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Black Berry Coffee Cake

Black Berry Coffee Cake

The fresh black berries are out and I wanted a new recipe to enjoy them in. So, I tweaked and came up with THIS incredibly dense and charming coffee cake. It has a generous layer of blackberries to add just the right amount of sweet. The sour cream in the cake balances this treat, oh so wonderfully.

The almonds toast up in the oven giving it a nice crunch and depth. I wanted a bit more of a gourmet flavor to this cake, so I whipped up a glaze to have as an option to drizzle over your slice if you’d like; it is fabulous I tell you, fabulous!

Black Berry Coffee Cake


Cake Ingredients –

1  3/4 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2  1/2  – 3 tsp. lemon zest

3 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1  1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 1/2 – 3 cups fresh black berries

1 Tbl. butter and 1-2 tbl. flour to coat pan


Crumb Topping –

1/2 cup flour

1/2 brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

4 Tbl. butter, softened slightly

1/2 cup (2.25 oz. package) sliced almonds


Glaze –

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2  1/2 – 3 tbl. sour cream

1/2 – 1 tsp. water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash black berries and place in paper towel lined bowl to dry.

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Wash lemon and zest.

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Prepare the crumb topping by combining the softened butter, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Then with a pastry cutter or 2 kitchen knives cut until it resembles small peas.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Butter a 9″-10″ spring form pan with the 1 tbl. butter, then dust with the flour.Black Berry Coffee Cake

To make the cake, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; 

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Add in the zest and mix.Black Berry Coffee Cake

In a separate bowl combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Mix until well blended.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid ingredients.

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Gently fold the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until combined, 

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Combine, but do not over-mix.

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Pour the batter into the buttered and floured pan; give a gentle tap to release air bubbles.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Carefully lay the blackberries over the top of the batter in an even layer.

Black Berry Coffee Cake

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the black berries evenly.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Sprinkle the sliced almonds over the crumble.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Bake until the topping is a golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes. If the top becomes brown and the cake is not done, tent with tinfoil.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let it cool for 20 minutes.

Run a knife between the cake and the pan to loosen the cake; then remove the sides of the spring form pan.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Allow to cool.

Make glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, sour cream and water until smooth.Black Berry Coffee Cake

When serving the cake, drizzle glaze over a slice of cake if desired.

Serve cake warm or cool. Keep any leftovers in refrigerator due to fruit.

You can warm leftovers in the microwave before serving if desired.Black Berry Coffee Cake

Recipe adapted from tideandthyme, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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  • This sounds totally scrumptious and can’t thank you enough, Carrie for sharing your recipe here 😉

  • Diane Roark says:


    I love blackberry everything. I have some blackberries we picked last year in the freezer. I need to get them out and make this delicious coffee cake. It sounds amazing!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Diane Roark

  • I LOVE blackberries, and this sounds like the perfect way to enjoy them! Thank you! 🙂

  • I am one of “those people” who pick blackberries from bushes, never caring about the thorns and brambles to get through. I love blackberries so much and this one is definitely getting a try! Pinned.

    Thank you so much for sharing this and for linking up at the Thank Goodness It’s Thursday party again. See you tomorrow!

  • Elaine says:

    Oh this looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!!

  • Sherry says:

    This sounds and looks so delicious! I love anything with black berries. Thanks for linking up and sharing your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you join us again this week.

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