Berry Coffee Cake

This delightful treat combines the flavors of fresh blackberries, a buttery streusel topping, and a moist cake batter for the perfect indulgence.

Berry Coffee Cake

Welcome to today's blog post where we will be exploring the delicious and unique recipe for berry coffee cake. This delightful treat combines the flavors of fresh blackberries, a buttery streusel topping, and a moist cake batter for the perfect indulgence. Join me as we walk through the steps to create this mouthwatering berry coffee cake that is sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection. So, let's get baking!

What Is Berry Coffee Cake?

  • Berry coffee cake is a delicious and moist cake that combines the tartness of fresh blackberries with the sweetness of the cake batter and the crunch of the streusel topping. This recipe infuses traditional coffee cake with the burst of flavor from the berries, making it a perfect treat for any time of the day.
  • The combination of the succulent blackberries, buttery cake batter, and crunchy streusel creates a delightful blend of flavors and textures that will leave you craving for more. The addition of toasted walnuts on top adds a nutty and aromatic finish to this delectable cake.

Why You'll Love Berry Coffee Cake?

  • Deliciously Moist and Tender: The combination of fresh blackberries and a moist cake batter creates a tender and irresistible texture that will leave you craving for more.
  • Crunchy and Sweet Streusel Topping: The streusel topping adds a delightful crunch and sweetness to every bite, making it the perfect addition to the soft cake and juicy berries.
  • Packed with Antioxidants: Blackberries are loaded with antioxidants, making this coffee cake a healthier choice for satisfying your sweet cravings.
  • High in Fiber: Blackberries are also high in fiber, which can aid in digestion and contribute to a healthy gut.
  • Low in Calories: With the use of fresh berries and minimal sugar in the batter, this coffee cake is a guilt-free treat that won't derail your healthy eating habits.
  • Versatile and Crowd-Pleasing: Whether you enjoy it for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, this berry coffee cake is a versatile dish that is sure to impress any crowd with its delectable flavor and texture.

Ingredients for Berry Coffee Cake

  • All-purpose flour: The main structure of the cake is provided by the all-purpose flour. It helps to give the cake a light and fluffy texture.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder helps the cake to rise and gives it a soft and airy crumb.
  • Salt: A small amount of salt enhances the overall flavor of the cake and balances the sweetness.
  • White sugar: White sugar provides sweetness and moisture to the cake, making it tender and delicious.
  • Unsalted butter: Butter adds richness and flavor to the cake, as well as helping to create a moist and tender crumb.
  • Fresh blackberries: The star ingredient of the cake, fresh blackberries add a burst of fruity sweetness and a lovely pop of color to the cake.

How To Make Berry Coffee Cake?

  • To make a delicious berry coffee cake, begin by preheating the oven and preparing an 8-inch springform pan by buttering and flouring it. Toast the walnuts and chop them roughly for the topping.
  • For the streusel topping, combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon, then cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Refrigerate for later use.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a mixer, beat the butter until smooth, then add sugar, egg, and vanilla essence. Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk until just combined.
  • Spread the batter in the prepared pan, scatter fresh berries on top, and add the streusel topping. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top and bake for 60-70 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Following these steps will ensure a flavorful and delicious berry coffee cake that everyone will love!

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair with a hot cup of coffee: Enjoy a slice of berry coffee cake with a freshly brewed cup of coffee for a delightful afternoon treat.
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream: Serve the berry coffee cake with a dollop of fresh whipped cream for an indulgent dessert.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream: For a classic combination, pair the berry coffee cake with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.
  • Enjoy with a fruit salad: Balance the sweetness of the cake with a refreshing fruit salad on the side for a light and satisfying meal.
  • Pair with a citrus salad: The zesty flavors of a citrus salad make a perfect accompaniment to the rich and fruity berry coffee cake.
  • Serve with a glass of iced tea: Quench your thirst and complement the sweetness of the cake with a tall glass of iced tea on a warm day.

Tips for Baking a Delicious Berry Coffee Cake

  • Preparation Time: It’s important to ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. This helps the batter to mix evenly and produce a light, fluffy cake.
  • Cooking Techniques: When mixing the batter, don’t overbeat it. Mix until the ingredients are just combined to avoid a tough cake. Also, remember to spread the batter evenly in the pan to ensure even baking.
  • Importance of Garnishing: Garnishing with the toasted walnuts adds a beautiful crunch and enhances the presentation of the cake. It’s the perfect finishing touch for a delightful berry coffee cake.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious berry coffee cake that will surely impress your friends and family. Enjoy baking!

Variations for Berry Coffee Cake

  • Fruit Variations: Try using different types of berries or mix different fruits like raspberries, blueberries, or even peaches for a unique flavor combination in your coffee cake.
  • Nut Options: Experiment with different nuts for the streusel topping, such as almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts to add a different crunch and flavor profile to your cake.
  • Spice it Up: Add a touch of warmth and depth to your cake by incorporating spices like nutmeg, cardamom, or ginger into the streusel topping for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Glaze or Drizzle: Instead of the streusel topping, try adding a glaze or drizzle on top of the cake. You can use a lemon glaze, cream cheese icing, or a simple powdered sugar and milk drizzle for a different finishing touch.
  • Chocolate Twist: For chocolate lovers, consider mixing in some chocolate chips into the batter or adding a layer of chocolate spread between the cake and streusel for a delightful chocolatey addition.
  • Gluten-Free or Vegan Options: For those with dietary restrictions, you can easily adapt this recipe by using gluten-free flour, dairy-free butter, and plant-based milk for a gluten-free or vegan-friendly version of the berry coffee cake.

How to Store Berry Coffee Cake

Maintaining the freshness of your berry coffee cake is important for enjoying it at its best. Here are some simple storage tricks to follow:

  • Refrigerate: Store the leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep it fresh for longer. This will prevent it from drying out and preserve the flavor of the berries.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh blackberries and other ingredients for the cake batter to ensure the best flavor and quality. Fresh ingredients will also prolong the shelf life of the cake.
  • Protect the Streusel Topping: If there are any leftovers with the streusel topping, store it separately from the cake to maintain its crunchy texture. Keep it in a sealed container or resealable bag.
  • Avoid Moisture: Keep the cake away from high moisture areas or condensation, as it can make the streusel soggy and affect the texture of the cake.
  • Wrap Properly: If you need to store the cake for longer periods, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing it in the refrigerator. This will help retain moisture and prevent it from drying out.
  • Enjoy Fresh: For the best flavor and texture, it's recommended to consume the berry coffee cake within a few days of baking. Enjoy it fresh for the ultimate indulgence.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen berries instead of fresh ones?

  • Yes, you can use frozen berries instead of fresh ones. Just make sure to thaw and drain them before adding them to the cake batter to prevent excess moisture.

Can I substitute the walnuts with a different type of nut?

  • Yes, you can substitute the walnuts with a different type of nut such as pecans or almonds for the streusel topping. Feel free to use your preferred nuts for added flavor.

Can I use a different type of pan if I don't have a springform pan?

  • You can use a different type of pan such as a regular cake pan or a pie dish if you don't have a springform pan. Just make sure to grease and flour the pan well to prevent sticking.

How can I make the cake batter dairy-free?

  • To make the cake batter dairy-free, you can substitute the milk with a non-dairy alternative such as almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk. You can also use vegan butter instead of regular butter for a dairy-free option.

Can I make this coffee cake in advance?

  • Yes, you can make this coffee cake in advance and store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Alternatively, you can also wrap and freeze the cake for up to 1 month for future consumption.

What is the best way to serve this berry coffee cake?

  • The best way to serve this berry coffee cake is slightly warm, with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or tea for a perfect treat.

You may also like my cake recipes such as Orange Chiffon Cake, Eggless Fruit Cake, Pineapple Cake, Indian Honey Cake and Chocolate Chiffon Cake.

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Berry Coffee Cake

Serves 6    

Prep Time   00:15        

Cook Time   01:00        

Total Time   01:15         


For Cake Batter

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (130 g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (100 g)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (55 g)
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup milk at room temperature (80 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp vanila essence
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries          

For Streusel Topping

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour (40 g)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar (65 g)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup COLD unsalted butter (55 g)
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped for topping         



  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Then butter and flour an 8-inch springform pan.
  • Toast the walnuts in the oven for 8 mins or until a nice aroma comes and cool down for some time, then chop roughly.          

Streusel topping

  • In a wide bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon powder until combined.
  • Then cut the COLD butter into small cubes and mix it with the flour mixture by using a fork until it becomes coarse crumbs and keep it in the refrigerator for further use.          

How to Bake Berry Coffee Cake

  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt until combined and keep it aside.
  • In the bowl of electric stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, (or with a hand mixer) beat the butter until smooth and creamy.
  • Then add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy on medium-high speed for 2 mins. Scrape down the sides of the bowl by using a rubber spatula.
  • Then add the egg and vanilla essence and beat until combined.
  • Now add the flour mixture in three additions alternately with the milk in two additions, beat until just combined. (It starts and ends with flour)
  • Spread the batter onto the bottom, and slightly up the sides, of the prepared pan.
  • Then scatter the fresh berries over the cake batter and top with the streusel which we kept in the refrigerator.
  • Finally, spread the chopped walnuts over the streusel topping.
  • Bake it for about 60 to 70 mins or until the streusel is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly.         
  • By Santhi Therese, The Indian Claypot
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