Fruit Filled Blueberry Buckle

When I saw the recipe for Berry Buckle on the blog Frozen Wings, I wondered… what on earth is a buckle?  I can identify crisps and cobblers, pies and tarts, but a buckle?  Yet it sounded so lovely and nostalgic that I had to read on.

Blueberry Buckle, Served

Blueberry Buckle, Served clued me in, saying, “Buckles are baked and are usually made in one or two ways. The first way is that bottom layer is cake-like with the berries mixed in. Then the top layer is crumb-like. The second way is where the cake layer is on the bottom of the pan, the berries are the next layer and the top is the crumble mixture.”

Another source commented that buckles characteristically have a high fruit ratio.   Lots of fruit–that’s for me!!  And it just so happened that one of my CSAs had made an out of state trip and brought back a truckload of blueberries.  It was fate!

10 lbs of blueberries!

10 lbs of blueberries!

Even with a giant box of berries, I was a little nervous putting over three cups into a recipe–what if we didn’t like it?  But the smallest spring form pan I had was 9” so I threw caution to the wind and plunged in.

Blueberry Buckle coffeecake

Blueberry Buckle, up close and personal

And the results?  The dessert was fruity, coffeecake-like and very tasty.  The only negative was my own fault; I subbed in half whole wheat flour, which I wouldn’t do again.  The spring form pan it was baked in turned out a lovely cake although this can be baked in standard rectangular baking dishes as well.

Blueberry buckle

Blueberry buckle (disappearing fast)

If you could see the whole series of photos you would notice that the cake in the background kept getting smaller.  Even with my “photo shoot” incomplete, we couldn’t resist sampling and the kids and I kept slicing off small pieces of cake.  Yes, I admit, my willpower is terrible.  We will definitely make this again and I am pretty sure it will be on the menu the next time I throw a brunch.

Blueberry Buckle and coffee

Blueberry Buckle, perfect with coffee


Blueberry Buckle

Adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes,by way of AA Edible

Makes 1 9-inch round cake (halve for a 6-inch cake)



  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 T butter, softened

Cake batter

  • 4 T butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, divided
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3-4 cups blueberries, rinsed and dried carefully.


1.  Preheat oven to 375.  Combine streusel ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork or fingers (fingers recommended) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2.  Put the blueberries in a bowl (with a lid if you have one) and add enough (about 2 T) of the flour to lightly coat them (this is to keep them from all sinking to the bottom when the cake bakes, so it is important). Cover and shake carefully, or if using a non-lidded bowl mix gently with a spoon, and set aside.

Berries tossed with flour

Berries tossed with flour

3.  Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until the batter is smooth.

4.  Combine the rest of the flour with the baking powder.   Alternately add some of the flour mixture and some of the milk to the butter mixture, letting each component thoroughly incorporate before adding the next.

5.  Fold the blueberries (including any remaining flour) into the batter gently, trying not to mash too many of the berries in the process.

6.  Grease a 9-inch spring form (or other) pan and dump the batter in gently.


Buckle batter in pan

Buckle batter in pan

7.  Sprinkle the streusel on top, making sure that it’s relatively even.


Buckle (coffeecake) with streusel topping

Sprinkle with streusel topping

8.  Bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean (you may need to poke more than once not to hit a blueberry).

9.  Leave the cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes on a baking rack, then remove from the pan and let cool on the rack directly.

Blueberry Buckle cooling

Blueberry Buckle cooling

Serves 8-10.
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29 thoughts on “Fruit Filled Blueberry Buckle

  1. kitchen flavours

    That is a lovely buckle. Full of blueberries deliciousness at each bite! And your box of blueberries are very tempting, they are kinda pricey over here!
    Thank you for sharing with Bake-Along, it would be great if you could mention Bake-Along somewhere in your post!
    Hope you can join us again! Have a nice day!

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks, I am still trying to figure out what I am supposed to do. The plug-in looked a little difficult and I am leaving for a 3 day conference at 6 AM, but if it counts to bring over the bake-along logo, I can probably do that tonight yet. Feel free to advise!

  2. Karis

    That’s really cool that your CSA had a truckload of blueberries available. I’ve picked them in up north near the Apostle Islands, and that was enough of the pick-your-own experience for me. Something bigger, like apples, is more my style 🙂

    1. Inger Post author

      I am so with you there; I even think strawberries are hard to pick if you try to do it in quantity. I am really enjoying the raspberries in my backyard though, but that volume is more like a cup a day (which often doesn’t make it in the door 😉 )

    1. Inger Post author

      Offering extra organic items for sale is one of the things I really like about the CSA. There will be cranberries in the fall and perhaps peaches and apples…

  3. Maria

    I just made this beautiful blueberry buckle! I made it gluten free, using Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour blend. It is cooling now and smells awesome!

        1. Inger Post author

          You know when I did the food competition at State Fair, one of the judges kept talking about how much extra loft you get using,buttermilk or yogurt or sour cream, so I may give that a try. I am making another one this week–thanks for the tip.

  4. Louise

    That’s one mighty fine looking Buckle, Inger. I can already tell you are going to put each and every one of those blueberries to good taste! I just froze a bunch of blueberries yesterday. I LOVE that they freeze so well.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Inger…

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Louise. I got a second 10 lb box today so I’ll be doing a bit of freezing myself tonight! Since I have started doing more canning I’d like to find a couple good blueberry preserve recipes. Enjoy your berries!

  5. Kathy

    Seriously. I was going to make a blueberry cobbler for our guests on Wednesday night. Instead, I will ponder making this. Looks great!

    1. Inger Post author

      I like cobbler too!! I was pleasantly surprised, though, with how nice looking this turned out (as in impressive for company), since pretty food is not always one of my strengths 🙂 If you try it, let me know how you like it and have fun with your guests!

  6. Amy Tong

    This Blueberry Buckle sounds like something I would really enjoy too, especially with the high fruit ratio. 🙂 hehehe..this is such a gorgeous treat, can’t blame your for sampling while taking pictures. I bet I would do just the same. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to make one soon.

  7. Zoe


    Glad that I re-visited my buckle post and found that I have missed out visiting yours!!!

    I can see lots of blueberry in every slice of your buckle. I’m imagining every bite of this must be bursting with blueberries… Yum!


    1. Inger Post author

      I thought that the buckle was a great find–I will have to visit with you guys more often!

  8. lena

    hi inger, sorry for coming by late..was back from hols and not feeling too well. Yeah, most of us have not heard of buckles over here too . I’m so glad that you made this and i can almost relate when you said that the cake is getting smaller and smaller at the background! hahaha! thx so much for participating and have a good day!

    1. Inger Post author

      I was so happy you shared this. I will be baking another tomorrow for my oldest who missed out on the first!

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Grace. My oldest, who is working a summer resort area job, had one request when I visited–a buckle of her own!

  9. kelly

    I love a good buckle and had to smile because a few years ago I found myself in the same position. What is a buckle? 😀 But I also came across something called a Slump that day. Go figure! I haven’t had coffee cake in a while and with the quantity of lovely blueberries in this, I’m thinking it would go so well with my morning coffee!

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