Low Fat Blueberry Coffee Cake

4.9 from 10 reviews

Blueberry Coffee Cake

I found this recipe for blueberry coffee cake in Taste of Home’s Baking Book. As I have mentioned a couple of times earlier, the recipes which appear in that magazine are perfect and it does not disappoint you at all. So this coffee cake recipe was no exception to it. I’m not a big blueberry fan. I buy these berries to make blueberry milk for my son and other than that we don’t do much with it. Sometimes he asks for blueberry pancakes but this time he didn’t want neither. I was looking for blueberry recipes and found this coffee cake recipe. The first thing which caught my attention was that it used only 2 tablespoons of butter and it was very easy to prepare. These days my son is so keen on helping me while baking so I have to consider the ease of preparation too while choosing a recipe. So this recipe was perfect. The only change I had to do was to use unsweetened applesauce to substitute one egg and add little apple cider vinegar and the cake turned out GREAT.

Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe
4.9 from 9 reviews
Prep time: 15 Mins
Cook time: 30 Mins
Yields: 9 Servings
Low Fat Blueberry Coffee CakeUnbelievably fluffy and soft blueberry coffee cake, which is eggless by the way!
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 (dry measuring) cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk (I used 1%)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1/2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar (I used dark)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350F for 15 minutes. Grease a 8 inch square baking dish. In a small bowl combine the almonds, brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside. The butter can be melted on stove top or microwave oven or even in the oven while it’s preheating.
  2. Combine together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Measure the buttermilk in a liquid measuring cup (or any other bowl). To that add the melted butter, vinegar, extracts and applesauce. Whisk until well blended. If you add the butter while its still hot, the mixture will look curdled, but its okay.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in 2/3 cup blueberries. If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw before adding to batter, because the color will bleed.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top with remaining blueberries. Sprinkle the almond mixture on top. Tap the pan lightly a couple times so that the topped blueberries and almonds sticks to the batter.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool the pan on a wire rack.
  7. Remove the cake from the pan after 10 minutes and transfer the cake directly to the wire rack. The cake is quite light, so you will have to be very careful while tilting the pan. A couple of almonds will fall down.
  1. I have baked a lot in the past one year but this blueberry coffee cake will definitely make it to the Top 5 if I prepare such a list. I’m not exaggerating here but it was unbelievably good. So good that my husband asked for seconds and had it too! This has never happened before. I didn’t have almond extract, I think it would have tasted even better with it.
  2. This cake doesn’t rise much, around 1/2-3/4th inch only. As for the texture, it was very lighty and fluffy, unusual for an egg less cake. I think the vinegar did the trick. The sweetness was perfect, the addition of almonds gave a nice crunch to the cake. The only thing to look for while baking this cake is that it’s very light and has to be handled very carefully while removing from the pan.
My Notes:
  1. The original recipe had mentioned 2/3 cup buttermilk, which is what I did for the first batch and as I have mentioned earlier, the cake was so fluffy that I felt that it would fall apart while removing from the pan. I had to be very careful. So while preparing the next batch (yes we liked it so much that I baked it again the next day to share it with my new friends here) I reduced the quantity of buttermilk to 1/2 cup and this time it was quite manageable.
  2. The cake is very light (just like a cake with eggs) when kept at room temperature. It hardens up a little when stored in the refrigerator. So I was thinking that the next time I bake it, I would cool it in the fridge itself, so that removing it from the pan will be easy.
  3. If you leave the cake in the pan itself for much longer time, the bottom of the cake will become soggy from the heat and the condensation. It happened to my first batch and I had to blot it with paper towel.
  4. I think this recipe without the blueberries would make a perfect eggless white cake.

Although not low in fat technically (because of the almonds), since the percentage of saturated fat is quite low this blueberry coffee cake goes to my Low Fat Baking Event.

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80 Responses to “Low Fat Blueberry Coffee Cake”

  1. Sunita says:

    I baked this cake today and it turned out awesome. I’m not a fan of blueberries either but I’d eat them in this cake anyday! And I also used a springform pan, so no problems getting the cake out. Thanks for another great recipe.

  2. Shobana says:

    Hey Maduram, fantastic re wipe, it was a hit with my friends. I used home made yogurt and it came out well

  3. Amanda Choong says:

    Thank you for this recipe and I used muffin tray instead of square pan !Will definietly make it in future. I used NZ frozen blueberries , they are big and sweet !

  4. Ruchi says:

    I am really exicted to bake tis cake, it would be great if you could answer my few questions…
    First, Can I use yogurt instead of buttermilk ??
    And secondly, as you have mentioned in your notes point 2, is it the good to follow to take out cake from pan after cooling it in refrigerator.


    • Madhuram says:

      Yes, you could try using thick buttermilk and do store the cake in the fridge to remove the cake easily from the pan.

  5. Kalyani says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I did it the exact same way, but skipped the butter and increased the applesauce for consistency. My cake took around 45 minutes to bake and I cooled it immediately in the fridge so it would set. Next time I will reduce the sugar. This is such a wonderful site and I appreciate all the pain you take to make this so effortless for the readers!

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  7. Anusha says:

    Awesome recipe !!! What made me try this was how you had written about it saying that it would make your top five if you ever made a list. I did not have applesauce on hand so I used ener-g egg replacer. Now I want to know which of your recipes would make it into the top five list so that I can make those too.. What else do you consider your best? :) In fact I forgot to put in the blueberries that were meant to be put on top of the cake, but it was still awesome.


  8. moco says:

    I bake this all the time and my family loves it, and my friend always asks me to make it. It is so easy to bake. I am planning to bake it in a bigger pan…

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