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Blueberry Olive Oil Loaf Cake

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This tender, not-too-sweet blueberry loaf cake will remind you of a favorite muffin, with the rustic crunch of cornmeal and lots of jammy fresh blueberries.

Baked and sliced cornmeal loaf cake with jammy blueberries on a cooling rack

Blueberry cornmeal muffins — don’t they just sound like summer?

Here’s a no-fuss blueberry loaf cake recipe that will remind you of a favorite muffin or fruity cornbread, only it’s in cake form.

This hefty little loaf contains olive oil for a tender crumb, and it’s studded with fresh blueberries that become jammy and concentrated while they bake.

Baked and sliced Cornmeal loaf cake with jammy blueberries on a cooling rack

Everyone needs a handful of back-pocket recipes for using up fresh berries (that is, if you and your household ever get tired of gobbling them up by the handful, which I admit is my own secret favorite way).

Make this cake when you have a stash of blueberries and a leisurely weekend ahead, and watch both of them disappear.

Blueberry loaf cake sliced into thick pieces on a cooling rack

I’m a huge fan of cornmeal in desserts, especially the rustic. coarsely-ground stuff.

It has a really pleasant crunch and toasty corn flavor that’s irresistible.

The rustic texture of this cake gets even better a day or two after baking — it’s a “keeper” cake, which to me is code word for “slice thickly and slather with butter and jam.”

Do I need to suggest that a slab of blueberry cornmeal cake is really lovely toasted, buttered and served for breakfast?

Blueberry loaf cake sliced into thick pieces on a cooling rack

I’ve kept the ingredients to a minimum in the recipe, but there are other ways to dress up this cake, if you’re into it:

  • Add a tablespoon or so of fresh lemon zest to the batter.
  • Make a creamy icing and pour it over the cooled cake.
  • Play around with the fruit — substitute blackberries or raspberries for the blueberries, or a mixture of all three.
Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

Blueberry Olive Oil Loaf Cake with Cornmeal

Karen Tedesco
A delcious blueberry cornbread recipe: Easy blueberry olive oil cake packed with fresh jammy berries and the rustic crunch of cornmeal. 
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4.61 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine cake
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (160 g) polenta or stone-ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup (140 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup (240 g) sugar
  • cup (75 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cup (230 g) sour cream
  • cups (220 g) fresh blueberries

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a standard loaf pan and cut a piece of parchment to fit inside, with the long edges overhanging by 2 or 3 inches.
  • Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl.
  • Beat the eggs, egg whites and sugar in a heavy-duty mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and creamy. On low speed, slowly pour in the oil. Mix in the sour cream.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients until just blended, then fold in 1 cup of the blueberries.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining blueberries over the top. Bake for 1 hour plus 25-30 minutes. The top of the cake should be golden and a toothpick inserted in the top of the cake should come out clean.
  • Cool the cake on a rack. Once it’s completely cool, use the parchment paper to lift the cake out of the pan.

Notes

Tips and variations:
  • Add a tablespoon or so of fresh lemon zest to the batter.
  • Make a creamy icing and pour it over the cooled cake.
  • Play around with the fruit — substitute blackberries or raspberries for the blueberries, or a mixture of all three.
Storing: This cake keeps well for days after baking. Try it toasted, spread with creamy sweet butter and your favorite jam.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 Comments

  1. Hi, I would like to make this for breakfast tomorrow but I only have frozen blueberries. Do you think this will work?

    1. Hi Jen – Yes you can use frozen berries. The baking time might increase by 10 minutes or so.

  2. Catherine Maxey says:

    I substituted buttermilk for the sour cream accidently added all the berries to the batter. Worked fine. Added 1tsp almond extract. Great recipe

  3. Hi – I’d like to make a bit healthier version of this – can I substitute Almond Flour & Plain Greek Yogurt?

    1. Hi – I haven’t tested this with almond flour. But you can try subbing if for the all-purpose (keep the cornmeal). Yes to plain Greek yogurt – that should work fine!

  4. as soon as I get home, I am making this! XO

  5. Looks so delicious! I love blueberry cakes and the combination with cornmeal and olive oil sounds simply divine! Can’t wait to try this recipe!