Cinnamon Swirl Blueberry Coffee Cake

Every time I read a recipe on how to bake cake I always laugh and think about at the movie Sleeping Beauty. You know when the fairies decided that they are going to throw a birthday party for Aurora and not use magic.

While the Red and Blue fairies are making the dress (which is a disaster)…. The Green fairy is making the cake.

The Green Fairy says “I’m going to make it 15 layers with pink and blue forget-me-not’s.” (Even though she’s never made a cake before!)

“Making a cake is simple…. All you do is follow the book.”  She measures out the flour in 3 random cups, literally folds the whole un-cracked eggs in to the batter and yeast 1 tsp… What’s a tsp???”  At the end of the scene they show a cake all iced and topped with candles as the cake is falling over the Green Fairy says… “Of course it will stiffen up once it’s been baked.”

Never fails to make me laugh. The first time I ever baked a cake on my own I felt the same way as the Green Fairy. While I had basic knowledge enough to know what a measuring cup was I might not have let the cake cool completely before icing it and the top was sliding off just the same. Cream this, fold that, and make sure everything is incorporated…. But don’t over mix it!!!

Fortunately this recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Blueberry Coffee Cake is really easy and forgiving if you are not a completely perfect baker.


Have you ever had any baking disasters?

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Cinnamon Swirl Blueberry Coffee Cake

Adapted from: A Kitchen Addiction 


2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup Butter, at room temperature

3/4 Cup Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Cup Buttermilk

1 Apple + the juice from 1/2 Lemon (puree until completely smooth about 1/2 cup total)*

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla

1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

For the Cinnamon Swirl Topping:

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup of Sugar

1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour

1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats

1/4 Cup Butter, at room temperature


Preheat Oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×9 baking dish.

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar until pale yellow.  Add in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl and mixing well after each egg.

In a large measuring cup add the buttermilk, apple puree, and vanilla.

Add the dry and the wet ingredients in 3 alternating stages beginning and ending with the dry ingredients to the bowl with the sugar, butter and eggs.  Scrap the mixing bowl down to make sure everything is well incorporated, then fold in the blueberries.

In a small bowl mix together all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the Oats for the cinnamon swirl topping and cut in the butter with a fork until the mixture resembles wet sand.

Pour half the cake batter into the greased baking dish and sprinkle on half the cinnamon swirl topping.  Then pour on the remaining cake batter.  Mix in the 1/4 cup of oats to the cinnamon swirl topping and sprinkle on top of the cake.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick come out clean.

* 1/2 Cup of unsweetened applesauce can be substituted for the apple puree and lemon juice.

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My name is Melody and I am the cook and blogger behind Meals With Mel. I have a love for traveling, I share a joy for gardening, and I have a passion for cooking. Although I do some baking, I don't consider myself a baker as I can't stand having to measure. When it comes to cooking my philosophy is add a bit of this, a dash of that, a splash of something doesn't hurt, never forget some type of pepper and always add at least one clove of garlic. Thanks for stopping by my Spicy Texas Kitchen and I hope to see you again!!! Melody

10 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl Blueberry Coffee Cake

  1. OMG Mel, I am a walking baking disaster, which is why I steer clear of ALL things baking. (Well except for my grandma’s pecan pie and mom’s lemon pie decadent recipe, but those aren’t really baking in my mind, just pies.) I leave all pastries, cakes, muffins, bread and anything else in that horrid category to my daughter, she loves to bake, even though she makes a mess. Don’t ask me about the fondant episode, which isn’t even baking but I put it in that evil sweet/bread/candy category. 😀

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    1. Hahaha!!! I’m with you I love pie ( that’s not baking) I can do pizza crust, cinnamon rolls, and biscuits that about it. Honestly it’s really cakes that throw me, you know the ones with tons of layers. I always have ambitions… Then my impatience gets in the way and I end up with disaster. Now I want to know what happened with the fondant episode!!

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