Blackberry Cake with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting


I  guess after two years of pink birthday cakes, Tom decided to go for a blue one.

Well, a blue one with purple frosting, anyway.

Like I do every year, I asked Tom what kind of birthday cake he wanted. Like every year, this resulted in no response. So (like every year) I sent him a list of cakes I thought he’d like and asked him to choose. He picked this blackberry cake, which was no surprise. Growing up, blackberries grew like crazy around his house, so his family ate them frequently. We still love eating blackberry pie when my mother-in-law makes it.

I didn’t realize it until I started making it, but this is really just the fresh strawberry cake with blackberries instead, which was fine by us since we love that cake so much. It was no surprise, then, that this cake turned out moist and delicious. The blackberry flavor is  not as strong in this cake as the strawberry is, but it still lends a delicate, fruity flavor that is enhanced by the frosting.

I’m not sure why my cake color turned out so  much more….erm…intense? than Shawnda’s. The batter looked a little sickly and after they baked up, my cakes looked like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book. I did add a little extra puree but I just have to assume I had darker blackberries or something. I don’t know. But I guess if you ever need an au natural gender reveal cake, well, here you go. And I would indeed eat this cake in a box, with a fox, in a house, or with a mouse.

Blackberry Cake with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

  • Cindi

    What a pretty cake! Would be nice for a baby shower. By the way, I have never commented, but since I am now, thought I should tell you that we use your chicken & sausage gumbo recipe every year for Easter! Love it!

    • elly

      Cindi, that is one of my favorite recipes ever, I think. Glad you like it too!

  • Such a gorgeous cake. I love the flavour!

  • I can’t even believe that blue is just based on the fruit! My guy would love that. We do blue oatmeal lately.

  • Awww I love the color! And that Tom finally chose a blue cake. 😛 I really don’t do enough eating of or baking with blackberries…but a whole cake full of them sounds so good!

  • Ahhh, this cake looks delicious! I need to make the strawberry cake you speak of too. Which one to make first?

    • elly

      They are both great, Anna, but I prefer the strawberry, largely because I make it with cream cheese frosting, which should be its own food group. 🙂

  • What a cool color! Funny how a blackberry cake turns blue, and a blueberry cake turns purple.

  • i really like this version of blackberry cake. mostly you see it as a spice cake, so this is a nice change. i absolutely love the color combo!

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