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Blueberry Muffin Cake

Blueberry Muffin Bundt Cake! Simple and sweet blueberry cake loaded with blueberries and lemon zest, then topped sweet buttermilk glaze and crispy crumbly oat topping. This blueberry cake is a sensation any day of the week.

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As we get closer and closer to berry season, my cravings for bright tangy nutrient-packed berries is uncontainable. I want them on cereal, in smoothies, in salads, in sauces, but most of all, in dessert. And I like to pretend that adding berries makes everything I eat super healthy.

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Let’s just go with it.

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Along the lines of healthy… Sometimes I want dessert for breakfast. Other times I want breakfast for dessert. Today’s recipe is an either-or recipe, I like to call Blueberry Muffin Cake.

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It’s a blueberry cake with the rich and tangy elements of a good blueberry muffin recipe, like buttermilk and lemon zest. Then I topped the cake with a creamy buttermilk glaze and crumbled brown sugar oat topping, similar to streusel topped muffins!

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The crumbly oat and nut top, tender decadent cake crumb, and dark juicy blueberries are simply more than I can bear. See how the berries are bursting out of the surface?

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Dripping with tangy berry goodness?? I’m getting giddy just thinking about this blueberry cake!

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It’s the perfect no-fuss cake to pack for spring and summer picnics, take to barbecues, and make for no reason whatsoever.

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As with all bundt cakes, make sure to give the blueberry cake plenty of time to rest and cool in the pan before flipping it out onto a cooling rack. There’s nothing worse than flipping a cake too early, and watching the top pull completely off, stuck to the pan.

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Be patient, and you’ll have a gorgeous perfectly formed blueberry cake, reminiscent of a good blueberry muffin. Only better!

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Blueberry Cake

Yield: 12+ servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60-80 minutes

Blueberry Muffin Bundt Cake


For the Blueberry Cake:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 pound fresh blueberries
For the Buttermilk Glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
For the Oat Crumble Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds


  1. For the blueberry cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with flour. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour and buttermilk, alternating each, until all incorporated. Finally beat in the lemon zest before turning the mixer off. Use a spoon the stir in half the blueberries.
  2. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and sprinkle the remaining blueberries over the top. Bake for 60-80 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. DO NOT try flipping the cake any earlier than 20 minutes, or the cake will stick. Promise! Waiting 30+ minutes is safer.
  3. Once the cake is cooling on the rack, mix the oat crumble. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and pinch with your fingers to blend the ingredients and break into small pieces. Sprinkle the mixture over a baking sheet and bake in the heated oven for 5-10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet before proceeding.
  4. For the glaze, whisk the buttermilk and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and immediately sprinkle the oat crumble over the top of the cake before the glaze dries.
7-12-2014 NOTE: A couple people have mentioned the top sticking in the bundt cake in this recipe. I have made this cake quite a few times and have never had this happen. The main thing to focus on, for a cake that flips out perfectly, is to spray (or grease) the bundt pan thoroughly (meaning every nook and cranny) then flour it well. After it comes out of the oven DO NOT flip the cake any earlier than 20 minutes after baking. If your cake still feels hot after 20 minutes, that means your bundt pan is very well insulated. In this case, I would wait 35-45 minutes before flipping to make sure the cake has cooled to close to room temperature. You could even place the cake in the fridge to speed up the cooling time. I have 3 fruity bundt cakes I make in the same fashion and they all flip out perfectly... with a little patience. Happy Baking and use good judgment! ;)

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77 Responses to “Blueberry Muffin Cake”

  1. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted May 16, 2014 at 5:40 am

    This cake is bursting with rich, berry flavor. It really is a gorgeous cake. I’ll have a huge hunk with my coffee. Pinned.


  2. Jenposted May 16, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I’m the same way – I look forward to berry season almost as much as apple season. Although I’m a raspberry girl through and through.


  3. marlaposted May 16, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Such a delish looking spring cake!


  4. Tieghanposted May 16, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Wow, this is such a great idea!! I too am so excited for berry season, so this cake is perfect!


  5. Heather Christoposted May 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    OMG Sommer. This looks so dang good. What i wouldn’t give to dive into that cake!


  6. Wariposted May 16, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Wow! This looks so tempting! What would u advise as a substitute for berries? We don’t hav them here in India.


  7. capturing joy with kristen dukeposted May 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

    OH my goodness!I love blueberry anything, and this looks heavenly! Pinning!


  8. naomiposted May 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I love how easy this is – one pour rather than twelve little muffins! And great tip, on waiting for the bundt cake to cool.


  9. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted May 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Yes I want dessert for breakfast, too!


  10. Mariaposted May 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I think I need to make this right now!


  11. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted May 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

    This bundt cake is fantastic, Sommer! Love everything about it! Sharing!


  12. Rebeccaposted May 16, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I love blueberry things!!! This looks great. I’ll have to pin this for later.


  13. Gabyposted May 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Perfect addition to brunch!


  14. Laura Dembowskiposted May 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve already eaten my weight in blueberries and cherries. I have been waiting for all the summer fruits forever. Now I need to get baking with them too!


  15. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted May 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, this cake looks incredible!


  16. Marie @ Little Kitchieposted May 18, 2014 at 7:13 am

    This is beautiful!!! SO excited and ready for berry season!


  17. Meredithposted May 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Incredibly delicious!


  18. Tina | Mdemoiselle Gourmandeposted May 19, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Wow, the cake looks sooo moist and delish! I mean, why have a muffin if you can have a cake? :)
    And I agree I’m totally craving for anything berry, especially blueberries, such a great color.


  19. Ericaposted May 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I was looking for a blueberry muffin recipe and found this cake. It looks wonderful and love your site. Going to make it today for my kids!


  20. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted May 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Love the addition of the streusel topping on a bundt. Great idea.


  21. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Such a great cake, I’m in love with the streusel topping!


  22. Shainaposted May 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Sold. I’d like a slice with my morning coffee first thing tomorrow morning. I’d better get baking!


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  24. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted May 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    It has fruit in it, so it’s healthy, right? We’ll just say yes. :-)


  25. capturing joy with kristen dukeposted May 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Made this. Loved it. Sharing it on Facebook tomorrow morning!


  26. marcieposted June 5, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    This is one of the most gorgeous cakes I’ve seen! I’ve been on a huge blueberry kick, too, so this is calling my name!


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  28. Cherylposted June 8, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Just made it this morning, and it is almost half gone! Delicious!


  29. Erikaposted June 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Just letting you know I featured your recipe on my blog – I look forward to trying it soon!


  30. Reginaposted June 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I am headed to the store for the ingredients I don’t have. I just picked a pound of fresh blueberries from the bush by the garden. I know this will be as good as it looks. Thanks for the recipe! :)


  31. Hannahposted June 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Made this cake. Absolutely incredible. Even without the glaze and the topping this cake was gone in 12 hours!!


  32. Melanie Greerposted June 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I made this for work as my hubbs does not like blueberries and knowing I could easily eat this all myself. Every once in a while you make a bundt cake and the crown sticks to the top…sadly this was that time for me. So I had to improvise on presentation…I took the whole cake, sliced it into beautiful wedges and layered it on a long narrow glass platter. Drizzled the glazed zig zagged all over the top and scattered the crumbles over the top and ta-da..beautiful cake. Best part was i did not have to wait to cut into it and taste it while waiting for everyone at work to take some. Great Recipe, great flavor and super easy to make. Thank you for sharing.


  33. Danitraposted July 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

    This looks delicious! I’m going to make this today. What kind of oats do you recommend?


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  35. Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchenposted July 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

    What a beautiful cake! LOVE the oat crumble!


  36. Paigeposted July 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Made this a couple times and it still hasn’t come out right. Definitely not a pound of blueberries but still delicious all the same


  37. Judyposted July 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I made this cake today, it is so delicious and easy to make. Wow, love it.


  38. brandiposted July 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Made this tonight and it was amazing…except for all the blueberries sinking to the bottom while baking. Not sure what happened.


    • Sommer — July 9th, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

      So glad you liked it Brandi! The berry sinking happens when the batter is a little too thin. This could be the result of several things, but is most likely due to the brand of buttermilk you used.


  39. Neena Bposted July 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I made this cake and followed the instructions to the letter. After the 20 minute cooling period, I turned the cake out on a plate and it fell into a pile of crumbs. What did I do wrong?


    • Sommer — July 9th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      Hi Neena, Hmmm. It’s hard to say without seeing it, but I wonder about the non-stick surface on your bundt pan… Did it stick to the sides when you flipped it?


      • Neena Blackwell — July 9th, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

        Brand new pan, sprayed and floured. I squished the whole thing back into
        a cake pan and baked it 20 more minutes. Then let it cool completely in the pan,
        it wasn’t a bundt pan and not quite as pretty, but it tasted great.

  40. Jacquelineposted July 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I am a fabulous baker – I bake all the time. I though a pound of blueberries was way too much but I followed the directions exactly. After 20 minutes, i flipped the pan and the whole top stuck. I was going to bring it to a bbq tomorrow – I flipped it back and it’s in the freezer now. It tastes great…. Next time I think a pint of blueberries would be plenty – and I will flour the blueberries first and put them on top a the end so they don’t sink to a horrible mess. I can’t even believe the first reviews you have on top of this page because if you follow the directions exactly you end up with a tasty mess. And – I would butter and flour the pan.


    • Jacqueline — July 11th, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

      Good news! Putting it in the freezer for an extra 20 minutes worked! It almost all came out and what did not I molded back on the top – put the glaze then the crumbles . I made an little bit more glaze to put on top of the crumbs to hold it together then I put a bit of candied lemon peel I made with the extra lemon peel. It looks great! The top looks like a blueberry cobbler and the berries are all on the top. So I will try to use one pint and flour the berries next time. There was a lot of mess to taste – and the taste is exquisite!


      • Sommer — July 12th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

        Hi Jacqueline!

        I always use 1 pound of berries and prefer the extra berry flavor. The berries sinking to the bottom does happen a little–that’s why I layer some of the berries on top of the batter. However, using a thinner variety of buttermilk can also make the batter thin causing the berries to sink. Adding wet berries to the batter would probably do the same thing.

        I’m so glad you found a solution, and am also happy you like the flavor. YAY!!

  41. Marlyposted July 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    What a beautiful cake – love the blueberries…and that icing!


  42. Deniseposted July 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I made this tonight and it was beyond delicious!! thank u for sharing the recipe :)


  43. lauraposted July 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Can this be made in two loaf pans?


  44. Jenposted August 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    My husband requested a Blueberry Muffin cake for his birthday and I thought there was no way I would find a recipe for one. I am so glad I found your blog! The cake came out great. My husband is going to love it (and I suspect he will be requesting it again soon). Thanks for sharing!


  45. Annaposted August 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Made this tonight for my husband and his friends loved it! The next time I could do without the almond slivers. I’m going to try it with another berry…


  46. Terriposted September 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    This cake was delicious! I followed the directions. I did flip my pan and just left it on the rack for about an hour. Picked up the pan and there sat that perfect cake.


    • Sommer — September 9th, 2014 @ 6:10 am

      YAY! Thanks for sharing Terri!


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  48. Mieraposted September 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I only have frozen blueberries; do you think that will work? Should I adjust the recipe in any way?


    • Sommer — September 28th, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

      Hi Miera! No, it should work just fine. :)


      • Kim C — March 8th, 2015 @ 11:37 pm

        I just made this cake. I did everything as I was supposed to. I only had frozen berries, but I figured that shouldn’t be an issue. While baking my cake, in a bundt pan, overflowed. Then it sank and even after a little extra time using the the full 75 minutes too, it didn’t bake all the way. When I flipped it over just the bottom came out. :( I am so bummed. What did I do wrong??? I have never had this happen to me before. :(

        • Sommer — March 9th, 2015 @ 7:33 pm

          Hi Kim, So sorry! It’s hard to say without seeing it, although three things come to mind: First, I wonder if your bundt pan is on the small side. This recipe is for a 12 cup bundt pan. You can pour some of the batter into an extra loaf pan if you want to try it again. Second, I wonder if your oven temperature is a little off. It’s fairly common for ovens to sway one way or the other over time. You can buy an extra thermometer to keep in the oven, if you want to be sure the temperature is exact. My final thought is that your baking soda or baking powder may be old. They can get a little wonky if they sit in the pantry too long. I usually replace both every 6 months, no matter how much is left in the container. I hope you will give it another shot… It’s a great cake!

  49. carandazzoposted November 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    why is it labed GF when it’s not?


  50. Eileenposted November 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Wow ! what a beautiful cake . can’t wait to make it ; I love blueberries and of course it’s nutritious .


  51. Bettyposted November 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Believe, or not, I’m baking this bake at this very moment :-) Will be taking it over to my brother’s house for Our Thanksgiving Dinner DESSERT <3 Can't wait to see they're faces as they take the first taste of this beautiful, mouth watering BLUEBERRY MUFFIN CAKE…… <3
    Psst! honestly, I can't wait to taste it myself, my husband and I are going bananas with the wonderful aroma in our home..
    Will give an update with the outcome.
    Thank you Sommer, have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING with you love ones
    Betty ;-)


  52. Spenceposted December 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I like to use honey for sugar when I can, but it makes the cakes stick more to the pans even after spraying & flouring. Honey makes cakes taste ten times better.


  53. Donna Degnanposted December 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I made this for Christmas morning and it came out perfect! Haven’t eaten it yet but boy does it look good. It did not stick to the pan at all. I sprayed it with Pam and lightly floured it. Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to try it in the morning. Merry Christmas!


  54. Adaposted December 25, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I made this cake last night for Chrstmas breakfast. It turned out beautifully! I baked it 80 minutes, and maybe should have gone a little longer. My oven is old so I keep the temperature slightly lower than called for so it doesn’t burn. Anyway, I left it in the pan for 45 minutes. I used a butter knife to loosen the edge at the top of the pan (bc I may not have sprayed that well enough. The whole cake came out with no issues! I was so excited. I am eating at piece now before the babes wake up and start tearing into it. Thank you so much for sharing.


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  56. ellieposted January 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    OMG this looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!


  57. Deniseposted January 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Sommer, from the moment I saw this recipe, I pinned it. It looks very delicious. So…I baked it today and it is out of this world, super easilicious. I took before/after baking pictures. Even my picky father-in-law liked it. (Just let it it cool…clean the kitchen meanwhile…It will come out perfectly).Thank you so much for taking the time to share. I even printed a copy just in case. Recipes like this one you can never let go off your hands.


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  60. Meganposted March 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    So disappointed. I made this for my book club tonight and even though I followed all your instructions, it still came out a mess. I sprayed that pan to death with bakers joy, which works way better than grease and flour. I let it sit for 30 minutes. The problem is the blueberries. There’s too many and they all sunk to the bottom, even though I floured them. If you try this, try one cup in the batter and one on top. I don’t even know if that will help. I’m hoping the glaze will cover it up. I wanted something with berries to go with my lemon ice cream and I just wish it looked pretty.


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  63. Carrie Wehmeyerposted May 15, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I just made this cake today after finding the recipe on Pinterest. I used frozen blueberries (a whole pound) and sprayed the heck out of my pan with Baker’s Joy .  I baked my cake for 80 minutes, then it took two hours to cool in the pan. It slipped right out. My family loved it. I will definitely be making it again. 


  64. Katherineposted June 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    How can I store this overnight without it losing it moist fluffiness? I know if I put this is the fridge it would get sticky and not so delicious any more


  65. Andreaposted August 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

    What loveliness!   I made it according to the directions…allowed for plenty of cool time and it came out PERFECT!  I’m so excited I get to share this with friends and family.  Thanks so much.


  66. Jennposted August 30, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    just instagrammed you my pic.  Made this twice now, perfect every time.  This time, I put blueberries in pan pre-batter as well as added fresh lemon juice to batter and glaze.  Yum! 

    I was reading the above comments and  think maybe people who are having issues are rushing it.  Mine baked for70 minutes, clean knife in center, then cooled on a rack for another 60.  I then flipped it onto a plate and let it fall out on its own accord.   I leave my berries a little wet as well so they stay suspended in the batter.   Make sure you cream your butter and sugars a good long time, make them white and fluffy.  

    Just one question, have you made this in a 9×13 ever? Wonder how long it would need to bake for.   Thinking of ways for more glaze and crumbly goodness to stay on top.   


    • Sommer — September 2nd, 2015 @ 9:07 pm

      Hi Jenn, Thanks so much for sharing! I haven’t made this in a 9×13 pan, but I’m guessing it would take less than half the time, base on other recipes I’ve tried that with. :)


  67. Jillposted November 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    2nd time I made this.  Came out perfect again!  I do have a problem wit icing cuz I use the powder buttermilk & add water.  Can’t seem to git it right.   Still excellent!  👍


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