Cinnamon Almond Cake with Wild Texas Blackberries

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Author Notes: I don't really have a specialty, but everyone always wants to know what kind of cake I'm bringing to whatever function we're having. I bake for every occasion and no occasion. Sometimes you can cheer up a friend, bribe a co-worker or apologize with a cake. It works every time. I make cakes first thing in the morning before work. Then I bring them to the office and everyone is amazed that it's still warm and they think I'm a little weird that I like to do this. This cake came about because we picked blackberries on Saturday at our place out in the country. Despite thorny hands and the risk of a snake bite we have fun picking them. nannydeb

Serves 12 - 15

For the streusel:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto di Sarrono
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
  • powedered sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 10 cup bundt pan. Set aside.
  2. Mix the steusel together with your fingers to get a crumbly mixture. Set aside.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar on low speed. Add eggs one at a time.
  5. Add vanilla and Amaretto di Sarrono.
  6. Alternately add the flour mixture with the Greek yogurt, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  7. By hand, mix in the blackberries (with a spoon, that is)
  8. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the streusel into the prepared pan. Spoon in half of the cake batter then sprinkle the rest of the streusel over top. Add the rest of the cake batter and smooth it around.
  9. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto the serving plate to cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. p.s. Don't freak out if some of the streusel gets stuck in the pan. Just spoon it back over the top cuz you'll want every bit. Plus, you're topping it with powdered sugar so it won't show...

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen



over 4 years ago gingerroot

This sounds SO good, nannydeb!


over 4 years ago Oui, Chef

I'm open to bribes, especially ones as delicious sounding as this. - S


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I just need to echo everyone on this one. YUM!


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh yum! Being the wonderful giving person who bakes up and brings warm cakes to work or friends is definitely a legacy worth having!


over 4 years ago lapadia

I love blackberries and I love your recipe, we won't have blackberries until the end of summer and I am looking forward to it! Oh, and I love your "cake" legacy...I am sure you will be remembered for that!


over 4 years ago wssmom

Wow! Yum! I don't bake a lot but this could make me a lot of new friends in the office!!!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

yum... and sexy...I agree with sexy.


over 4 years ago Midge

You've got some super lucky friends and colleagues. This looks scrumptious!


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yum! Cake gone wild! I love it!


over 4 years ago ENunn

Beautiful, mouthwatering: sexy!


over 4 years ago nannydeb

Wow, sexy? Thanks!


over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Your cake looks fantastic and great headnote too. Nice easy directions that even I could follow!! You are very brave for facing the snakes and stickers in search of blackberries.


over 4 years ago nannydeb

thanks Ab!