These Buttermilk Blueberry Bundt Cakes are a blissful combo of not-too-sweet crumb cake and rich, blueberryicious topping.

You can find different shapes or molds online, or exercise some patience, and scour your closest yard or estate sale. Given all the styles and sizes, this is a great opportunity for you to flex your creative capabilities! Settling on the best bundt for you is half the fun, and honestly downright exciting. Is it sad that bundt-cake pans are the things getting me hot and bothered these days? (Yeah, I feel sorry for me, too).

Blueberry Bundt Cakes

This moist buttermilk cake is first smothered in a delicious vanilla bean glaze. Note that the glaze is super sweet, but the flavor is immediately counterbalanced by the tangy cake you layer underneath. The gorgeous, contrasting blueberry topping is what makes this dessert so appetizing. You’ll ultimately feel at peace with making a huge mess, especially once you bite into your bundt.

Blueberry Bundt Cakes

The recipe for these buttermilk blueberry bundt cakes is surprisingly straightforward. The most involved step is baking these bad boys. It’s imperative that you spray your bundt pans, and I recommend being generous about this. All too many times, I’ve completed this recipe to perfection, only to find that the finished product STICK to the pan due to minimal spraying. This may be the worst feeling a baker can have (okay – slight over-exaggeration, yes), but frustrating as hell. So even if you go overboard, better safe than sorry. So spray away! Then, fill about ¾ the way up the sides of the bundt pan, no matter what the size.  I used the Nordic Ware Mini Bundt Cake pan, purchased at Williams And Sonoma.

Blueberry Bundt Cakes

While the bread is baking, it’s time to work on the blueberry compote. Frozen blueberries work just as well here (though be sure to bring them to room temperature), and load in all of those lovely flavors over a low temperature. Let simmer, and turn off the flame once the blueberries have plumped, just before they split.  Let the compote sit at room temperature to solidify a bit.

Once finished, strain the sauce. Right as the sauce is nearing completion, sneak in a few more blueberries and you will have a perfect mix of solid and cooked fruit. This trick will have friends and family coming back for seconds (or thirds) of the sauce.

Blueberry Bundt Cakes   I thickened mine a bit, after I poured the first one, because I wanted a dramatic drip.  Blueberry Bundt Cakes

Split a vanilla bean and add it to your simple white glaze. Be generous with the seeds; they will speckle perfectly against the beautiful, white dripping glaze.

Blueberry Bundt Cakes

Blueberry Bundt Cakes

The possibility exists here to create a pink glaze. To make it, just add a teaspoon at a time of your blueberry compote drippings substituting the buttermilk. If you don’t substitute your glaze will be too runny. If that happens – don’t fret – just add sifted powdered sugar by the spoonful until you get that thicker drippy consistency.

Viola – a perfect mix and match of pink and white glaze, with your choice of the round or classic bundt looks.


Blueberry Bundt Cakes

The modern spin on a perfect classic buttermilk berry bundt cake!

Recipe Credits: Near & Far, Heidi Swanson

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

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Blueberry Buttermilk Cakes

By TheSweetNerd  , ,

September 27, 2016

Recipe Inspired by Near & Far, Heidi Swanson

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins


Blueberry Buttermilk Cakes (Bundts)

2 cups rye flour

2 cups all purpose flour

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ½ cups natural cane sugar

4 eggs, room temperature

Buttermilk Glaze

1 to 1 ½ cup confectioners sugar (or less to your taste)

3 to 4 Tablespoons buttermilk

1 vanilla been, split and scraped

Blueberry Thyme Compote

2 cups blueberries

1/3 cup sugar

½ teaspoon thyme, chopped

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon water

1 pinch salt


Blueberry Buttermilk Cakes (Bundts)

1Preheat oven to 350

2Butter and lightly dust with flour your cake pans, or spray with vegalene

3Dries: Sift the flours, baking powder, and salt into bowl and set aside.

4Wet: Combine vanilla and buttermilk, set aside.

5Mixer: Using the paddle attachment, cream the butter until aerated (light and fluffy). Add sugar and blend until well incorporated. (scrape down sides invariably) Add eggs, one at a time, until well uniform and creamy.

6Alternate dries and wet above into mixer by thirds. Scrape down in-between so it is all blended. Repeat until all of the ingredients are added, but be sure to avoid overmixing.

7Divide the batter among cake pans, and depending on the pan size, bake for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake until cake tops are golden brown and the tester comes out clean.

Buttermilk Glaze

1Whisk confectioners sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla seeds in a bowl until smooth. Once cool, drizzle the glaze across the cakes.

Blueberry Thyme Compote

1Mix ingredients together in a pot. Simmer on low heat until juice becomes thick. Cool, then serve.


Blueberry Bundt Cakes

1 Comment

  • Kendall Haun
    8 years ago

    Everything you make is so GORGEOUS *insert heart eye emoji here*

    I would kill to be able to drizzle like that!

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