Blueberry Crumb Cake
Crumb cakes are most often served for breakfast, but this version, which has plenty of sweet blueberries and a rich, buttery topping, is decadent enough to be served for dessert if you like. Feel free to substitute other berries, such as raspberries or blackberries, in place of the blueberries.
For the crumb topping:
- 1 cup (5 oz./155 g) all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup (5 oz./155 g) sugar
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 8 Tbs. (1 stick) (4 oz./125 g) unsalted butter, melted
For the cake:
- 1 3/4 cups (9 oz./280 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (8 oz./250 g) sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) sour cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups (8 oz./250 g) fresh blueberries
Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch (23-cm) round cake pan.
To make the crumb topping, in a small bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and lemon zest. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
To make the cake, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla and beat until well blended. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Cover evenly with the blueberries. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the berries.
Bake until the topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8.
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