Satisfy cake and dessert cravings in one go with this fruity blackberry crumble cake. A simple almond sponge traybake topped with a layer of berries and crumble. Heavenly!
I had been planning to make a crumble cake for months, years even. Whenever I see them or read about them my mouth waters and I plan to go and buy some suitable fruit. Somehow though, actually making a crumble cake had eluded me. Until now.
We're lucky enough to have a few blackberries in our new garden. Unfortunately not enough to make a cake. But fortunately there are plenty of local hedgerows just full of blackberries that have ripened in the last few days. I therefore did what I had intended to do for years. I picked a large bag of ripe brambles and took them home to decide what to do with them.
What can you make with blackberries?
There are so many things you can bake with blackberries. Should I put them in some bread or a pie, a cobbler or even just a crumble? Luckily, I was reminded of my hankering after crumble cakes by seeing blueberry crumble muffins in one of my recipe books.
I considered making muffins, but I didn't really have any cases big enough and I actually prefer to make cakes.
What is a crumble cake?
A crumble cake is basically a cake with a layer of sponge topped with fruit that is topped with a crumble mixture.
What ingredients are in this blackberry crumble cake?
This blackberry crumble cake has a simple madeira cake sponge as the base but with almond extract rather than vanilla. This gives it a gorgeous almond flavour which goes beautifully with the blackberries.
The crumble layer is made of butter, sugar and flour. It's a very basic crumble. However, that does not mean it's not delicious. I know you can add oats, spices and nuts to a crumble but I also know so many people who actually prefer the basic ingedients alone. My husband is one of them!
How long will this cake last?
Because of the blackberries, this cake won't last longer than three days. However, it is so tasty you'll be lucky if there's any left on day 3!
Can you freeze this blackberry crumble cake?
Yes, if you wrap this cake in baking paper or cling film you can freeze it for up to three months. Just defrost it at room temperature. If you cut it up before freezing it you can just take out individual pieces.
Can you adapt this blackberry crumble cake?
By all means feel free to vary the berries you use in this cake. You could use blueberries, mixed berries or even plums.
I gave the cake an almond flavour by adding a little almond extract. You could vary the flavour by adding a different extract. You could use vanilla, coconut or lemon.
If you want to make the crumble topping a little more interesting, you could add a few oats, nuts or some brown sugar to give a little crunch too.
This cake has a delicious almond flavour but if you prefer coconut then why not make my blackberry and coconut tray bake instead?
More Delicious Fruity Cake Recipes
If you love baking then why not have a look at one of my other bakes? They are perfect as snacks or dessert.
Blackberry Crumble Cake
- 20cm square cake tin with a loose bottom
- Large mixing bowl
- 120 g butter at room temperature
- 120 g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 120 g self raising flour
- ½ tsp almond extract
- 200 g blackberries
Ingredients for the Crumble Topping
- 50 g butter
- 70 g sugar
- 100 g plain flour
- Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°c fan).
- Begin by making the cake. If the butter is too hard then soften it a little in the microwave for 10 seconds. Add the sugar and beat with a wooden spoon or whisk until it goes light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Then add the flour in three batches, beating it into the wet mixture each time. Add the almond extract too.
- Line a square 20cm tin with baking parchment and grease the sides. Pour/spoon the cake mixture into the tin.
- Put the blackberries on top of the cake mixture.
- Using your fingertips, rub together the butter and flour for the topping until it is like breadcrumbs. Then stir in the sugar and put it on top of the cake.
- Bake in the oven at for about 40 minutes.
- Serve warm or cold, alone or with cream or ice cream.