Paleo Lemon Blueberry Cake

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Paleo Lemon Blueberry Cake is the perfect spring and summer cake recipe. It’s bright, lemony and covered in a heaping amount of fresh blueberries. Made from a blend of almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour plus a good amount of fresh lemon juice, this is a paleo cake recipe that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

A lemon cake topped with blueberries on a table. A small plate of fresh lemons and blueberries is next to it.

I’ve been wanting to make a lemon blueberry cake for ages. There’s just something about the combination of lemon and blueberries that’s deliciously sweet and puts a smile on your face. It’s all the goodness of spring and summer rolled up into a cake and it’s perfect for Sunday brunch, afternoon tea and Mother’s Day.

But as you probably know, paleo baking is not without nuance. The ratio of the flours, wet ingredients and sweetener has to be just perfect for the right texture. If you followed the behind-the-scenes on my Instagram, you know that I attempted this cake four times (and made lots of little tweaks).

But good news – I’m incredibly happy with this final version and thrilled to share the recipe with you today!

A lemon cake topped with blueberries on a table. A slice of the cake is taken from the cake and on a plate next to it.

Paleo Cake Ingredients

If you’re familiar with paleo baking (which is gluten-free and dairy-free) then the ingredients will be of no surprise to you. Like a lot of my baking recipes, I have a mix of almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour, which forms the bulk of the cake.

While taste testing this recipe I also tried out a few different sweeteners:

  • Maple Syrup: For the official recipe I decided to stick with maple syrup as this was the clear favorite among the taste testers. It really gave the cake a light and moderately sweet flavor.
  • Honey: An alternative is to use honey which can be swapped 1:1 with the maple syrup. Compared to the syrup, honey can make the cake texture a little more dense. But if you’re looking for a less sweet cake, honey will be the best alternative.
  • Monk fruit and Erythritol: For a low-carb and keto friendly sweetener you could use monk fruit or erythritol. However, since monk fruit is a dry ingredient, you’ll need adjust the ratio by either adding additional wet ingredients or minimizing a dry ingredient (I recommend doubling the coconut oil and reducing each of the flours a little).

Lastly, the cake, if you haven’t guessed has a lemon flavor and a delicious blueberry top. Blueberries are on my 8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods I Eat Every Week list and who said I couldn’t include them in a dessert to get my count for the week. *wink*

Step-by-step process photos for making paleo lemon blueberry cake.

A lemon cake topped with blueberries on a table.

Which Lemons Should You Use?

I recommend using fresh lemon juice for this recipe, rather than bottled lemon juice. The flavor is much more vibrant and pronounced. If you can find Meyer lemons, those are great and they’re a little sweeter which is perfect for this cake.

How to Make Paleo Lemon Blueberry Cake

Because this cake has blueberries on top, I recommend using a springform pan. It’s much easier to release the cake after baking and you don’t have to worry about turning it upside down. Once you’ve got your pan ready you’ll need to go through the following steps:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl.
  2. Add the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. This step may seem like an evil plan to get you to wash more dishes, in reality though, a chemical reaction occurs once you mix the wet and dry ingredients together that helps the cake rise. It’s important to have the chemical reaction happen last right before the batter goes into the oven or else your baking may fall a little flat.
  3. Mix both wet and dry ingredients together with a hand mixer. Once the batter is all mixed in pour it into your spring-form pan.
  4. Add blueberries! I recommend adding 1/2 cup (or more, if you’d like) of blueberries after half of the batter has been poured. Then add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of blueberries on top and place the cake into the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

A slice of paleo lemon blueberry cake on a plate, sitting next to the cake.

More Delicious Paleo Desserts You’ll Love

Want a variation of this in muffin form? Try my Paleo Blueberry Muffins. And if you’ve got an abundance of lemons, you might also love my Lavender Lemonade, Meyer Lemon Coconut Macaroons and Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies.

A lemon cake topped with blueberries on a table.

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Cake

4.99 from 114 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Cake is made from a blend of almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour plus a good amount of fresh lemon juice and topped with blueberries.

Ingredients 
 

Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350° F (175° C).
  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with coconut oil or ghee. You can also line the bottom of the springform pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • Combine all dry ingredients (minus the blueberries) in a large bowl and stir.
  • Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a hand-mixer on medium-high speed for about 30 seconds or until combined.
  • Pour half the batter into the springform pan and add 1/2 cup of the blueberries. Pour the remaining batter and add the rest of the blueberries on top of the batter.
  • Bake in the oven for 55-60 min. The batter will remain light colored on top, so use a toothpick to make sure the middle is cooked through. 

Lisa's Tips

  • Don't forget to use a springform pan for this recipe. It's much easier than a regular cake pan. 
  • A few extra tips:
    • If your cake sinks in the middle, your wet to dry ratio might be slightly off. Just reduce the lemon juice a smidge and add 1-2 extra tablespoons of coconut flour. 
    • I recommend fresh blueberries rather than frozen blueberries as frozen blueberries are heavier and may sink to the bottom. Frozen blueberries can also add extra moisture to the cake, so if you do use them you may have to bake a little longer. A few folks on instagram have posted they've done it with frozen blueberries with success though!
    • If you pile a ton of blueberries on top (as I did) you'll notice the top may not get very golden. Don't use the color of the cake as an indicator of doneness. Make sure to use a toothpick and cook until it comes out clean. Every oven is different and you may have to cook slightly more or less time. 

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Blueberry Cake, Paleo Cake, Paleo Lemon Blueberry Cake, Paleo Lemon Cake
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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456 Comments

  1. This is our favorite coffee cake. Not too sweet and loaded with lemon and blueberries, what could be better? It’s the first cake I think of when it’s blueberry season .5 stars

  2. The batter seemed dry/ spongy when putting it in oven. I’m waiting to see the results. Any thoughts? The measurements were exact.

  3. Can you substitute a different flour for the almond flour ? Nut allergies won’t allow almond flour

    1. Hi Sally – unfortunately, all flours bake differently, and I haven’t tested it with other flours.

  4. 🙋‍♀️ Lisa, I 💛 the lemon in this recipe. I know you have a recipe for muffins as well (omitting the 🍋) can I make this recipe for muffins? 🤗5 stars

  5. Excited to try this for Easter! Wondering if I could use Avocado oil instead of coconut oil. My family doesn’t care for coconut oil. I am not sure if the fat content is different enough to make a difference.

    1. Hi! This sounds delicious 🤤 my son cannot do eggs though. How do you think flax “eggs” would do instead? When I’ve used soaked ground flax in baked goods before, it resulted in more of a moist soufle-like cake

  6. This cake is delicious! Storage options: since I won’t finish it in a few day, would you recommend freezing it in saran in a ziplock bag? I received your cookbook as a gift and I am now using recipes on your website as well. Loving all of the recipes I have tried so far! I even shared with family and they have loved the recipes. I always felt overwhelmed cooking. You have created recipes that are easy to follow, with minimal ingredients and so flavorful.. Thank you!!5 stars

    1. Hi Lindsey – I’m so thrilled you love this cake and my other recipes. And thank you for sharing them! :) In terms of storage, yes, you can place it in an airtight container and freeze it for several months. Just make sure to thaw it in the fridge overnight, before you’d like to enjoy.

  7. I have made this Lemon, Blueberry Cake a few times now and I have loved it each time.
    It is nice and moist with lots of flavor. I serve it with strawberries to bring in more fruit and
    color.5 stars