Ina Garten’s Blueberry Crumb Cake

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Ina Garten’s Blueberry crumb cake is an absolutely delicious tea-time treat. Filled with juicy blueberries and topped with a delectable streusel topping, it’s a guaranteed winner!

Ina Garten's Blueberry crumb cake

I can honestly vouch for this blueberry crumb cake. Not that you need me vouching for an Ina recipe, obviously. But this is the kind of cake that makes a perfect center piece on your breakfast or tea table and also delivers BIG on flavor. I mean, how could glorious juicy blueberries in a sour cream cake NOT be delicious? It’s impossible.

A slice of blueberry crumb cake on a plate

What is coffee cake?

This style of cake is also known as coffee cake, because it is a cake intended to be served with coffee (go figure). However, there is no coffee in the cake. The key to a really great coffee cake is the use of sour cream in the batter. The sour cream results in a really lush, moist crumb and that’s no different in this blueberry crumb cake recipe. The sour cream also reacts with the leavening agent (in this case baking soda) to give more lift to the cake. Coffee cakes or crumb cakes are also most often topped with a streusel topping which is to me, the highlight of this cake.

What is streusel topping?

Streusel topping or crumb topping is really just a mixture of butter, flour, sugar and often cinnamon which is used on top of the cake. The streussel topping adds incredible texture to the blueberry crumb cake giving it the feeling of a fruit crisp or crumble.

It’s absolutely delicious and just perfect served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. I love serving this blueberry crumb cake as dessert during brunch but it is just as perfect served as a treat with tea or coffee.  

Ina Garten's Blueberry crumb cake

Ina Garten's Blueberry crumb cake
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Ina Garten's blueberry crumb cake

Ina Garten's Blueberry crumb cake is an absolutely delicious tea-time treat. Filled with juicy blueberries and topped with a delectable streusel topping, it's a guaranteed winner!
Course Baked goods, Baking, Cake, Dessert, Sweets
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 588kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 150 g room temperature butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 5 ml 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 g sour cream
  • 200 g flour
  • 10 ml 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2.5 ml 1/2 tsp salt
  • 200 g 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

streussel topping

  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 50 g butter melted
  • 150 g flour


  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°c and grease a +- 22 cm cake tin and line with baking paper.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  • Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat well, scrape down the bowl in between mixing to make sure everything gets well incorporated.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl.
  • On low speed, add the flour slowly and mix well.
  • By hand, fold in the blueberries and lemon zest.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin.
  • To make the streussel topping, simply combine all the ingredients together and crumble onto the cake with your hands.
  • Place the cake in the pre-heated oven and bake for 45-60 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • When the cake is done, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack and allowing to cool completely.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream.


Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 17.1% | Vitamin C: 4.4% | Calcium: 11.2% | Iron: 14%

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  • Laura | Tutti Dolci

    There’s nothing better than a good crumb cake, this looks deliocus!

  • 2pots2cook

    I have read the comments and must say: WILL DO ! Thank you so much !

  • Brooke Capps

    I’d like to try this cake–but I operate in American measurement . . . Can you translate those ingredients which are in European measurements please. Also, how much dour cream?

  • Reply

    I’ve made Ina’s recipe several times Alida, and it’s always been a hit! That Jeffrey is a lucky man!

  • Pooveshini Moodley

    I’ve tried Ina Garten’s Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe last year, and it’s simply delish. The cake is soft and just melts and the crumb topping provides the excellent texture dimension. The blueberrys work wonderful as well.

  • Tania

    Btw i tried this a few weeks ago it turned out so well 🙂

  • tigger

    I’m not too sure if I may be having a blonde moment but I don’t see the sour cream you mentioned in the method in your list of ingredients. Please advise…? How much sour cream do you need to add with the vanilla?

  • Kim

    I baked this cake last weekend and everybody went crazy for it. I did find that the streusel layer was a bit thick and next time I will down-scale the receipe for the streusel topping, but other than that, I think Ina has a success with this recipe! Loved it, loved it!!

  • Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen

    This is new but your crust looks perfect!

  • threeblondesandatomas

    i lOVE this recipe!! i have made it several times… i usually can’t stop myself from eating the batter before even getting in to the oven!

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