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Farmhouse Blueberry Coffee Cake

 Blueberries are paired with vanilla cake batter and cinnamon sugar, for a simple and intoxicating farmhouse favourite. This cake is light and crumbly, with a wonderful sweet blueberry layer and a nice crunchy cinnamon sugar topping.

Since moving to a big city, the kids and I have made it a tradition to visit a local farm, during the summer months, to pick strawberries and blueberries. This is very different than the blueberry picking I did as a kid. Growing up in Northern Ontario, we just drove a few minutes from town and could find wild blueberries everywhere. Unfortunately, now that I live in a more metropolitan area, wild blueberries are few and far between. 

So, we usually go farm blueberry picking. I must say, it's much easier than wild blueberry picking, LOL. In about 20 minutes, we have 2 baskets of berries picked, and are headed back to pay for our bounty. I really love going to the farm, because they always have tons of FRESH fruits, veggies, baked goods and honey/maple syrup. There is nothing better than produce that's been freshly picked, instead of produce picked early, which ripens in transit.

Another thing I like about the farm is that they always have delicious recipes at their check out counters; which is where I picked up this recipe. It's been quite chilly this past week (we even got snow!), so I decided to do some baking, before it got hot again. 

This coffee cake was so simple to make, which is always a bonus in my book. The smell of the blueberries paired with the vanilla cake batter and cinnamon sugar was intoxicating. The kids kept groaning about how good it smelled as it baked. The cake is light and crumbly, with a wonderful sweet blueberry layer and a nice crunchy cinnamon sugar topping. A delicious sweet dish perfect for dessert, or a lovely little afternoon treat with a cup of tea.

What is coffee cake?

Coffee cake is a cake created with the intention of being eaten while drinking coffee. It's said that in the 17th century, Northern and Central Europeans realised that sweet cakes were a great accompaniment to a cup of coffee. British coffee cakes is typically a 2 layer round cake flavoured with coffee, while the U.S version is a single layer cake, usually topped with some sort of streusel topping.

Can I eat coffee cake if I don't like coffee?

Of course! It is called coffee cake due to the fact that it would pair wonderfully with a cup of coffee. But the truth is, coffee cake can be eaten any time of day, with any beverage of choice. I've had coffee cake for breakfast, with my morning cup of tea, in the afternoon as a snack, and even after dinner as dessert. Popular versions of coffee cake are commonly made without coffee, so no need to shy away if you are not a coffee drinker.

How do I make Blueberry Coffee Cake?

This old fashion recipe is made by creaming together sugar and shortening until smooth and creamy. 

Milk, vanilla and egg are then added, and mixed until smooth. 

Dry ingredients are added and most of the batter is spread in a greased square baking dish. 

Fresh blueberries are layered to completely cover the batter and then covered with the remaining batter. 

The top is sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, before being baked in the oven.

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Equipment needed to make this recipe

  • mixer
  • mixing bowl
  • small bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • spatula
  • 9x9 inch square cake pan
Farmhouse Blueberry Coffee Cake

3/4 C white sugar
1/4 C shortening
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 C flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 C blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 9x9 inch square baking dish.

In a mixing bowl beat the sugar and shortening until smooth and creamy. 

Mix in the egg, vanilla and milk until smooth. 

Add salt, baking powder and flour; mixing well. 

Spread 2/3 of batter in a greased 9x9 inch pan. 

Evenly spread blueberries on top of batter.

Add rest of batter gently (does not have to cover completely). 

Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top. 

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

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Comments

  1. I am a sucker for anything blueberry! Haven't had a good old fashioned coffee cake in ages and this makes me want one right now! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I like the easy recipe, I thought it actually would have coffee inside. lol. I like making blueberry cake with lots of blueberries. I need to try the old fashion way.

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  3. I have been craving a good coffee cake and this looks perfect! Especially with blueberries about to come into season! Thank you!

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  4. oh yes! I love blueberries and coffee cake. I need to make this!

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  5. I love blueberry cakes! The cinnamon sugar sprinkled looks so good <3 Can't wait to make this

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  6. I feel like I should always have coffee cake in my house at all times. This blueberry version looks so good so I will start with this one! Anything sweet to go with my morning coffee makes my day!

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  7. Oh, yes, coffee cake+coffee+cappuccino and still not enough caffeine!:)))) Lovely recipe, thank the Brits for deciding to eat the coffee and the Italians for inventing cappuccino!:)) I love the idea of sprinkling cinnamon sugar on top. It must smell like Christmas when baking:)

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  8. I am so ready for blueberry season. This looks so good and I would pair it with a nice hot cup of coffee.

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  9. Wow this sounds amazing!! Who doesn’t love blueberries baked into something. I’m confident my whole family would enjoy this blueberry coffee cake. Plus, I’m kind of a sucker for anything with the word “farmhouse” in front of it! 😂

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  10. I can't wait for blueberry season!! I planted some this year in my yard. Stopping by from the Blogger's Pitstop party - I'd love you to stop by our party, What's for Dinner, and share this beauty!!

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  11. I buy 20 pounds of Maine blueberries every summer and enjoy them all year!

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  12. This cake looks so good, I need it with my coffee. Our ADRIENNE has chosen it to be featured in the next Blogger's Pit Stop. Come and join us again.

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  13. Sounds delicious! Thanks for joining us for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week!

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  14. This looks amazing and I want a piece right now! Featuring when my link party opens up tonigh. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. What a beautiful coffee cake! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. I hope we see you tomorrow too!! Have a great day.

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