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New England Blueberry Coffee Cake

The aroma of this cake is heavenly, and the taste is scrumptious! It's wonderful with mid-morning coffee. You can also serve it at brunch, or with ice cream as a dessert. The blueberries help make this a special treat.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Combine the egg, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Gently fold in blueberries. Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking pan.
  • For topping, combine the brown sugar, flour and walnuts in a small bowl; stir in butter. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 265 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Bugsli
    Oct 7, 2020

    This is an update to my review in 2017. I made sure all ingredients were room temperature. I baked at 375 and not 400 for 35 minutes. And I used convection baking with the bottom oven element on. Perfect

  • jaknee
    Jan 10, 2016

    Wonderful! I did have to bake it longer. I just kept testing with a toothpick until it came out clean. I also added 1/4 cup oatmeal to the topping.

  • PrplMonky5
    May 9, 2015

    Even after reading the comment from TOH Editors, mine still didn't cook well in the middle. I used a glass Pyrex type baking dishdish, so I'm not sure if that had something to do with it. I can't say whether my blueberries were overly juicy or not as they were frozen. I did toss the blueberries with some flour though. I definitely put my dish in the smack dab middle of the oven. Overall it took about 33 minutes to fully cook and the edges look pretty dark (borderline burnt). I feel like part of the reason mine didn't cook well is because the brown sugar/butter topping pooled in the middle. I smoothed over the cake portion so it was definitely even. I'm not sure how to fix this in the future. I still give it four stars because it looks and smells yummy and I'm sure if I can figure out how to cook the middle better, then this will be a great recipe.

  • TasteOfHome_Food_Editor
    May 8, 2015

    We decided to retest this recipe since a few people were having some issues with the cake not baking in the correct time. Ours finished baking in 24 minutes without any burning on the outside edges or underdone middle. A couple of things that may cause some problems are the blueberries. There are a lot in this recipe and if they're very juicy that may cause the cake to take longer to bake. Also, you'll want to make sure to bake it on the middle rack right in the center of the oven.

  • kerrynjames
    Apr 29, 2015

    This recipe didn't work for me... it ended up not cooking in the middle and burning on the outside. The flavor (where not unrecognizable due to being overcooked) seemed good, however. Maybe try a bigger pan or a cooler temperature.

  • nightskystar
    Aug 23, 2014

    ok I simply dislike when people alter recipes before trying the original as written. However, this time i did..but just a little. The cake part I did exactly as written (wait..i put in some vanilla. i love vanilla and its just habit to squirt some in..). The topping I made more of a streusal..with a bit more flour(1/4 cup) and 2 Tablespoons white sugar sprinkled over the whole thing. this is a WONDERFUL recipe!! thank you for sharing!!

  • grk3
    Mar 19, 2013

    will try this recipe again. First time it was no where near cooked. Is 20-25 min. a mistake? Seems like it needed about twice that much time.

  • Marsflower
    Jul 11, 2011

    I made this recipe today with fresh raspberries instead of blueberries, and almonds instead of walnuts, and it was absolutely delicious, and so easy to make. The cake is light and crumbly, and the topping is crispy, sweet, and buttery. I'll be making more of these as our raspberries ripen.

  • danali2001
    Jul 9, 2011

    I replaced the butter in the batter with applesauce and a little bit of canola oil. I also cut the topping ingredients by half. My whole family loved it!

  • FriedaG
    Jan 21, 2010

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