Berry Buttermilk Breakfast/Brunch Cake with Crumb Topping

Weekend breakfasts are always a favorite occasion because we can take our time to enjoy the morning. It’s also the time of the week that’s most leisurely for us with plenty of time to bake in the morning. Settling down with our cappuccino or espresso and some poached eggs is a fantastic breakfast. Sometimes we still crave something sweet with our coffee, but not too sweet. So we created this morning a blueberry buttermilk breakfast cake that fulfills our morning needs.Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake with Berries that's moist, tender and delicious. | @whiteonrice

Watch the video making the Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake:

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake with Berries that's moist, tender and delicious. | @whiteonrice

After making this blueberry buttermilk breakfast cake several times, it’s hard to not think of it as the perfect brunch cake, especially for Spring. With Easter brunch, family gatherings and celebration gatherings to welcome Spring, berries are starting to sweeten up in our area. Now it is the perfect time to make this cake that is sweetened by the explosion of berry flavors and without all the sugar.

Citrus fruit from @WhiteOnrice garden

citrus and swiss chard galore

Citrus fruit from @WhiteOnrice garden

Everything in the garden has been going bonkers now and we’re enjoying every minute of it. We have tons and tons of lemons and other citrus. It’s crazy to think how two people and two dogs can consume all this fruit. Maybe it’s time to start our lemonade stand we used to dream of building as kids. Hey, and maybe sell some of this awesome berry buttermilk breakfast cake? Maybe we’ll do that when we grow up one day!

Enjoy and Happy Brunch!

Diane and Todd

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake with Berries that's moist, tender and delicious. | @whiteonrice

super moist and tender

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake with Berries that's moist, tender and delicious. | @whiteonrice

5 from 1 vote
Buttermilk-Berry Breakfast Cake w/ Crumb Topping
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
This can also be made in an 8"x8" pan. It will be a higher breakfast cake and takes a bit longer to bake. For the 8"x8" size, bake for 40-50 minutes.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 374 kcal
for the breakfast cake
  • ½ cup unsalted butter , (1 stick) at room temperature
  • Zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (12 ounces) or combination of different berries
  • ½ cup buttermilk *see note below recipe
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling, (optional)
  • Whipped topping or whipped cream (optional)
  • Extra berries for topping (optional)
for the crumb topping
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt , or to taste
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter , cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm) pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F (190°c). Grease 9x9 inch (23cmx23cm) square baking pan or line with parchment and grease for extra ease in removing from pan when baked.

  2. Make the crumb topping: Mix together the flour, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl. Pinch in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Set aside in the refrigerator to keep cold until ready to top cake.
  3. Make the cake batter: In large bowl, cream butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, beat until combined.

  4. In separate bowl whisk flour for breakfast cake, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the dry flour mixture and buttermilk to the wet butter/egg batter. Carefully stir the batter until combined, but don’t overmix (it will be a thick batter). Fold in the berries.

  6. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Top the cake with the crumb topping.

  7. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cake to cool completely. If desired, when ready to serve sprinkle with powdered sugar and dollop of whipped topping or more berries!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: To quickly make a homemade buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or in the case of this recipe - 1/2 cup milk-1/2 tablespoon lemon juice)

Stir to combine and allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Use as directed for buttermilk in the recipe. 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Andy Mac

    I have made these a few times now and everyone loves them.thankyou for the great recipe

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Andy, thanks for the feedback and we’re happy that you enjoy the recipe! It’s one of our favorites too.

  2. Andrea McConkey

    I made this lastnight.i used little silicone loaf pans and frozen berries. Everyone at home and work loved them.thanks for the awesome recipe

  3. 2pots2cook2

    I really enjoy your works very much ! Thank you !

  4. Jessi

    Love this pretty looking cake:) Thank you for a great recipe!!!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hope you love it!

  5. Sabrina B.

    love that this is not designed to be super-sweet, prefer the savory side of the coffee cake scale (if one even exists!) I’m now very hungry after seeing your photographs, reading the recipe and imagining how this thing tastes, as you suggest, it’s the perfect weekend dish, thank you for this!

  6. Tara Redfield

    This looks so tasty! I love anything with berries!

  7. gringalicioustori

    Oh yes, this looks amazing!

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