Blackberry Coconut Cake

by Anna on August 14, 2010

in Cakes

Hi guys, get your fat pants out you might need them, forget about diet because this cake is worth even losing a limb with diabetes. I keed. I keed…. Please don’t lose your limbs. But if everything is fine with your blood sugar levels consider baking this cake for your sweet weekend. It was such a pleasant surprise how yummy it turned out. I say surprise because you wouldn’t believe the amount of crappie baking stuff I have done lately. Most of the time misguided by some not so reliable magazines, but eventually persistence paid off. Yesterday I spent the day baking and everything I did worked. Of course there was some lessons learned…as you can see I covered the cake pan with parchment paper…don’t do that! Because when I tried to take my cake out of the paper it fell apart, because the cake is so incredibly moist. So trust me… Just use the spring form pan and you will be fine.

A Marie Claire Book inspired this recipe, but I changed few things on the way. Like they ask for All Purpose flour, but I used pastry flour (cake flour) the difference is the amount of protein. Cake flour usually has 7.5 to 9% protein and all Purpose about 12%. Low protein cake flour will give cakes a soft tender crumb. And I used the rose water just because I’m addicted to those waters (rose water / orange blossom water). I think they make the cake smell and taste fantastic. If you never tried them, please do. I’m sure you will become addicted too, have a nice weekend y’all. (sudden ‘Southern’ accent) LOL.

Blackberry Coconut Cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 stick of butter + 2 tablespoons (4 ½ oz), softened
  • 1-¼ cups of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of rose water
  • 1-½ cups of cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1-¼ cups of shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup of blackberry

For the topping:

  • ½ can condensed milk
  • 1 cup of blackberry
  • ¼ cup of shredded coconut


Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch spring form cake pan. Beat the butter and sugar using an electric mix until pale and creamy. Then add the eggs, milk, and 1 teaspoon of rose water. Fold with a spatula the flour and baking powder, coconut and 1cup of blackberry through the cake batter.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 1 ½ hours or until skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Meanwhile add the other cup of blackberries, ½ can of condensed milk, and ¼ cup of shredded coconut to a saucepan and let it cook a bit. Mixing the berries to break them apart. When the cake is done spoon the topping over the cake and let it cool down.

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Bistro Gerard August 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm

This looks scrumptious, and indeed worth giving up any dieting plans :-) I love blackberries and can’t wait for them to be back in season again
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Maya August 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

This looks really good and I can see how moist it is from my living room! The combination of blackberries, coconut and yes, condensed milk is just pure heaven… Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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Kim - Liv Life August 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Looks fantastic! I just love all this fresh summer fruit. Blackberries (and raspberries!) are my favorites, and with the coconut twist, how could this not be worth it?? Beautiful!
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Magic of Spice August 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm

This is a melt in your mouth kind of cake…and with coconut, wow :)
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Tamar August 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Everything in moderation but that looks like lots of fun!
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Pachecopatty August 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

This looks like such a moist and delicious cake, I have to get my hands on some blackberries, I think I feel a big foraging trip coming on in the am, lots of giant blackberry bushes by my house and I think they’re just about ready after such a cool summer, thanks for this recipe!
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Kath August 15, 2010 at 6:59 am

Your photos are mouth-watering! All things in moderation, right? :)


Cookin' Canuck August 15, 2010 at 7:28 am

Oh my goodness! This cake is obviously incredibly moist and I can only imagine how good the blackberries and coconut taste together. I love that opening photo!


Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective August 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Oh girl, this looks amazing! I can just imagine how well these flavors fuse together. I save this one for sure!


Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron August 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

This looks so good! Blackberries are in season and I have the rest of the ingredients on hand (surprisingly). It’s a sign to back this cake!


HappyWhenNotHungry August 16, 2010 at 7:47 am

This recipe looks amazing! Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits and mixed with coconut equals pure heaven. Love your photos too!


torviewtoronto August 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

Congrats being on top 9
lovely addition of rosewater and coconut


Ivy @ My Simple Food August 16, 2010 at 8:27 am

Hmmm…lovely. Hungry just looking at it now!


RavieNomNoms August 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

This looks like absolute heaven! Wow!


A Little Yumminess August 16, 2010 at 10:50 am

Oh my – you are inspiring me to bake!!! We just picked some wild blackberries and I am not going to do anything this fancy and lovely with them but I am inspired!
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Taylor August 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Oh yum! I love the coconut in this…looks delicious!
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Laurel Ann Whitlock August 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I’m thinking of trying this, but I’m hung up on the rose water. Is that something you made yourself? Would a well-stocked grocery store possibly have a version of it? Will the world implode if I leave it out?


Anna August 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

Hahahahaha! No Laurel the world won’t implode if you live it out, but trust me it’s totally worth the run to a Greek or Middle eastern store. I think even “Whole Food” might have it. Orange blossom water also would be great. 😀


jenn from much to my delight August 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

That looks incredible! I’m especially intrigued by the addition of rosewater.


Adelina August 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

You’re so right! It seems totally worth it!… I love using flower waters as well and understand what you mean.
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Baking Barrister August 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Congrats on Top 9. And that looks so moist and delicious. Do you think it would be fine without the rosewater?


Anna August 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thanks BB, It’s okay if you don’t put the Rose water, but it gave a totally different taste. I love it. Orange blossom water would be good too. 😀


Stella August 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Nice combination, Anna! I love the idea of blackberries and coconut together. Yum! Ooh, I wonder if I could make this and swirl the blackberries around a lot until the cake is purple or blue and then call it a smurf cake (smile)?!


Anna August 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

Hi Stella, great idea doing the swirl. LOL 😀


sweetlife August 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

oh anna what a wonderful creation…i love blackberries

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Cook with Madin August 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm

OMG, these looks so yummy and so moist. I love your topping, condensed milk. you said the magic word.
Love that southern accent too. lol
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Vaishali August 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Wow…Cake looks really moist and yummmy!

Congrats on being Top 9 today!


TheHealthyApron August 17, 2010 at 7:17 am

OMG, I am falling in love with this post! I wish I could have a bite right now!


Amanda August 17, 2010 at 9:59 am

What an interesting cake. I especially love the topping, it sounds nice and sweet. Now if I could only get my hubby to like coconut.
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Jillyann August 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

That looks so incredibly good! I could use a piece right now with a nice hot cup of coffee.


Claudia August 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I keep a pair of fat pants hanging in my closet for just such an emergency! Definitely enticing!
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Angie's Recipes August 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Oh boy look at that moist texture and that seducing berry topping!
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MaryMoh August 18, 2010 at 1:18 am

Oh wow…that looks like a very moist A1 cake. Love that condensed milk topping…mmmm. I need to get hold of a pair of my brother’s giant pants…..haha
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Lori August 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

This is amazing! My dad would absolutely love it. Maybe I’ll make it the next time I head home. Fat pants are standing by! :)
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denise @ quickies on the dinner table August 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

Oh, those dastardly food magazines *grrrr* I have been led astray enough times to no longer trust them, especially where baking recipes are concerned!

For this cake, I would risk all :) LOVE coconut and I can see how amazing the texture of the crumb is! Beautiful!!
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Lena @ Miss Lucky Piggy August 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

looks very tempting, Anna…especially the topping…yuummm….
can I substitute the rose water? pls advise… thanks & have a lovely weekend :)
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Anna August 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Thanks Lena, I guess you could use orange blossom water, or yet vanilla extract. Have a great weekend. :-)


Sophie August 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

I think this lusciously looking cake with the blackberries & coconut looks just DIVINE!!

I don’t like rosewater so i will use the home made vanilla extract!

Great pictures too!

Fab food!
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Jean August 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Gosh, this cake is beautiful! It’s 9:30 pm and I’d love to have a generous chunk of this. Wow!
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sensiblecooking August 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Drooling drooling and more drooling. Every time I look at the picture that is what happens. I don’t mind finishing off the whole thing.
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