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If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ll know that I posted a Lemon Poppy Seed Stovetop Cake last month. You’ll also know that a stovetop cake, also known as a steamed cake, is my latest obsession. So, brace yourself — there will be an apple cinnamon stovetop cake coming next month! (Update: Here is the Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Cake!) But right now, we are all about this Lemon Blueberry Stovetop Cake.

Is Lemon Blueberry Stovetop Cake for Dessert or Breakfast?

Right now, it is the best of blueberry season. I had to combine my latest obsession with my favorite berry. This Lemon Blueberry Stovetop Cake is the answer to two questions:

(1) What’s for dessert?

(2) What’s for breakfast?

Yeah, this cake is the perfect dessert — light, lemony, bursting with blueberries.

And, yeah, this cake is the perfect breakfast — light, lemony, bursting with blueberries.

Let’s Talk Stovetop Cake, also known as Steamed Cake

So, why am I obsessed with a stovetop cake?

First off, it’s nice to not have to turn on the oven, especially during these hot summer days. It’s also a great way to deliver a spectacular cake for dessert without using up oven space while you’re cooking your main meal in there.

Second, because I use melted butter, there is no creaming butter and sugar. That means there’s no need for a mixer. The batter comes together super quick with a whisk and quite easily.

Finally, cooking a cake over water renders such a unique, moist texture. Everyone is dazzled by it!

Tips for a Successful Stovetop Cake

Here are a few tips for making a steamed cake:

Plan Ahead

I make my stovetop cakes in an 8 inch round cake pan placed in a large pot. You can absolutely use a Dutch oven, but if the cover of the Dutch oven (or any pot) has steam holes in it, cover the inside of the cover with foil. You can also use a 9 inch round cake pan, provided you have a pot large enough for it to fit into so steam can come up the sides of the pan. I have used a 9 inch springform and covered the pan on the outside in heavy duty foil so no water or steam could enter where the pan detaches at its base. Your cook time will likely be approximately 5 minutes less if you use a 9 inch round cake pan.

Create your oven 

A steamed cake does not cook in a water bath (like some cheesecakes). Instead, the cake pan sits above the water, with a cover on the pot, and cooks from the steam. To accomplish this, you can create a coil out of 18 inch heavy duty foil, join the coil into a circle, and place it on the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with water, just until you reach three-quarters of the way up the foil coil. You want to create a coil that is as even as possible so that your cake does not cook unevenly. I will tell you that I recently ran out of heavy duty foil and was feeling lazy, so I used regular foil that I doubled up. It worked just fine. Alternatively, you could use a large circle cutter or a trivot of some sort, provided they can withstand the heat and provide at least an inch of space between the bottom of the cake pan and the bottom of the pot.

Keep the pot covered

This is critical. You don’t want any steam to escape, especially in the beginning of the cooking process. Once your batter is in the pan, cover the pot and turn the heat to high. Give it approximately 5 minutes before you lift the cover to see if it’s boiling. Check it quickly so you don’t have the cover off too long. (If you have a glass cover, you won’t have to take it off to see if it has come to a boil.) Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat so that the water is at a simmer. I simply reduce the heat all the way to low. Keep the pot covered for at least 25 minutes before you check on the cake. (If you are using a 9 inch pan, keep the pot covered for at least 20 minutes before you check on the cake.)

Check for doneness

A steamed cake can be a drop tricky to know when it is done. Your best bet is to insert a toothpick. Once it comes out clean in the center, it should be done. BUT, if the sides of the cake have not yet started to pull away from the sides of the pan, let it steam longer. The cake is done once the sides of the cake start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Turn the heat off and allow the cake to sit in the pot, uncovered, for 15 minutes or so, until the pan is cool enough to touch and move to a wire rack. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan before running a metal spatula or knife around the sides to remove the cake.

Deep, Dark Blueberry Glaze

Now, let’s talk about the glaze for this Lemon Blueberry Stovetop Cake.. I have tried so many different blueberry glaze recipes and my own concoctions to end up with this glaze recipe which is now my go-to for any blueberry glaze. It’s simple to make, so do not be dissuaded by the step of making Blueberry Paste. It takes 5 minutes to make the Blueberry Paste. Mixed with a little cream or milk and confectioner’s sugar, you end up with a deep blue, delicious blueberry glaze. Simply stated, the best blueberry glaze.

In the pictures in this post, I drizzled the glaze on the cake. I have also poured it on and spread it with a metal spatula so the top of the cake is fully coated and drips are just falling off the side. Once spread, you have a few minutes before the blueberry glaze fully sets, so you can even pop on a few fresh blueberries in a decorative fashion.

Inside of large pot showing a ring made from heavy duty aluminum foil with water approximately 3/4 of the way up the ring.
Place your heavy duty foil coil, approximately 1 inch in height, in the center of the pot. Fill the pot with water to 3/4 of the way up the coil.
Greased 8 inch round pan resting on the foil circle in the large pot.
Place your prepared (greased) baking pan on top of the coil, over the water.
The cake batter sitting in the prepared round pan in the large pot.
Pour the batter into the pan. Cover the pot, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until fully cooked through.
Top view of the finished lemon blueberry stovetop cake with three slices pulled out, one of which is on its side showing the interior of the cake.
Whether you enjoy it for dessert or breakfast, you will be so happy you made this cake!

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Lemon Blueberry Stovetop Cake

What size pan is best to make a steamed cake?

An 8-inch round pan is ideal, but any pan that fits into a high pot so that steam can run up the sides of the pot will work.

What should the cake pan sit on in a pot of water when making a steamed cake?

You can create a ring with foil or use a tart ring, round dough cutter or a trivet, so long as each of those things can withstand the heat.

Lemon Blueberry Stovetop Cake

4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 257
Bursting with lemon and blueberry, this super moist cake can make an elegant dessert or a wonderful breakfast.



  • 160 grams all-purpose flour (1⅓ cups)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 2 medium lemons (approximately 2 Tablespoons)
  • 200 grams sugar (1 cup)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 123 grams milk, at room temperature (½ cup)
  • 120 grams sour cream, at room temperature (½ cup)
  • 85 grams unsalted butter, melted and cooled (6 Tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon (approximately 40 grams or 2½ Tablespoons)
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour


  • 125 grams confectioners sugar (1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons Blueberry Paste
  • 1-3 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk


  • Cake. Grease an 8 inch round pan. Line it with parchment on the bottom and grease the parchment. Using 18 inch heavy duty foil, cut off a piece approximately 12 inches long and roll it up so that it becomes an approximately 1 inch thick, 18 inch long rectangle. Join the ends to form a circle. Place in the bottom of a large pot or Dutch oven. Pour water into the pot so that it reaches approximately ¾ of the way up the foil coil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, press zest into the sugar to release the oils from the zest. Add eggs and whisk until thoroughly combined and mixture is somewhat lightened, approximately 30-60 seconds. Whisk in milk, sour cream, butter, vanilla, and lemon juice until thoroughly combined.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Toss blueberries in 1 Tablespoon flour and fold in the blueberries. (If using frozen, do not thaw them in advance.)
  • Pour into prepared pan. Cover pot and bring to a boil (usually takes 5-6 minutes for me), then reduce to a simmer. Steam for 30-45 minutes, waiting at least 25 minutes before opening the lid to check on it. Use a toothpick to check for doneness. The toothpick should come out clean. When done, turn flame off and uncover. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes, then remove from pot and allow to cool on wire rack. Once fully cooled, use a metal spatula or knife to release the edges and remove cake from pan. I prefer to have the cake flipped over so that the glaze spreads evenly. (The top of the cake will likely be uneven when you remove it from the pan.)
  • Glaze. Heat 1 Tablespoon of the cream or milk and stir with the Blueberry Paste. (If there are still blueberry skins, you might want to strain it one more time. No harm if they stay in though. It just depends on the look you prefer.) Whisk the blueberry mixture into the confectioner’s sugar, adding additional cream/milk until you reach a spreadable consistency. Pour over the cooled cake, using a metal spatula to spread it to the edges and allowing some of it to drip off the sides. (Alternatively, you can drizzle the glaze in a pretty pattern.) Allow the glaze to harden at least 30 minutes before serving.


  • If you are using a Dutch oven that has a cover with holes in it, cover the inside of the cover with foil. Those holes are great for steaming, but they will cause water to drip on your cake as it cooks.
  • Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature. It will keep for at least several days, although some of the glaze may get absorbed into the top of the cake. It is a delicious breakfast cake! 
  • The cake freezes beautifully. Cut individual slices, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and toss them in a freezer bag. This way you can pull a slice out whenever the urge hits. Allow to defrost at room temperature approximately 30 minutes. 
Calories: 257kcal
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stovetop


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg



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  4. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome Reply

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness! This cake is just amazing. I love lemon and blueberries together. Pinned and will be making this again … and again …

  5. 5 stars
    I love making steamed cakes and puddings. The combo of blueberries and lemon in this cake is fabulous!

  6. 5 stars
    What an awesome idea! Love this cake! The whole family loved it too! Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    this stovetop cake turned out amazing! love the lemon and blueberry flavor!

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