West Virginia - Blackberry Cake

I was so happy to come across multiple recipes for West Virginia Blackberry Cake as I was researching a unique sweet for The Mountain State.  While the Golden Delicious Apple is the official fruit of West Virginia, I was intrigued by this old fashioned style cake and really liked the idea of having another layer cake on Sweet State of Mine.  Plus, we're heading into prime blackberry season so the timing was perfect! 

I don't know the exact history behind the WV Blackberry Cake but blackberries are readily available throughout the state and are celebrated each August at the Blackberry Festival in Nutter Fort, WV.   

for the layers

for the icing

for the layers:
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries 

for the icing:
1 cup butter, softened
1 pound box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons cold coffee 


  • cream sugar and butter together
  • beat eggs and add to creamed mixture
  • combine flour, spices, baking powder and soda
  • stir into creamed mixture, alternating with buttermilk
  • carefully fold in berries 
  • bake at 350 degrees in 3 greased and floured 8 inch layer pans for 30 minutes or until cake is done and springs back to the touch 
  • cool on wire rack 
  • for the icing, beat all ingredients together until smooth 
  • frost cake layers and assemble 

What's neat about this cake is the unexpected blending of seasonal flavors with the very "fall-ish" spice layers and the super "summery" blackberries.  Throw in the hint of coffee in the icing and you have a truly unique cake! 


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