Lemon Blueberry Cake Recipe

This Blueberry Lemon Cake is loaded with 1 pound of blueberries and every bite has sweet pops of juicy blueberry and fresh lemon flavor. It’s not too sweet and not too tangy, but just right. This is my favorite tea or coffee blueberry cake and it’s easy, easy, easy!

Moist and soft Blueberry Lemon Cake. A blueberry cake with blueberries inside and out

Why we Love this Blueberry Cake:

I love having recipes like this or our easy Strawberry Cake that come together quickly and are perfect for unplanned company and my evening sweet-tooth cravings. Bite into this while it’s still a little warm and you’ll have no words, only sound effects… mmm!

It is moist, fluffy, and tastes like a decadent Blueberry Muffin from a fancy bakery. Seriously though, it’s really really good! Watch the blueberry lemon cake video tutorial to see just how easy it is!

Ingredients for Blueberry Lemon Cake:

This lemon blueberry cake is so quick and easy to make. It is our go-to for unexpected company and it always disappears fast! P.S. This homemade vanilla extract makes it even better!

Ingredients for making lemon blueberry cake recipe

Important Tips for Success:

Measuring Ingredients – Click here for an easy video tutorial on how to measure dry and wet ingredients correctly.

Do Not Overmix – overmixing the batter can make the cake dense.

Substituting Yogurt – Reader Polina wrote that she “used the Stonefield whole milk yogurt for the recipe – turned out perfectly soft and very moist.”

Baking in a Tube Pan – Reader, Kelly, writes: “I did this in a tube pan and upped all the ingredients by half. I was feeding 2 families :). I used the “Baking Happy” Pam nonstick spray with flour and it popped out beautifully. It baked for 55 mins, and was perfect! Since the pan is larger, upping the ingredients by half was a perfect fit for the pan- once baked, the cake right to the top. I sprinkled with powdered sugar. Delicious recipe…everyone loved it! Thanks so much!”

Can I Substitute Frozen Blueberries for Baking?

If using frozen blueberries, thaw in refrigerator and drain any excess juice then in step #4: toss with a full 1 Tbsp of starch and do not add lemon juice to blueberries. Do not add more than 16 oz blueberries or they start to weigh the cake down.

How To Make Lemon Blueberry Cake:

Prep: Lightly butter a 9-inch springform pan**** and line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat Oven to 375˚F.

1. Beat 2 eggs and 1 cup sugar with the whisk attachment on high speed 5 minutes or until lightened in color and thick.

Two photos of mixing bowls with the batter for a blueberry lemon cake

2. Add 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt and whisk on low speed until well combined.

Two photos of vanilla extract added to batter for blueberry lemon cake and then being mixed

3. Whisk together the 2 cups flour with 2 tsp baking powder then add to batter 1/3 at a time, whisking to incorporate between each addition (DO NOT OVERMIX or the cake will be dense). Finally, add 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice and 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest. (I really like to use this lemon zester).

Four photos of flour being added into a mixing bowl with batter for blueberry lemon cake

4. Rinse blueberries and drain well. Transfer to a medium bowl add 1/2 Tbsp corn starch and 1 tsp lemon juice. Stir until well combined and no dry white cornstarch remains. If using frozen blueberries, see note above.

Two photos of bowls with blueberries being mixed with powdered sugar

5. Pour half of the batter into the prepared springform pan and even out the top with a spatula. Top with half of the blueberries. Spread with remaining batter then sprinkle the rest of the blueberries evenly over the top, pushing them about halfway into the batter. Bake at 375˚F for 45 to 55 minutes (mine was perfect at 55 min). Let cake rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes then remove the springform ring and cool until room temp or just warm.

To Test the Cake for Doneness: bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step by step layers of blueberry cake in springform pan

How to Serve Blueberry Cake:

This blueberry lemon cake is perfectly satisfying on its own without any kind of frosting. A generous dusting of powdered sugar is all you need. It does pair well with vanilla ice cream.

Blueberry lemon cake dusted with powdered sugar surrounded by fresh blueberries

Does this Blueberry Cake Work for Muffins?

Because so many of you have asked, we (finally!) have a recipe for blueberry muffins.

P.S. If you are looking for more easy cake ideas, be sure to try our fresh strawberry cake and this loaded peach cake!

Slice of blueberry cake on a plate with fork and fresh blueberries scattered


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