This Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake is what spring wants you to have with your morning coffee. Speckled with lemon zest, bursting with blueberries, and covered with a crunchy cinnamon sugar crumble, it’s the perfect excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.
One of the perks of this whole food blogging thing is awesome mail days. I get packages of food delivered to my door on a weekly basis. It’s always a thrill to see a box waiting for me outside the front door. That is…until I rush in, rip it open, and realize the husband ordered batteries on Woot again. Lame-sauce. (Just kidding honey! I love you!)
But occasionally I suppose this regular package delivery thing might raise a red flag.
Let me explain.
Last week as I groggily rolled over to hit snooze get out of bed, I noticed I had 4 missed calls on my phone, all from blocked numbers.
Then I noticed the voice mail. I grabbed my phone to play the message, still half asleep. The man on the other end of the line was unfamiliar, but he identified himself as an agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and he wanted to talk to me…soon.
Needless to say, I popped out of bed. Nothing gets your heart rate going quite like a call from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
I returned the man’s phone call and quickly learned they had seized a package addressed to me because there were a few things that made it seem suspicious, one of which was, no doubt, our location. You see, we live on what you might call “the other side of the tracks.” We love our neighborhood and wouldn’t trade it, but there’s definitely some…errr… “extracurricular activity” going on. The investigators thought this package might contain some of the aforementioned extracurricular activity. They weren’t accusing me per say, but they thought someone might be using our address to ship drugs to our house then pick up the package while we were at work.
The agents asked me some questions about whether I was expecting a package, where it was from, and how much said package would likely weigh. Since I’m nearly always expecting a package I had a hard time explaining the situation to them. The more I talked, the more I realized how shady I must have sounded.
Me: “Ummmmm, you see, I’m a food blogger. I work with brands who send me product then I promote it on my blog.”
Them (probably) : Suuuuuuuuuure. You’re a “food blogger” who works with “brands” who send you “product.” Sounds legit.
As soon as I said product the Mr. thought for sure I was going to jail.
In the end, the agents asked if they could bring the package to our house and have me open it in front of them just to confirm it wasn’t drugs…errr…”product”. They showed up later that afternoon, and with just a teensy bit of fear in my heart, I sliced open the packing tape and ripped open the box only to discover…
25 pounds of Dixie Crystals Sugar.
That’s right. It was sugar. Brown sugar. Powdered sugar. Cane sugar. Even cinnamon sugar.
As it turns out, the agents were incredibly nice guys and we all had a good laugh about it. They asked me a few more questions about this food blogging business, and before they left I gave them my card and promised to bring them some treats made with the “goods.”
Let me tell you guys, this Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake is THE GOODS.
I could not stop myself from eating it. Of course I had to have a slice warm out of the oven. Then one after the photo shoot. Then a little before dinner…and after dinner…and as a late night snack. Dare I say it’s…addictive?
This is coffee cake perfection. It’d make a lovely addition to your Easter brunch menu or you could serve it with a dollop of whipped cream for an elegant dessert. Lemony, sweet, fluffy, and packed with juicy blueberries, it screams SPRING IS HERE!
Be sure to check out my other great breakfast recipes, and while you’re at it, head on over to Dixie Crystals and give them a like on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram to get a steady stream of sugary goodness in your life!
This post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals. As always, all opinions are my own.
For the topping:
Recipe by NeighborFood
I’ve included a few process photos for you below, but honestly, this is one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever make. Start with a mixing bowl or your electric mixer. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add the softened butter, milk, and egg to the bowl and beat on medium speed until the batter begins to form. It might have small lumps of butter in it after being beaten. That’s okay.
Grab a lemon and use a grater or zester to add about 1/2 of the zest of the lemon to the bowl. This smells so good!
Finally, toss the blueberries with a few Tablespoons of flour then throw them into the batter (gently). Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently fold the blueberries into the batter (you don’t want the blueberries to all bust!). Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
I completely forgot to take a picture of the crumb topping, but I promise it’s super simple. Whisk together all the dry ingredients then use your fingers or a pastry cutter to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is in coarse little crumbles. Spread the crumble on top and bake!