foolproof: blackberry coffee cake

Sometimes you just have to have cake. Cornelius and I had returned from a very decadent lunch at Salad de Fruits where we dined on amazing moules et frites (at a very reasonable $10.99) on an outdoor patio. Afterwards, we went back home and got down to work…yet something was missing. My sweet tooth was on alert and I was soon diagnosed as needing some kind of sweet snack. I didn’t want to fuss about with complex recipes or fancy ingredients. I just wanted something satisfying and simple…like my lunch. So I went to the freezer and took out one of my sacred containers of blackberries that I had picked only a few weeks before and made one of the easiest cakes I know. Really, this cake is foolproof. It was adapted so much from a recipe in the Gourmet Cookbook and has had so much mucking about that it just can’t be ruined. Once I added too much sugar by accident, added the milk in one fell swoop at the end of the recipe instead of gradually, and used all ww flour instead of the original recipe’s 100% all purpose flour. And all those “mistakes” happened all at the same time. It doesn’t matter, this recipe is foolproof and it’s so tasty that no one will complain.

13 comments to “foolproof: blackberry coffee cake”

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    BNA   August 18, 2006 at 7:07 am

    ohhhh, that sounds like my kind of cake!

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    Rachel   August 19, 2006 at 7:42 am

    That looks great! I love love love blackberries!

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    jasmine   August 19, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    That cake looks so good…I don’t do enough with blackberries…


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    kickpleat   August 20, 2006 at 10:15 am

    bna, it’s the absolute most foolproof cake! it can do no wrong!

    rachel, i completely agree. blackberries are the bomb!

    thanks, jasmine!

    dawna, it’s such a great place for lunches…tho i’ve never been for brunch. sounds lovely! yup, this cake is awesome with ww flour!

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    Dawna   August 20, 2006 at 10:13 am

    I absolutely adore Salade de Fruits! They do a fabulous brunch on Saturdays, too.

    Your blackberry coffee cake is beautiful – I’ve been wanting to make one with whole wheat flour, so I’ll have to try this soon. The tube-pan awaits!

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    Jen   August 22, 2006 at 9:20 am

    all I can say is yum yum yum!

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    Cyndi   August 22, 2006 at 9:38 am

    I think that’s breakfast next weekend! Thanks for the recipe!

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    kickpleat   August 22, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    jenjen, yum is totally right!

    cyndi, i love breakfast cake and this cake would be perfect!

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    Joanne   August 22, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    I live in Toronto and I’m unwilling to turn on my oven when the temperature outside is hovering between 30 – 35 degrees Celsius; I have not baked or roasted anything in weeks. I’ve been grilling meals on the BBQ since June…including pizza! It tasted so good, an amazing rustic pizza experience…but a tad bit messy.

    I’m looking forward to the cooler Autumn weather so I can turn on my oven and try some of your divine dessert creations.

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    Bethany   August 23, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    I made this cake yesterday, and I’m sorry to say that it is all gone. It was very tasty!! Thank you for posting the recipe. It’s a keeper.

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    jenn   August 24, 2006 at 7:03 am

    I’m off to get blackberries! I’ll let you know how it turns out later 🙂

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    kickpleat   August 24, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    joanne, i’m fully envious of your grill! i wish we had some outdoor space. sigh.

    bethany, i’m so glad you enjoyed the cake! yum!!

    jenn, good luck with the blackberry picking! stay away from those thorns!!

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    bArb   September 3, 2006 at 8:46 am

    I made your cake last week but with blueberries (as that is what we had on hand) It was a HUGE hit! My buddy’s allergic to Chocolate and Peanuts so finding desserts that we both like has become a quest for us. Thanks for the recipe! (and having such similar taste in food to me!)

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