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Blackberry-Orange Cake

My grandmother made luscious fruit pies and cobblers using blackberries from her garden. I decided to follow her lead and create a blackberry cake that's always lovely with a summer meal. —Lisa M. Varner, El Paso, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9-in. springform pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and orange zest. In another bowl, whisk 1-1/2 cups flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • In a bowl, toss blackberries with remaining flour; arrange over batter. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake portion comes out clean.
  • Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove rim from pan. Cool on a wire rack; serve warm or at room temperature. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 274 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • OhioBuckeye
    Jun 25, 2020

    I used about a cup of mulberries instead of blackberries. I also used the rind of a medium lemon and added the juice of half the lemon in place of the orange rind. I used plain yogurt and only sprinkled 1/8 cup of sugar on the top. It was fantastically delicious. (I’m sure the recipe is good as written, but I wanted to use ingredients I had on hand.) Beautiful tender texture. Moist. Flavorful. The sugar on top adds a nice little crunch and creates a party for the taste buds with the fruit flavors. Perfect light cake to bring to a breakfast meeting or any gathering. It will disappear and people will love you for bringing it!

  • meltd
    Jun 21, 2020

    Excellent cake not overly sweet, I used an orange cream flavored yogurt In addition to the orange zest which enhanced the orange flavor. Cake was even better the next day.

  • justmbeth
    Aug 24, 2019

    This recipe was a bit of a letdown. I was drawn to the recipe for the combo of flavors. However, it just didn't seem to be very flavorful. I'll save my blackberries for a better use.

  • Lawler67
    May 3, 2019

    Great flavor and easy to make.

  • Suzanne
    Mar 31, 2019

    I made this this morning. I had seen the recipe in a FB posting and the flavour profile sounded intriguing. I checked to see if anyone had blackberries on sale and found a decent price (at least for this time of year) on imported Mexican berries. I automatically cut sugar in most bakes; I used 2/3 cup in the cake batter and sprinkled only a good tablespoon on top. I doubled the orange zest. My berries were GINORMOUS; some were more than an inch long! I did realise when making the batter that it was going to be quite stiff, and it was. I used an offset spatula to spread the batter in the pan. I then positioned the berries in three circles atop the cake and pressed them gently into the batter. The berries were so large I could not use them all. My oven is true to temp, but this was nowhere near baked at the 40 minute mark. Ultimately, it took 70 minutes to cook through. I allowed it to rest for about 40 minutes before nicking a sliver to taste prior to taking some slices across to neighbours. Absolutely lovely and dinner party worthy. Do take the time to arrange your berries atop the cake; it looked stunning!

  • klandrews84
    Mar 3, 2019

    It was perfect. Great for little something at an event or with coffee or tea. I added 1/8 more sugar to the batter and reduced the sugar I used on top from 1/4 to an eighth. But my personal preference

  • eldie1959
    Apr 8, 2018

    I made this delicious cake a couple of times for my secretary's July birthday. Pretty easy to make. It was moist and just the right sweetness. One time I made it with other berries like blueberries and strawberries with equal success.

  • Naomie
    Jun 10, 2017

    Yum! Yum! Made as written - delish! Also made with fresh strawberries, also great. Thanks for sharing such a cherished family recipe!

  • xxcskier
    Aug 4, 2016

    We really enjoyed this! Sweet but not too sweet I served this with fat free cool whip and it was the perfect end to our dinner! I will be making again!

  • GraceWallace
    Jul 5, 2016

    @step210, there is a huge difference between black raspberries, and blackberries. Black berries are bigger, and their seeds are larger and harder to chew on (and they are bad about getting stuck in your teeth!)Black raspberries are smaller, softer, and have a divine deep flavor. A black raspberry has a deeper and an amazing flavor compared to blackberries...even compared to red raspberries, black raspberries have more flavor... and to my opinion, they make the best pie and jam!Blackberries do not have that deep flavor, but they are more tart. Don't get me wrong, blacberries are good, too. But I much prefer a black raspberry over a blackberry. But thats my own opinion.I live in Northwest Missouri, where black raspberries and black berries grow wild here, and everywhere. So, if you're like me, and live in berry-land, you would learn fast to know the difference between berries with similar names.So, if you don't have blackberries on hand, but have black raspberries, I bet it'd make a good substitute!