A round blueberry buttermilk cake with plate, fork, and knife.

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 round blueberry buttermilk cake with plate, fork, and knife.
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.

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Makes 1 9-inch cake. | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 30 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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  1. Catherine

    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

      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 :)

  2. ATasteOfMadness

    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.

  3. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    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!

  4. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    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 :)

  5. Rikki

    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 [:

  6. Brian

    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.

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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. :-)

  8. Suzanne

    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.

  9. Jean

    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!

  10. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    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!

  11. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings

    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!

  12. Holly

    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.

  13. Jamie

    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.

  14. Patty

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

  15. Kristi Rimkus

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

  16. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    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!!!

  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    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!).

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