Lemon Blueberry Cake is the perfect dessert for spring! With both gluten-free and refined sugar-free options and made with just five ingredients, this is the perfect recipe to fit all your baking needs.
We’re still going strong with easy prep month! But we have yet to post an easy dessert recipe. That is until now! A good old fashioned blueberry dump cake! I know I know, that is not the most appetizing name for this cake, but if you grew up in the south, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!
A “dump and bake” cake is most commonly made with boxed cake mixes, they might be one of the easiest recipes on the planet. However, traditional recipes aren’t always allergy-friendly, and trying to alter ingredients to meet your needs can be confusing. So, in an effort to make your life easier and bring you a delicious dessert with minimal ingredients, I have created this Lemon Blueberry Cake!
After much testing, I’m happy to say I have perfected this recipe in all its variations. Whether you’re looking for something gluten-free or need to keep sugar at a minimum, this recipe is guaranteed to please.
Given that berries are so plentiful this year and packed with tons of nutrients, it seemed like a shame to use boxed cake filling featuring dried, sugar-loaded berries. Instead, I opted for fresh berries and used Bob’s Red Mill mixes. Depending on your dietary needs, both the vanilla cake mix and berry muffin mixes work amazingly well to create a healthier version of your favorite blueberry dump cake!
While you’re at it, here’s another berry dessert bar recipe where you could use a pre-made GF baking mix. And a few more super easy cake recipes with that citrus flavor; lemon pudding cake and Vegan citrus coconut cake. Perfect for spring!
Now, on to the cobblerish cake love!
Keeping in line with easy recipes, this dessert is made in just six steps and ready in less than an hour. Even better, I bet you have at least half of the ingredients on hand in your kitchen already.
I know what you’re thinking… you see 6 ingredients, not 5! Gasp! More on that below.
- Gluten-free cake mix or blueberry muffin mix – Be aware that portions change based on which mix you choose to use, and measure according to your needs.
- Fresh FRUIT ingredient– Blueberries and lemon. We’re counting the fruit mixture (lemon and blueberry) as one fruit ingredient. That being said, you can easily omit the lemon or swap out the berries for another fruit!
- Unsweetened shredded coconut – Coconut is full of healthy fats, and when shredded, it adds amazing texture to any dish.
- Maple syrup – Unlike processed sugars, this all-natural sweetener is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep you healthy.
- Sliced butter – If you follow a plant-based diet, opt for vegan butter instead.
Lemon for garnish – The bonus ingredient! I highly recommend it as the garnish makes your Blueberry Lemon Cake look incredible.
How to make lemon blueberry dump cake (Video)
- Preheat your oven. You’ll want your oven to reach 350° Fahrenheit before baking.
- Toss the ingredients. Make sure the blueberries, unsweetened coconut, maple syrup, lemon juice, and two tablespoons of cake mix are well combined. Then, layer the mixture on the bottom of an 8×11 inch baking dish.
- Layer the cake mix. Spread the cake (or muffin) mix on top of the fruit layer, and be sure to cover all corners evenly! Add thinly sliced lemons and butter on top making sure the cake mix is covered with enough butter to bake evenly. See photos for reference.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes. Place the baking dish in the oven, and make sure to rotate it halfway through baking. Let it cook until the top layer is golden brown.
- Let cool, and serve! Once completely cooled, add any toppings you wish and enjoy.
Cooking tips and ingredient substitutions
- Use tin foil to continue baking: If after 45 minutes of baking, your lemon blueberry cake still has an underbaked center, cover it with foil, and bake it for an additional 5-10 minutes. This will ensure the center bakes without burning the rest of the cake!
- Add more butter: If you’re a crispy edge kind of person, add an additional tablespoon of butter to the top of your cake before baking. Make sure to place the extra butter at the edges of your pan, covering the mix on every corner.
- Substitute cake pans: If you don’t have a 9×11 inch pan, don’t panic. Instead, use a 9-inch cake or pie dish. Or, opt for a 9×13 inch dish. However, be aware that if you choose the latter option, your cake won’t be quite as thick. Although, it will still taste amazing.
This recipe is incredible all on its own. However, if you’re looking to spruce it up even more, feel free to include some of the toppings below. Or, get creative and add your own! If you do decide to make this recipe, I’d love it if you let me know how you chose to serve it in the comments below.
- Ice cream: Of course, if you are lactose-intolerant, opt for dairy-free varieties. While vanilla is my go-to option, it can be fun to experiment with different flavor combinations! I’ve got a few homemade ice cream recipes with dairy free option as well!
- Yogurt: Have fun trying out different yogurt flavors and add-ins.
- Coconut whip: A dairy-free alternative to cool whip, the fruity flavor of coconut whip works incredibly well in combination with the lemon and blueberries in this recipe.
Huge thanks to one of my lovely readers for challenging me on this recipe! I love the concept and the ease of the recipe. I hope you do too!