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Sourdough Blueberry Crumb Cake – a Great Use for Sourdough Discard

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This sourdough blueberry crumb cake is one of our favorite ways to use up sourdough discard. It’s easy and delicious – a big hit for brunch or whenever a special breakfast is in order!

blueberry crumb cake

Other Great Uses for Sourdough Discard

If you’ve jumped on the sourdough bandwagon, you need sourdough discard recipes. We find lots of ways to use our discard, including:

This recipe for blueberry crumb cake made with sourdough discard is also one of our favorite ways to use up the precious discard. I adapted this crumb cake recipe from one on King Arthur Baking.

sourdough crumb cake

It’s pretty easy to make and is perfect when you need a sweet addition to breakfast, or something delicious to take to a gathering.

What if I don’t have sourdough discard?

If you’d like to make this recipe, but you don’t have a sourdough starter, I highly recommend getting one! There are a few ways to get a sourdough starter:

  1. You can start your own by following King Arthur’s tutorial.
  2. You can ask a friend to share their starter with you. If you’re local, let me know! If you aren’t local – let me know that too. I might be able to help out.
  3. You can buy a sourdough starter kit.
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Ingredients for sourdough crumb cake

  • 8 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks or 113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, at least 65°F
  • 1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (227g) sourdough starter, unfed/discard
  • 2 cups (241g) unbleached all-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (57g) milk, at room temperature

Crumb Topping Ingredients

  • 2 cups (241g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons (2 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries. A triple berry mix of blueberries is also delicious. We like to use the frozen berry bag available at Costco.

How to Make this Sweet Treat

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9″ square pan. I’ve also made this in an 11″ pie plate. My husband prefers the cake to berry to topping ratio in the slightly larger pan, but it’s round. You might also want to try the 11″ pie plate.

Pro tip: I like to use butter wrappers for greasing. I store them in my fridge and pull them out as needed.

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To make the batter: 

Beat the butter and sugar until well combined in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla, and starter and mix until smooth. Make sure to scrape the bowl’s sides and bottom.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Add to the butter/starter mixture, stirring until evenly combined. Add the milk and mix until smooth.

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Pour blueberry crumb cake batter in prepared cake pan. Top with berries, but do not mix.

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To make the crumb topping: 

Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the vanilla extract to the melted butter. Stir to combine, then pour the butter into the flour mixture. Stir until you have a uniformly moist, crumb-like mixture.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Finally sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top.

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Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, and the edge of the cake just barely pulls away from the pan. Remove it from the oven and cool on a rack.

Cake can be stored at room temperature in the pan covered with plastic for several days. Or you can wrap it well and freeze for longer storage.

Yield: 1 9" square or 11" round cake

Blueberry Crumb Cake Made with Sourdough Discard

sourdough crumb cake

Quick and easy homemade crumb cake made with frozen berries and sourdough discard.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Batter

Topping

  • 2 cups (241g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons (170g) unsalted butter, melted

Berries

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries. A triple berry mix of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries is also quite delicious.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" square pan.

To make the batter: 

Beat the butter and sugar until well combined in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla, and starter and mix until smooth. Make sure to scrape the bowl's sides and bottom.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Add to the butter/starter mixture, stirring until evenly combined. Add the milk and mix until smooth.

To make the crumb topping: 

Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the vanilla extract to the melted butter. Stir to combine, then pour the butter into the flour mixture. Stir until you have a uniformly moist, crumb-like mixture.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Add the berries - do not mix. Finally sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, and the edge of the cake just barely pulls away from the pan. Remove it from the oven and cool on a rack.

Cake can be stored at room temperature in the pan covered with plastic for several days. Or you can wrap it well and freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 580mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g

Nutritional data is not always correct.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

Comments

  1. blankAmanda says

    Maybe check your recipe in the paragraph form because some of the measurements are much different than what you have listed at the bottom… I didn’t find that out until I went to make this comment that there were different recipe measurements at the bottom. It’s in the oven now so hopefully it turned out OK!

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