Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with a tender center, creamy filling and a crunchy, buttery topping. A perfect mix of crumb coffee cake and cheesecake.
Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake has been one of my favorite desserts since I was in college and working at a coffee shop. We had a lot of popular baked goods, but we also would occasionally get in the most amazing Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake that would sell out immediately. We got to keep it in a cake stand and actually cut slices for people, so customers always felt what a special dessert it was.
If you’ve been reading along on this blog for a while you know that I absolutely love coffee cakes and crumb cakes. I’ve posted quite a few along the way, but adding the cream cheese middle layer to the crumb cake makes for the most delicious combination of tender cake and creamy, tangy filling with a burst of delicious blueberries along the way.
I mean c’mon, look at that delicious, creamy blueberry cream cheese filling? It’s like part crumb cake, part cheesecake!
I know most people would defer to using instant oats or rolled oats for the topping, but by using oat cereal I got to:
- Use the Nestle Gerber Oat Cereal my youngest didn’t get to finish (yay for using it creatively).
- Skip the step of grinding the oats for the cake and topping. Most crumb toppings that use whole oats can be a bit tough on the chew and give you more of a fruit crisp texture.
- If you have instant oats or regular rolled oats and would like to use those up, pulse them in a food processor until they resemble a breadcrumb texture.
The best and easiest tips I can give you when making this delicious cake?
- Bake it until it is totally set in the middle. I mean with all that cream cheese filling, trust me you are NOT going to end up with a dry cake, but if you don’t bake until fully set you will end up with a slightly raw one. This Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake takes its sweet time in the oven. It’s cool, trust me, you’ll end up with something delicious for all your efforts!
- You can mix the topping up as much as you want, the oats can take it, but when adding in the dry ingredients to the cake mixture, be sure to only mix long enough that you don’t see the flour anymore. One of the best parts of this cake is how amazingly tender and creamy it is.
- Yes, I really mean 1 ½ cups blueberries. Trust me, it is a whole lot of cake and every one of those blueberries are needed! You can also substitute raspberries, blackberries, peaches or strawberries. I’ve even made it before with super ripe bananas, sliced into the middle layer which was so creamy and delicious now I am wishing I had another slice of that!
- Crumb Topping:
- ½ cup butter , melted
- 1½ cups oatmeal cereal
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup oatmeal cereal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Cream Cheese filling:
- 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your a 9" springform pan.
- To make the crumb topping, add the ½ cup melted butter, oat cereal, ¾ cup brown sugar and vanilla to a large bowl and combine until crumbly.
- To make the cake, in a stand mixer add the ¼ cup butter, oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and sour cream. Turn on the stand mixer on low, then move to medium speed until fully combined.
- Add in the flour, oat cereal, baking powder, baking soda and salt and turn on low until just combined.
- To make the cream cheese filling, whisk the cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and 1 egg until smooth in a medium bowl.
- To assemble the cake, add half the cake batter to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the cream cheese filling leaving a 1" border around the edge and top with 1 cup blueberries.
- Add the rest of the cake batter, top with remaining ½ cup blueberries and finally add the crumble over the top of the cake.
- Bake for 60-75 minutes, or until center is set and doesn't move or jiggle when you move the pan.
- If there is even a slight jiggle the middle will be raw, so don't worry about it overcooking.
This was part of a project with the The Women Bloggers and Kendal King Group on behalf of Nestle. All opinions are my own.
Can you use Quaker instant oatmeal blueberries and cream?
We love this coffee cake! I am wondering… to make it easier for my husband to take to work, is it possible to make muffins out of this? Thank you!
Sure! Just keep an eye on them for cook time.
Hi, I tried making the cake. But my top crust didn’t set and the cake got burnt from bottom and sides. Why do you think this happened. My temperature was 350F. What do you think I should do ? Reduce the temperature?
What size baking pan did you use?
8 inch Springform pan. Does that make a difference ?
The one inch may not seem like it would make much of a difference but it creates a deeper cake which takes longer to keep baking. The last part of a cake to finish baking is the center, it would still be raw while the sides were already done.
what is oatmeal cereal ??????
It’s a baby food product. This post was originally sponsored by Gerber. You can just pulverize some instant oats or even rolled oats.
This recipe looks delicious and I would love to make it, but some of the measurements have “?” in place of the numbers. Like “? cup butter” and “? teaspoon baking soda”. Obviously it hasn’t always been this way because others have commented how much they loved it 🙂 Can this please be fixed? I would LOVE to make this as I’ve loved all of your other recipes I’ve tried. Thank you so much! And thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the rest of us!
So sorry your comment was stuck in my spam filter. It was a total glitch on the whole site. Everything since has been fixed.
Can this be made in large muffin tins? I don’t have a springform pan. How long should they cook?
Sure! I would follow my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffin recipe as a guideline. Here’s the direct link:
How do I adjust the bake time if I want to use individual size springform pan?
Yes, you’ll need to adjust but I’ve not tested it using individual pans before. Sorry. If you decide to try, I’d love to know what works. Thanks!
So where does the coffee part come in? I’m assuming this dessert would have coffee as one of the ingredients but I don’t see it as part of the recipe
Hi Jaime, no coffee in the coffee cake, it’s just called that because it’s traditionally eaten with a cup of coffee. I’m sorry for the confusion. I do like the idea of adding coffee though, I’ll work on a recipe like that.
Did you use gerber baby food for the oat crumb topping?
I used Nestle Gerber Oat Cereal for it.
So really cute story. My boyfriend of almost 4 years seen this recipe pop up in his Facebook feed several months ago and sent it to me. I saved it and brought it up last week when asking him what he wanted for his birthday dessert. He was like “yes I want that!” So I made it for him yesterday using rolled oats that I roughly processed as you described. Also, I only had a 10 inch pan, so it came out a little thinner side. However, when I suggested he take the rest to work, he said no way. This from a guy that doesn’t care much for dessert. He said this is his favorite dessert ever, even better than his favorite apple pie. This made my evening and he said he wants this for his birthday until he dies … ? ? He even put a picture of it with a knife in it on one of the knife sites that he follows!
Aw that’s such a cute story!! Thank you so much for coming back and sharing. So glad it made his day!
It was worth the effort ?. I used rolled oats that I pulsed in the food processor.
Yay!! Thanks for the 5 star rating.
Can I use old fashioned ots for an ingredient for the topping on blueberry cream cheese coffee cake?
Yes but I would recommend pulsing them in a food processor until they’re more like breadcrumbs. Good luck!
I’d been meaning to try this recipe for a while and finally took the plunge. Overall was great, but the cream cheese filling seemed to set more than I was expecting and it ended up with an egg taste rather than cream cheese tasting (only used one egg). Wondered how necessary the egg is in the filling?
It’s very important and cannot be made without an egg. So sorry.
This was delicious! It got rave reviews at a recent brunch I took it to. I used a honey oats granola for the topping and it worked beautifully. I found I had to cover it towards the end of cooking since it was getting too dark. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome, Gail! So glad you love it so much!
Can the blueberry cream cheese coffee cake be made ahead and frozen?
Yes, just make sure to wrap it very tightly in saran wrap before freezing.
I didn’t use Gerber, but another brand of flavored instant oatmeal worked very well. As is usually the case with my gas oven, the cake cooked in less time than stated in recipe …50 mins… glad I checked when I did.
how long do you leave in the pan before removing the sides?
Maybe around 10-15 minutes. I would run a knife around the edge to make sure it isn’t stuck before removing the sides. I hope you enjoy it!
Just a question about the butter. When you say 1/2 cup, melted in the topping & then a 1/4 cup melted butter for the cake, do you measure a half cup of hard butter & then melt it? And the with the 1/4 cup, do you melt the butter first & then measure? I just finished baking & looks like it is oily on top, if that makes sense?
I’m not sure why the it would be oily on top. With both measurments, you want to measure the butter cold and then melt it. Hopefully this helps clear up any confusion.
Have you ever used Raspberries in place of the blueberries? Are there any adjustments needed when using other fruits?
I haven’t tried it but I think it sounds delicious!
When using frozen blueberries, do you thaw them first then coat in flour—or do you coat frozen blueberries in flour and add them to the recipe frozen?
Thanks for the recipe. Am going to try it for the first time to take to an Easter brunch!
No need to thaw them first. Coating them in flour will help with the extra moisture from them being frozen. I hope you enjoy it!
hello from Peru,
I just made the recipe today and the cake is sooo delicious!!!
Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks for dropping by to let me know! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
I made this recipe , Absolutly Delicious. Very Moist . I give this a 5.
What is oatmeal cereal? Plain uncooked oats?
I actually used Nestle Gerber Oat Cereal (found in the baby food aisle) but if you’d like to use regular rolled oats or instant oats, pulse them in a food processor until they resemble a breadcrumb texture. Hope this clears up any confusion!
This look wonderful! Could you make this into muffins??
Sure, just adjust the bake time to 18-20 minutes. Enjoy!
Hi. Do you think if I made on a Tuesday. Traveled Wednesday. Would it still be good to eat Thursday?
lol that sounds like a middle school math problem. If a train traveling 65 mph leaves blah blah blah ?
This is giving me flashbacks of math class in school, haha! But yes, as long as you store it in an air tight container you should be fine. Enjoy and safe travels!
Can I use frozen blueberries ?
Yes, just coat them in flour first. It’ll help soak up any of the excess water from being frozen. Enjoy!
My husband just found this recipe for the “Blueberry Cream Cheese Crumb Cake” and wanted me to make it right away. It was DELICIOUS! In fact I made TWO since we needed a dessert for a friend. I made one in the recommended spring form pan and one in a tube cake pan. Both came out PERFECT! I baked them both at the same time on convection at 325* and the tube pan was done with no”jiggle” in one hour and the spring form pan took 75 minutes. Thank you for the excellent recipe! I now have plans to make it again soon with fresh peaches!
So glad you enjoyed it!
Hi, made this last night and a couple of questions please. First off, it is delicious. Thanks for the recipe. #1, I cooked mine for 65 minutes and it came out real dark- not burnt, but very dark. I was on the middle rack and my oven is within 1 degree of the temperature setting (Using 2 IR thermometer gauges). I tend to be very anal. Any suggestions, or reasons why it was so dark? Your picture shows a beautiful golden color. My next comment is about the cream cheese filling. Yes, the directions say to whisk the cream cheese, but I had microwaved it to make it a bit more manageable. but I did it too long and it got runny. So when I poured it into the springform, it ran all over the layer-beyond the 1″ border that is desired. My other question is about my springform. I sprayed it and used wax paper but still had some difficulty in removing the cake from the bottom pan- it had cooled to room temperature. Any suggestions on a way to transfer the cake from the bottom pan to a plate? I just don’t like the idea of scratching up my pan.
I’m not sure why yours would be so much darker. The temp and time is accurate to how I make the cake so I’m not sure why your would differ. To help with releasing the cake from the pan, I would suggest using parchment paper, not wax paper. That should help. So glad you loved it!
I made this over the summer and it was a huge hit. Now that it’s winter and blueberries aren’t always readily available (or affordable), do you think another fruit could be substituted, perhaps cranberries?
Yes, cranberries would be a great substitution especially this time of year!
Do you think the cranberries need to be cooked at all before baking?
Nope, I think you’d be fine to add them in fresh!
The wonderful aroma that fills your house when baking this cake is reason enough to make it. Best cake I had in a long time, Thanks Sabrina!
Yay! So glad you enjoyed it, thanks for coming back and letting me know how it turned out.
I made this recipe last night. It ended up baking for close to 3 hours, but the jiggle never went away. Everything else was overbaked except the cream cheese filling. I’m pretty disappointed about it. I did add an extra 1/2 cup of blueberries, and I softened the cream cheese before mixing it. Could either of those affected this caked? Please tell me your suggestions.
3 hours? Oh my goodness, I just baked this for gifts for friends a couple of weeks ago and didn’t have any similar issues. I can’t imagine extra blueberries making that much of a difference and softened cream cheese is 100% ok. Want to troubleshoot via email? I’d love more details to try and figure out what happened here. media @ dinnerthendessert . com
I’m making this now, but I don’t see how much flour to add in the topping. It’s mentioned in the steps but not in the ingredient list…will it be ruined if I leave it out?
Sorry, the flour’s just in the cake, not in the topping. The instructions have been corrected. Thanks for pointing out the error!
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I will use Gerber cereal in my cinnamon coffee cake. One of my girls hate the texture of the whole oatmeal. Great idea thanks.
I would make yummy oatmeal raisin cookies.
I would use it for breakfast muffins!
I would use the cereal in muffins.
I Would Use Gerber Cereal In Smoothie Recipes.
I would make oatmeal cookies.
I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES W/GERBER CEREAL 🙂
I would use Gerber cereal in banana nut bread.
I’m not sure if this would be good or not- but maybe it could be used for breading fried pickles? But I REALLY like your recipe better LOL
Oh my gosh…your Blueberry coffee cake looks so amazing! My family loves blueberries and grows them in the summer. Oh I cannot wait to try this! I would love to try the Gerber cereal in my blueberry muffins or blueberry pancakes! That would be delicious and so healthy too!
I would add the cereal to my zucchini bread recipe.
I’d love to use gerber cereal in my oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe!
I love the idea of adding Gerber to recipes – I am really into making muffins right now 🙂
I have used baby food in cookies before.
I would use the cereal in pancakes.
What a pretty summer dessert!
Wow, this looks so good! I love coffee cake but when combined with cheesecake? Genius.
This is so creative! And I agree, that cheesecake layer makes it!
This Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake needs to GET IN My BELLY! It looks so delicious. I love how moist and crunchy it looks like at the same time. Super good!
The holiday of #shavuot is this coming weekend! Eating cheese and cheese cakes are a custom and I just might have to try this one!
I would love to try it in a peach cobbler.
I would make oatmeal cookies.
I would use it in brownies or chocolate turtle cookies.
I would like to use the Nestle Gerber cereal in my smoothie.
Would be a great nutritional boost!
What a fun recipe. I love coffee cake so I could eat this all day long. It’s gorgeous too.
since we don’t have babies around here anymore, can you take regular oatmeal and put it in the FP and grind it into a flour and just use that?
Yes! You can definitely grind the oatmeal into a flour. Sorry this comment got snared in the spam filter and I just saw it!
Any substitute for oatmeal cereal ? Don’t like oat anything
Sure, I’d use flour. The crisp topping is easy enough to make with flour too.
This blueberry coffee cakes looks delicious! I’ve pinned the recipe 🙂
I’d love to use it in banana muffins.
It would be hard to top this recipe! I like to experiment with no bake energy bars, and it would be fun to use the cereals to try something new!
Looks delicious and yeah giveaways! My husband would love this for Father’s Day.
I would use the gerber cereal as a topping to my apple crisp!
I don’t have a recipe, but I bet it would be good in pancakes or waffles!
I’ll make blueberry muffins with Gerber cereal.
What a great idea! I LOVE any type of coffee cake!
I would make oatmeal cookies. My kids love them
I have never cooked with Gerber Cereal before but would love to make some banana muffins and oatmeal raison cookies.
I would use it to make banana oatmeal muffins
yum! this is the best recipe Ive seen so far. id love to make muffin with the cereal
I would Gerber Oatmeal & Banana in a pancake recipe. 🙂
I am going to use the Gerber Oatmeal cereal in making my Apple Crisp and Banana Oatmeal muffins. This is delicious cereal!
I use Gerber oatmeal cereal for making cookies!