Very Berry Coffee Cake

The berries are everywhere, and we never run out of recipes using these treasurers. The grandkids and I joke that sometimes the berries don’t make it all the way home, so we have to buy double!

My mom loved making coffee cakes, usually simple recipes with a light streusel topping. She made these little cakes quickly and with no fuss in a square baking pan, nine ample servings. With seven of us in the house, we all got dessert, and there was a piece left for my dad’s lunch. I think my mom tucked the last piece away for her cook’s treat.

Use whatever berries are in season

This time around, I used blueberries and raspberries, but you can substitute any mix of berries you like, or use just one kind. I particularly love this with just blackberries, my favorite berry! This recipe is quick to put together, and really pops of the flavors of the season. Add a dollop of whipped cream and you have a dressed-up dessert!


Very Berry Coffee Cake

Streusel topping:

  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp. softened butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon

The cake:

  • 2 cups berries, mixed
  • 2 tbsp. raspberry liquor
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter
  • ½ cup milk or plant milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan.

Place the berries in a shallow dish and add the liquor. Set aside.

Make the streusel topping: combine the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, room temperature butter, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mix with fingers until the consistency of thick cookie dough Set aside.

Make the cake: Strain the liquor from the berries into a liquid measure cup and fill to the 1/2 cup mark with milk. Add the egg, melted butter (cooled slightly), and vanilla, and mix together.

Over a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the milk/egg mixture, and stir just until streaks of flour don’t show.

Add the berries. Spread in the prepared pan and add the streusel in small clumps over the surface.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until browned and firm to the touch. Let cool. This is even better the next day.

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37 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome recipe Dorothy! Blackberries are my favorite berry too!! I have the cake on my list to make this weekend!

    1. Wonderful! I know you’ll like it!

  2. This is an amazing recipe, Dorothy. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome Robbie!

  3. Absolutely love the cake texture. I feel happy everytime you mention your grand kids. Such a beautiful way.

    1. Thank you so much! My kids and grandkids have always been my favorite people to cook for, and I try to involve them from the time they are babies!

      1. Thats really good intention. I try to bring in my kids too.

      2. Wonderful! That’s the best part of it all!

  4. Love such moist fruity cakes, The streusel topping is an added pleasure! 🙂

    1. Thank you! My family doesn’t think it’s a coffee cake without at least a little streusel topping!

  5. Oh yum, I like the addition of raspberry liqueur! A perfect sweet!

    1. Thank you! The liquor adds just a little more life to the coffee cake!

  6. Goodness. I find myself craving a nice cuppa joe. ☕️🍃

    1. Right now, I’d drink it iced!!!!

      1. That works. 👀🍃

  7. Please – more berry recipes. I have packages of raspberries literally falling out of my freezer. I’ll be making this one tomorrow. Thanks.

    1. I will do my best! Enjoy the coffee cake!

  8. such a great recipe!

    1. Thanks! It is quite tasty and fresh with the berry season!

  9. Love it 😍

  10. Fantastic recipe! Perfect for July!

    1. Thank you! It is indeed a summer recipe after hitting the farm stand!

    1. Thanks! It really was!

  11. suzannesmom says:

    This looks heavenly. Am going to see what berries are available with the market’s delivery service as I don’t go in stores yet.

    1. Great that you have a delivery service! Good luck, I’m sure they’ll have berries at this time of year. I go to our farm stands and a little market which has my fish market, They are all really good, limit the number of folks in the store, and require masks. One of the farm stands actually has a hand wash station to use upon entry! My co-op has curbside pickup so I don’t even need to get out of the car!

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  12. suzannesmom says:

    We ate it today — quietly celebrating a Covid-restricted 50th anniversary. Yum!

  13. Oh Happy Anniversary!!!!! What an incredible marriage marker, 50 year! When all this is over, perhaps you can celebrate again, big time! I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake, it really tastes like summer!

  14. Definitely going to try this! Thank you for sharing!

    1. You are welcome! Enjoy this treat!

    1. Thank you! I hope your readers enjoy it!

      1. I am very much looking to baking your Very Berry Coffee Cake Recipe. Thank you! 🙂

      2. I’m sure you will enjoy it! Let me know what fruits you used.

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