Juicy blackberries and rich, dark chocolate combine in this moist and decadent blackberry chocolate cake, finished with an equally luscious blackberry chocolate buttercream frosting and fresh berries.
I’m a big fan of sneaking fruits and vegetables into chocolate baked goods – bananas, pumpkin, zucchini, berries, you name it – and this blackberry chocolate cake is no exception.
The plump, late-Summer fruit, cooked down into a fragrant, jammy blackberry mash, adds a subtle, but welcome fruity complexity, moisture, and faint reddish hue to an already deeply cocoa-filled cake.
It’s a rustic cake simple enough for everyday baking, with flavors unusual enough to feel decadent for special occasions. The batter comes together easily – one pot for a homemade blackberry jam (which flavors both the cake and frosting), one bowl for the rich, chocolate batter, one for the chocolate buttercream frosting – and makes use of the tangles of wild blackberries growing with abandon in our backyard this time of year.
Fluffy and flavorful homemade lemon buttermilk cupcakes, with perfectly domed tops ideal for piling high with frosting.
Happy 4th of July!!
How are you celebrating? We’re headed to a neighborhood bbq later this afternoon, and I’m bringing these red, white, and blue lemon buttermilk cupcakes along to share.
It’s probably too late for you to bake these cupcakes today (though they’re actually pretty quick and easy), but I figure they’re super yummy and Summer-y regardless of the holiday, and thought I’d leave you with the recipe anyway.
Mile-high lemon blueberry muffins with crunchy, sugar kissed tops, and fluffy, berry studded centers.
Baking is a lovely sort of therapy. The even, precise measuring, the sweet aromas, the satisfying way a batter or dough comes together…
And when there are two plumbers upstairs, ticking away a bajillion dollars with every hour that passes, it’s the perfect time to escape to the kitchen, stick your head in the sand – well, flour, and sugar, and butter – and bake up some damn good lemon blueberry muffins.