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Blackberry Cake with Cream

This blackberry cake with cream stars a velvety butter cake that sandwiches sweet-tart blackberry jam and softly whipped cream for a decadent, summery cake that’s welcome anytime. Decorate the top with fresh blackberries in season.

Back in October — nearly four months ago now — I made a cake to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary. Each year since we’ve been married no matter where we’ve lived (and sometimes this necessitated bringing back a jar of blackberry jam from the States) I’ve made a small version of our wedding cake. This involves baking a lightly scented vanilla cake, making lemon curd from scratch, and whipping up a big bowl of vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake layers sandwich alternating and generous spoonings of the lemon curd and jam. Then the whole thing is enrobed in frosting. It’s good. It’s very, very good. But it’s also very sweet and a bit heavier than I like these days. For this last anniversary cake I decided to keep the general idea of the cake in place but lighten it up a little. I switched plain whipped cream for buttercream and eliminated the lemon curd completely, creating instead a sort of of jam and cream cake that tasted like what I imagine a blackberry infused cloud would taste like.

In hindsight I realize this cake is nearly identical to the rhubarb cream cake I made during our first months in Australia. (Little did I know I’d move again just over a year later and discover a healthy rhubarb plant growing in our backyard. I have big plans for that rhubarb.) Those first months in Sydney I was literally entranced by the gorgeous selection of produce, most of it grown in-country. After years in the desert it was a blessed anomaly to encounter a wide selection of apples, pears, and truly beautiful cauliflower (I miss that cauliflower still!). I went a bit nuts for rhubarb and that cake is one I’ve forgotten about but surely will make again when our own rhubarb is back in season.

In other thoughts, happy new year! Can you believe we’re a month into it? I’ve not made any resolutions other than the rather pedestrian “eat more vegetables” which is going swimmingly, thanks, and I’ve managed to cut down on my previously rampant cheese consumption. More banana (-raspberry) “nice cream” in the evenings and rice cakes topped with peanut butter than bowls of ice cream. Thanks to my husband’s long furlough I was able to increase my running mileage and it’s true that the more you exercise and the better you eat the more you want to exercise and the better you want to eat. Just me? If I let myself I’d eat cheese and cream cake and cookies from here until eternity but I don’t think my body and cholesterol levels would appreciate it. Still, this cream cake is quite glorious and when spring is officially sprung I’ll make it as my Easter dinner dessert (with strawberry jam) and will wait patiently until then, eating my red cabbage and chickpea stir fries with quinoa for lunch (I thought I’d written about that one years ago but a quick search reveals I never did; I’ll add it to the list because it’s a good one). I am in the thick of trying to consistently make one family meal that appeals to all (ha) while still keeping it healthy and with a variety of vegetables. I’ll write more about this sometime, too.

Blackberry Cake

Nicole Spiridakis
This blackberry cake stars a velvety butter cake that sandwiches sweet-tart blackberry jam and softly whipped cream for a decadent, summery cake that's welcome anytime. Decorate the top with fresh blackberries in season.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 441 kcal


  • ½ cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup blackberry jam


  • Heat oven to 350℉. Butter the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper. Butter and flour paper and sides. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture in 3 parts and milk in 2, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Using a serrated knife, split cake in three layers horizontally; place one layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Spread generously with blackberry jam and a medium-thick layer of whipped cream. Repeat with the second layer. Top with the final layer and use the remaining whipped cream to cover the top and sides of the cake. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve and refrigerate the leftovers.


Calories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 6gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 244mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 934IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 1mg
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