This lemon blueberry cake is an easy 8-ingredient single-layer cake packed with fresh blueberries and a soft and moist texture.

It’s perfect as a snack or after dinner, and it takes just 5 minutes to whip together.

blueberry cake with slice

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This lemon blueberry cake recipe is the moistest, softest, easiest cake you’ll ever bake!

No kidding here; this recipe is a breeze to put together as we make it with simple everyday ingredients – and without eggs.

The crumb’s texture is soft, moist, and light. The cake slices perfectly. The blueberries get juicy and slightly gooey and infuse the cake with their incredible flavor and beautiful purple color.

We make the cake in 3 easy steps. First, we whisk the wet ingredients together in a bowl. Second, we sift the dry ingredients and give them another quick whisk.

Third, we fold the blueberries and transfer the cake batter to a springform pan or cake pan before baking it for 50 minutes.

To ensure the blueberries don’t sink to the bottom of the cake, we toss them in a tablespoon of flour.

Honestly, we could make this one every day and eat it for breakfast (there’s less sugar than in a bowl of cereals), as a morning or afternoon snack, and even as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ps. This is not a complicated, layered cake with multiple cake layers and cream cheese frosting. Instead, it’s an easy, one-layer, blueberry-packed cake—no need for a stand mixer, just a bowl, whisk, and cake pan.

blueberry cake with fresh blueberries

Ingredients

ingredients with fresh blueberries

Blueberries

You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. If you use frozen blueberries, add them to the cake batter while they are still frozen.

Also, your cake might take slightly longer to bake with frozen berries.

Lemon

The lemon blueberry cake should taste like lemon and blueberries, so we use lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.

If you like a milder lemon flavor, you can half the quantity of lemon zest and juice.

Vanilla

You can use vanilla extract or the seeds of a vanilla pod. The vanilla flavors the crumb of the cake, and it tastes delicious with the blueberries.

Flour

Standard all-purpose flour is all you need. However, if you want to make the cake more wholesome, you can use half wholewheat flour and half all-purpose flour.

To make the cake gluten-free, use a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour mixture.

Sugar

We use white sugar for our cakes. You can substitute brown sugar, coconut sugar, and palm sugar for white sugar.

Milk

You can use regular milk or plant milk. We use unsweetened soy milk.

Oil or butter

You can use neutral vegetable oil such as canola oil or sunflower seed oil interchangeably.

Or you can substitute unsalted butter or dairy-free butter for oil. If you use butter, multiply our oil amount by 1.25.

Baking powder

The baking powder helps the cake rise and get light and soft. Make sure your baking powder hasn’t been lying in your pantry for too long, as it might lose its rising abilities.

We recommend using unopened baking powder.

Salt

Salt is optional. You can add a pinch of sea salt or kosher salt if you like.

blueberry cake slice

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Line an 8 or 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper.

Note: a springform pan is one that opens on the side, which makes it easier to remove the cake once baked. You can use a regular cake pan; However, it’ll be a little more complicated to take the cake out.

cake pan for baking

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: grated lemon zest, lemon juice, milk, sugar, oil or melted butter, and vanilla extract.

wet ingredients in a mixing bowl

Sift in the flour and baking powder.

sift flour into cake batter

Whisk wet and dry ingredients until most lumps are gone, and you have a smooth batter. It should take you about 1 minute with a manual whisk.

Tip: don’t overmix the batter, or your cake will turn out too compact, heavy, and gummy.

whisk the batter

In a separate bowl, toss 1 1/2 cups of blueberries with a tablespoon of flour.

Tip: tossing blueberries with flour prevents them from sinking to the bottom of the pan once they are in the batter.

fresh blueberries with flour

Add the blueberries to the cake batter and fold them in gently with a spatula.

batter with fresh blueberries

Transfer the cake batter to the springform pan.

Add the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries on top of the cake.

blueberries on top before baking

Bake in the oven at 350°F or 180°C for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

Let the cake cool down for 10 minutes in the cake pan before transferring it onto a wire rack to cool down completely.

Optionally, dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with our lemon glaze. Cut with a serrated knife.

blueberry cake with cake knife and powdered sugar

Variations

Lemon blueberry pound cake

blueberry lemon pound cake and slices

Don’t have a springform pan or cake pan? Bake a lemon blueberry pound cake instead.

It’s soft, moist, and packed with juicy blueberries. And the lemon glaze on top is finger-licking good.

Check out our lemon blueberry pound cake recipe.

Blueberry muffins

blueberry muffins

You can use the same recipe as our lemon blueberry cake (minus the lemon juice) to make gorgeous blueberry muffins.

They are easy to make and quick to bake, and you can bring them with you for a quick treat when you are out and about.

Check out our blueberry muffins recipe.

Easy Apple Cake

baked vegan apple cake

With a similar batter (without lemon), you can make a deliciously soft, easy, and moist apple cake. The process is the same as our lemon blueberry cake, except we substitute apples for blueberries and cinnamon for lemon.

This one is a reader’s favorite because it’s an absolute crowd-pleaser.

Check out our easy apple cake recipe.

Easy Pear Cake

Pear cake with cinnamon and fresh pears

Same batter, different fruit. In this one, it’s pears’ time to shine. Pear cake is probably the most underrated cake out there.

It’s incredibly and undoubtedly delicious! Soft, moist, sweet, and packed with pear and cinnamon flavor.

You are going to fall in love with this cake!

Check out our easy pear cake recipe.

Questions

Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh ones for baking?

Yes, you can use frozen blueberries instead of fresh ones.

In our tests, the cakes and muffins made with frozen blueberries take slightly longer to bake, and rise a little less than cakes made with fresh blueberries.

Do frozen blueberries need to be thawed before baking?

No, there is no need to thaw frozen blueberries when baking cakes, muffins, or pound cakes.

How do you add lemon flavor to a cake?

The best way to add lemon flavor is to add fresh lemon juice and freshly grated lemon zest to the cake batter.

Storage

Store this lemon blueberry cake under at room temperature cake dome or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 5 days.

You can freze the cake for up to 3 months. To do so, let it cool down completely, then transfer into a freezer frendly plastic bag and freeze.

Thaw in the refrigerator over a few hours, or in the microwave with the thawing function.

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easy blueberry cake with fresh berries

Lemon Blueberry Cake

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 5 votes
This lemon blueberry cake is an easy 8-ingredient single-layer cake packed with fresh blueberries and a soft and moist texture.
It's perfect as a snack or after dinner, and it takes just 5 minutes to whip together.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • Springform pan or cake pan (diameter from 8.5 to 9 inches or from 21 cm to 23cm). We use 8.5 inch/21 cm.
  • Whisk or electric mixer.

Ingredients

WET INGREDIENTS

  • ½ lemon grated zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk we use soy milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil or sunflower oil, or ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or beans of one vanilla pod

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tbsp to toss blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups blueberries divided 1 ½ cups in the batter, ½ cup on top

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Line your springform pan with parchment paper.
    cake pan for baking
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: grated lemon zest, lemon juice, milk, sugar, oil or melted butter, and vanilla extract.
    wet ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder.
    sift flour into cake batter
  • Whisk wet and dry ingredients until most lumps are gone, and you have a smooth batter. 
    It should take you about 1 minute with a manual whisk.
    whisk the batter
  • In a separate bowl, toss 1 ½ cups of blueberries with a tablespoon of flour.
    fresh blueberries with flour
  • Add the blueberries to the cake batter and fold them in gently with a spatula.
    batter with fresh blueberries
  • Pour the cake batter into the springform pan.
    Add the remaining ½ cup of blueberries on top of the cake.
    blueberries on top before baking
  • Bake in the oven at 350°F or 180°C for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
    Let the cake cool down for 10 minutes in the cake pan before transferring it onto a wire rack to cool down completely.
    Optionally, dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with our lemon glaze.
    blueberry cake with cake knife and powdered sugar

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 slice of lemon blueberry cake out of 10 slices.
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
You can dust the cake with powdered sugar or with our quick lemon glaze. 
To make the lemon glaze whisk together 1 cup (120 grams) powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon (15 grams) milk, 1 tablespoon (15 grams) lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon (5 grams) vanilla extract.
TIPS
  • A springform pan is one that opens on the side, which makes it easier to remove the cake once baked. You can use a regular cake pan; However, it’ll be a little more complicated to take the cake out.
  • Don’t overmix the batter, or your cake will turn out too compact, heavy, and gummy.
  • Tossing blueberries with flour prevents them from sinking to the bottom of the pan once they are in the batter.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 224mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin B6: 0.1mg, Vitamin C: 9mg, Vitamin E: 1mg, Vitamin K: 10µg, Calcium: 92mg, Folate: 58µg, Iron: 2mg, Manganese: 0.3mg, Magnesium: 14mg, Zinc: 0.3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This cake is just awesome. We make it at least twice a week, we love it that much. But today i swapped cranberries for blueberries and orange for lemon, the batter stayed the same. What can i say, the result was fantastic. Thank you so much for your great recipes

    1. Hi Sabine, That’s great, I am really happy this cake is a success in your home! Great idea with cranberries and orange, Nico and I need to try that.
      Thank you for your kind comment. All the best, Louise

  2. I measured all the ingredients correctly but could not whisk — could barely mix wet into dry ingredients. What is the problem?

    1. Hi Susan,

      I am sorry the cake didn’t work for you.
      I just double checked and all ingredients seems correct.
      Could you explain in more detail what you mean by “could not whisk”? Was it too dry?

      Thanks,
      Nico

    1. Hi Holly, I’m delighted you liked the blueberry cake – I hear you, it’s one of my favorites for a morning treat! Have a great Sunday. Cheers, Nico