This lemon blackberry pound cake is as gorgeous as it is delicious. With fresh blackberries baked into every slice, it’s incredibly moist and BONUS — it’s also easy to make! The combination of lemon zest and juice adds a bright, citrusy note, which pairs so well with the sweet blackberries.

Topped with a homemade blackberry glaze, this stunning cake tastes amazing and brings the wow! It’s perfect for any fancy occasion or just Sunday supper.

A bundt cake topped with blackberries and drizzled with a purple glaze is placed on a white plate.

Y’all. This may be my new favorite cake. While I’ll always be partial to my Cream Cheese Pound Cake, this cake is just so pretty! I can’t stop looking at it long enough to eat it. Oh, but when you do take a bite…aaahhhh…it’s just as delicious as it is gorgeous!

The lemon blackberry bundt cake story

Some things just go together, don’t you think? Lemon and blackberries are a perfect pairing. I’ve used them before in my lemon blackberry scones recipe, so why not add them to a cake, too?

Fresh fruit or edible flower garnishes give recipes so much color and depth, and I’m here for it. It’s like introducing elements of nature in your home — adding wood or stone or other things from nature makes your home more inviting, and I think it’s the same with food. When you add some extra, uncooked, natural elements, it just makes the food more appealing.

Why you’ll love this recipe

EASY: This recipe is easy! There are a few steps, like making the glaze, but it’s still easier than a layer cake. The whole process takes about an hour and a half.  

PRESENTATION: You’re getting a stunning cake for not a lot of effort — and I promise, you can make it just as pretty as the pictures! All you do is pour the glaze over the top and set some fresh blackberries on top. You can do it!

MAKE-AHEAD: You can make this lemon blackberry cake a day or two before you want to serve it. Store it at room temperature unless it will be more than a day, in which case I would store it in the refrigerator. I would store the glaze separately and drizzle that on before serving.

I hope you’ll make delicious lemon blackberry pound cake. I think you’ll love it and your family will be so impressed!

Lucy

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What you’ll need for lemon blackberry pound cake

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  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon juice
  • Sour cream
  • Granulated white sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Blackberries
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
Bundt cake topped with pink icing and fresh blackberries, displayed on a white plate.
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Lemon Blackberry Pound Cake

Lemon Blackberry Pound Cake is filled with fresh blueberries and lemon zest, making a gorgeous and delicious cake.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
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Ingredients 

Cake

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 packed tablespoon lemon zest (zest of about 2 lemons)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (juice of about 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated white sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen (not thawed)

Blackberry glaze

  • 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen (not thawed)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk

Decoration

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries

Instructions 

Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 325° F and grease and lightly flour a 10-12 cup bundt pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, sour cream and sugar. Beat until fully combined.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a handheld spatula to fold the ingredients together until you can no longer see white streaks of flour.
  • Add the blackberries and fold very gently until evenly distributed.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake in the center of the preheated oven for 55 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the bundt pan for 10 minutes then invert the pan and turn the cake out onto a wire cooling rack to fully cool.

Blackberry glaze

  • In a saucepan set over medium heat, add the blackberries and sugar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  • Use a potato masher or fork to mash the blackberries and release the juices. The blackberry mixture will thicken and look syrupy. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Pass the blackberry syrup through a sieve to remove the seeds. You should be left with around 1/4 cup of blackberry syrup.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of blackberry syrup. Add the milk and beat until smooth and uniform in color.
  • If the glaze is too thick add more milk. If it’s too thin add more powdered sugar until you reach the desired pourable consistency.
  • Pour the blackberry glaze over the cooled pound cake and top with fresh blackberries.

Notes

  • This cake was made in a Nordic Ware 10-cup Heritage Pan. We use our own “cake goop” and have success turning out our bundts every time! Cake goop is made from equal measures of shortening, oil, and flour. We suggest a 1/4 cup of each – simply mix together thoroughly and use the mixture to paint the inside of your bundt pan. Any leftover cake goop can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Another top tip for a perfect cake is to set a timer for 10 minutes as soon as the
    cake is taken from the oven. After 10 minutes, invert the pan and turn the cake out to fully cool on a wire rack.
  • Use a neutral oil such as vegetable oil or canola oil.
  • If you don’t have sour cream, you can use Greek yogurt, regular plain yogurt, or buttermilk instead.
  • You can use fresh or frozen blackberries in the cake or glaze, although we don’t
    recommend frozen for decoration. Be sure not to defrost the blackberries if you are using frozen.
  • Storage: Any leftover Lemon Blackberry Pound Cake should be wrapped well or
    kept in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the
    refrigerator for 4-5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  • To freeze, wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, and freeze for up to one month. Be sure to fully thaw the cake in the refrigerator before bringing it to room temperature and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 394kcal, Carbohydrates: 82g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.004g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 168mg, Potassium: 215mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 55g, Vitamin A: 289IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 394
Keyword: lemon blackberry cake, lemon blackberry pound cake
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Questions and tips

➡️ This cake was made in a Nordic Ware 10-cup Heritage Pan. We use our own “cake goop” and have success turning out our bundts every time! Cake goop is made from equal measures of shortening, oil, and flour. We suggest a 1/4 cup of each – simply mix together thoroughly and use the mixture to paint the inside of your bundt pan. Any leftover cake goop can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

➡️ Another top tip for a perfect bundt cake is to set a timer for 10 minutes as soon as the cake is taken from the oven. After 10 minutes, invert the pan and turn the cake out to fully cool on a wire rack.

➡️ Use a neutral oil such as vegetable oil or canola oil.

➡️ You can use fresh or frozen blackberries in the cake or glaze, although we don’t recommend frozen for decoration. Be sure not to defrost the blackberries if you are using frozen.

➡️ Storage: Any leftover Lemon Blackberry Pound Cake should be wrapped well or kept in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

➡️ To freeze, wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, and freeze for up to one month. Be sure to fully thaw the cake in the refrigerator before bringing it to room temperature and serving.

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