Lemon Blueberry Cake


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This foolproof lemon blueberry cake features a moist and fluffy cake bursting with tangy lemon and juicy blueberries throughout. No eggs, milk, or butter is needed.

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lemon blueberry cake.

When spring is in the air, and blueberries are in season, my lemon blueberry cake recipe makes a regular appearance. While this cake may look difficult and time-consuming, it’s actually one of the easiest and tastiest cakes you’ll ever make.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make a lemon blueberry cake
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More blueberry recipes to try
  8. Lemon Blueberry Cake (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • The texture is truly exceptional. Moist and fluffy in the middle, with a tender crumb and plenty of blueberries throughout. 
  • It’s made with pantry staple ingredients. No butter, milk, or eggs are needed, and everything is made in one bowl. 
  • It’s so versatile. I typically make this as a layer cake, but you don’t need to if you prefer just one layer or want to make it as a sheet cake- the ball is in your court!

★★★★★ REVIEW 

“Love this lemon blueberry cake recipe! So moist.”- Ariana

blueberry lemon cake.

Ingredients needed

  • All purpose flour. Either plain flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour. Be sure to sift your flour to ensure that there are no clumps in the batter.
  • Baking soda. Reacts with the vinegar to help give the cake the fluffiness and rise without eggs. 
  • Salt. Brings out the sweetness. 
  • Sugar. I like using white sugar for the cake, but brown or coconut sugar also works. Just be wary that the cake will be darker in color if you choose one of the latter two.  
  • Lemon juice. For a more pronounced lemon flavor. Please use fresh lemon juice as the bottled kind can often be bitter once baked.
  • Vinegar. Use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. 
  • Oil of choice. Any neutral flavored oil, like canola oil, vegetable oil, or safflower oil. 
  • Water. To mix everything together. You can also use your favorite milk.
  • Vanilla extract. A must for any good cake.
  • Blueberries. Either fresh or frozen blueberries. If you use frozen berries, don’t worry about thawing them out. 
  • Cream cheese frosting. You can either use a store-bought one or try my homemade recipe for it.

How to make a lemon blueberry cake

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Make the batter. Add your dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together. Add the wet ingredients before folding through the blueberries.

Step 2- Bake the cake. Transfer to an 8-inch cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 3- Frost the cake. Let the cake cool in the pan completely before frosting. 

lemon and blueberry cake with a gold fork on the plate.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Try to use fresh blueberries rather than frozen ones, as they will ensure the cake is evenly cooked. If you can only use frozen ones, do not thaw them beforehand.
  • The oven’s make and model can affect the cake’s baking time. Mine took 32 minutes, but it can take up to 45 minutes. Check up around the 30-minute mark, then 2-minute increments.
  • This makes a single cake. Double the ingredients for a two-layer cake, and triple them for a three-layer cake. 
  • For a more pronounced lemon flavor, add fresh lemon zest to the batter or add some lemon juice to the frosting (I find one teaspoon to be plenty).
  • Make lemon blueberry cupcakes or muffins by baking the batter in a muffin tin. I recommend reducing the baking time to 18-20 minutes.

Storage instructions

To store: Leftovers need to be stored in the fridge, as they will spoil at room temperature. Keep the cake in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap. This will ensure it will be kept for at least five days. 

To freeze: Leftover cake slices can be placed in a ziplock bag and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

slice of lemon blueberry cake.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to stop blueberries from sinking into the cake?

To avoid blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the cake, lightly toss your blueberries in some flour.

Is this cake vegan?

As this cake has no eggs or dairy in it, it is suitable for a vegan diet.

Can I use another flour?

Alternative flours like coconut, oat, or almond won’t work well, as they require eggs and/or butter for stability.

More blueberry recipes to try

lemon blueberry cake recipe.

Lemon Blueberry Cake

5 from 3283 votes
This foolproof lemon blueberry cake features a moist and fluffy cake bursting with tangy lemon and juicy blueberries throughout. No eggs, milk, or butter is needed. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour gluten-free, if needed
  • 1 cup sugar brown or coconut sugar work.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen

Cream cheese frosting


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8-inch cake pan with cooking spray and set aside. You can also line the base of the pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda, and mix well. Add the oil, water, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Fold through your blueberries.
  • Transfer the cake batter to the lined cake pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan completely, before frosting, if desired.
  • To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until combined. If the frosting is too thick, add a little water. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.


For a layer cake, double the ingredients. For a triple layer cake, triple the ingredients.
Frosting is optional. This cake tastes delicious sans frosting.
TO STORE: Blueberry Lemon Cake needs to be stored in the fridge, as it will spoil at room temperature. Keep cake in a sealed container or covered in plastic wrap. Storing the cake this way will ensure the cake will keep for at least 5 days. 
TO FREEZE: Leftover cake slices can be placed in a ziplock bag and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. 


Serving: 1SliceCalories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSodium: 166mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 36g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published April 20218, updated March 2023, and republished May 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I used self rising flour then followed the rest of the ingredients. This was my first time making a lemon blueberry loaf cake. I love them I get one from Costco every time I have a taste for one. This recipe is awesome. The cake was so moist and flavorful. I love the fact that it’s great for vegan/plant based individuals.

  2. 5 stars
    There is vinegar in the ingredient list but none in the instructions.
    I’m putting it in, hope it works for my grand daughter’s birthday tomorrow!

  3. 5 stars
    The recipe calls for vinegar but nowhere in the steps of how to do it? Does it say where to add the vinegar?.

  4. 5 stars
    So right about the taste! I’m loving this! I squeezed a lemon for the juice and added some lemon zest

  5. Love your recipes! I’m hoping to make this on Sunday for a party on Monday. I’d love to do it in a Bundt pan and dust with powdered sugar to avoid any dairy. Would I use a double or triple batch? Any idea how long to bake? Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    The video shows you mixing butter in for the recipe, but butter is not listed as an ingredient. Also, you list white vinegar in the list of ingredients, and never say when to add it to the mix. an you please clarify? Thank you!

    1. Hi Karen- the video has made an error its from an older recipe 🙂 Will fix. Add the vinegar with the liquid ingredients 🙂

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