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.

Blueberry Buckle Recipe

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.

Blueberry Buckle

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.

Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle

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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  • Julie August 26, 2009, 6:55 pm

    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…

  • Aysegul - Nysdelight August 26, 2009, 7:07 pm

    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! :)

  • robin August 26, 2009, 7:10 pm

    wow, yours looks tons better than martha’s even! yum :O)

  • Joe August 26, 2009, 7:24 pm

    It was delicious but of course I was eating it with a side of butter.

  • nina August 27, 2009, 2:57 am

    Maybe the clotted cream on top will make this unhealthy, but otherwise I see no problem!!! 5 to 1, wow!!!

  • Melissa August 27, 2009, 6:19 am

    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!

  • Alta August 27, 2009, 6:43 am

    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!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl August 27, 2009, 8:33 am

    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!

  • Gera @ SweetsFoods August 27, 2009, 9:20 am

    Allen a succulent & fragrant cake. I see that the concentration of berries is in intense..much better!
    Is it healthy? Of course yum yum :)



  • Michael Natkin August 27, 2009, 12:38 pm

    Hey Allen – we are so often on the same page! I did mine with raspberries and blueberries. I like the idea of unmolding it the way you do. And remember our discussion about Dutch Babies awhile back? I’ve got a savory one upcoming based on your concept.

  • Leslie August 27, 2009, 2:02 pm

    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!

  • Natalie August 27, 2009, 4:14 pm

    Did you tweak the recipe at all? Yours looks *far* superior….and I want to eat

  • Allen August 27, 2009, 4:41 pm

    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!

  • tigress August 28, 2009, 5:06 am

    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! :)

  • Soma August 28, 2009, 12:42 pm

    my favorite berry! this is just gorgeous, & intensely berrllicious.

  • tia August 29, 2009, 12:06 am

    wow… so many blueberries. this wasn’t soggy at all?

  • Clare August 29, 2009, 11:27 am

    Holy crap, that looks absolutely sinful and delicious!!!

  • Allen August 29, 2009, 12:30 pm

    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).

  • Heidi / Savory Tv August 29, 2009, 11:48 pm

    Beautiful. I love the look of it, rustic with a generous ratio of berries. Must buy a springform.

  • grace August 30, 2009, 1:42 am

    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.

  • Kevin August 31, 2009, 4:14 am

    That blueberry buckle looks so good!

  • Cynthia August 31, 2009, 8:36 pm

    Oh my, I do want a large wedge of this.

  • Carolyn Jung September 3, 2009, 11:09 pm

    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. ;)

  • alissa September 4, 2009, 3:05 am

    geesh that looks scrumptious… hmmmm what a yummy bluberry dessert

  • kat September 6, 2009, 4:30 am

    Wow, that does look incredibly amazing!

  • hungry dog September 8, 2009, 1:58 pm

    I happen to have a lot of blueberries to use…and I happen to love any recipe that lets me bust out my springform pan. Thanks for the post!

  • heather @ chiknpastry September 11, 2009, 2:00 pm

    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!

  • Weekend Carnivore September 18, 2009, 12:59 pm

    That really is a stunning photo. It certainly makes me want to go out and buy some blueberries.

  • Jessica October 23, 2009, 4:33 pm

    Maine or Oregon blueberries?

  • ArmadilloPepper November 17, 2009, 7:28 am

    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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