Two Peas and Their Pod

Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake

Josh claims he doesn’t like sweets, but he does. Chocolate isn’t his favorite, but that doesn’t stop him from devouring my cookies:) He also loves anything lime or lemon. We both aren’t the biggest cake fans, but it was his birthday and you have to have cake, right?

I decided to make a blueberry lemon cake for his birthday BBQ. It is a spin off of one of our favorite loaf cakes. This time I added in fresh blueberries and I am glad I did. They made the cake extra special!

Josh was excited for his cake, but our niece, Aubrey, was VERY excited. She couldn’t wait to sing Happy Birthday to Uncle Josh. She helped him blow out his candle. She was one happy camper!

You can’t go wrong with this cake. It is easy, very moist, lemony, and the blueberries add extra goodness and love. This is great for any celebration or just because! And don’t skip the syrup or glaze, it makes the cake! Bring on the lemon!

Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake
Adapted From Barefoot Contessa

(Printable Recipe)

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 C. plain whole-milk yogurt (I used low fat sour cream)
1 1/3 C. sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 tsp. grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 C. vegetable oil ( I used canola oil)
3/4 cup fresh blueberries (coated with flour to stop them from sinking)
1/3 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 C. confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Slowly fold in the blueberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 C. lemon juice and remaining 1/3 C. sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake. Slice and serve!

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94 Responses to “Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake”

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  1. Happy cook — May 12, 2009 @ 5:03 am

    Wow that cake looks beautiful and delicous, i still have to wait for bluberry season here. Well i better put like this, when it is cheper :-)

  2. Erica — May 12, 2009 @ 5:04 am

    What a great cake! Looks awesome (especially that shot with the icing dripping off!!) Glad he had such a nice birthday.

    OH MY GOSH- the oatmeal lime cookies are awesome! I used about 6 drops of key lime juice and the zest for only one lime. The lime flavor is just perfect. Josh LOVES them. Your cookies rock! Open a bakery…right now!

  3. Foodie with Little Thyme! — May 12, 2009 @ 5:25 am

    This looks great. I’ll have to give it a try.
    What a cutie your niece is and a big helper!

  4. Bellini Valli — May 12, 2009 @ 5:25 am

    I am with Josh. Lemon is greater than chocolate for me:D

  5. Cristine — May 12, 2009 @ 5:27 am

    What a delicious cake! YUM!

  6. Balance, Joy and Delicias! — May 12, 2009 @ 5:39 am

    it looks delicious~~ :)

  7. April — May 12, 2009 @ 5:42 am

    I love lemon and blueberry together! Looks great!

  8. kat — May 12, 2009 @ 6:00 am

    That is my kind of cake & your niece is quite a cutie

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums — May 12, 2009 @ 6:04 am

    I love that combination! A gorgeous cake!



  10. The Fat Dietitian — May 12, 2009 @ 6:24 am

    The cake looks delicious, and your niece is adorable with those big baby blues! Hope all is well…

  11. Megan — May 12, 2009 @ 6:39 am

    My SIL just served a lemon loaf with lemon curd (for Mother’s Day)and I was thinking how I should make it. This recipe is now rattling around in my brain. I’m thinking I must make it. :) The blueberries are a bonus!
    Very cute little niece!

  12. Katherine Aucoin — May 12, 2009 @ 6:39 am

    This is my kind of cake! Lemon and blueberry – YUM!

  13. Dawn — May 12, 2009 @ 6:48 am

    I LOVE blueberry in batters. I would love to try this one.
    And I have to try those oatmeal lime cookies after seeing them on Erica’s site.

  14. Teanna DiMicco — May 12, 2009 @ 6:49 am

    I want that for MY birthday! That is a gorgeous loaf cake – I actually think I may make that this weekend – I love loaf cakes with yogurt and it is so beautiful!

  15. Culinary Wannabe — May 12, 2009 @ 7:31 am

    Every time I see someone make a variety of this cake, I always plan on making it and then it just slips my mind somehow. That being said, I’m headed to the store right now to get the ingredients to make this asap!

  16. stephchows — May 12, 2009 @ 7:37 am

    Mmmmm I’m in for anything involving blueberries and lemon :) I like to use lemon flavored yogurt too when making breads like this, just adds a little extra lemon flavor :)

  17. Sara — May 12, 2009 @ 7:39 am

    Delicious! I’m so into lemon right now (I made a strawberry/lemon cake yesterday) and this looks great. I love blueberries with lemon.

  18. Spryte — May 12, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    I LOVE blueberry & lemon together!! This sound fantastic!

  19. Mary — May 12, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! The lemon and blueberry combo can’t be beat. He looks like one happy guy.

  20. Manggy — May 12, 2009 @ 8:03 am

    Ooh, wow :) If I had fresh blueberries now I’d definitely not wait for any birthday to make this! :)

  21. mooncowboy — May 12, 2009 @ 8:05 am

    Dang, that looks good! Amy

  22. Snooky doodle — May 12, 2009 @ 8:10 am

    looks good and nice photo

  23. Sara @ Our Best Bites — May 12, 2009 @ 8:44 am

    Blueberry + Lemon = Yum! That sounds awesome.

  24. Kathy Seed — May 12, 2009 @ 8:44 am

    I love that picture of Josh and Aubrey! Not only is Aubrey cute, but that husband of yours is pretty darn cute and adorable, too

  25. Kerstin — May 12, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    Blueberries and lemon compliment each other so well – your cake sounds super delicious!

  26. Pearl — May 12, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    aubrey is so beautiful!

  27. sugarlens — May 12, 2009 @ 9:18 am

    That is one good looking cake. Looks so moist!

  28. Pam — May 12, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    Now that’s my kind of b-day cake – it looks FANTASTIC!

  29. Cookie baker Lynn — May 12, 2009 @ 10:18 am

    I love that cake. What a wonderful idea to toss blueberries in there.

  30. Cathy — May 12, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    This looks incredible, Maria! What a great birthday treat for Josh. And how cute is little Aubrey licking her lips?

  31. Donna-FFW — May 12, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    Gorgeous cake. It looks so scrumptious.

  32. pinkstripes — May 12, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    Your loaf cake looks awesome! Love it.

  33. Lisa — May 12, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    Happy Birthday Josh! Your niece is a cutie and the cake looks delicious.

  34. Meghan — May 12, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    Wow you can see how moist it is from the pictures!!!

  35. Bridgett — May 12, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

    This looks so delicious!

  36. Veron — May 12, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

    the cake looks incredibly moist and delicious! this looks yummy, maria!

  37. Krista — May 12, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    I’ve made a similar cake before, and the blueberries settled. Never knew that coating them in flour would help. Great tip! No more blueberry-bottomed cakes for me!

    I’ll have to try this. I like the idea of using yogurt–though I’ll probably opt for non-fat.

  38. Priscilla — May 12, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    What a gorgeous looking cake Maria! But I must say, again…your niece is so adorable! No wonder she is the life of the party..:)

  39. Kelly — May 12, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

    What cute pictures! I adore lemon abd blueberry, and your cake looks super moist! Yum.

  40. Deborah — May 12, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    I have heard such great things about this cake, and I love your addition of the blueberries!

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