Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

Did you know that May 26th is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day?! If you’ve followed along for some time you probably know that I love both blueberries and cheesecake- so when Driscoll’s asked me to share a recipe that combines the two, I was ecstatic!

Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

I wanted to create something that was unique but still a cake. Don’t get me wrong, I was super tempted to make blueberry cheesecake sweet rolls, ice cream and cookies, but ultimately decided cake was king! So I picked up two 6 oz. packages of Driscoll’s blueberries and went to work.

Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

For the base I whipped up a light and ultra-tender buttermilk cake. I added some lemon zest to it just to help balance the sweetness of the blueberries that would be piled on top. Then I beat some cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg to make a “cheesecake” layer. I poured it over the top of the cake batter and spread it into an even layer.

Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

Next came the blueberries. I love using Driscoll’s berries in all of my recipes. They’re always fresh, flavorful and sweet! Like I mentioned above, I used one and a half of their 6 oz. cartons. It was the perfect amount to cover the cream cheese. Last but not least, I sprinkled on the topping- a graham cracker crumb layer. After baking for about 45 minutes in a 8″ springform pan, it was ready to be sliced and devoured… and it most definitely was!

Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

Everything about this blueberry cheesecake crumb cake was perfect. The layers just melded together. It was a delicious combo of sweet vanilla cake and a blueberry cheesecake.

Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

No matter the occasion or time of day, this cake is the perfect treat! It’s loaded with blueberries, a layer of cheesecake and topped with a chunky graham cracker streusel. Bake it, slice it and it’ll be gone before you know it! Make sure to check out driscolls.com for more blueberry recipes.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake
 
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You've never had anything quite like this blueberry cheesecake crumb cake! It's got a layer of tender cake, creamy cheesecake, fresh Driscoll's blueberries and a chunky graham cracker crumb topping.
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Yield: 1 (9" or 8") cake
Ingredients
  • For the graham crumb topping:
  • ⅓ c. granulated sugar
  • ⅓ c. brown sugar
  • ¾ c. cake flour
  • ¾ c. graham cracker crumbs (finely ground)
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick), unsalted butter, melted

  • For the cheesecake layer:
  • 12 oz. (1½ blocks) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ c. granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature

  • For the cake:
  • 1¼ c. cake flour
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. ((3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. buttermilk, room temperature

  • 9 oz. fresh Driscoll's blueberries*
Directions
  1. To make the topping: In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, cake flour, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir with a spatula until a thick crumble forms. Allow to sit while preparing the remainder of the cake.
  2. To make the cheesecake layer: In a medium size mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Add the egg and beat until smooth.
  3. To make the cake: Preheat oven to 325. Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish or round springform pan with baking spray, set aside.
  4. In bowl of a stand mixer, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low. With mixing speed on low, gradually add the butter one tablespoon at a time. Continue mixing until crumbs form, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and yolk, mix, then add the lemon zest, vanilla, and buttermilk. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the bowl half way through.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading into an even layer. Pour the cheesecake layer on top, again, spreading into an even layer. Cover with blueberries, then the crumb mixture. You will have to break the crumbs into smaller pieces.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, and the center of the cake just barely jiggles (note that baking time will vary depending on the type and size of the pan you use). Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Notes
*9oz. of blueberries is approximately one and a half of the Driscoll's standard size blueberry cartons.
-You could easily interchange the blueberries for ripe peaches, strawberries, blackberries or raspberries... or do a combination!


Recipe source: Cook's Illustrated May 2007

This is NOT a sponsored post from Driscoll’s. Though I have been given coupons, a cutting board and a gift card to Whole Foods, all opinions are my own. 

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  1. This looks Devine! I can’t get enough cheesecake. It looks incredibly delicious. My family would love it!

  2. What a gorgeous cheesecake, Natalie! I do believe I know what I’ll be making for National Blueberry Cheesecake Day… 😉

  3. This looks amazing! My husband loves blueberries and cheesecake and will totally love this! Your pictures are gorgeous, too, as always. 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness this looks AMAZING! And you just can’t go wrong with Driscoll’s products!

  5. This cake looks soo soo delicious and very simple to make! Perfect for these warm May days when we don’t want to be stuck baking in the house 🙂

  6. Ok that looks amazing! Cheesecake is one of the few desserts that everyone here likes so I’ll definitely be trying this! Thanks!

  7. Hello, we are a blueberry nursery looking for blueberry recipes to share on our blog! May we link to this post with a photo and a short intro? Thank you!

  8. This is my boyfriend’s favorite cake and he asks me to make it all the time.! My only problem is the crumb topping tends to fall into the cake and disappear. What am I doing wrong? Id love for it to come out lookin like yours. It still tastes amazing!

    1. Ahh, thank you!! Maybe you’re using too many blueberries (which would weigh the top down more) or your cake isn’t rising fast enough? You could always turn up you oven 25-50 degrees for the first 10 minutes of the baking time and then turn it back down for the remainder of the time. Just a thought 🙂

      1. Excellent suggestions…I baked at 350 for 38 minutes, used a little less blueberries and it came out picture perfect!

  9. I need tomake this one day ahead. Don’t want to dry it out, but am wondering (due to its cheesecake layer) if it has to be stored in the refrigerator. It looks delicious.

    1. Hi Pamela, it should be fine on the counter for a day, assuming it’s not overly humid or hot in your kitchen. As for the serving size, I’d suggest 12 servings (I did cut mine into 8 but they were really big). I haven’t tried increasing the ingredients by 1/3, but I do know the pan is VERY full with the recipe as it is written. I don’t think it would bake properly. How many servings do you need?

        1. I’d suggest making two if you have the time. You can always freeze the extra slices for later 🙂 Good luck!

          1. Yes, thanks, again. That is what I decided, as well. They might even save a slice for me! Sure hoping so. ????
            I’m making this for three people celebrating birthdays this week. I usually bake individual cakes, but it was decided to combine this year. Your recipe includes all three favorites, that’s why I decided to try it. looks like a work of art!

  10. One more question:
    How many does this serve? I may need a larger cake. Have you increased the ingredients by 1/3 and used a 9″ pan?
    Thank you.

  11. Yum! I made this today looking to use up some blueberries and for a recipe that included cream cheese…just had my first piece and was instantly in love. Cake is light and fluffy despite all the ingredients on top (which was my worry when I first read the recipe). I did use a different crumble….using just flour, br. sugar and butter but only because I was lacking in ingredients to make yours. This is a 10 out of 5 stars on flavour…Super easy to make. DELICIOUS!!! Saving recipe now for definite repeat use in the future!

  12. Shared his recipe with a friend who is anti-technology but she (Emily) wanted to give you five stars as well. She has a house full of picky eaters including a kid who will eat literally nothing but pizza, chicken fingers, and yogurt and even he asked for seconds! Sharing this recipe with my parents too as I told them how delicious it was! Thank you!!!

  13. I made the cheesecake, the taste was very delicious, but I had a problem, I don’t know why, cracks and cheese came out from the top 🙁

    1. Hmmm?? I wish I knew why that happened. Anything in the recipe change? I hope it at least tasted good!