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Two Peas and Their Pod: Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake

Josh claims he doesn't like sweets, but he does. Chocolate isn't his favorite, but that doesn't stop him from devouring my cookies:) He also loves anything lime or lemon. We both aren't the biggest cake fans, but it was his birthday and you have to have cake, right?

I decided to make a blueberry lemon cake for his birthday BBQ. It is a spin off of one of our favorite loaf cakes. This time I added in fresh blueberries and I am glad I did. They made the cake extra special!

Josh was excited for his cake, but our niece, Aubrey, was VERY excited. She couldn't wait to sing Happy Birthday to Uncle Josh. She helped him blow out his candle. She was one happy camper!

You can't go wrong with this cake. It is easy, very moist, lemony, and the blueberries add extra goodness and love. This is great for any celebration or just because! And don't skip the syrup or glaze, it makes the cake! Bring on the lemon!

Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake
Adapted From Barefoot Contessa

(Printable Recipe)

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 C. plain whole-milk yogurt (I used low fat sour cream)
1 1/3 C. sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 tsp. grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 C. vegetable oil ( I used canola oil)
3/4 cup fresh blueberries (coated with flour to stop them from sinking)
1/3 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 C. confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Slowly fold in the blueberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 C. lemon juice and remaining 1/3 C. sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake. Slice and serve!

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Blogger Finla said...

Wow that cake looks beautiful and delicous, i still have to wait for bluberry season here. Well i better put like this, when it is cheper :-)

5:03 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

What a great cake! Looks awesome (especially that shot with the icing dripping off!!) Glad he had such a nice birthday.

OH MY GOSH- the oatmeal lime cookies are awesome! I used about 6 drops of key lime juice and the zest for only one lime. The lime flavor is just perfect. Josh LOVES them. Your cookies rock! Open a bakery...right now!

5:04 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

This looks great. I'll have to give it a try.
What a cutie your niece is and a big helper!

5:25 AM  
Blogger Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I am with Josh. Lemon is greater than chocolate for me:D

5:25 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

What a delicious cake! YUM!

5:27 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

it looks delicious~~ :)

5:39 AM  
Blogger April said...

I love lemon and blueberry together! Looks great!

5:42 AM  
Blogger kat said...

That is my kind of cake & your niece is quite a cutie

6:00 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love that combination! A gorgeous cake!



6:04 AM  
Blogger The Fat Dietitian said...

The cake looks delicious, and your niece is adorable with those big baby blues! Hope all is well...

6:24 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

My SIL just served a lemon loaf with lemon curd (for Mother's Day)and I was thinking how I should make it. This recipe is now rattling around in my brain. I'm thinking I must make it. :) The blueberries are a bonus!
Very cute little niece!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

This is my kind of cake! Lemon and blueberry - YUM!

6:39 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

I LOVE blueberry in batters. I would love to try this one.
And I have to try those oatmeal lime cookies after seeing them on Erica's site.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

I want that for MY birthday! That is a gorgeous loaf cake - I actually think I may make that this weekend - I love loaf cakes with yogurt and it is so beautiful!

6:49 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

Every time I see someone make a variety of this cake, I always plan on making it and then it just slips my mind somehow. That being said, I'm headed to the store right now to get the ingredients to make this asap!

7:31 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Mmmmm I'm in for anything involving blueberries and lemon :) I like to use lemon flavored yogurt too when making breads like this, just adds a little extra lemon flavor :)

7:37 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Delicious! I'm so into lemon right now (I made a strawberry/lemon cake yesterday) and this looks great. I love blueberries with lemon.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

I LOVE blueberry & lemon together!! This sound fantastic!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Absolutely gorgeous! The lemon and blueberry combo can't be beat. He looks like one happy guy.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Ooh, wow :) If I had fresh blueberries now I'd definitely not wait for any birthday to make this! :)

8:03 AM  
Blogger mattbeatty said...

Dang, that looks good! Amy

8:05 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

looks good and nice photo

8:10 AM  
Blogger Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

Blueberry + Lemon = Yum! That sounds awesome.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Kathy Seed said...

I love that picture of Josh and Aubrey! Not only is Aubrey cute, but that husband of yours is pretty darn cute and adorable, too

8:44 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Blueberries and lemon compliment each other so well - your cake sounds super delicious!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

aubrey is so beautiful!

8:49 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

That is one good looking cake. Looks so moist!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Now that's my kind of b-day cake - it looks FANTASTIC!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love that cake. What a wonderful idea to toss blueberries in there.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

This looks incredible, Maria! What a great birthday treat for Josh. And how cute is little Aubrey licking her lips?

10:49 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Gorgeous cake. It looks so scrumptious.

10:52 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Your loaf cake looks awesome! Love it.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Happy Birthday Josh! Your niece is a cutie and the cake looks delicious.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Wow you can see how moist it is from the pictures!!!

11:41 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

This looks so delicious!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Veron said...

the cake looks incredibly moist and delicious! this looks yummy, maria!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've made a similar cake before, and the blueberries settled. Never knew that coating them in flour would help. Great tip! No more blueberry-bottomed cakes for me!

I'll have to try this. I like the idea of using yogurt--though I'll probably opt for non-fat.

12:58 PM  
Blogger priscilla joy said...

What a gorgeous looking cake Maria! But I must say, again...your niece is so adorable! No wonder she is the life of the party..:)

1:06 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

What cute pictures! I adore lemon abd blueberry, and your cake looks super moist! Yum.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I have heard such great things about this cake, and I love your addition of the blueberries!

2:01 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Wonderful. My mother made the Barefoot Contessa lemon cake for Easter this year. It was so delicious.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

De-licious! Can't recall if I ever mentioned it to you, but I made the coconut lime cake for a friend's birthday in April, it was awesome, too! We're not big cake fans here either, but yum to citrus in a cake! (My husband just really hates frosting mostly.)

3:14 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

Aubrey is so cute! The cake looks yummy!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

Your cake looks amazing - no wonder Josh was won over. And Aubrey is so cute!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

lemon and blueberry is one of the best combos ever!! and aubrey is a total cutie!!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Risa said...

This looks like an incredible cake! I actually made a similar cake once in a silicon loaf pan and it became completely misshapen. Yours looks so much better!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That looks great! And so pretty!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

This looks delicious - I love lemon and blueberry together!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It truly is so yummy huh~!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Oh yum. I have about six different blueberry muffin or cake recipes but always look forward to new ones...this one looks delicious!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love lemon and blueberry together! And a cake from Ina? It's a recipe for something great :)

5:32 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Wow, look at the drip photo! Looks delicious & summery.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I love seeing moist luscious cakes like this. Fantastic!!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ooh, delightful combo!! it would definitely make my bday :)

6:30 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Cute pics! That bread looks amazing with all that yummy glaze on top!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Blueberries and there anything bette?? Fabulous.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your Josh! The cake looks so moist!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I have been wanting to try this cake FOREVER! So yummy and although I love chocolate, I think I prefer fruit desserts.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Selba said...

The cake definitely looks wonderful :)

9:46 PM  
Blogger Gaby said...

wow look at that cake! it looks amazing and that frosting... omg yummm!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

This looks like a perfect birthday cake! You always have such incredible goodies coming out of your kitchen!

10:36 PM  
Blogger grace said...

here's how i'd eat my slice(s): first bite=blueberry-less top middle, last bite=blueberry-full bottom corners. :)

4:15 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love blueberry cake, and I'm glad that Josh had a nice birthday!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Dang that looks delicious!

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blueberry and lemon cake looks delicious! My husband also claims not to like sweets but he actually does especially anything with bananas or blueberries.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Health food be darned...this cake drips (literally) of goodness.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

No fresh blueberries here, but I do so want to make's YUM!!!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, how could you not like this? It looks and sounds amazing! the glaze alone had me swooning. -e

8:30 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I love Ina's recipes...that cake looks wonderful. Blueberry and lemon is a winning combo! Love that icing too!

9:01 AM  
Blogger anudivya said...

Your neice is so cute!!!
Like you said the cake is so moist and soft. I guess the sour cream did that to it.
Not to mention your great baking skills added to it.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Shari said...

This looks absolutely delicious. Fresh blueberries in a lemon cake. Perfect combo!

9:28 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love that tounge!

10:55 AM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

It looks so moist and delicious! Beautiful.

12:49 PM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

WOW oh WOW what a beautiful cake. happy belated birthday wishes to Josh.

I just love your photos - stunning!

My apologies for not calling by earlier due to my ongoing back problem.

Rosie x

1:05 PM  
Blogger Lori Lynn said...

I'll take lemon and blueberry any day, great combination!
This looks so good, and ooh that icing.
Cute photo too!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

Yum, I bet the blueberries were awesome in that lemone cake. I've actually made Ina's recipe before though I had mixed emotions. I liked it MUCH better after the second day. :)

5:47 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

It's almost blueberry season in the garden state (NJ), can't wait to make this loaf!

5:53 PM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

Aubrey is the cutest! And the cake is perfect for someone like her :)

6:03 PM  
Blogger Aimée said...

Your niece is adorable- if the loaf passed her approval, it must be great! I know how picky kids are.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

The cake looks amazing since I love blueberry and lemon together! Happy birthday to Josh and by the way Aubrey is a doll!

6:09 PM  
Blogger La Cuisine d'Helene said...

What a great Birthday cake. I love the pictures. I have to make this cake now.

7:47 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

You can't go wrong with blueberries, lemon, and the Barefoot Contessa!

9:50 PM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

After just having made this recipe from seeing your mini bundts, I can attest to how great this recipe is - and blueberries, to die for.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Oh baby does that look good! A wonderful combination of flavors.

3:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This looks great, so moist!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Beautiful. I want to bookmark this and try it out sometime. Sounds like you had a wonderful Bday BBQ for your hubs!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

looks delicious. next time toss your blueberries in a small amount of flour before adding them in and they'll be less likely to sink to the bottom during baking

6:23 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

Happy Birthday to Josh! What a lovely looking cake!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lovely cake and daughter. By the way, there is still time to vote for recipe #5 in the blogher stovetop contest:

6:17 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

Ah, I just think lemon adn blueberry were meant for each other! This looks SOOO yummy!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Maria, this cake looks really good!! Happy Belated Birthday to Josh.


8:33 AM  
Blogger Jan Scott said...

This looks incredible. I love the combination of blueberries and lemon and I'm looking forward to trying this.

9:23 AM  

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