Black Berry Cream Cheese Cake

The day started off rather gloomy and then turned to a steady downpour. But not before my Shepherd and I got in a picking of Blackberries..... This recipe is one I have pulled from a friend of a friend's of a friend's who runs a B & B. I can see why this made the menu...I am keeping it for my B & B Cookbook.

Streusel Topping:

1/3 cup (45 grams) all purpose white flour

1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup (56 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Cream Cheese Filling:

8 ounce package (227 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (peel)

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Cake Batter:

1 cup (140 grams) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (56 grams) (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup (80 ml) milk

1 cup fresh blackberries, raspberries or blueberries or 1/2 cup raspberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Butter a 9 inch (23 cm) spring form pan and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

For streusel topping: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and ground cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

For cream cheese filling: Beat the cream cheese until creamy and smooth. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and beat until very smooth. Set aside.

For cake batter: In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add the flour mixture, alternately with the milk, and beat only until combined. Spread the batter onto the bottom, and slightly up the sides, of the prepared pan. Next, spread the cream cheese filling over the cake batter. Scatter the fresh berries over the filling and top with the streusel.

Bake for about 60 to 70 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 8 - 10 servings


  1. oh slobber slobber. I'm so glad you are all doing this blog. and with such tempting pictures.

    This blog should be renamed to "this good food will keep you fat"

    These recipes are wonderful, perfect for making and taking somewhere to share and impress. Otherwise I would eat a whole cheesecake while watching late night tv.

  2. Oh so lovely! Looks so good. I'll have to try this one. Drat this old 50 something body that just likes to add weight and not keep any off....

  3. Looks wonderful, Trish! And I just enjoyed a yummy piece of Blackberry Streusel ala mode (Anneliese's recipe).

  4. Oh yes...that streusel of Anneliese's was SUCH a hit at work...doubt that I can ever come back on that one!!!!

  5. Trish, you almost had me fooled with that flower! =)I have to check my recipe, but I think I've done this one too with blueberries. It's very good! The blackberries look amazing!

  6. Yum-delicious recipe..sure does look like a keeper! And you picked the blackberries?? Wish I had a bush or 2 of those!

  7. Anneliese...I too use this recipe for just about any fresh could also use preserves when fresh berries are out of season. Frozen berries...not so least I don't have that much luck with them as they seem to make the 'cheesy' part runny.

  8. Trish, this looks so yummy. I have a blackberry bush in the field .. . .I'd love to make this cake but I tend to take to heart what Shannon just said. . .
    we ate far too good camping. . .and now I need to be good for a week .. .or two.

  9. YUM! wow, those pics make my mouth drool! Fabulous job, those black berries look amazing!

  10. Yeahhh.those mennonite girls can cook!!! your recipes are great and your pictures are awesome.Makes me want to lick the I have made your cake recipe using strawberry or raspberry jam and drizzling icing over the top as well.

  11. Very tempting recipes and Fotos!
    beautiful colours !
    Miss Yves

  12. This definately looks too yummy for words! I've GOT to try it! Thanks ladies! :)