I am always warning my kids not to spill things… “Don’t spill that… chocolate stains”. So, many times I’ll get the question asked of me by my kiddos, “Mommy, does this stain?”. I’m not sure if they are asking because they want permission to spill something, or if they are going to gauge my response in advance before they tell me that they spilled something.

So, yesterday when I was making breakfast and had the blueberries out on the table for them to help themselves to, I heard my 4 year old say under her breath, “Uh ohhhhhh”. Then, I heard the words, “Ummmmm, mommy? Do blueberries stain?” It was at that point that I turned around to see my two year old (who you know has been a challenge lately) covered from head to toe in a blueberry stain of a mess. I am not exactly sure what she did with those blueberries… I’m assuming she used them as body paint… but she sure had fun doing it.

Luckily, I had enough remaining blueberries left from her experiment to make this tasty Blueberry Coffee Cake from the May 2008 issue of Cooking Light. This cake is moist and flavorful… and the turbinado sugar on the top really makes this recipe complete.

Worth any stains you might endure (and the extra baths and loads of laundry), this cake is a delightful breakfast treat.

Blueberry Coffee Cake is my entry in Cook Sister’s Event – Waiter, there’s something in my… berries, featuring fresh berries of the season.

Blueberry Coffee Cake, from the May 2008 issue of Cooking Light

1 hour | 10 min prep


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/3 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
  3. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes).
  4. Add vanilla, egg, and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.
  5. Spoon half of the batter into a 9-inch round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup blueberries.
  6. Spoon remaining batter over the blueberries; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 cup blueberries. Sprinkle the top evenly with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
So – you love blueberries? Check out these other great recipes by food bloggers:
Blueberry Pie – from me (aka Dine and Dish)
Blueberry Breakfast Bars – from Farmgirl Fare
Blueberry Lavender Cream Pie – from The Kitchn
Blueberry and Nectarine Cobbler – from Baking Bites
Blueberry and Cream Cheese Braid – from The Fresh Loaf

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  1. says

    I’ll never forget the time I was about 5 or 6 years old, and my aunt took me to IHOP for breakfast. I had on a pretty new outfit I had just received for my birthday when the waitress loss control of a plate of blueberry pancakes which landed all over me. Talk about stains. To this day, I still wince when I see IHOP. Some scars take a looong time to heal. Your cake look superb!

  2. says

    This looks really good. Thanks for sharing it.

    My kids, similarly aged, have more than one outfit permanently stained by blueberries. The most disturbing are the stains on the butt–how on earth do they end up sitting on them???!? 😉

  3. says

    I still remember the stains on my couch from my 2 year old neice and her bowl of raspberries. Took me forever to remove those stains!

    The cake look wonderful.

  4. says

    Are you reading my mind AGAIN?! lol… I ran across a recipe eerily similar to this earlier and thought, “Mmm, that sounds good, I’ll have to give it a try.” Low and behold you beat me to it! What’s that they say about great minds thinking alike? This looks delicious!

  5. says

    Oh, I can only imagine how adorable that scene was – minus the stains, of course. :)
    My mom had the same problem with me when I as little, but the “paint” was blackberries and mulberries. :)
    Delicious recipe, as usual. One more going to my list… 😉

  6. says

    i’m 25 years old and i still manage to wind up with blueberry stains all over me. i suspect it’s something to do with not being able to pace myself when eating delights like blueberry coffee cake… :)

  7. says

    That cake looks so moist from the picture! Even if your kids exhaust you, those adorable moments must make it worth it :) Too cute!

  8. Kristi says

    Your photos are what attracted me to your blog and this one definitely looks good enough to eat. I love blueberries and coffee cake and to have them together is scrumptious. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Also, just in case anyone is interested, for future blueberry stains (or body paint mishaps), I found this Stain Solutions from The Laundress to work wonders. I got it at and love it. I haven’t personally had to remove any blueberry stains, but pretty much everything else. Any chance I get to share this super star, I do. Great blog by the way.

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