Easy Blueberry Cake

Easy Blueberry Cake

This easy blueberry cake recipe is stunning: it’s fluffy, lightly sweet, and scented with lemon. Perfect for summer evenings or brunch!

Growing up, my mom this “magic” blueberry cobbler dessert in the summer. It became a famous family recipe that she makes to this day. My sister and I once even made it with mountain blueberries we had picked in the Pacific Northwest. (Pretty ideal!) So when I say we have a new blueberry dessert to compete with the cobbler: it’s major. Meet this blueberry cake! It’s fluffy, just sweet enough, and with a hint of lemon.

Why make this blueberry cake?

There are lots of variations on blueberry cake! What’s great about this one? This blueberry cake:

  • Is fluffy, moist, and scented with lemon. This one is a round cake, fluffy and moist, topped with a layer of purple-blue ripe blueberries. It’s lightly sweet and has a hint of lemon.
  • Has a healthy spin. This blueberry cake also has a bit of a healthy spin! It’s made with olive oil, Greek yogurt and applesauce instead of rich butter.
  • Works for both brunch and dessert. This cake tastes light and fresh instead of indulgent. So it works as a blueberry breakfast cake or at a baby shower or bridal shower brunch. Or, serve it for dessert topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!


  • 1 1/4 cups plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar (optional), for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Butter an 8 or 9-inch springform pan or round cake pan, then dust it with flour. If using a cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Place the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and use a fork to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
  4. Use your hands to make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients. Into the hole, crack the egg and add the olive oil, yogurt, applesauce, vanilla, and lemon zest. Use a fork to mix the ingredients together until smooth and blended.
  5. In another bowl, mix the blueberries with the lemon juice and 1 teaspoon flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the blueberries in a single layer on the top (no need to press them down).
  7. Bake until the cake 35 to 40 minutes (ours took 37 minutes), until golden brown on top and a toothpick in the enter comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave on the counter to cool completely, 1 hour. If using a springform pan, remove the sides (if using a cake pan, you can leave in the pan or remove it). If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into pieces and serve. If desired, serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

This blueberry cake recipe is…

What a great cake. I love that you used a fresh Blueberries!

- Miami Food Network -

How to serve this blueberry cake

This blueberry cake with lemon works for so many different occasions! It tastes fresh and light, and would be perfect for a brunch or as a breakfast cake. It also works perfectly as a dessert, with or without a topping. If you’d like to make it more decadent, here are a few toppings for this blueberry cake that would work well:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Blueberry glaze
  • Lemon glaze


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