lemon blackberry cake sandwiches

by jenna on January 24, 2011

Okay, so apparently I’m still in summer mode. And I’m still eating blackberries on sale. But for the first time in a long time, the weather is actually decent here and I’m celebrating the sun by baking fun, fruity desserts. Anyone care to join? It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing where you are.

What I’m talking about is having a summer state of mind….

By making these cake sandwiches! Because I honestly can’t think of a better creation than two thick slices of lemon cake sandwiched between fluffy whipped cream and blackberries.

It makes you forget that chocolate is your first love.

It makes you forget the snow and ice.

And it makes you forget that you’ll probably have to do lunges to fit into your jeans later.

Even if you don’t think you like lemon baked goods, I can almost guarantee you will like this cake. It’s soft and light with the most irresistible crust and just a hint of lemon—nothing overwhelming.

It kinda has an old fashioned charm to it, which I love!

(see that gaping hole in the top of the cake? I ate that. heh heh heh.)

You also don’t have to make a sandwich with it. This cake is perfectly acceptable all by itself, smeared with a little raspberry jam or drizzled with a tart lemon glaze.

The sandwiches are just so pretty, though….but let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for anything that involves whipped cream. Berries and cream used be one of my favorite desserts when I was a little kid!

Another idea for dinner parties—-mini cake sandwiches! How cute would little two inch sandwiches be?! If you decide to do that, please invite me over.

And if you decide to do that for a superbowl party, you’re a rockstar (what guy doesn’t love a sandwich made of cake?).

Lemon Blackberry Cake Sandwiches

adapted from Apples for Jam (one of my favorite cookbooks!)

Print this recipe!

makes 1 loaf-cake

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

juice and zest of one lemon

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 sticks butter, softened

3 eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup milk

lemon glaze:

juice of one lemon

1 T confectioner’s sugar

whipped cream:

2 cups heavy whipping cream (very cold!)

1/4 cup vanilla sugar or regular sugar

fresh blackberries

Preheat the oven to 325.

Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy (about five minutes). Add the eggs, one by one, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients and then add the milk, lemon juice and lemon zest while continuing to beat until smooth.

Scoop batter into a buttered and floured loaf pan and smooth top with spatula. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the sides pull away from the pan. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack or large plate.

While the cake is cooling, beat together the cream and sugar until soft peaks appear. To assemble the sandwiches, make sure the cake is completely cool (or else you’ll melt the cream), and then scoop about a quarter cup of cream on a slice of cake and top with fresh blackberries. Finish with another cake slice.

To make glaze, mix together the lemon juice and powdered sugar. Drizzle over cake. Serve immediately.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

oh my goodness, i’m in the summer state of mind right there with ya! those sandwiches are OUT of this world…in fact, i have a baby shower i’m throwing soon that i’ll be making these for. fabulous!

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Baking 'n' Books January 24, 2011 at 5:31 am

What an awesome idea! I thought the recipe was just for the cream and berries in the middle and it was actually on white bread ;) …but lemon cake!

And, hunks taken out of the tops of breads, etc – my forte…it’s horrible and nothing stands a chance against me…hence my terrible pictures probably.

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sofia January 24, 2011 at 5:32 am

ya think i could pack one of these up for lunch to deviate from the usual pb&j? ;)

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Maria January 24, 2011 at 5:35 am

Can you please pack me a brown bag lunch with this sandwich? Please and thank you:) Love it Jenna!

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Evan Thomas January 24, 2011 at 5:35 am

The lemon glazed cake sounds delicious all its own

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Christie {Abundant Self Care} January 24, 2011 at 5:38 am

Oh my goodness, you’ve gone too far this time. Holy drooling before breakfast!!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite January 24, 2011 at 5:39 am

Love this! Lemon desserts are my favorite :)

I’m going to join you on this ‘Summer Mode’ its way too cold for me in DC.

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 24, 2011 at 5:39 am

Ahh, looks amazing. Please – stay in summer mode! It’s definitely helping me get through the -2 (feels like -21) degree weather in Boston…

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jen @ taste life January 24, 2011 at 5:41 am

I really, really wish I felt summery right now :(

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 24, 2011 at 5:41 am

Really…a recipe that doesn’t require one to do lunges in her jeans really isn’t worth it! :-) YUM.

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

I hear ya! I hope you got your cookbook, btw! :)

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Lauren at KeepItSweet January 24, 2011 at 5:42 am

Not sure why I didn’t do this when I made lemon poundcake a couple of weeks ago…… if it is a sandwich you can eat it for lunch!

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Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 24, 2011 at 5:42 am

Turning cake into sandwiches?! Sign me UP!

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Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 24, 2011 at 5:42 am

Hmmm I just so happen to have lemons…and everything else I need for this cake. (: Such a beautiful creation!

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

make it!! And then let me know what you think :)

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brandi@BranAppetit January 24, 2011 at 5:43 am

I LOVE Apples for Jam!

And I’ll have to remember this once berries are in season. This would be the perfect late summer dessert.

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Amanda (Eating Up) January 24, 2011 at 5:45 am

I love lemon like most people love chocolate. I’m totally digging this recipe!

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Jessica @ How Sweet January 24, 2011 at 5:46 am

This might be the most brilliant idea ever.

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Susan January 24, 2011 at 5:47 am

I adore Apples For Jam, not only for the pictures, but for the simple and homey recipes. Have you tried the mixed brown bread or the winter squash pizza? Amazing!

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

I haven’t tried that yet! I LOVE her photography and sometimes just sit and flip through the pages just to drool at everything!

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Debbie January 24, 2011 at 5:48 am

Wow, what a great idea! I’m a little jealous that you have access to blackberries at this time of year! I’ll have to wait until later on this year to try this. they look gorgeous!!

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kate January 24, 2011 at 5:56 am

I can not wait until its berry season again! Lemon makes the perfect accompaniment to baked goods.

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Steph January 24, 2011 at 5:59 am

this looks amazing! I love lemony desserts :) I too have been on a blackberry kick lately – my most favorite blackberry snack combo has been blackberries + tortilla + cream cheese + slivered almonds. Such a sweet-tooth satisfier.

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

interesting!! I will have to give that a try..

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megan @ whatmegansmaking January 24, 2011 at 6:00 am

a sandwich made of cake is definitely a good idea! I’m with you on the berries and cream thing too – one of my favorites!

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Kristina @ Life as Kristina January 24, 2011 at 6:03 am

Is this for real?! Yes please!

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Camille January 24, 2011 at 6:04 am

What a beautiful, light looking recipe. You are making me crave Spring :)

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The Blue-Eyed Bakers January 24, 2011 at 6:10 am

Cake sandwiches? Cake SANDWICHES?!!?! Lovely lovely girl – you are our hero. Forever.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 24, 2011 at 6:12 am

I LOVE the sound of these! A summer state of mind is a little hard for me to get into today since it’s -24C here, but I love the idea of a sandwich made of lemony cake and blueberries in the middle. YUM!

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Daisy January 24, 2011 at 6:20 am

what a lovely summer sandwich. the ideal picture i needed to enjoy this -2 degree day in Boston.

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Stephanie Rose January 24, 2011 at 6:22 am

Looks amazing! Just what is needed on -8 degree day!

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Courtney January 24, 2011 at 6:24 am

Now that is a summer dessert! These sandwiches remind me of the base of trifle – cake and jam all mushed together. Maybe if you have leftovers (doubtful!), a lemon blackberry trifle? Layers of lemon pastry cream, cake, berries, and whipped cream all drenched in liquor or lemon syrup…

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:19 am

A lemon blackberry trifle sounds fabulous!! I gave leftovers to my new landlord because lemon is her favorite!

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Ingrid January 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

oh my goodness that trifle sounds even yummier than these delicious looking sandwiches!

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 24, 2011 at 6:30 am

CAKE sandwiches?? What a brilliant idea!!! These look scrumptious :)

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

Lemon is definitely my favorite dessert flavor after chocolate. It’s so refreshing and summery! Nice pallete cleanser after a good meal :).

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Darcy @ She Sings at the Table January 24, 2011 at 6:47 am

Whoaaaaa……I cannot NOT stop to thoroughly read a post when the title includes “cake sandwiches.” What a beautiful concept.

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Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream January 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

I’ve been on the hunt for a good lemon cake recipe! I find so many of them are pound cake and something heavy! I’m going to have to give this one a try!!

Thanks for sharing!

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Mary (sisters running the kitchen) January 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

yum!! i am usually not a big fan of lemon desserts, but i think i’d like this as you said it’s only subtle. Lemon + Cream + Berries = perfect combination!

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:14 am

I think you’d like it! It really is very subtle and nice. The lemon isn’t really up front…it’s more like just an old fashioned loaf cake!

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

I was juuuust thinking I need to make a lemon bread pudding and then poof…this popped up!

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Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher January 24, 2011 at 7:08 am

THIS put the box cake I made last night to shame!! I was craving sugaaaa :)))

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Angharad January 24, 2011 at 7:11 am

I just made lemon drenched lemon cake last weekend and the cake was a lot like this – my man friend went bananas for it. I opted for the glaze route though and that went down a treat – it’s great if you want things to get super lemony.

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Jess (Sweet Potato) January 24, 2011 at 7:12 am

Yum, I miss berries! The combination of lemon with berries (any berry) is one of my favorites!

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Amelia January 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

This dessert….um snack…looks delicious! I made a similar cake this past week, a lime yogurt blackberry cake. The pictures of your cake remind me of summertime in Charleston. Ah, how I am missing the good ole’ south while I’m up here in Denver. Snow, snow, go away!

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:13 am

Ahh summertime in Charleston…how I miss thee.

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Natalia - a side of simple January 24, 2011 at 7:25 am

Anything “old fashioned” wins me over. Add to that a taste of summer and I practically swoon :)

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Cake Betch January 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

This seriously sounds amazing. I’ve got to try making this on Saturday or Sunday.

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

please do! Let me know how you like it :)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 24, 2011 at 7:52 am

This definitely beats the sandwich I have planned for later. Yum!

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Lu @ Done Dieting January 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

Wonderful idea. I bet this would be amazing with strawberries in it. I wish I could get away with eating this as a “healthy” lunch. It’s a sandwich after all.

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eliza January 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

linked to you in my blog :) check it out

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AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon January 24, 2011 at 8:36 am

I want it to be summer time so that I can have blackberries! It’s currently 8 degrees F outside my house….with a wind chill of 20 below…I would kill for some warm weather berries right now!

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Katherine: Unemployed January 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

this would be a great larabar flavor!

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Amanda January 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

This looks absolutely delicious :)

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Jen January 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

I did lunges in my jeans a couple of weeks ago and my zipper broke – I bought a new pair shortly after that.

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Lisa January 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

This looks amazing! I love poundcake. What a cool idea to make it into a sandwich. :)

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Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

that looks and sounds amazing!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 24, 2011 at 10:50 am

I love that you are in a summer state of mind. It’s been sunny and in the mid to high 70s in the daytime in San Diego for the past 10 days or so….and I definitely have summer on the brain!

And I love that you ate a hole in the cake and posted the pic. Thanks for keeping it real :)

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Raya January 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

Yum!!! Looks great Jenna. BTW, sorry about your phone in the later post. I would quite literally die without my phone. And P.S. Totally unrelated to this post but I finally read The Help and LOVED IT!!!! I’m making my mom read it now.

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Kerry January 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Your photos are gorgeous & making me ridiculously hungry. I never thought of making lemon cake into sandwiches, but it looks delicious!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

You kill me. I want one of these!

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I’m in summer mode too! I can’t help it. It’s so warm here!

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mary (what's cookin' with mary) January 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

It’s totally like summer here too in So Cal… and I have to say that I am loving it. A weekish ago I was making casseroles and now I’m grilling fish and making fruit salsas. I’ll take it!

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Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I’m thinking about making your buffolo chicken dip and cake sandwiches for my annual superbowl party. Game? What game?

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Can I come??!

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Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 25, 2011 at 6:44 am

Ha :) Of course!

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sonia January 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

This is my first time at your site. Liked the recipes and ideas…great job !

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

hi and welcome! :)

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Megan January 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

You said you’re working on a cookbook?….Get that thing published ASAP, please! I’ve been perusing your blog for a couple weeks now and the witty posts, gorgeous photos, and drool-inducing foods have totally won me over. It makes me depressed to be stuck in a stinky little dorm room with no kitchen! Keep up the fabulous work, and make it public the second your cookbook is out! :)

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Ingrid January 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

i made your orange blackberry muffins last night because right as i walked into supertarget, there was a humongous container of blackberries. as of tonight there are only two left! they will be gone before we go to bed. DELISH! i can’t wait to make this cake, got to run and get some more berries and heavy cream. i am gonna gain like 5 pounds this week!

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jenna January 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

so glad you liked them!

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Emily January 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I keep coming back and looking at this again and again.

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A Tablespoon of Liz January 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

This is my kind of sandwich!

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