Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

I’m always on the lookout for easy breakfasts I can prepare ahead of time and have ready for my kids to eat on the go on busy morning. I had been eyeing this breakfast ‘cake’ recipe from Alexandra’s Kitchen for awhile and decided to give it a try last month. The result was wonderful! Moist, crumbly, and full of flavor it was a real treat for the everyone. The recipe takes minimal time to prepare, which is a blessing on nights I’m scrambling at the last minute before bed to throw something together for the morning. My whole family, even the picky eaters, love this, whether we’re sitting down at the table for a relaxing breakfast, or grabbing a piece to go, hurrying to school or practice.

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

4 Sons 'R' Us: Blueberry Breakfast Cake

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp lemon zest*
  • 3/4 cup & 2 tbsp sugar (7/8 cup) + 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, set aside 1/4 cup of this
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries, thawed and drained
  •  1/2 cup buttermilk**

*If you’re using fresh lemons for your zest, go ahead and zest the whole lemon. Any extra, or leftover zest, not used in the recipe can easily be stored in a ziplock bag and frozen for later use.

**To make your own buttermilk, add 1 tbsp white vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes before using. The recipe can be halved or doubled depending on the quantity needed. Just keep the ratios between the milk the the acidic ingredient equal. Lemon juice can also be used in place of vinegar.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with 1/4 cup flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk.
  4. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with butter, or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Pour and spread batter evenly into the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool and serve.

5 thoughts on “Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

  1. I am absolutely going to try this next week! We have to get up so early (bus comes at 7:35 am) that sometimes it’s not easy to have a good breakfast every morning. Anything that I can make the night before and have ready for the morning is AWESOME!

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