Culinarily, buckle is an old American term for a simple, single-layer cake made with berries (such as a blueberry buckle) or other fruit. Sometimes the fruit is incorporated in the batter, while other times it's simply sprinkled on top of the batter before the cake is baked.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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