The holidays are here, which means that many of us have houseguests — houseguests who might have traveled far and will wake up ravenous. And just a little bit grouchy. And in need of a sweet and special breakfast to get them in the mood for seasonal magic.
Well, here is the perfect breakfast to get everyone in your family ready for holiday cheer: Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake.
And yes, it is every bit as decadent as it sounds. But it’s also light, fresh and filled with sweet blueberries that burst deliciously with every bite.
In this recipe from Alexandra Cooks, the talented chef combines blueberries, buttermilk and lemon to create a breakfast cake that will put regular old blueberry muffins to shame.
The recipe calls for fresh blueberries, but you may opt for frozen if that’s simpler for you — no need to defrost ahead of time. She tosses her berries with just a bit flour before she adds them to the wet mixture, which helps the berries get neatly folded throughout the cake rather than just sinking to the bottom.
If you really wanted to make this recipe appropriate to the season, you might try swapping cranberries for blueberries and adding orange zest instead of lemon. After all, as She Wears Many Hats points out in her recipe for Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cake, once you have the basic recipe for the cake, it’s really easy to swap in any sweet berry.
That’s the awesome thing about no-fail recipes like these: As long as you follow the basic steps, you can personalize the filling and spices to your own liking. Just make sure you don’t skip the buttermilk, though. This is what keeps these cakes so moist and flavorful.
Oh, and here is the absolute best part of making a cake for breakfast: You can make the batter the night before, then store it in the refrigerator. When you wake up, preheat the oven, sprinkle the top with turbinado or plain sugar, and let it bake while you enjoy your coffee and wait for your sleepy houseguests to wake up. When they do, they will crown you the best host(ess) of the holiday season!