweet, berry-filled treat! And the crumb – aka buckle, is the best part! Yum – need to make this soon! 🙂

      • Martha wrote:

        Thanks for stopping by Malin! Enjoy!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust wrote:

    This is fabulous! Pinned!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Dorothy!

  • Ruthie wrote:

    Can I just tell you that I LOVE breakfast cakes… this looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at my Super Saturday Show & Tell party today! Please come again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ruthie!!

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade wrote:

    My mom made blueberry buckle when I was growing up. To this day it remains one of my favorite desserts. I think hers had nutmeg in the streusel too.

    • Martha wrote:

      I’ll have to try that the next time! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen wrote:

    Yum these look delicious. I love blueberry desserts and will definitely have to try these!

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