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Overhead image of sliced squares of Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake with vanilla glaze drizzled over top | All images © Beyond the Butter, LLC

Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 12 slices
  • Category: Breakfast Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Breakfast


This tasty Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake recipe combines a warm and fluffy vanilla coffee cake with a homemade blueberry pie filling that's bursting with so much flavor! Serve it warm with a simple glaze drizzled over the top, and you got yourself the perfect breakfast, brunch, or after dinner treat!



homemade blueberry pie filling - makes approximately 27 ounces

  • 1 cup (212 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) Clear Jel (do NOT use gelatin - it is not the same thing)
  • 1 1/4 cup (300 mL) Water
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 5 cups (552 grams) Fresh Blueberries, rinsed

coffee cake

  • 3 cups (387 grams) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 grams) Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (96 grams) Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups (340 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 4 Large Eggs, room temperature

simple glaze


homemade blueberry pie filling - skip this part if using store-bought pie filling

  1. Wash the blueberries in a large colander then place them in a large pot of boiling water. Once the water returns to a boil, immediately turn off the heat.
  2. Remove the blueberries with a slotted spoon, placing them in a bowl covered with a clean kitchen towel to stay warm. Alternatively, you can run the blanched blueberries through the same colander to drain the juices, then place in a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  3. In a large saute or sauce pan, combine the granulated sugar, Clear Jel, water, and lemon juice, stirring constantly over medium heat until the granulated sugar and Clear Jel dissolves.
  4. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens and turns into the clear-like gel filling. (7-8 minutes)
  5. Remove from heat, then add in the blanched blueberries, stirring until fully mixed.
  6. Place the blueberry filling in a medium-size bowl to cool completely before using in the coffee cake. If not using right away, you can allow the filling to cool completely, then place in a tightly sealed container, and refrigerate it for up to a week.

coffee cake

  1. Adjust your oven to the 2nd level position and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Generously spray a 13” x 9” baking pan with a flour-based baking spray.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and baking powder. Set to the side.
  3. Using your hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the unsalted butter and vegetable shortening on medium-high speed until well smooth and creamy.
  4. Add in the granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Scrap down the sides of the bowl as needed. Then add in the eggs.
  5. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the whisked dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to over mix the batter!
  6. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the bottom of the prepared 13” x 9” baking pan.
  7. Top with the homemade blueberry pie filling, then drop spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the top.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 43-45 minutes at 350ºF or until the top is a light golden brown.
  9. While the coffee cake is still warm, drizzle with the simple glaze (instructions below).

simple glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners sugar and milk.
  2. Pour over the warm blueberry swirl coffee cake.
  3. Slice the coffee cake into squares and enjoy!


  • The noted prep time for this recipe includes 15 minutes for the homemade blueberry pie filling and 20 minutes for the coffee cake.
  • The recipe does not include the cooling time for the homemade blueberry pie filling.
  • This coffee cake recipe yields approximately 12 slices or squares. You can cut them smaller if you prefer.

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