Good enough to eat for dessert but designed with much less sugar for breakfast, this Blueberry Breakfast Cake with Lemon Drizzle can be made in advance to tackle the mornings ahead!
Since vacation's over (did you read my superfood kale salad Chick-Fil-A copycat recipe and my vacation belly?!), it's time to get back into the routine. For us, that means no more leisurely mornings waking up slowly before getting everyone dressed for the day. Since Connor starts Kindergarten (eeek!), he's going to actually need to be on time every day. Sigh. This seems so daunting of a task to me. When we rush out of the house during the chaos of the school year, we certainly skimp on breakfast (if we eat it at all).
I've been experimenting a lot with breakfasts I can make in advance (or at least prepare in advance) that are delicious, quick, and will "jazz up" our regular rotation. This Blueberry Breakfast Cake with Lemon Drizzle is one of my favorite breakfasts when you want to have something a little sweet. Plus, blueberries are a great source of fiber, so I can classify this as moderately healthy, right?!
What makes this blueberry breakfast cake so special?
- You can make it in advance. It'll take you about 10 minutes to prepare. Just pour the batter into your greased and parchment-lined cake pan, and stick in the refrigerator until the morning. It's such a great thing to pop in the oven while you're in the shower and getting dressed because the smells. ALL THE SMELLS.
- This Blueberry Breakfast Cake with Lemon Drizzle has a lot less sugar than your typical cake, passing as a more-than-acceptable breakfast option you can feel good about giving your family (think of it as more of a muffin).
- It's chocked full of blueberries. It has two cups of blueberries, ensuring that you get cake and blueberry goodness with every bite, and it's something that adults and kids can get excited about. It pairs great with some coffee and can be eaten on the go.
Ingredients for Blueberry Breakfast Cake
This blueberry cake is easy to make. You'll need the following ingredients:
- blueberries (fresh or frozen -- but if using frozen, dethaw them before using)
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- unsalted butter
- granulated sugar
- pure vanilla extract
- confectioner's sugar (aka powdered sugar)
Lemon drizzle, lemon drizzle, I need you fo' shizzle
The lemon drizzle is totally indulgent, and it may seem unnecessary. BUT IT IS NECESSARY. You need to have this in your life because it makes the Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake that much more lemony, fresh, and just...special. You wouldn't eat pancakes without maple syrup, right? Think of this accompaniment as essential to this breakfast cake. Sure, you can go without it, but why would you want to?!
To make the simple lemon drizzle, you need confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar), butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest. That's it!
Other Breakfast Sweets
Breakfast doesn't have to be healthy. Take a look at other sweet recipes for starting your morning on a delicious note:
- Homemade Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake
- Fresh Baked Blueberry Donuts
- Easy Sourdough French Toast
- Easy Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread (that uses store-bought cinnamon roll dough)
- Chocolate Cake Donuts to fill that chocolate craving
Hope y'all love the recipe!
Blueberry Breakfast Cake with Lemon Drizzle
For the blueberry breakfast cake:
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- zest from one large lemon
- juice from ½ of a lemon
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
For the lemon drizzle:
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9" round cake pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Place 1 ¾ cups flour in a medium-sized bowl. Add baking powder and salt. Place the other ¼ cup of flour with the blueberries in a separate bowl. Coat all blueberries with flour. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Rub zest and sugar together with your fingers.
- In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or manual mixer), cream butter and sugar mixture until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and lemon juice.
- With mixer on low, alternate adding half of flour mixture and milk to the mixer. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix!
- Add blueberries (along with the leftover flour) to the mixture and gently stir blueberries and flour in by hand.
- Spread mixture into bottom of your cake pan, making sure to evenly spread out the mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cake turns light brown on top and begins to barely pull away from the cake pan.
- For the drizzle: combine all ingredients in a small bowl using a fork. Add more ocnfectioner's sugar or lemon juice to the desired consistency (should be the consistency of thick honey). Pour over cooled cake.