Blackberry Buckle

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Blackberry Buckle is known as a buckle because the large amount of blackberries in the buttery cake mixture causes the top to buckle when they cook down. The top of the cake is covered in a delicious Coffee Cake style crumb topping. 

Blackberry Buckle is a favorite cake that is the perfect recipe to make for dessert from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Blackberry Buckle is a perfect cake recipe to make using all those summer ripe blackberries.

It's a light cake loaded with tons of ripe blackberries, a hint of cinnamon, vanilla, and light crumb topping.

It's a favorite in our house as dessert for breakfast, brunch, camping or a sweet treat to bring to a friends for a get together.

You can never go wrong with Blackberry Buckle, it lasted less than 24 hours in our house, and Colt was already requesting I make it again.

To me that's a sign of a good thing! 

Blackberry Buckle Crumble Topping

In a mixer stir together: 
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon 
Until well combined.

Add butter to flour mixture to make crumble topping.

Add 6 tablespoons Room Temperature Butter. Mix on medium speed until crumbly and well combined.

Crumble topping for blackberry buckle.

Topping will be crumbly yet the butter will be well blended. Set topping aside.

Cream butter with sugar for Blackberry Buckle Cake batter recipe.

Cream together 6 tablespoons Slightly Cold Butter and 1 cup Sugar until light and fluffy.

I find colder butter holds more air then softened butter to make for a wonderfully light cake.

Beat eggs and vanilla into creamed butter.

Add 2 whole Eggs one at a time and 1 teaspoon Vanilla. Beat well between each egg.

Stir in baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into blackberry buckle cake batter.

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
Mix until well combined.

Stir in flour and milk into blackberry buckle cake batter.

  • 2 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Whole Milk
Mix just until combined scraping sides and bottom of bowl well.

Fold blackberries into cake batter.

Gently fold in 4 1/2 cups Fresh Blackberries.

Spread Blackberry Buckle Cake batter.

Spread cake batter into a buttered 9"x13" Pan.

I buttered my pan on this occasion, lined with parchment paper, buttered parchment paper to make removal from the pan easier but normally I just butter the pan well.

Spread crumble topping over Blackberry Buckle Cake batter.

Sprinkle topping evenly over the top of cake.

Bake Blackberry Buckle Cake recipe.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean and top is lightly brown.

Sliced Blackberry Buckle recipe is a light cake with cinnamon and vanilla and crumb topping. It's a favorite for brunch or dessert from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Allow to cool 30 minutes-1 hour before slicing.

Blackberry Buckle is a delicious light cake with cinnamon, vanilla and plenty of blackberries for breakfast, brunch or dessert from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Blackberry Buckle is a favorite cake recipe for breakfast, brunch or dessert. 

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A few other favorite Blackberry recipe we love are:

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Blackberry Buckle

Blackberry Buckle

Blackberry Buckle is light cake with cinnamon, vanilla, and plenty of blackberries with a crumble topping from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 H & 5 M


Crumb Topping
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons Butter, Room Temperature Plus More For Greasing Pan
Blackberry Buckle Batter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Butter, Slightly Cold
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 4 1/2 cups Fresh Blackberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9"x13" pan well and set aside.
Crumb Topping
  1. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment add sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  2. Mix on low speed until combined.
  3. Add 6 tablespoons butter cut into tablespoon sized pieces.
  4. Mix until crumbly and butter is well combined.
  5. Set topping aside.
Blackberry Buckle Cake Batter
  1. In a clean mixing bowl using a paddle attachment cream together cold butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla one at a time beating well between each addition.
  3. Add baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Beat until well combined.
  4. Add flour and milk. Mix on low speed just until blended.
  5. Carefully fold blackberries into cake batter.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and carefully spread until level.
  7. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over cake batter.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes until crumb topping is lightly brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool 30 minutes - 1 hour before slicing.

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  1. I love blackberries and they look absolutely delicious in the cake. I'm not usually adventurous with them, just popping some in a pie or making jam. Does this cake keep well - assuming it lasts more than one day!!? Beautiful photos. Sammie

  2. I need a transporter device to get that piece out of the screen and in front of me right now. I want to devour it to the very last crumb.

  3. I haven't made a buckle in more than a decade! And it surely wasn't as gorgeous as yours!!

  4. Look at all those delicious berries!

  5. That looks like breakfast to me! Am I right?

  6. I love buckle cakes.. and this one looks perfect. I wish I had a slice to devour now with my cup of tea.

  7. This looks fan-freaking-tastic!! I absolutely adore blackberries, so it wouldn't last long in my house either! Thanks so much for sharing this tasty treat, Serena! I definitely need to make it soon!

  8. Would this work with blueberries instead?

  9. Looks Amazing. Would this work with frozen berries?

  10. I can 100% confirm that this recipe is perfect.


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