A moist but light fresh Blackberry Almond Cake, flavoured with a delicious almond topping. Not overly sweet, so it’s perfect to enjoy any time of day. Would be great with any fruit!
My baking activities certainly slow down in the warmer months, but they never stop completely. In summer, I love to bake with fruit and I love cakes like this one that are perfect to enjoy any time of day. I also love that I can use this same cake batter with any kind of summer fruit!
For this one, I started with some big, beautiful blackberries. The fruit is sprinkled over the top of the batter and sinks in to the cake as it bakes. That sinking thing is why you can’t put the almonds on top until it’s baked a bit and set up. The almonds are in the oven long enough though to perfectly toast and add great crunch and flavour to this cake.
This blackberry cake is quite moist, especially when freshly baked. It keeps well for several days, but will dry out a tiny bit the longer it sits. Don’t hesitate to make it ahead though, as it keeps very well. To dress it up for a summer dessert, serve with a dollop of whipped cream or creme fraiche.
Get the Recipe: Blackberry Almond Cake
For the cake:
- 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150 g) white sugar
- 3 large (3 large) eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp (7.39 ml) vanilla extract, or vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 cup (100 ml) Greek yogurt
- 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp (7.39 g) baking powder
- 1/2 tsp (2.46 g) baking soda
- 1/4 tsp (1.23 g) fine salt
- 1/2 pint (1/2 pint) fresh blackberries
- 1/3 cup (47.67 ml) sliced almonds
- 2 Tbsp (29.57 g) white sugar
- Powdered sugar, to garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 ° F. with rack in centre of oven. Grease an 8 or 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
- In a large bowl with a hand mixer of the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and yogurt and mix to combine.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. it. Add to bowl with batter and mix to combine.
- Add batter to prepared pan and level. Sprinkle blackberries evenly over the top of the batter. Place springform pan on a baking sheet and bake in to the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Gently remove cake from oven and sprinkle sliced almonds evenly over the top. Sprinkle with sugar. Return to the oven and continue baking an additional 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. (*If cake or almonds are darkening too quickly, cover the top loosely with a piece of aluminum foil for the last part of baking.
- Allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then run a knife around the outside of the cake and remove the outer ring. Allow to cool completely before removing cake from bottom of springform pan.
- Serve garnished with powdered sugar. Also nice served with a dollop of whipped cream, creme fraiche or ice cream.
Fantastic recipe. Had no almond flakes so I substituted the 250g flour for 150g flour + 100g ground almonds. Also added the zest of 1 lemon into the batter. Great result
So glad you enjoyed it, Jerome :) Thanks so much!
Can this cake hold weight? I need to make a tiered cake. Will skip fresh berries. Instead use blackberry filling between layers.I need 3 6 inch cake layers, how do I scale up the batter? Appreciate ur response.
Hi Shweta, I’m afraid I have no idea. I’ve never tried to stack this cake. As for scaling, a 9-inch springform holds 10 cups, while a 6-inch holds 4 cups. You could maybe use a single recipe for 3 shorter layers, or maybe scale to 1 1/2 and use as much batter as you need (probably some left-over).
For this cake , if using blueberries would I still scatter them on top of batter or fold them in?
Hi Michele, I would just scatter on top. They should sink in just like the blackberries do.
THis cake is just lovely!! Have been wanting to back a cake with blackberrys for the longest time!
Will be making this maybe tomm. Will sub in some almond flour too!!
Love your pic of this cake, thanks so much!!
Thanks so much, Michele. Enjoy!
What are the red things in the cake?….it doesn’t say?
Hi Lisa! The red that you see in the cake are the blackberries. Blackberries turn red when cooked :)