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Blackberry Whole Wheat Coffee Cake Recipe

Blackberry Whole Wheat Coffee Cake Recipe

This low-guilt coffee cake is high in luscious blackberry flavor. Wonderfully moist and tender, it’s also good made with fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries.—Carol Forcum, Marion, IL
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:20 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blackberries.
  • 2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 160 calories, 4g fat (0g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Blackberry Whole Wheat Coffee Cake

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JoyMarie07 103451
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"Moist and delicious! I played around with the all purpose-wheat flour ratio. I also added a pecan/brown sugar/cinnamon crumble on the top. I love this coffee cake recipe!"

Catwalk1972 171096
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"This cake is not sweet - if you want a wholesome tasting cake with a bit of tartness - this is it."

CarolPence 171092
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"This is an excellent coffee cake. It is very moist, lots of flavor, but not too sweet. I made it with blueberries and cherries instead of blackberries. I will definitely make this again!"

JuJuBee123 188197
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"I used blueberries instead of blackberries. It is a very healthy snack cake that my family enjoys. For a really special treat, add a little syrup or tastes like a blueberry pancake!"

danthecook 170056
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"Although I've had better tasting coffee cake, this one is not overly sweet & it doesn't overwhelm a good cup of coffee. Great texture. I used frozen blackberries which compliments the wheat flour well. For those who want a sweeter taste, you might use 1 3/4 cup of brown sugar (or add 1/2 c white sugar instead)."

Jazkabor 175145
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"This was great! My husband LOVED it and so did our kids. I thought it was great, but I took it literally that I could use frozen, so it was a bit wet and gooey. Hubby and kids, didn't even blink but gobbled it up. ( I did find the recipe while browsing and was to impatient to defrost my berries) I will ABSOLUTELY make this again, and again. In fact i think it will be what I take to potlucks for now on!

I do wish it had said thawed frozen berries, just for silly newbies like me! ; )"

sstrubb 106141
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"This is a wonderful tasting coffee cake and it's even healthy!"

sstrubb 120365
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"My husband was skeptical but once he tasted it he didn't quiet eating it until it was all gone."

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