Holy cow, when we had a bite of this berry buttermilk breakfast cake, we were floored. It’s so good and so easy to make, we couldn’t stop ourselves from a second serving. Very Berry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake with Blueberries on a plate

Best Buttermilk Breakfast Cake With Fresh Berries

There’s everything we love in this breakfast cake: tons of fresh berries and buttermilk, soft texture, just the right sweetness. It’s not just any berry breakfast cake. Nor is it any ordinary buttermilk breakfast cake. That’s why we decided to call it the very berry buttermilk breakfast cake. It’s a whole mouth-full to say, when when you take a bite, you’ll understand why we couldn’t make the name any shorter. And best of all, we couldn’t just add one type of berry. We added three different kinds and we’re super glad we did because it truly is a very-very-berry cake filled with berries in every bite.

Video: Buttermilk Berry Breakfast Cake Recipe 

Very Berry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake with Blueberries on a plate

Tips on How to Make Buttermilk Breakfast Cake Recipe

  • Different berries: Certainly, you can just add one type of berry. If you do, we suggest blueberries because of the rich delicious flavor that goes out of the cake when the blueberries are baked. But if you have some extra berries lying around, definitely make it the very-berry by adding raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. YUM!
  • Frozen berries? Yes, you can use frozen berries but make sure to allow them to thaw, then drain of any excess moisture. Here’s some baking tips with the frozen berries,.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before cutting. This cake is so tender that when it’s hot from the oven, it can break apart. So letting the cake cool a bit allows the cake to hold it’s shape.
  • The hardest part about this cake is that you have to be patient and wait for it to cool. It’s so good that when we made it the third time, we had to wait for the whole thing to cool before we added the whipped topping on top. But patience is key!
  • More recipe details in the recipe box below.

What to serve with this breakfast cake?

Very Berry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake with Blueberries in a casserole

Can you make this cake ahead to time?

Yes, it’s definitely a great make-ahead breakfast cake. You can bake it the day ahead and leave it on your counter overnight. The next morning, just warm the cake in the oven at 350F for about 10-15 minutes. If you decide to chill the cake overnight, allow it to come to room temperature (about 1 hour) before warming.

Very Berry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

You can add what ever berries you like or in any combination. But if you were just to choose one berry, we suggest blueberries because they are so flavorful! You can also bake this in an 8"x8" pan. It will just be a bit taller and take another 5-10 minutes to bake. Makes a 9"x9" Cake
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  • ½ cup unsalted butter (113g or 1 stick) , at room temperature
  • Zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (15ml)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5ml)
  • 1 3/4 cup flour (250g)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (10ml)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (5ml)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (12 ounces or 340g) (or other fresh berries of choice)
  • ½ cup buttermilk (120ml) *see note below for homemade
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling
  • Whipped topping or whipped cream (optional)
  • Extra berries for topping (optional) 


  • Preheat the oven to 375º F. Grease 9x9 inch square baking pan.
  • In large bowl, cream butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla, beat until combined.
  • In separate bowl sift together or whisk: flour for breakfast cake, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the dry flour mixture and the buttermilk to the wet egg batter, mixing until just combined, don’t overmix. Fold in the berries.
    Spread batter into pan.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake, sprinkle with powdered sugar and dollop with whipped topping and/or more berries!


Note 1: To quickly make a homemade buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or in the case of this recipe - 1/2 cup milk-1/2 tablespoon lemon juice). Stir to combine and allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Use as directed for buttermilk in the recipe. 


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 372mg, Potassium: 167mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 385IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 1mg

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