Simple Lemon-Blueberry Coffee Cake

by Jamie on April 16, 2011

Post image for Simple Lemon-Blueberry Coffee Cake I’ve been extremely lazy this week. I’ve really had no desire to do much of anything once I get home from work. The laundry pile is larger than normal, dinners have been no-fuss grilled items (because I can totally pawn that off to Brian) and I haven’t really baked much of anything.

Since I’ve pretty much become synonymous with baked goods, people will start to assume that something is wrong with me if I haven’t offered up any sweet treats in a few days. I’ll get questions such as, “Are you not feeling well?” or “Are you sick of blogging?” Seriously people, it’s been a week, not a month – I’m just lazy.

However, my laziness was temporarily quelled when I got a hankering for blueberries. Random, right? Now of course I didn’t have any blueberries in the fridge, only apples and a whole pineapple, which was in the fridge due to an ant issue we had earlier in the week. Thankfully, the ants are gone. And well, so is the pineapple, because due to my laziness it went bad before I felt like cutting it.

After scanning the fridge, I remembered that I had picked up a jar of blueberry preserves and for a brief moment thought about eating a piece of toast, but clearly I cannot blog toast! Well I guess I could, but I’m thinking it wouldn’t be too popular.

Anyway, after a few minutes on the computer, I decided on this simple recipe for Lemon-Blueberry Coffee Cake. You can literally throw it together within 10 minutes and after about 25 minutes in the oven I was enjoying warm blueberry goodness with very little effort involved.

If you’re feeling a bit on the lazy side, stay tuned for tomorrow’s recipe for ridiculously simple chocolate cookies.

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Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

April 16th, 2011

Yield: 9 servings


For the Cake

zest of one lemon
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup blueberry preserves

For the Topping

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cold butter


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray an 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest; mix with your fingers until the sugar is slightly moistened and fragrant. Add flour, baking powder, salt to the sugar and mix until thoroughly combined. Add butter, egg, milk and vanilla, mix to combine.

3. Pour half of batter into prepared pan; take care to spread evenly. Stir the preserves and spread it evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter, again spreading evenly.

4. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients; mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of the batter.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.


- adapted from Smuckers

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avatar Hannah at FleurDeLicious April 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

This looks delicious, and I love that you could really use whatever preserves you happen to have on hand. Do you think a layer of fresh fruit would work just as well as the preserves? I have some strawberries in the fridge that would go so well with that lemon!


avatar Jamie April 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I haven’t tried, it but it sounds like it would be amazing!


avatar Rebecca April 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I was thinking the same thing…well, with the frozen blueberries that I have on hand.


avatar Brooke (Baking with Basil) April 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Love recipes that are quick but satisfying!!


avatar Erin April 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Sounds delish! Could I substitute fresh blueberries for the preserves?


avatar Erin April 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Oh, also… nut allergy… anything I could substitute for the almonds? Or could I leave them out altogether?


avatar Jamie April 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Just leave the almonds out.


avatar Jamie April 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I haven’t tried it, but I’m better it could work!


avatar Erin April 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Great!! Will be making these VERY soon!!


avatar Bianca April 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I’m new to your blog and I think it is amazing! I love the print button on your recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.


avatar Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm

omg, this looks so good. two of my fav flavors together!


avatar Brian @ A Thought For Food April 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

You’re absolutely right! This does sound so simple! Can’t wait to give it a try.


avatar The Teenage Taste April 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I definitely know what you mean. I love to bake, but sometimes it takes forever. I’m both lazy and impatient. ;]
This coffee cake looks fabulous! I love the lemon and blueberry flavor combination! YUM!


avatar Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I can definitely relate to that laziness! Sometimes I am just completely wiped out from work. This cake looks wonderful!


avatar Cathy April 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Oh, yum! I love blueberries!


avatar Aleida April 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Hurray for lazy-friendly recipes! This coffee cake looks supper yummy with the blueberries in it. I wish I could have some for brunch tomorrow.


avatar Rebecca April 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Looks great! I think I’m going to surprise my husband tomorrow with this coffee cake.


avatar Daisy April 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I still don’t know how you don’t weigh a ton with all of the goodies. I think I’ll conjure up the energy to make this for my brood Sunday. Glad to read you have your meh weeks, too. Spring fever :).


avatar Katrina April 17, 2011 at 1:51 am

Well, you’re definitely allowed to be lazy. I must say that I’m glad you needed some blueberries though :) This recipe looks awesome!


avatar notyet100 April 17, 2011 at 5:43 am

cookies look so good,..-)


avatar Vimitha April 17, 2011 at 6:58 am

Love the crumbly texture of the cakes… Would be yum to have with a hot cup of coffee…


avatar Tracy April 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

Yummy!!!! This will be on the Easter breakfast menu at the Mayer household :)


avatar Paula April 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Yeah, you are allowed to be *lazy* every once in awhile. Looking forward to those *lazy* chocolate cookies, especially if they are anything close to this wonderful coffee cake.


avatar Maris (In Good Taste) April 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Blueberry and lemon is a delightful combination. This looks delicious.


avatar Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie April 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm

What a beautiful, simple coffee cake :)


avatar Kristen April 17, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I bookmarked a recipe similar to this in Martha Stewart Living yesterday. I never thought to put preserves as a layer in a coffee cake! Delicious.


avatar Dave April 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Wow I am going to the kitchen! Sounds soo good.


avatar Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I adore lemon and blueberry in spring :) It’s such a fresh combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing this beautiful cake!


avatar Angie April 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Tried it. Delicious. Didn’t have enough blueberry preserves so I just added some thawed frozen blueberries – delicious. Will make it again!


avatar Carissa April 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

I have a very similar recipe, absolutely wonderul! Thanks for sharing!


avatar naomi April 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I can so relate to the lazy spells! That is so me sometimes and I get the same questions-what’s wrong?


avatar Chaya April 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

This is my husband’s kind of cake and I like it too. Adding to my TO DO list.


avatar Brieanne April 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

I made this last night to take to work for Easter Sunday. What a perfect mix of sweetness and lemony flavor!! I just sampled some while plating my assortment of baked goods, and I’m SERIOUSLY wishing I’d made two batches. This is delish! Will definitely be going into my breakfast rotation. Thanks for a wonderful, simple recipe.


avatar Rose Forever April 28, 2011 at 5:47 am

Lemon and blueberry combination looks great. It will be my first time making a cake with these flavors. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


avatar Melanie Spinet April 29, 2011 at 5:16 am

My hubby doesn’t like lemon. Can you suggest something to replace the lemon or something that can lessen the taste of the lemon on the recipe? Is that possible?


avatar Jamie May 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Simply remove the lemon zest in the recipe.


avatar Melanie Grand April 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

Lemon, blueberry, and chocolate are my favorite combination. I will try this and add some chocolate chips on the cake. Thanks for giving the idea.


avatar Mary Gunn FUNN May 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I think I’ll try this for a ladies’ neighborhood tea this spring – won’t that be perfect?
Thank you!


avatar Sonnora and Ashley June 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Hi my name is Sonnora and I am also addicted to baking. We just made this and it is sooooooo good, my dd Ashley said that it is like something you get at Starbucks but better! We had organic frozen blueberries and I put them with some 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and a little pat if butter and made a sauce instead of the jam mixture.


avatar marium October 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

Hello.I can’t find coffee in the recipe:( plz help


avatar Peggy September 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

This sounds like the perfect breakfast treat =)


avatar Cookin' Cowgirl (wanna'be) November 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

This recipe is so super easy to throw together in almost a moments notice! Loving it! :)


avatar Lisa March 2, 2013 at 1:09 am

I am no baking addict. I do love eating baked goods though, and eating in general..haha. Once in a while I’d browse through your delicious sounding recipes. As much as I would love to try everything, my unwillingness to make it was always greater than my desire to taste it… I’m also at a brownie mix baking/cooking level, so most recipes either seemed too difficult or required me to buy too many extra ingredients. But I really really wanted to make one of your recipes, so when I finally came across this simple one, I was pretty excited and immediately bookmarked the page. I probably bookmarked this page about two months ago.. but I finally decided to give it a shot today, and I think it turned out pretty okay! Took me 2 hours from start to finish (haha), and I created a complete mess… but here’s a picture of the final product: Thank you! I may attempt another recipe next month..


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