Blueberry Almond Cake + Video

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Blueberry Almond Cake is bursting with fresh berries and has the perfect balance of flavors. Make this moist almond cake recipe for any occasion!

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Blueberry Almond Cake

I originally adapted this blueberry breakfast cake from my holiday cranberry version, but either version is a clear winner.

While Italian almond cake is similar to pound cake, the flavor is richer and the texture isn’t quite as dense.

eggs and sugar in stand mixer

That’s because the extra butter in this moist almond cake recipe allows more air to be whipped in at the beginning, creating the perfect melt-in-your-mouth bite!

For another fruity breakfast option, try these lemon berry buttermilk pancakes, my lemon blueberry cake, or my homemade apple pie cinnamon rolls!

mixing almond cake batter

Almond Cake Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use room temperature ingredients. Allow the eggs and butter to sit out for at least 30 minutes before getting started.

    Not only is this key for achieving the perfect texture, but they will blend more easily as well.
  • Salted vs unsalted. This almond cake recipe calls for salted butter, or you can substitute unsalted and add ¼ teaspoon of salt instead.
  • Don’t overmix! Once you add the flour, beat the batter just until there are no more visible streaks.

    Otherwise, your Italian almond cake will come out overly dense and dry.
  • Allergic to almonds? Use an imitation extract in the batter, then try shaved coconut or a simple crumble on top instead of the sliced nuts.
scooping breakfast cake batter onto baking sheet

Baking With Frozen Berries

I prefer to thaw my berries first, but you can easily toss them in straight from the freezer.

They do tend to bleed color into the batter either way, but there are a couple of tricks to keep this from happening.

  • Thawed: Rinse the blueberries a few times until the cool water becomes noticeably lighter.

    Then, pat dry with paper towels before adding to the mixing bowl.
  • Frozen: Add frozen berries to a small bowl with some flour and gently stir until well coated.

    This creates a type of seal to keep in the juices as the blueberry almond cake bakes.
close up: blueberry cake batter topped with sliced almond

Almond Blueberry Cake FAQ

Can I freeze blueberry breakfast cake?

Absolutely! In fact, this blueberry almond cake freezes beautifully and is great to have on hand for unexpected morning guests.

Wrap individual slices in plastic wrap, then place them in a resealable freezer bag. They will keep for up to 6 months.

Then, remove as many pieces of almond blueberry cake as desired and thaw on the counter for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Can I use different berries in this almond cake recipe?

Since blackberries hold their shape well, those would be my first choice for a substitute.

Raspberries would also taste amazing in this moist almond cake recipe, but be gentle while mixing so they don’t fall apart.

While strawberries are a popular flavor, they are a lot more difficult to bake with. You are welcome to give it a shot, though!

serving blueberry Italian almond cake

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stack of blueberry almond cake slices

cut pieces of blueberry almond breakfast cake

Blueberry Almond Cake + VIdeo

Donna Elick
Blueberry Almond Cake is bursting with berries and has the perfect balance of flavors. Make this moist almond cake recipe for any occasion!
5 stars from 3 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 18


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 12 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces fresh blueberries, or frozen and thawed
  • 1 cup sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, (or a large mixing bowl and an electric mixer), beat sugar and eggs for 5 minutes with a mixer on medium. The volume of mixture will increase by almost half and will be thickened and light in color.
  • Add butter and extracts and beat for 2 more minutes. Slowly add flour and beat until just combined. Fold in blueberries.
  • Using a spatula, pour and smooth batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle almonds on top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before serving, or the cake will crack. If you can’t wait, just know it will taste amazing!


Donna’s Notes

Use a serrated knife to cut the cake.
Cake freezes beautifully. Wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap and then place in a resealable freezer bag. Remove as desired. Allow thawing for 10-15 minutes on the counter before eating. The cake will keep for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 304cal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 73mg | Sugar: 25g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2015, updated and republished April 2023

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  1. Ok, finnally I could have all the ingredients! But, I don't know if it is because I live in a cold place or what, but first butter was very difficult to mix with the batter, and afterwards the 2 cups of flour were too much, I added a cup and a half and it was too dense and now I am waiting the 45 minutes (think will take longer) to see the results… anyway it looks soooooo good… hope I have luck with the results!

    1. I just made this outstanding cake with these substitutions:
      1 C coconut sugar, 1 C Xylitol,
      2 C The Perfect Flour (which is gluten free) and it still came out outstanding. Folded in frozen blueberries right before putting it in the oven for 45 minutes. Thank you for your blog and for sharing such wonderful recipes!

  2. just made it and had it with a cup of tea it is to die for so easy to make and it's moist and fluffy thx

  3. I absolutely love this cake, followed recipe exactly and it is amazing. I know have apples on hand…wondering how it would come out with apples? Thoughts?

  4. I have made this twice, the second time took it to a baby shower. Everyone enjoyed it and several asked for the recipe. It is sooo easy to make. I followed the recipe and used fresh blueberries. Thank you for this great recipe which I will make frequently.

  5. 5 stars
    This was so good! The blueberry and almond together are an interesting, yet surprisingly tasty combination!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made this three times in the last couple of months. It’s really easy and soooo good! It’s not overly sweet and the almond flavor is yummy.

    1. Randy, I don’t think you would get the same flavors and texture with a boxed cake mix. This recipe really is so simple I would try it one time as written. It’s become my favorite dessert!

  7. I made this with the blueberries and we loved it, froze the leftovers. Now, here is my question, can I use raspberries instead of the blueberries?

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