Bursting with fresh lemon flavor, tenderness from yogurt, and sweetness from berries, this Blueberry Yogurt Cake is the most delicious breakfast or snack—or dessert—to share with the kids. Plus: It’s so easy to make!

Blueberry yogurt cake pieces stacked with jug of milk.

Blueberry Yogurt Cake

I took inspiration from my beloved Yogurt Muffins and turned them into this easy snack cake—because it’s easy, delicious, and a fun way to tweak the idea into a whole new dish to share. I love this tender cake for brunch, breakfast, or snack. It’s like a blueberry-version of coffee cake, with extra deliciousness from a hit of lemon.

This recipe uses a whole cup of plain yogurt for moisture and has a generous sprinkle of berries on top for flavor. You can slice it as big or small as you like and serve it right away or make it ahead to stash into the fridge or freezer.

(We love this as a Make-Ahead Christmas Breakfast idea.)

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Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at the ingredients you need to make this easy blueberry cake. This will help you. know what to look for at the store, or in your kitchen.

Ingredients for blueberry yogurt cake on countertop.
  • Whole milk plain yogurt: I use regular yogurt here as the base for this yogurt cake.
  • Maple syrup: Maple syrup lends sweetness to this recipe. You can also use honey (for kids over age 1) or use the same amount of granulated sugar and add 2 tablespoons milk.
  • Unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled): I prefer to bake with unsalted butter so I can control the salt level.
  • Eggs: I use large eggs in baking. To make this without eggs, see the Notes at the end of the recipe.
  • Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract adds a lovely layer of flavor.
  • All-purpose flour: I use all-purpose flour here to keep things light and fluffy.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Using a combination of these helps to ensure that the cake bakes through and rises.
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen): My favorite is wild frozen blueberries as they have intense and sweet flavor. If that’s not an option, use regular fresh or frozen berries.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s an overview of how to make this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full recipe with the specific timing and amounts.

how to make yogurt cake in grid of 4 images.
  1. Preheat the oven and coat an 8×8-inch cake pan with nonstick spray (I prefer classic Pam) or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the lemon juice and zest.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the berries on top. Bake until the top is set, the edges are golden brown, and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly.

Let the cake cool on a wire rack before slicing.

How to Store

  • Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Warm slightly to serve from the fridge (the squares firm up a bit when they’re cold so warming slightly returns them to their softer texture).
  • You can also freeze the cut cake in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in 15 second increments in the microwave.
Blueberry yogurt snack cake cut into pieces on cutting board.

Best Tips for Success

  • I like using whole milk plain regular yogurt in this recipe.
  • To use Greek yogurt, use the same amount and add 2 tablespoons milk to ensure the batter isn’t too dry.
  • Dairy-free: Use a nondairy yogurt and a neutral oil like canola in place of the butter.
  • Gluten-free: Substitute cup-for-cup gluten-free flour in place of the wheat flours.
  • Egg-free: Omit the eggs. Reduce the yogurt to ¾ cup. Add ¼ cup milk. Proceed with the recipe.
  • Top with Cream Cheese Frosting if desired.

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Blueberry yogurt snack cake cut into pieces on cutting board.

Blueberry Yogurt Cake

Bursting with fresh lemon flavor, tenderness from yogurt, and sweetness from berries, this Blueberry Yogurt Cake is the most delicious breakfast or snack—or dessert—to share with the kids. Plus: It's so easy to make!
5 from 119 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 144kcal
Servings 12


  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8×8-inch baking pan (metal is best) with nonstick spray. (I also line with parchment paper so it's easy to lift out and slice without scratching the pan. That is optional.)
  • In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gently stir the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture. Stir in the lemon juice and zest.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the berries on top.
  • Bake for 26-28 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly.



  • Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Warm slightly to serve from the fridge (the squares firm up a bit when they’re cold so warming slightly returns them to their softer texture).
  • You can also freeze the cut cake in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in 15 second increments in the microwave.
  • I like using whole milk yogurt in this recipe.
  • This bakes best in a metal pan, rather than glass. If baking in glass, the middle will take longer to set. Follow the recipe, then cover with foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Dairy-free: Use a nondairy yogurt and a neutral oil like canola in place of the butter.
  • Gluten-free: Substitute cup-for-cup gluten-free flour in place of the wheat flours.
  • Egg-free: Omit the eggs. Reduce the yogurt to ¾ cup. Add ¼ cup milk. Proceed with the recipe.
  • Top with Cream Cheese Frosting if desired.


Serving: 1square, Calories: 144kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 151mg, Potassium: 88mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 181IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Toddler loved this blueberry bread and kept requesting long after it was gone!! Although he would pick the blueberries off the top. I know it’s supposed to be lower sugar but I personally preferred a bit more sweetness so may add some streusel topping or turbinado sugar to the top next time and mix in some of the blueberries. Very simple and easy recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband ate half of this before my toddler could even try it – although she also loved it, and isn’t usually a fan of cakes/snack bars

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I actually made mini muffins instead of the cake, baked for 12 minutes, and they were perfect. I didn’t have a lemon so I left it out. Thanks for another great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Could you use a mashed banana in it to add flavor or would that affect the consistency of the batter? My little isn’t a fan of different textures in one item, so cake + blueberries together doesn’t work for her if that makes sense. Was hoping to mash things in!

    1. Hi- you might be able to add 1/4 cup mashed banana to the recipe and have it turn out fine. I don’t think I’d try to add more than that though!

    1. Raspberries are great here. I haven’t tried it in a loaf pan so I can’t say for sure, but let me know if you try it.

  5. 5 stars
    Second time making this. First time made as written except subbed Greek yogurt and added some soy milk to thin it out again—excellent! Second time I didn’t have a lemon so used a blood orange for zest and juice, and a mix of raspberries and blueberries for the top. Terrific recipe to transform/use up the odds and ends of fruit and yogurt left over at the end of the week! Can’t wait to make with peaches in the summer!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was a hit with my family…..the whole pan was finished by the end of the night!

    I followed the recipe but used Greek yogurt so I followed Amy’s suggestion to add some milk. It was perfect:)

    Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe and we will continue to use in our family

  7. 5 stars
    Made this, doubled it, added cream cheese frosting! Going to freeze half for later, it was delicious!! Is it OK to freeze with the cream cheese frosting on top?

  8. 5 stars
    Soo delish everytime! And pretty fool-proof for us non-bakers. One time I ran out of lemon, so used an orange instead. Still worked well and tasted great. I also add cinnamon, desiccated coconut and chia when feeling fancy. Not that it needs it…

  9. 5 stars
    I love this bread so so much! My toddler eats this quicker than anything I’ve ever made her! I have to make this every few days because she eats it so quickly.

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this! It’s perfect for my baby, toddler and a great cake to make when friends or family come round. Everyone loves it.

  11. Followed the recipe, and special instructions for glass pan (with even more additional baking time, approx 50min total) Baked until toothpick came out clean, but when I cut into it, it was still moist / gooey?

    1. The only reason I know of that would cause that is if the baking soda isn’t fresh or working properly. I hope that helps explain it and I’m sorry it happened.

  12. 5 stars
    My two and a half year old told me this was “really good.” It’s a great treat without being too sweet and there’s fruit! I subbed Greek yogurt because that’s what I had and it worked out perfectly. We love your recipes at our house. Thank you!

  13. 5 stars
    SO delicious!! I substituted cassava flour to make it grain free, and used clabbered milk instead of the yogurt and it was still excellent! This will be one of our go to recipes!

  14. 5 stars
    I intended to freeze slices for lunchboxes but it didn’t make it that far! So so yum. I realized half way we were out of eggs so used a mashed banana instead and it came out perfect. Like it’s already been said, I used a glass baking dish so it took about 45 minutes.

  15. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Made just as written except in a metal loaf pan. Made one loaf (took 45 mins at 375). Cooked perfectly, tastes great!

  16. Would this work without the lemon juice/zest? My daughter has a citrus fruit allergy but LOVES blueberries so this recipe looks so yummy.

  17. 5 stars
    Love this recipe on so many levels. My 3 year old helped me make it and it was so easy for us to do together. He then ate THREE pieces out of the oven because he loved it so much. Both of my kids ate 3 more pieces for breakfast the next day. It’s soft, fluffy, buttery, and not too sweet. We will definitely be making this again!

  18. 5 stars
    Loved the cake. This is very different from everything I’ve made before. Hint of lemon just works so well. Thank you for the recipe. My son also liked it.

  19. I made this with Greek yogurt (it’s what I had) and in a glass pan. After baking it for a full hour, it was still completely raw in the middle. I tried it twice with the same results. So maybe just a heads up to other readers, don’t try the Greek yogurt + glass pan combo. I’m nervous to try again with regular yogurt, but it seems like everyone else has had great results that way.

    1. Hi, it’s the pan, not the yogurt. Glass takes much longer than metal to heat up, so I recommend a metal pan with this. If you bake it in glass again, I’d recommend baking for the time I say, then cover with foil for another ten minutes to set the middle. Also double check that your baking soda is fresh.

  20. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe for my blueberry obsessed son. I love how tender, bouncy, and soft it is! Also love that you can taste that slight hint of lemon – I do love me some sour flavours. Excited to have my little guy try this tomorrow.

    I used honey instead of maple syrup, and next time I may add white chocolate chips, but it is sweet enough for as is. Just thought the chocolate chips might be a nice addition.

    Thank you again for your great recipes!

  21. 4 stars
    Fantastic recipe, we’ve made it twice now (and the muffin version), but I will say every time it is still super raw at the 16min mark. I think it took 30-35 both times for it to not be raw in the middle. But otherwise, very good!

    1. If you’re baking in a glass pan, that might happen. Put foil over it at the end of my baking time and bake for another 10 minutes to set the middle.

  22. Making right now!! Using honey instead of Maple Syrup because we are out! Can’t wait to try it, my kids are excited. My 2 year old is running around saying “come here guys moms making a cake!!!” Also used a little loaf pan instead of 8×8!

  23. 5 stars
    I have made this blueberry cake about 5 times, typically with whole wheat flour and it always comes out perfect. It rarely lasts more than two days in my house.

    This time I omitted blueberries, lemon, maple syrup and added shredded carrot, spinach, some sharp cheddar and seasoned with garlic, onion, cumin, and smoked paprika. It is a hit!

  24. 5 stars
    Made this with einkorn AP flour and 1/4 cup avocado oil instead of butter. Adjusted the baking time to closer to 34 minutes. It is so good! I love the light lemon flavor. Frozen blueberries worked great too.

  25. I made this today and it was ok but just wasn’t sweet enough. I couldn’t even taste that I added maple syrup at all. Maybe I should also add regular sugar… Any suggestions?

  26. 5 stars
    “Oh my god. Yeah, this s**t ain’t gonna last more than a day.” – my hard-to-impress husband chewing with his mouth full while grabbing another piece.

    Oh, and my toddler loves it.

    Also, my family doesn’t love lemon in desserts, so I added the lemon juice, but omitted the zest. So balanced and delicious, and no obvious lemon taste. Also used Trader Joe’s fancy berry mix on top (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries) and was delish.

  27. 5 stars
    Made a gluten free version with blueberries and lemon. Then with cranberries and orange. Delicious and satisfying. Frozen some for easy snack option later. And so we didn’t eat them all! 😉

  28. 5 stars
    I made this with orange and raspberries the other day and it was a hit with everyone! Making it again today 😊

  29. 5 stars
    This was so easy and delicious. The whole family enjoyed it and my three year old helped make it which was even better.

    We ran out of all purpose flour so just used self raising and omitted the baking powder and it still worked a treat.

  30. 5 stars
    I used orange zest and chocolate chips and it was such a good snacking cake! We had slices for Christmas breakfast. Looking forward to trying the blueberry version too.

  31. 5 stars
    This cake was easy and delicious!! I used fresh blueberries and it turned out scrumptious. I thought it would taste like maple syrup – but it didn’t, that just blended into the background and the lemon/blueberries shined through! I ate way too many pieces right when it came out, and my kids enjoyed it too. Thanks Amy!!

    1. I worry that if you do that, the baking powder and soda may not work right, so it might not rise or bake through properly. You can bake the whole thing the day before. Or you could mix the dry ingredients and the wet ones separately, stir together and assemble in the morning and then bake. I hope that helps!

  32. 5 stars
    So easy to make (even with a 3 year old), forgiving recipe (again, 3 year old) and delish results! Another winner, thanks Amy!

  33. 5 stars
    We have your book and love your recipes. Going to try this for Christmas morning but wondering if it’s okay to mix everything day before then bake next morning… thanks!

    1. The best make-ahead options for this are to bake the entire thing the day before. Line the pan with parchment and after about 5 minutes of taking it out of the oven, lift the whole thing out onto a wire rack so it cools fully. Wrap with plastic wrap or store in a container. Warm it for about 30 seconds in the microwave in the morning. It’s really good the next day.

      Or mix the wet ingredients in a bowl and cover and refrigerate. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and cover. Mix and assemble in the morning and bake. If you mix everything and refrigerate it, it’s possible the baking soda and baking powder won’t work right the next morning so it may not rise or bake through.

  34. 5 stars
    So good! My almost 3 yo said “Mom, this is AMAZING!!!” I subbed out brown sugar for the maple syrup and used orange instead of lemons, so good, will make again!

  35. 5 stars
    So good my poor toddler barely got a look in. We polished the lot off before we had a chance to freeze. So easy to adspt too with different fruit. I’ve already tried cherry and raspberry.

  36. 5 stars
    So good. Made for a holiday breakfast party, but snuck a few pieces out for my kids. The texture is really great and sweetness was perfect (used the maple syrup as is in the recipe plus a little sprinkle of sugar on top for crunch and since it was for a party).

  37. 5 stars
    This is delicious!! I had to cook it longer by 10 mins but I substituted orange and orange zest (hubby weird about lemon) and put strawberries sliced on top cuz that is what I had:). Sooo good!

  38. 5 stars
    Another 5 star guilt-free delicious recipe! Love the bright lemon flavor. I added more bluebs because I love them 🙂 Pro tip: eat it cold!

  39. 5 stars
    Just made this for the second time. It’s easy and the whole family enjoys it. It’s such a nice texture and the right level of sweet for my toddler. We did bake longer than noted but it might be an issue with our oven, I suspect the temp is a bit off.

  40. 5 stars
    Blueberry snack cake! Just wanted to add that I just made in a standard loaf pan and baked at 350 for 40 min and it came out great. Thanks Amy!

  41. 5 stars
    I skipped the maple syrup and added a splash of water to give it the right consistency. My 10mo loved it!! My husband did too. 😉

  42. 5 stars
    My 11 month old loved this blueberry cake. My 4 yr old said it was okay and ate a slice I take that as a Win in my book. I enjoyed how easy it was to pull together and it’s not too sweet for my youngest. I forgot to put Blueberries on top I mixed them in and they were all on the bottom but it was still delicious.

  43. 5 stars
    Very easy and delicious! Did 3 tbsp lemon juice and no lemon zest. 1 cup ap flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat. Baked a little longer than called for. Used more blueberries!

  44. 5 stars
    Made this this morning for breakfast with strawberries as my boys are not blueberry fans.
    They still refused to eat it but I’m enjoying it very much!

  45. I accidentally used a 9×13 dish because the directions said coat a 9-inch cake pan, but it still turned out really yummy.

  46. 5 stars
    Question – whole milk yogurt: does this include Greek yogurt? I figure you would have written “Greek” yogurt if it can, but I’m just checking (since that’s usually the only yogurt we buy). Thank you!

    1. I used regular style yogurt (not Greek). You can use Greek yogurt, but you’ll want to add a little milk to make sure the batter isn’t too thick. It’s in the Notes at the end of the recipe.

      1. 5 stars
        Ah! I see that adjustment explanation in “Best Tips for Success.” I missed it since I clicked on “jump ahead to recipe.” Sorry about that!

  47. Hi! I followe the recipe with the metric measures, and using greek yogurt and frozen strawberries instead of blueberries. It came so bad, I had to throw it away. I am trying it again with normal yogurt and blueberries, and I will use the US customary measures. So I want to know; which type or size of cup? Thank you!

    1. Could you share what happened with it? If it didn’t bake through in the middle, I would check your baking soda as that is the most likely explanation, not the yogurt type.

      1. Sure! From the outside it looked golden and very nice, but the inside was like not well cooked, very dense and glued (even that I left it extra minutes on the oven). And the taste was not very nice. Did i put too much baking soda?

      2. It sounds like the baking soda wasn’t active or fresh and that it didn’t work properly. That’s the only reason I know of that it wouldn’t bake through in the middle, so I would maybe try with a fresh box of baking soda?

      3. It was a brand new box that I bought specially for the cake. I will try again the recipe, and fingers cross!

  48. 5 stars
    I tried out this recipe on Sunday morning with my toddler (just turned two). It was the first thing I’ve ever made with him – total chaos and he made sure I barely looked at the recipe. Still turned out great! Thank you for the yummy cake and the memories 🙂

  49. If we accidentally bought vanilla whole milk yogurt are there any recommended alteraterations to make it work?

  50. 5 stars
    This recipe is so yummy! Me and my little girl love it! I used 3/4 cup chickpea flour + 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and it still turned out great. Thanks a lot!

  51. 5 stars
    As always, thanks for the allergy substitutions! I used Kite Hill unsweetened almond yogurt, Earth Balance butter and almond milk. Followed the egg-free guidance. It turned out amazing!

  52. 5 stars
    Just made with my son tonight and these are so good! Doubled the recipe and used gluten free flour. Kids are excited for these to be their snacks at school tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe!

  53. 5 stars
    This came out soooo delicious. I think I like it more than my toddler! I needed to quickly put it away once it cooled, so I didn’t eat it all! I definitely will be making this again and want to try it with different berries!!! I subbed melted coconut oil for the butter, and it was delicious. 10/10 recommend.

    1. I don’t know that I would add it on top of the cup of yogurt (I worry about the middle cooking through). If you try that, you may need to cover with foil and bake a little longer after the time in my recipe to get the middle to set. Or you could do 3/4 cup yogurt and 1/4 cup banana. Let me know if you try it!

    1. You don’t have to add it, though the cake won’t be as sweet. Just be sure to add fruit in an even layer over the top so there’s some in each bite.

  54. 5 stars
    Just wanted to pop in and say we used King Arthur’s gluten-free cup for cup flour and it was so so good!