Very Berry Coffee Cake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

Simple to make and a good way to use up leftover sour cream as it only calls for 3 tablespoons of it. You can mix and match berries or use all one kind too. Recipe courtesey Killahevlin Bed and Breakfast Front Royal, Virginia

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Spread solid shortening on bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan.
  2. Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer.
  6. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy.
  7. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix well.
  8. Alternately, add flour mixture and milk to batter, beginning and ending with flour.
  9. Spread half the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  10. Spread berries (well drained) on top of batter.
  11. Cover berries with remaining batter and spread the top evenly with a spatula (some berries will show through).
  12. For Crumb Topping: Combine all ingredients and pinch them with fingertips to make crumbs.
  13. Spread on top of cake and bake for 30 to 35 minutes (metal pan) or longer if glass pan- or until a toothpick comes out clean and cake is golden brown.
  14. Cool cake completely (in pan) on wire rack.
  15. Refrigerate overnight and cut into squares.
  16. Serve at room temperature.


Most Helpful

I made this cake this morning Steve, as soon as I read your response in "Request A Recipe". It looked just too good to resist. This coffee cake is just as fabulous as I thought it would be by reading the ingredients! Very easy to make with excellent results. I made this recipe using fresh blueberries and it tasted like a great big blueberry muffin.....only better! This will be a great coffee cake to make when we have guests or simply for my coffee cake cravings! Thank you so much, Steve for posting!

Bev July 09, 2002

I love this cake and keep making it for breakfast, for guests and to give as gifts. But I have problems with the crumb topping sinking and the baking time is waaaaaay longer than 35 minutes as posted. Those are the only things that keep me from rating it 5 star because the taste is fantastic!Guests love it also. I've adjusted the way I make it to preserve the crumbs to the top of the cake. I bake it for 30 minutes then add the crumbs. It takes another 25-30 minutes after adding the crumbs to bake the cake through.

Phunny Pharmer August 07, 2010

Fantastic! Followed directions exactly and it was perfect. Used some huge fresh blackberries we picked that day. Refrigerated overnight then served at room temperature for breakfast the next morning. Cake was tender and buttery, streusel topping was just right, beautful and bursting with flavor of blackberries. So, so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

LonghornMama June 10, 2012

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