Simple Sundays | Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

The house is still now and the kitchen counter is a mess. It is cluttered with dirty dishes and cutting boards and lots of wine glasses. The dishwasher’s nearly silent hum reminds me that the tidying up will have to wait till morning.

It was a wonderful night.

I love when old friends come over for dinner. When I don’t feel the pressure to iron the napkins or dust every surface. When it’s okay to not have every single dish prepped beforehand because we’ll all be in the kitchen anyway, chatting while I chop cilantro and mash garlic. When you can be comfortable, because they just know you so darned well. There’s nothing like dear friends.

I’ve come to realize that a good dessert – or maybe I should say, my favorite desserts – are the ones that feel like an old friend. They make you feel at home, like you have known them your whole life. They’re not fussy, they never impose. They’re sweet and comforting. And they’re the ones you find yourself returning to time and again.

I made this Blueberry Buttermilk Cake this week, and you know what? It’s like an old friend already. Simple and sure to please, you’ll want a slice for dessert, but it will be a lovely treat to wake up to as you sip your morning coffee, and will pair perfectly with your afternoon tea. Heck, you’ll just want to hang out all day long. After all, that’s what friends are for.

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Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Yield: Makes 1 9-inch cake.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

The blueberries have been such sweet treats lately, they will be just beautiful in this moist cake, scented with cinnamon. But even when blueberry season ends, don't despair. Frozen blueberries work just a well; don't bother defrosting, just pop them right into the batter.


1 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup blueberries, divided


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and lightly dust with flour a 9 inch baking pan (I used a springform pan).

Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla and egg, mix well. Alternately stir in buttermilk and flour mixture. Gently fold in 1/2 cup blueberries. Pour into prepared cake pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream (see below).

Maple Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Whisk heavy cream, sugar and maple syrup until soft peaks form.

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by Liren Baker on June 10, 2012

24 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Blueberry Buttermilk Cake”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 10, 2012 @ 7:48 am (#

    This is my kind of cake, Liren! :) Wish I had a slice for breakfast this morning (and glad I’m not the only one that thinks a piece would make a perfect breakfast treat!).

  2. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 10, 2012 @ 7:51 am (#

    What a perfectly perfect cake! Sounds like you had a wonderful dinner party last night and I agree that it always nice when it can be less formal and everyone is relaxed and simply catching up. Wish I had a slice or two of this for our breakfast. I am actually making homemade biscuits for us and watching a bit of Good Morning America. Lovely dessert! Wishing you a brilliant Sunday!!!

  3. Kristi Rimkus June 10, 2012 @ 8:01 am (#

    It sounds like you had a wonderful evening, and this breakfast treat make it a terrific morning after. Worth cleaning up all those dishes.

  4. Patty June 10, 2012 @ 8:09 am (#

    Beautiful scrumptious blueberry cake to start Sunday morning! Love the blue colors in your photos;-)

  5. Jamie June 10, 2012 @ 9:09 am (#

    What a lovely post – your words somehow capture a relaxing, comfortable, homey atmosphere and I wish we had more friends living in the same city who could drop over for a dinner like you describe. And this cake is perfection – exactly what we love to find on the breakfast table in the morning. Perfect. And bookmarked.

  6. Holly June 10, 2012 @ 9:23 am (#

    This looks so fabulous and so simple. I love that it looks to have a layered effect when it baked too. I wish that I could find blueberries here, but maybe I’ll try it with cherries or strawberries.

  7. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings June 10, 2012 @ 1:52 pm (#

    I totally know what you are saying about old friends that you don’t have to impress with super-dust-free surfaces and polished silverware! They are the kind of friends who are more like broken-in jeans or freshly-laundered linen! You know, no pressure situation? Just like this wonderful, homey cake! Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, too!

  8. Sandra's Easy Cooking June 10, 2012 @ 3:17 pm (#

    Those are real friends that don’t look at every corner. Your post is wonderful, and great recipe..I love your simple Sundays…always something beautiful and refreshing!

  9. Magic of Spice June 10, 2012 @ 3:55 pm (#

    Look at all of those gorgeous blueberries…lovely cake!
    Hope you are having a delightful Sunday :)

  10. Jean June 10, 2012 @ 4:51 pm (#

    I love parties like that–I tend to stress otherwise. They always end up being so much more fun because everyone’s in the kitchen with you.

    I have never met a blueberry dessert I didn’t love so I know this could easily become my friend too. Speaking of which, I baked one of my “old-friend” desserts this weekend. It hasn’t made in my appearance in my kitchen in a very long time but it was so nice to reconnect once again! Lovely cake, Liren!

  11. TastefullyJulie June 10, 2012 @ 8:26 pm (#

    Looks heavenly!

  12. Suzanne June 10, 2012 @ 10:43 pm (#

    Liren you are a really good writer because you had me pulled right into your kitchen and the photos are always luring me in too. I love blueberry everything so this is a lovely cake recipe that I know I would enjoy. Have a great week.

  13. Nami | Just One Cookbook June 10, 2012 @ 11:45 pm (#

    I love anything with blueberries and this cake sounds pretty simple enough for me to make it. Ahhh beautiful pictures. Love your simple sundays post – making me happy. :-)

  14. Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers June 11, 2012 @ 5:25 pm (#

    I think I stared at the slice of cake for five minutes. It made my tummy grumble and I don’t have a single cake to satisfy my hunger pang. Sigh.

  15. angela@spinachtiger June 11, 2012 @ 7:21 pm (#

    You’ve a very simple country cake look so modern and sophisticated in a very cozy home way. Just like you said, an old friend.

  16. Brian June 12, 2012 @ 6:49 am (#

    So, you can take a slice while I dig into the rest with a huge mount of whipped cream! Damn that looks good! I’m all about simple, fruit-laden desserts.

  17. Rikki June 12, 2012 @ 9:00 pm (#

    This cake is amazing, Liren. It’s so simple and perfect. I love that there’s cinnamon in it, I bet it tastes fantastic with the blueberries.

    PS. Your blue plates are beautiful [:

  18. Priscilla - She's Cookin' June 12, 2012 @ 9:38 pm (#

    What Jamie said :) It feels like so long ago that we had old (meaning familiar) friends over for an uncomplicated evening of great wine, food, and casual conversation. Such a lovely, comforting cake, and the blue hues in your photos complement it so well :)

  19. Jennifer (Delicieux) June 13, 2012 @ 4:25 pm (#

    I know what you mean about old friends who you can truly relax with. My best friend and her husband came to stay with us recently and it was so relaxed as we chatted and ate and relaxed around the kitchen. I wish we had some of your gorgeous cake to enjoy then too! I love blueberries!

  20. ATasteOfMadness June 16, 2012 @ 1:48 pm (#

    What a perfect cake!
    My old friend thing to make: Saturday morning pancakes. I know how to make them so well, and it is so comforting.

  21. evenings spent with dear friends that don’t require a black tie, iron napkins and lot of fuss make me feel so loved and blessed to have them in my life.
    Gorgeous cake, so light and so delicious!

  22. amelia from z tasty life June 25, 2012 @ 2:03 pm (#

    Liren: I love the look of this and it’s simplicity.

  23. Catherine July 30, 2012 @ 8:10 am (#

    This was absolutely delicious! I’ve made it twice now, and I can’t decide if the best part was how incredibly quick is it to throw together, or how lovely and fluffy it is. I can’t wait to try it with other fruit! Thank you :)

    • liren replied: — July 30th, 2012 @ 8:11 am

      Catherine, that makes me so happy! I’m glad you enjoyed the cake, it really is a versatile batter and will do well with other fruit! Thank you for dropping by and letting me know :)

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