Mouthwatering Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake Recipe

What goes perfectly with a cup of coffee in the morning? A slice of delicious coffee cake, of course! And not just any coffee cake – I’m talking about a delicious and homemade Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake.

This recipe is the perfect balance between sweet and tangy, with a crumbly streusel topping that’s sure to please. The cake is loaded with fresh blackberries, lending an irresistible mix of berry flavor in every bite.

Making this coffee cake is not only fast and easy but also requires simple ingredients such as all-purpose flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, and fresh wild blackberries. And the best part? You can whip up this delightful breakfast treat in no time at all.

So why settle for store-bought cakes when you can indulge in a moist and flavorful homemade one? I promise it will be worth your effort, and your taste buds will thank you for it! Keep reading for the full recipe on how to make this heavenly Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake
Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake

Are you ready to indulge in a delicious treat that will take your taste buds on a wild ride? Look no further than this Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake recipe. This coffee cake is the perfect balance between sweet and tangy, loaded with fresh blackberries that add bursts of flavor to every bite.

First and foremost, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, even novice bakers can whip up this coffee cake in no time. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it lacks in flavor. In fact, the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract adds depth to the dish that will leave you wanting more.

Not only does this coffee cake taste amazing, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can easily substitute the blackberries for mixed berries or blueberries for a flavor twist. And with the option to make ahead and store until needed, this makes for a perfect dessert for any occasion or an indulgent breakfast treat.

But perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of this recipe is how it combines sweet, tangy flavors with a subtle nutty crunch from the walnuts in the crumble topping. This adds texture and richness to each bite of this coffee cake that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

Overall, there are many reasons why you’ll love this Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake recipe. From its simplicity to its versatility to its amazing flavor combination, it’s sure to become a favorite in your home. So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 Enjoy a slice of this wild blackberry coffee cake with a hot cup of coffee for the perfect breakfast combination.
Enjoy a slice of this wild blackberry coffee cake with a hot cup of coffee for the perfect breakfast combination.

Here’s a list of all the ingredients you will need to make this wild blackberry coffee cake recipe. Make sure you have them all before you start.

The Recipe How-To

 The juicy blackberries in every bite are the perfect addition to this classic coffee cake recipe.
The juicy blackberries in every bite are the perfect addition to this classic coffee cake recipe.

Let’s get started on this wild blackberry coffee cake recipe! This cake is loaded with blackberries and layered with fresh berries that have been mixed with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a crumb topping; it’s the perfect dessert to serve for breakfast, snack, or even after dinner. Here’s a step-by-step guide to follow:


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup wild blackberries (fresh or frozen)

Streusel Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Step 1: Preheat oven

Heat oven to 350°F to prep your oven for the baking process.

Step 2: Make the cake batter

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another big bowl, beat melted butter and sugar until combined. Next, beat in egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix dry ingredients into wet mixture, alternating with milk in three additions.

Step 3: Prepare the berry topping

In a small bowl, toss together streusel ingredients until moistened.

Step 4: Assemble the cake layers

Spread half of batter in greased 8-inch square pan. Top with half of berry mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and berries.

Step 5: Sprinkle the crumb topping on top

Crumble streusel onto top of cake.

Step 6: Bake until golden

Bake cake about 50-60 minutes or until the cake edges are golden.

Step 7: Let it cool down

Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack and let cake cool completely.

Now your blackberry coffee cake is all ready to be served. You can pair it with a cup of coffee or cream cheese frosting for an even tastier treat. Enjoy your homemade dessert with family and friends for some quality time together.

Substitutions and Variations

 Sink your teeth into a moist and fluffy cake topped with cinnamon streusel and fresh blackberries.
Sink your teeth into a moist and fluffy cake topped with cinnamon streusel and fresh blackberries.

I know some of you like to experiment with different flavors, so I have a few substitutions and variations you can try with this wild blackberry coffee cake recipe.

– Mixed Berry Coffee Cake: You can use a mix of fresh or frozen berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries instead of just blackberries. This will give your cake a more complex flavor and colorful appearance.

– Nut-free Version: If you or someone you are serving the cake to has a nut allergy, you can omit the walnuts from the streusel topping. The cake will still be delicious without them.

– Gluten-free Version: You can substitute all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free flour blend for a gluten-free version. Just keep in mind, the texture and taste might differ slightly.

– Vegan Version: For a vegan version, replace milk and egg with non-dairy milk and applesauce or mashed banana (1/4 cup) respectively. Replace unsalted butter with vegan buttery spread.

– Sour Cream Addition: Another variation is to add 1/2 cup of sour cream to the batter for extra moisture and tanginess.

– Cream Cheese Topping: For an extra creamy twist on this recipe, add a layer of cream cheese topping before the streusel. Mix 4 oz of softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Spread it on top of the cake batter evenly before sprinkling on the streusel topping.

Remember, these are just suggestions, the original recipe is already amazing as it is if you are not feeling adventurous. However, feel free to get creative with your own substitutions and variations for your perfect wild berry coffee cake!

Serving and Pairing

 Take a break from your regular morning routine and try this delicious coffee cake recipe.
Take a break from your regular morning routine and try this delicious coffee cake recipe.

Once your Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake is ready, it’s time to indulge in this delicious treat. This cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Serve each slice warm and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh blackberries on top. The contrast of the lightly sweetened whipped cream and the tartness of the blackberries will enhance the flavors of the cake.

If you’re looking for a beverage to pair with this coffee cake recipe, try serving it with a cup of hot coffee or tea. The robust flavor of the coffee will complement the nuttiness of the walnuts and the sweetness of the brown sugar in the cake. Alternatively, you can serve it with a cup of tea, such as Earl Grey or English Breakfast, to enhance the flavor of this mixed berry crumb cake.

This recipe can also be a great accompaniment to vanilla ice cream or yogurt as well. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top adds an extra-decadent touch to this already delicious recipe. You can serve it as an easy homemade dessert or serve it for your next brunch get-together.

With its tender crumb texture and mix berry flavor, you’ll love how satisfying each bite would be. Share it with your family and friends or keep It as your little dessert secret!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Treat yourself to a homemade breakfast with this easy-to-follow wild blackberry coffee cake recipe.
Treat yourself to a homemade breakfast with this easy-to-follow wild blackberry coffee cake recipe.

Are you planning on making the Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake ahead of time for a special occasion or just want to have leftovers for future breakfasts? Well, you’re in luck because this recipe is perfect for make-ahead, storing and reheating!

To make it ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions as written and let the coffee cake cool completely. Once cooled, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. You can refrigerate it for up to 2 days or freeze it for up to 2 months.

When reheating, take the coffee cake out of the fridge or freezer and let it come to room temperature. Preheat your oven according to the recipe instructions and reheat the whole cake in a preheated oven until warm. Alternatively, you can reheat individual slices in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in a preheated oven until warm.

If you’re planning on serving this coffee cake at a party or brunch, you can easily make it a day ahead of time and store it in the fridge overnight. The flavors actually intensify when left overnight so you’ll have an even more flavorful coffee cake to share with your guests!

So go ahead and make this delicious Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake ahead of time without any worry about its freshness or taste. This recipe is truly versatile and perfect for all occasions!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This coffee cake is the perfect way to use up your fresh blackberries and impress your friends and family.
This coffee cake is the perfect way to use up your fresh blackberries and impress your friends and family.

When it comes to making the perfect Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve the ideal result.

Firstly, make sure all your wet ingredients are at room temperature before mixing the batter. This will help the batter to blend together evenly and produce a smoother texture.

When adding the blackberries to the batter, be gentle so as not to mash them up too much. You want chunks of juicy blackberries throughout your coffee cake, not a blackberry puree.

When it’s time to make the crumble topping, use cold butter straight from the fridge instead of melted butter. Cold butter forms clumps in the mixture that will give your coffee cake a deliciously crispy and crunchy top.

If you’re looking for some variation on this recipe, don’t be afraid to swap out the blackberries for other berries such as blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. Or, you could even mix them all together for a delicious Mixed Berry Crumb Cake.

Finally, when baking your Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake in the oven, keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook. Start checking on it five minutes before the recommended baking time is up. Every oven is different so it’s important to check your cake regularly to ensure it comes out perfectly moist and fluffy every time.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to make a coffee cake that’s so good it will have people coming back for seconds… and maybe even thirds!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake recipe is a must-try for any coffee or cake lover out there. It’s the perfect treat for breakfast, brunch, or even as a dessert. It’s fast, easy to make and customizable to your taste buds. From the mixed berry crumb topping to the layer of fresh blackberries in the middle, this cake is loaded with flavor.

Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you; trust me; it’s worth it! With simple substitutions and variations, this recipe can cater to different palettes and dietary needs. Not to mention how versatile it is in pairing; enjoy it with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of cold milk.

I’m confident that this recipe will become your go-to for coffee cake, impressing your family and friends every time you make it. So why not give it a try? Preheat your oven and get started on this wild blackberry adventure!

Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake

Wild Blackberry Coffee Cake Recipe

Eagles Nest Inn, Langley, Washington. Packed with plump, juicy blackberries, this coffee cake is a favorite during the summer months at the Eagles Nest Inn, where blackberries abound. Frozen blackberries can be substituted for fresh; however, if you use frozen berries, plan to bake the cake for an extra 20 minutes. What you don't finish in the morning will keep well for an afternoon snack or evening dessert, even a day or two later. Source: The Best Northwest Places Cookbook (Volume 1)
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 407.1 kcal



  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups wild blackberries, do not thaw if frozen (fresh or frozen)


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 teaspoons milk


  • Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round, deep baking dish such as a quiche dish.
  • STIR TOGETHER the brown sugar and walnuts in a small bowl; set aside.
  • COMBINE THE FLOUR, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Whisk in the milk, melted butter, egg, almond or vanilla extract, and nutmeg until smooth and well mixed.
  • Spread about two-thirds of the batter in the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the coconut evenly over it.
  • Scatter half of the blackberries over the batter, pushing them slightly into it.
  • SPOON THE REMAINING BATTER into the dish, gently spreading it toward the edges; you don't need to cover the berries completely.
  • Scatter the remaining berries over the top.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar and walnuts evenly over the berries.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • FOR THE GLAZE, combine the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the coffee cake, beginning in the center and working in a spiral toward the outer edge.
  • Cut into wedges and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 166gCalories: 407.1kcalCarbohydrates: 66.8gProtein: 7.5gFat: 12.9gSaturated Fat: 6.3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 246.8mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 32.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Berries, Breads, Breakfast, Fruit, Healthy
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