Any Berry Cake…

Finally, we have come to a time in our CSA boxes that I can actually  see red colors instead of green!

I am finally getting tomatoes, radishes, carrots instead of cabbage, collard greens, cabbage, collard greens and cabbage…

And the first little berry box showed up this time. A handful of blackberries. Of which I immediately popped several in my mouth…And I realized how sour they were as soon as I bit into their skins…and I had forgotten how seedy those little things were.

The biting and wincing were all happening as I was talking to my mom on the phone. I gave out a little surprised sound, and told her what was going on, so she does not think that I am making noises at her, or rolling my eyes in my own privacy at what she was telling me! You gotta be careful with moms, sometimes they are overly sensitive!

She said “Oh very simple..Why don’t you mix this and that and place the berries on top, bake it! The batter makes the berries edible again. I make this with sour cherries a lot!”

“Well.. Hello Iron Chef! Can I talk to my mom, please?”

I love this and I hate it sometimes… Her and my grandma’s ability to list ten different dishes related to one simple ingredient without a second of hesitation.

Just like that…here you go, make this batter and it will all taste good!

And it was darn good!

But it won’t stop me from tinkering with this simple recipe because as my husband says “I would drop dead if I did just exactly what my mom tells me to do!” I swear, sometimes I feel like I am 14 though calendar shows 34. I have to do the opposite or at least change a couple things around. So be on the lookout for an updated recipe with maybe less sugar, or more lemony taste, I might even substitute some almond meal for half of the flour. And definitely, raspberries and cherries!

Update: Sorry, real age is 35, no idea why I think I am still 34!

Berry Cake

  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (very soft at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour(sifted after measured)
  • 1 cup berries

Note: She also said dust with powdered sugar on top when it cools down. I did not because it was sweet enough for me, but I wanted to let you know that you have options to make it sweeter!

  1. Beat the butter with an electric mixer at medium speed. Add sugar. Beat until well blended.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, continue beating.
  3. Add milk and vanilla.
  4. Add flour and baking powder. Beat at medium speed until all blended. Give it a good stir with a spatula.
  5. Grease an 8-inch diameter pan. Pour the batter.
  6. Place the berries on top.
  7. Place the pan in a preheated 340-degree oven.
  8. Once it starts browning on top (20-30 min later), reduce the oven temperature down to 300 degrees. Bake until the toothpick inserted comes out clean (another 20 min or so).


  1. by Jennifer
    10:50 pm
    Jun 23, 2011

    I’m on my way! Make me a plate!

  2. by C1tr4@My Home Diary in Turkey
    1:08 am
    Jun 24, 2011

    Gonna try it soon ! ^,^ looks scrumptious and perfect..

  3. by Lana
    1:32 am
    Jun 24, 2011

    Our mothers could be sisters – they act alike:) And I agree, it is annoying listening at the ease with which they approach cooking: no recipes necessary!
    My mom has a similar “method” and it works for any fruit (sour cherries are my favorite, because, well, they are sour, which works beautifully with sweet batter).
    Thanks for reminding me of this easy and so delicious dessert. Good luck with your CSA delivery – I wish you many colorful items:)

  4. by Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    7:05 am
    Jun 24, 2011

    Perfect! Just what I was looking for. Tell Mom thanks! You’re a good daughter :)

  5. by Deb @ PaperTurtle
    8:53 am
    Jun 24, 2011

    Yummmmmmmmmmy! I feel the same way about tart berries and my mom’s advice. LOL

    Thanks for the great sounding recipe. I want to make this right now!

  6. by Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen
    11:56 am
    Jun 24, 2011

    Mom ALWAYS knows best! :)

  7. by Angie@Angiesrecipes
    1:57 pm
    Jun 24, 2011

    It looks darn good to me too!

  8. by Shelley
    2:05 pm
    Jun 24, 2011

    I make a very similar cake with raspberrries. Gotta love a nice light cake with juicy summer berries!
    P.S. I’m 36 and I can never do as my mother says either :-)

  9. by Mandy
    2:45 pm
    Jun 24, 2011

    Looks simple enough. I may try this!

  10. by purabi naha
    2:41 am
    Jun 25, 2011

    Oh…such a wonderful cake…why can’t I take a bite through the computer?! Not fair. I am drooling now. Well done!

  11. by Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
    1:16 pm
    Jun 25, 2011

    So love the berries peeking out-Perfect cake for summers.Your mom gave you a perfect suggestion – for me fruits work better in baked goodies- ever better than chocolate!

  12. by Pam
    4:37 pm
    Jun 25, 2011

    Wow! This is a must try! It’s definitely my kind of cake. I’m so happy to find your blog and look forward to more great recipes!

  13. by Jeanette
    9:04 am
    Jun 27, 2011

    Ilke, love how your mom suggested this berry cake. We all hate it when Mom’s right don’t we, but Moms are a treasure chest full of information (and they’re usually right!).

  14. by Lyn
    8:11 am
    Jul 2, 2011

    Ilke… I made the “Any Berry Cake” yesterday using fresh-picked blueberries. Yum Yum! What a great, easy delicacy. My husband and I were in Turkey 3 years ago and it so reminds me of cake we had in Kas. Thanks much. (p.s. I am Jan Phillips’ sister-in-law. We met at Kim’s shower last year.) Great blog! Lyn

  15. by Zehra
    5:42 pm
    Jul 3, 2011

    Ilke’cim, I was looking for something (an eating material) that I can make any use of my ‘overly old, but looking too beatiful to trash’ apples. Your site is becoming my ‘only’ source looking for receipies by the way. Therefore, I was in here. I guess it was ‘love at first sight’ for me, my apples, and this ‘any berry cake’. My apples are very happy to be used in place of berries so far. I will tell you what your ‘any berry cake’ tells about this after it is out of the oven… :)

  16. by Zehra
    1:17 am
    Jul 4, 2011

    Smells good, taste like … (I do not have the right word to explain it, really), very moist and yummm!.. Turns out ‘any berry cake’ agrees with my apples, thank you very much!.. I am thinking to sprinkle some cinnamon over the apples on the top next time since cinnamon and apples are guilty at testing heavenly together. This thing tastes even better after a little waiting to completely cool down. Now, rest of my apples and I are off to check on ‘No butter apple cake’, I’ll see you there.

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