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Blueberry Tea Cake

Blueberry Tea Cake makes a wonderful mid-afternoon snack with a cup of your favourite tea. It could also double as a breakfast or dessert. I like it because it’s not overly sweet and the fresh flavour of the blueberries really pops through.

Blueberry tea cake cut into pieces on a surface.


It’s called a tea cake because it’s lovely served with tea and not because tea is in the ingredients. It’s the same thing with coffee cake. There’s no actual coffee in the recipe.

I chose blueberries because they were on sale at the groceries. They are also quite plentiful in the Ottawa Valley during the summer. My daughter loves to go blueberry picking at the local blueberry farm. That means we have loads of blueberries to use up in different recipes. You could easily substitute raspberries or strawberries if you aren’t a blueberry fan.

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Ingredients

The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Shortening
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Blueberries
  • Powdered sugar
Blueberry tea cake ingredients.

How to Make Blueberry Tea Cake

  • Step One: Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside.
  • Step Two: In a large bowl, cream together shortening, sugar and eggs. Stir in flour and baking powder. Add in the milk and mix well.
Steps to make blueberry tea cake.
  • Step Three: In a small bowl, roll the blueberries in about 1 tablespoon each of sugar and flour. Add blueberries to mixture and stir.
Steps to make blueberry tea cake.
  • Step Four: Pour mixture into prepared baking pan.
  • Step Five: Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out the centre clean. Let cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if desired.
Steps to make blueberry tea cake.

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    Blueberry tea cake cut into squares in a pan.

    I recommend rolling the blueberries in flour and sugar. This way, they won’t sink to the bottom of the cake. I used about a tablespoon of each. Just eyeball it if you need to in order to get the blueberries fully covered.

    The recipe is very simple to make. It’s a matter of mixing up the ingredients and putting the batter into a 9 inch square baking pan. It bakes for 45 minutes approximately. Check to see if the cake is done by putting a toothpick in the centre and see if it comes out clean. I also sometimes give it a quick jiggle with my oven mitts on. If it’s still jostling around in the pan, it needs more time to bake.

    A stack of blueberry tea cake slices.

    Some Blueberry Tea Cakes have a crumb topping. I used a sprinkling of icing sugar (otherwise known as powdered sugar in other parts of the globe). It adds a sweet and pretty finish.

    If you are looking for more ways to use up your summer blueberries, I have some recipes for you to try! Check out my Blueberry Cobbler, Blueberry Bread, Blueberry Crackle Cake, Blueberry Buckle, Blueberry Upside Down CakeBlueberry and Lemon Cheesecake Bars, Peach and Blueberry Pizza and Rustic Blueberry Lemon Tart. For my fellow Canadians, check out these tea subscription boxes if you want some tea to go with your cake. You might also like this Fruit Cocktail CakePeach Coffee Cake or Cinnamon Coffee Cake.

    A slice of blueberry tea cake on a plate with a fork.

    Serve it with some tea! I love Friendship Organics. Buy it on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

    What are your favourite recipes with fresh blueberries?

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    4.42 from 17 votes

    Blueberry Tea Cake

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 8
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 45 minutes
    Total Time 55 minutes
    A light and elegant dessert perfect for high tea. Use fresh blueberries for a tangy, fruity treat.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 5 tbsp shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    • cup milk
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • powdered sugar optional

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside.
    • In a large bowl, cream together shortening, sugar and eggs. Stir in flour and baking powder. Add in the milk and mix well.
    • In a small bowl, roll the blueberries in about 1 tablespoon each of sugar and flour. Add blueberries to mixture and stir.
    • Pour mixture into prepared baking pan.
    • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out the centre clean. Let cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if desired.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1piece | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.5g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 10.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.8g | Trans Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 48.5mg | Sodium: 38.9mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 29g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword blueberry cake, blueberry tea cake, tea cake

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    16 Comments

    1. The beauty of your food photos always makes my mouth water! I love how easy this recipe is!

    2. Looks so good. Thanks for sharing this at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & sharing 

    3. What a lovely Blueberry Tea Cake! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
      Miz Helen

    4. This blueberry tea cake looks delicious. I love making homemade cake. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week! 

    5. I love anything with blueberries so I’m pinning this to try later.
      It’s funny that you say your coffee cake has no coffee in it, but it’s to eat when drinking coffee, Here in the UK we only call a coffee flavoured cake “coffee cake”

    6. This looks like a perfect thing for a spring brunch!

    7. I love blueberry coffee cakes. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives Inspiration Spotliight party. See you again soon. pinned, and sharing.

    8. Debbie White Beattie says:

      This cake looks really good and I love blueberries so I bet it tastes as good as it looks

    9. This is a classic cake to have around for when company comes.

    10. My husband LOVES blueberries! Thank you!

    11. I have always wanted to go blueberry picking! Tea cake sounds so fancy, doesn’t it? In a good way! This looks lovely, thanks for sharing at Project Inspired 🙂

    12. 3 teaspoons equals 1 tablespoon

    13. Just beautiful, and so springy! I quite making quick breads when my kids left home, but I now have 2 grand kids (only one of them can eat) and I need to get back into the groove! Thanks for the recipe.

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