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!

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Wonderful. My mother made the Barefoot Contessa lemon cake for Easter this year. It was so delicious.

  2. De-licious! Can’t recall if I ever mentioned it to you, but I made the coconut lime cake for a friend’s birthday in April, it was awesome, too! We’re not big cake fans here either, but yum to citrus in a cake! (My husband just really hates frosting mostly.)

  3. This looks like an incredible cake! I actually made a similar cake once in a silicon loaf pan and it became completely misshapen. Yours looks so much better!

  4. Oh yum. I have about six different blueberry muffin or cake recipes but always look forward to new ones…this one looks delicious!

  5. I have been wanting to try this cake FOREVER! So yummy and although I love chocolate, I think I prefer fruit desserts.

  6. here’s how i’d eat my slice(s): first bite=blueberry-less top middle, last bite=blueberry-full bottom corners. 🙂

  7. Blueberry and lemon cake looks delicious! My husband also claims not to like sweets but he actually does especially anything with bananas or blueberries.

  8. Oh my goodness, how could you not like this? It looks and sounds amazing! the glaze alone had me swooning. -e

  9. I love Ina’s recipes…that cake looks wonderful. Blueberry and lemon is a winning combo! Love that icing too!

  10. Your neice is so cute!!!
    Like you said the cake is so moist and soft. I guess the sour cream did that to it.
    Not to mention your great baking skills added to it.

  11. WOW oh WOW what a beautiful cake. happy belated birthday wishes to Josh.

    I just love your photos – stunning!

    My apologies for not calling by earlier due to my ongoing back problem.

    Rosie x

  12. I’ll take lemon and blueberry any day, great combination!
    This looks so good, and ooh that icing.
    Cute photo too!

  13. Yum, I bet the blueberries were awesome in that lemone cake. I’ve actually made Ina’s recipe before though I had mixed emotions. I liked it MUCH better after the second day. 🙂

  14. The cake looks amazing since I love blueberry and lemon together! Happy birthday to Josh and by the way Aubrey is a doll!

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