Blackberry Cake Recipe

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Wild blackberries are plentiful here, so I started making this cake to put that pretty crop to good use. Everyone loves it.—Doris Martin, Bostic, North Carolina
Recommended: 25 Best Summer Cakes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry or black cherry gelatin
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries, crushed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 590 calories, 35g fat (10g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, gelatin, oil and milk until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the blackberries, coconut and pecans. Pour into three greased 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For icing, cream butter in a small bowl. Add sugar and milk; beat until icing achieves desired consistency. Stir in the blackberries, coconut and pecans. Spread icing between layers and over the top and sides of cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Blackberry Cake in Taste of Home February/March 1995, p59

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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ksabey User ID: 6548973 278
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Yum! this is so good, you can really taste the the pecans & blackberries even after it is baked."

mugscie User ID: 2057794 277
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"I didn't have raspberry jello so I substituted strawberry, also used almonds instead of pecans because it's all I had. This cake is wonderful, moiste, flavorful, and simple to make."

cdbdga User ID: 3142440 311
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"OMG! Do not miss out on this cake! You will get rave reviews every single time you make it. By far this is my favorite cake ever, so moist and dense, the texture is nice and oh the flavor amazing. Just for cost reasons I omit the pecans but I'm sure it a wonderful addition."

webefoodies User ID: 2507908 310
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"I love this recipe but I did make a change to it. I actually use lemon gelatin. It tastes less artificial to me. I make this cake several times a year. It is dense and moist and as I said, I love it. Would (and have) recommended it to others. One other thing I did differently. I actually use a lemon glaze in place of the frosting."

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