Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist

5 from 4 votes

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cake with cream cheese and blueberries

Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist Recipe – This was our first time participating in Freaky Friday and we are so happy to have been invited to join this group of premiere food sites. Our secret partner could not have been more appropriate for us as she is one of our very best food buddies and someone we have mentioned dozens of times here on Platter Talk. We are speaking of none other than Patty Anderson, the enormously gifted lady behind Cooking on a Budget. We chose to recreate one of her mouth watering desserts, Blueberry Cake with Crumb Topping. As you will notice, we put our own spin on this easy dessert, tailor-made for summer.

close up of blueberry cake

About this

You may have noticed that our version of Patty’s dessert looks a bit different. Aside from the creamy and lemony addition of frosting, it’s has exactly the same ingredients. Oh, one other difference, we stacked our version.

A few of the particulars of how we took Patty’s cake and made it our own:

blueberries being mixed into the cake

We rolled our berries in just a little bit of flour. The idea behind this is to help prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake pan while in the oven. This little trick worked!

Blueberry cake batter in a pan

To make sure the batter was split evenly between the two pans, we weighed each pan. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, pick one up soon. You’ll be amazed at how useful they are. Our scale helped ensure that this Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist Recipe came out with two perfectly proportioned layers.

To ensure that each cake layer popped nicely out of their respective pan, we lightly greased then floured the sides and bottoms of both pans. Then, we cut out a circle of parchment paper to line the bottom of each pan.  After this Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist Recipe baked for about 40 minutes, we gave it the toothpick test and when the toothpick came out clean, we let the layers cool on a rack (still in the pan) for about 10 minutes. Then, we put a platter over the top of each pan, flipped it out of the pan and then (right side up) on the cooling rack where it spent another 30 minutes or so cooling.

frosting in a mixing bowl

While the cake layers were cooling, we added our own twist. This is the only difference in the original cake from Patty. We put together a simple cream cheese frosting, with a lemon twist. To the mixing bowl we added the juice from half a lemon along with some fresh lemon zest.

cake with lemon and blueberries

We stuck with Patty’s idea, and topped this beauty with her crumb topping. For good measure, we added this to both layers of our Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist Recipe and bonded them together with a generous portion of the lemony cream cheese frosting.

A slice of cake on a plate

If t you like his Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist Recipe, be sure and stop by the source of this dessert, Cooking on a Budget. There you’ll find hundreds of original and great tasting,  budget-friendly recipes. One of our favorites just happens to be this Steakhouse Potato Gratin.

A pan of steakhouse potatoes
Steakhouse Potato Gratin from Cooking on a Budget

We hope you try this Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist Recipe and be sure and check out all the other food talent that is participating in this season’ s version of Freaky Friday! You’ll find links to all of their sites, following the recipe below.

A piece of cake on a plate, with Blueberry and Cream

Other deliciously sweet treats

Blueberry Crumb Cake & Cream Cheese Lemon Twist Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Adapted from Patty Anderson, Cooking on a Budget
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Yield: 12 servings


for the cake

  • 3/4 cup butter - softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt

for the crumb topping

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 stick cold butter cut into small pieces
  • Mix all of the topping ingredients together by pulsing in a food processor until crumbly.

for the frosting

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • zest from 1 lemon


  • for the cake
  • In one bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large bowl with mixer at medium speed cream the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Add the flour mixture and the milk and vanilla - alternating after each addition.
  • Crush 1/2 cup of blueberries and fold into the batter. Fold in the remaining whole blueberries.
  • Lightly grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the two pans and spread evenly.
  • Top each layer with the crumble. (Recipe above)
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
  • Test with a toothpick and if the toothpick comes out clean they are done.
  • Allow pans to cool for 10 minutes in pans, then remove and place on cooling rack and allow to
  • cool for another 30 minutes.

for the frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract and the lemon juice.
  • Fold in lemon zest
  • When cake layers are cool, spread frosting on top of bottom layer. Stack second layer on top of bottom layer and frost sides of cake. Garnish with additional lemon zest and blueberries if desired.


To help prevent your berries from sinking while the cake bakes, lightly roll them in flour.


Calories: 723kcal, Carbohydrates: 100g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 129mg, Sodium: 273mg, Potassium: 273mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 64g, Vitamin A: 1125IU, Vitamin C: 3.6mg, Calcium: 128mg, Iron: 2.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. Lemon & blueberry are two of my favorite flavors, this cake looks like a wonderful combination!

  2. I absolutely love that each cake layer has its own crumb layer! How fun and the texture!! What a great way to use my blueberries!