This is the perfect summer cake. It’s packed with blueberries and sunshine (can’t help myself)! It’s more of a breakfast cake, reminiscent of coffee cake, without the added step of a crumble/streusel. In the place of streusel, it’s drizzled with a fresh lemon and thyme glaze that pairs really nicely with the blueberries. Don’t be scared to use herbs and spices to heighten fruit flavors. Cardamom is another great pairing with blueberries (Blueberry Cardamom Cake). The thyme is just right, giving the dessert a taste of your summer garden without overpowering the blueberries. It’s really good — you can omit if you’re worried but I encourage you to do a taste-test! Or even make two different glazes and take a bite with each.
And this cake doesn’t stop there. In addition to the blueberries, lemon, and thyme, it’s ribboned with berry jam. You can go with a blueberry jam to really bring home the blueberry flavor or you can try raspberry or strawberry (or any other berry for that matter). Not only does it add a little more depth, it creates an attractive swirl in your loaf. If you’re going the “no glaze” route, the swirl is really beautiful (see no glaze photo below).
Whatever is bringing you in the kitchen to bake — whether it’s making loved ones happy, lifting your spirits from the sadness in the world, or just trying to use up the blueberries or thyme in your summer gardens, this is a great taste of happiness.