This lemon blueberry cake features a moist and fluffy cake bursting with tangy lemon and juicy blueberries throughout. It’s topped with a simple cream cheese frosting that takes it up a notch.
We love simple and delicious cake recipes.
There is a misconception that cakes are difficult and time-consuming but we’ve proven otherwise. Our death by chocolate, lemon, and coconut cakes are all impressive to look at but are so easy to make.
One combination we adore is that of lemon and blueberries. We’ve made muffins with the and now we have this delicious show-stopper.
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Why you’ll love this recipe
This blueberry lemon cake recipe is truly a game changer. We’ve been making it at least once month, and more during the summer months when blueberries are in season.
- The texture is truly exceptional- Moist and fluffy in the middle, with a tender crumb, and plenty of blueberries throughout.
- And I love that this cake uses simple pantry staple ingredients. There is no butter, no milk, and no eggs needed, and everything is made in one bowl.
- We made this as a layer cake but you don’t need to do that if you prefer just one layer or want to make it as a sheet cake- the ball is in your court!
Oh, and if you’d like other cake recipes using pantry ingredients, try a vanilla cake or a chocolate cake.
As mentioned earlier, this cake uses a simple ingredient list. You probably have everything you need in your pantry right now. Here is what you’ll need:
- 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– Works 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 work. Just be wary that if you choose one of the latter two, the cake will be darker in color.
- Lemon juice– Works with the lemon extract to give an intense lemon flavor.
- Vinegar– Use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
- Oil of choice– Neutral flavored oil, like canola oil, vegetable oil, or safflower oil.
- Water– To mix everything together. You can also use your favorite milk.
- Lemon extract– Gives a stronger lemon flavor. If you’d prefer a mild lemon flavor, replace this with vanilla extract.
- 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 make your own (s listed in the recipe card).
How to make a lemon blueberry cake?
Simple is an understatement for this recipe. Everything is made in the same bowl and honestly, the hard part is waiting for the cake to bake. If you choose to make this a layer cake, you’ll just need to prep a couple of cake pans.
Ready to whip one up?
Step 1- Make the batter
Start by adding your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisking together. Add the wet ingredients, before folding through the blueberries.
Step 2- Bake the cake
Next, transfer to an 8-inch cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
Step 3- Frost the cake
Finally, let cool in the cake pan completely, before frosting, if desired.
- Try to use fresh blueberries as opposed to frozen ones, as they will ensure the cake is evenly cooked. If you can only use frozen ones, do not thaw them out beforehand.
- Use lemon extract for a more pronounced lemon flavor. I often do this with my lemon bars.
- The oven makes and model can affect the baking time of the cake. 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. For a two-layer cake, double the ingredients. For a three-layer cake, triple the ingredients.
- If you choose to make this with frosting, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to it.
To store: Leftovers 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
To avoid blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the cake, lightly toss your blueberries in some flour.
As this cake has no eggs or dairy in it, it is suitable for a vegan diet.
Alternative flours like coconut, oat, or almond won’t work well, as they require eggs and/or butter for stability.
Lemon Blueberry Cake
- 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
- 3 tablespoons cream cheese softened
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8-inch cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix well. Add your wet ingredients 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.
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What can I sub the applesauce with?
Love your recipes.
Is the batter supposed to be really thick? I’m making the regular non vegan version. I’m making it for a friend for her birthday. I’m sure she’ll understand if it’s not perfect! Love your recipes! Usually I do the mug cakes.
I love your recipes they’re excellent
This looks super delicious! I love blueberries in any pastry, especially loaves and muffins. Cheers to all the vegan friendly desserts you create! <3
can the lemon extract be sub with fresh lemon juice?
I haven’t tried, but I don’t see why not 🙂
I made this loaf for my family, and did not say it was healthy. I was not even able to get a crumb before it was gone!! Perfect with some peanut butter or vanilla ice cream.
Ahhh I LOVE that! Oh with peanut butter sounds fabulous!
Hi, is there any healthier substitute for all purpose flour? Will coconut flour work?
Nope, not for this. You can use white wholewheat all purpose flour.
I made this recipe using 1 cup regular flour and 1/2 cup coconut flour it worked great. I had to cook it a little longer which browned the edges but nonetheless, delicious!
So glad it worked out well, Inez!
How much salt to put in? It wasn’t mentioned in the recipe. Thanks
Hi Evelyn! 1/4 teaspoon 🙂
Has anyone tried this recipe with gluten free flour? I wonder if the cake will still be moist?
if you use a gluten free blend using 1 : 1 flour it should be fine 🙂
There’s no measurements for the ingredients?
Hi Rav- there sure is, scroll down to the recipe card!
Is there a recipe for the frosting?
Sure is, linked in the post
Can use eggs instead of vinegar?
Not for this recipe, sorry, Jo!
If you double the recipe, do you need to make 2 separate cakes in two pans? How do I make it look like the photo, with the icing in between layers?
Hi Julie! Yes, it does need to be in two pans 🙂 Layer icing in between each one and top with more icing 🙂
Can I use a 9 x 13 pan to make this in?
I don’t see why not!
Hi, can we use dried blueberries?
You can, but it will not be as moist.
Can I use honey instead of sugar?
I haven’t tried!
Hi for frozen berries, do I need to bring it to room temp or at least let it defrost a bit or I can just fold in frozen (straight out of freezer)? I ask cos as you defrost it, there’s more moisture and not sure if that will affect the batter.
Hi Frozen is best 🙂