Blueberry Buckle Recipe

Blueberry buckle is a stunning cake filled to capacity with plump, juicy blueberries. It’s one of my favorite blueberry recipes, and more specifically, it’s one of my favorite Martha Stewart recipes.

It all started when Joe ran errands yesterday. He came home with 2lbs of fresh, local blueberries and I immediately thought of blueberry buckle. I hadn’t made it in a couple years and decided to whip it up last night.

The Blueberry Buckle Recipe comes from the July/August 2000 issue of Martha Stewart Living. I clipped the recipe from the magazine in 2000 and kept it sealed within my recipe album, a big binder stuffed with clipped and written recipes.

Buckle is typically a dense cake with a high ratio of berries to batter, like 3 to 1. Yes, this recipe uses 2 cups of flour and 5 cups of blueberries. And, the only special equipment you need is a springform pan.

There is just enough batter to hold the berries together and to maintain a cake shape after baking. Folding in the excessive amount of blueberries can be a struggle, but be gentle that you don’t squish the blueberries during the process. The batter will be thick and you’ll need to smoosh it around in the springform pan.

The result is a blueberry dense cake that is fruity and filling.

Now, with this much fruit in the cake … I have to wonder and assume this is a healthy cake. With so much fruit, how can it be bad for you?

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  1. Wow. I mean really- wow! Makes me want to run out and pick up some more blueberries! I bet this would be great with Saskatoons, too, which I have in my freezer…

  2. Delicious and wow..incredibly make me want to hit the kitchen and cook this I have 2 pints of blueberries I was thinking of making blueberry crumb cake. This is looks even better! & Cooking in NYC heat is no fun either! :)

  3. This looks fabulous. I used to have a blueberry buckle type recipe somewhere in which the batter is lemon flavored with the help of a little lemon juice and grated lemon rind. I thought it was terrific, although I’m one of those people who thinks that lemon and blueberry are meant to be BFFs! I have a backlog of recipes to try (received a pudding mold as a gift, so my next self-directive is to make a steamed pudding!), but I ought to try and recreate my lemon-blueberry buckle one of these days. If I do I’ll send the recipe your way!

  4. Oh yum! Wonder why it’s called a buckle…do you “buckle” at the knees when you eat it? This sounds lovely, and I agree – it has enough fruit in it that we can consider it healthy!

  5. Great endorsement- I’ve printed this out. 3/4 cup sugar and 1 stick of butter don’t sound like too much for a cake. You’re right, the excessive blueberries must make it slightly healthier! Next time I have a big bounty of blues, I’m all over this recipe!

  6. OHHHHH MY goodness. Can I just eat the topping please??? Oh but wait I cant pass up the cake part either. ahh hell, just give me the whole thing!

  7. Thanks, everyone for the ‘ooooohs’ and ‘ahhh’s’ ;-) We’re already down to the last piece which will be gone before nightfall!

    You know, I didn’t happen to research buckles … but I seem to remember that the name stems from the cake ‘buckling’ to hold in the large amount of berries. It certainly sounds like a reasonable definition, don’t you think?

    Natalie – no tweaks made – it’s pure Martha all the way!

  8. OMG! where has this been all my life!? i am the lucky winner of 4 very prolific blueberry bushes (they came with my house). and all i can say is; thank you, thank you, thank you allen! :)

  9. Tia — nope, not soggy any of the times I’ve made it. It will be moist and dense but not runny or soggy. It should be made with fresh blueberries (rinsed and towel dried).

  10. sometimes i like a little cake with my blueberries. the next time i find myself with an excess of blueberries, i hope this recipe comes to mind. good heavens, that streusel. mmm.

  11. Five cups of blueberries! Holy moly! I have never made a buckle before. But this sure makes me want to bake one before summer’s out. After all, with all those antioxidants loaded into a cake, it just HAS to do a body good. ;)

  12. This looks tasty! I actually just posted about a blueberry buckle that was really scruptious too. I agree with you on the multiple berries though – If I made the one I posted again I’d add another cup at least!

  13. This looks great. We attended a local blueberry festival this year and stocked-up. My 9 year old researched a recipe and made a blueberry pie from scratch, including the crust and it was incredible.

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