Blueberry Brunch Cake


Ah, Mom’s Blueberry Brunch Cake!

That smell.  That pungent smell of blueberries baking in the oven still transport me back to any given Sunday when my family would gather together for brunch after a long morning at Sunday school.  And, to think that I couldn’t find that  recipe in Mom’s vast handwritten recipe collection.  So many Sunday brunch memories are woven throughout that cake; they’re as integral as its key ingredients.

How undeniably fitting was yesterday’s article, Playing Kitchen Detective, in the Food & Dining section of the Wall Street Journal:

“As people become more accustomed to cooking in their own kitchens, they start looking for [the dishes] they have fond memories of”

“Fueled by nostalgia, legions of eaters are returning to the kitchen to recreate fond dishes from their childhood made by older relatives.”

My son was only 3 years old and my daughter 6 years old when my Mom passed away.  Most of their visceral memories of her alive are only drawn from  final week(s). Through my cooking, she’s been resurrected. With the aromas and comforting heat from the oven, the sounds from the stovetop and the beautiful creations served on the table, she’s very much alive and vibrant and continues to nourish us all.

Mom spread her love through her food.  She took time and patience creating dishes that wowed the masses and made indelible imprints on every beneficiary.

The absence of that Blueberry Brunch cake recipe left a whole in my heart.  A lifetime of memories and tastes and smells contained in that one 9″ cake.

Can you imagine the huge wave of relief that washed over me four months ago when I received a random email out of the blue, entitled, “Blueberry Brunch Cake?”

The email was sent from the mother of a very good friend of mine from grade school (we’re talking MANY years ago).  She told me she recently made Mom’s Blueberry Brunch Cake to take to a friend convalescing from surgery: “I enjoy making  this cake all the time for book club.  I received it from your mom many years ago.  I miss her so much and think of her often.”

Even to this day, almost 3 1/2 years later, people are still touched by Mom and spreading her love…


So, back to the cake.

Don’t be fooled, it is SWEET.  Don’t take it lightly.  The cinnamon-sugar topping makes a strong case for BRUNCH– the kind where you’re prepared to sit at the table and eat and talk for hours.

Cinnamon and sugar baked into the cake

But, the sweet flavor of the baked blueberries contrasted with the perfectly moist, fluffy cake is a must for apres dinner too.

Fresh blueberries lightly dusted with flour (to prevent them from sinking to the bottom!)

Blueberry batter!

Therefore, don’t be fooled by the name either.  This cake is so good, you can eat it all-day-long!

Betcha can’t just have one slice



  1. It is nearly impossible to have just one slice of this. I had the honor of personally sampling a slice in Shari’s very own kitchen. So flavorful and the consistency is just perfect.
    I can’t wait to see what’s coming up next on the blog…

  2. The sweeter the better. What great memories. I love how food evokes such powerful ones and I’m so glad you got this recipe!

  3. would frozen blueberries be an option for this recipe? looks so good!

    • Stephanie » yes. And, they’re just as tasty as fresh ones! But, you know what I’m going to say. try to get organic frozen if you can!

  4. Just got out MY mom’s Blueberry Brunch recipe to see if it’s the same; not quite. My recipe calls for 1/4 c. shortening instead of the butter, 2 tsp. baking powder and no vanilla. The topping consists of 1/2 c. sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/3 c. flour, and 1/4 c. butter. But similar enough that I bet they taste almost exactly the same – YUMMY!

  5. Totally making this! Right up my alley … Can you use frzn berries if you have to?

  6. DUH! I should have read the other comments. My Bad!

  7. Yummy! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  8. This brunch cake looks so delicious! I think it would be wonderful for breakfast! We are so glad that you joined us for “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope to see you back next week! -The Sisters

  9. That looks unbelievable 🙂 And I love the idea of cake for breakfast – you can never go wrong there!

    Stopping by from Must Try Monday

  10. Shari,

    I made the blueberry brunch cake for my bridge group this morning. The crowd went WILD!!! Simply delicious…..

  11. wow, only 1.5 T of butter? That is not bad for a whole cake! I will have to try this.


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