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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Blackberry Crumb Cake

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blackberry Crumb Cake



Until recently I didn't think that I liked Blackberries.  Not sure how I came to this conclusion, but I have been going off of it for years.  Then they were in a fruit salad recently, and I was feeling adventurous and thought what the heck.  I live on the edge, don't I?  Well, I liked them!  So when I saw them on sale at the store, I bought a giant container of them.  I wanted to bake with them and quickly!  I sought advice on my facebook page and the answer was Cobbler.  Well...sorry guys I didn't make cobbler.  Problem was, I needed something hubby could take to work.  And really, I think we all know what a guy would do when faced with taking serving dishes etc. to work.  It would not fair well.  I once sent him with cupcakes that sat in his HOT car for 3 hours while he went to a meeting.  I am sure they were just beautiful by the time his co-workers got them.  Amazing they still want me to send in stuff!

I finally decided on these bars/cake. Did you know aside from cobbler there aren't that many blackberry recipes out there?  This recipe is super easy, and these were delicious.  Next time I think I might try this with raspberries!  I thought about mixing the berries for this, but thought that was a little to daring for this Blackberry Newbie.


Blackberry Crumb Cake
From Bake or Break
Printable Recipe

6 Tbls butter, melted
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
10 oz blackberries

Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare a 8 inch square baking pan with butter and flour.

Whisk together melted butter, brown sugar and 1/4 tsp salt.  Add 1 cup flour and mix with a fork until it is moist.  Put in the refrigerator.

Whisk together 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt.  Set aside.

Using mixer beat softened butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Beat well.  Add the flour mixture slowly.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.  Sprinkle with blackberries.  Top with the chilled topping.  Bake 40-45 minutes.  Cool completely in the pan, then remove and cut into squares.

43 Comments:

At August 2, 2011 at 2:56 AM , Anonymous Manu said...

You know what? When I was living in Italy I never used to like berries. The ones you'd find at the shops were always tart... the only good ones were on the mountains and I seldom had the occasion of picking them. I find that berries here are much sweeter... :-)

This is a great recipe! You are a font of fantastic ideas Erin! :-)

 
At August 2, 2011 at 6:02 AM , Anonymous Eva said...

I find black berries too seedy. But raspberries would be a great alternative.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 6:05 AM , Blogger Pegasuslegend said...

Wow what a great crumb cake... I would serve this anytime gorgeous cake!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 6:47 AM , Anonymous Val said...

I love blackberries but we don't get many of them in my corner of the world. The idea of making a crumb cake though seems like the perfect companion to summer fruits so I may just give it a try with plums instead.Thanks!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 7:06 AM , Blogger PFx said...

Can't go wrong with a berry and crumbs! Yum!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 7:06 AM , Blogger Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Your story about disliking is so funny! I remember when I met my husband he disliked cheesecake. It was a decision he made as a little boy and I couldn't even get him to take a tiny taste. Well he ended up feeling adventurous himself one day and tried it and now it is one of his favorite desserts!

I'm glad you felt adventurous! Otherwise we wouldn't have this lovely cake today!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 7:18 AM , Anonymous purabi naha said...

Yes, these are something that husbands can take to office. You gave me a great idea for my hubby's office snack. Great recipe. Buzzed.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Anonymous Megan @ Pip and Ebby said...

Now that you say it...there really aren't many blackberry recipes, are there? What a perfect little dessert. And great for traveling to work for a snack, too!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 8:53 AM , Anonymous Kate @ Kate from Scratch said...

Nicely done. Edgy blackberry usage and fabulous transportability for the hub - no muss no fuss and yet delicious and fresh and sweet - a perfect treat.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM , Anonymous kristy said...

This looks like a wonderful way to eat blackberries! I'm not a big fan of blackberries on their own - but there's something about them in baked goods that is just amazing!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM , Anonymous elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds said...

Hi Erin-I love your recipe of the perfect blackberrry crumb cake. I would like to make this with blueberry, or raspberry, as well!
Love your blog, and will add it to my blogroll list!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Eating Deliciously said...

These little bites look great. Huge fan of blackberries.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

Yum I love anything with that crumb topping... I don't know where the summmer has gone, I feel like I havent been getting to enjoy all the berries and fruit! Your cake is beautiful- I might have to stop off and get some blackberries tonight!!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Pam said...

I love blackberries! I wish I had a slice of this with my coffee this morning.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM , OpenID sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Erin! I'll definitely be following yours from now on. These crumb bars sound amazing. Never thought of using blackberries--yum!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM , OpenID hamburgereatsme said...

time for me to go pick up some blackberries!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

Oh my, that looks incredible. I love blackberries and I have so many good memories of them :D Your cake looks so yummy, especially that topping!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 3:27 PM , Blogger wendyweekendgourmet said...

These look so good...I love blackberries. Down here, they're called dewberries as well. My grandma used to have so many growing wild in summer that we'd make dewberry cobbler and jam. We can get these on sale super-cheap in summer, so I see a batch of these bars in my future!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous Kate@Diethood said...

Erin, if I could just pick that photo off my screen...it would make my day!! This cake sounds terrific!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 5:37 PM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Welcome to the delicious world of Blackberridom! Isn't it lovely? :) Berries are a food I never thought I'd really miss when I moved to the Caribbean, but boy I was wrong!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Sonia said...

Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I love blackberries! I don't usually buy them unless I'm planning on baking something though...not sure why. I think I need to get some!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Delicious! I love blackberries! Like you- for the longest time I didn't. Turns out it was the seeds. They no longer bother me, tho. The bars look amazing!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Reeni said...

The sight of those blackberries encased in the cake makes my mouth water! This looks scrumptious!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 8:33 PM , Blogger JamieAnne of A Dash of Domestic said...

Blackberry must be on everyone's minds. I made blackberry jam yesterday.

Your blackberry crumb cake looks wonderful.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

I am so glad that you have discovered you like blackberries. They are one of my favorites. That cake looks absolutely delicious.

 
At August 2, 2011 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Erin! That cake is beautiful...the blackberries gave it a great pop of color! I don't know why...but this is the first year I've like blackberries as well! I'm going to have to make something with them before the summer is out! : )

 
At August 2, 2011 at 11:29 PM , Blogger Corrine said...

My kids adore blackberries, I'll have to make these before they're gone for the year! Following you now. :)

 
At August 2, 2011 at 11:35 PM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

My kids are CRAZY about blackberries - I don't know why it's not raspberries or blueberries. It's always blackberries... They would be so happy (well I'd be even more happy) to have this black berry crumb cake! Very pretty pictures!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 1:45 AM , OpenID cookingwithchrissy said...

These look so good! I might have to try the recipe only with blueberries - my mother in law just picked me 5 pounds of them!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Blogger briarrose said...

Such a beautiful crumb cake. I think blackberries are the red headed stepchild up of the berry family. I don't see them get much love.

 
At August 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Butrcreamblondi said...

I'm glad you like blackberries now :) This cake looks just perfect with the crumb topping! So summery!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 10:28 PM , Anonymous Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate said...

I am trying desperately to grow blackberries, which is funny because I only discovered I liked them about three weeks ago. It is pretty appalling how few blackberry recipes there are out there! Guess it's time to experiment!

 
At August 4, 2011 at 2:54 AM , Blogger The Procrastobaker said...

This is just my perfect kinda cake for sure :) So bursting with berries...oh i can only imagine how delicious it is! Congrats on the top 9, well deserved for sure! :)

 
At August 4, 2011 at 6:22 AM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

In one word... SCRUMPTIOUS! Love blackberries! Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9! : )

 
At August 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM , Blogger Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) said...

CONGRATS ON THE TOP 9!!!!!!! Great job :)

 
At August 4, 2011 at 10:37 AM , Anonymous Cubicle.com said...

What a great idea! I never use blackberries since I'm not as familiar with them, but this gives me inspiration!

Thanks!

 
At August 4, 2011 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Ally said...

I posted a recipe very similar to this on my blog, but with strawberries too! Check it out ... xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.com

 
At August 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Looks like a fabulous recipe for starters! I make blackberry cobbler in our dutch oven when we go camping. It's to die for especially when its chilly in the evening and the cobbler is all warm and gooey. Yum!!

 
At August 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I can't remember if I have ever eaten blackberries!

 
At August 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Jeff Rasmussen said...

I came over from Deelicious Sweets just to say how awesome this recipe looks! I would love to try this one!

 
At August 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Ali B said...

Dee from Deelicious Sweets sent me to this page, what a delicious looking crumb cake!

 
At August 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Blogger the Gardener said...

I came here via Deelicious Sweets and it was your photo that enticed me. This looks so good!

 

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