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Red Velvet Cake with Blackberry-Cream Cheese Frosting + Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook Giveaway

To celebrate the first cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes, from Delish Dish contributor Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes we are sharing a recipe from the book and a chance to win one of five cookbooks.

Red Velvet Cake with Blackberry-Cream Cheese Whipped Frosting

SERVES 18–22

My daddy is the biggest fan of blackberries. I grew up listening to his warm tales of eating them during his childhood (back then Daddy was lovingly nicknamed June Baby, not because he was born in June but because he was a junior named after his father). He adored berry picking in his grandmother’s backyard. Those ripe goodies would later star in her incredible pies and cobblers, for which she was well known.

Blackberries are one of a kind, quite sweet (the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice), and, as it turns out, the perfect mates for a classic red velvet cake. Red velvet is the quintessential Southern cake flavor. The richness of the buttermilk batter, with its slight whisper of chocolate, is perfectly off set by a creamy, smooth cream cheese frosting. You can’t beat that amazingness—that is, until you swirl the cloud of cream cheese with a violet streak of blackberry compote. The result is not only delicious but also quite dramatic against the white frosting and brick-colored layers. The beauty of this dessert cannot be ignored. In fact, I suggest you bake this cake when you truly want to impress your guests.

Grandbaby Note: I love the earthiness of blackberry seeds in my compote, but if you aren’t a fan or you crave a smoother texture, you can simply press the blackberries through a fine-mesh strainer after mashing them in the compote instructions. The seeds will stay in the strainer for you to discard.


2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup strong coffee, hot
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 ounce liquid red food coloring

3 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup heavy cream, cold
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1 cup fresh blackberries, for garnish


1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Liberally prepare 3 9-inch round cake pans with the nonstick method of your choice. (I recommend the parchment method described on p. 17.)

2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix on low speed. Slowly add the oil and buttermilk.

3. Increase the speed to medium-low and add the eggs 1 at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Slowly add the coffee, vanilla extract, vinegar, and food coloring. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix the batter until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

4. Evenly pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 20 to 27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a layer comes out clean. Do not overbake.

5. Let the layers cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto wire racks. Let cool to room temperature. Lightly cover the cakes with foil or plastic wrap so they do not dry out.


1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the blackberries, granulated sugar, lime juice, and salt. Once the blackberries begin releasing their juices and the liquid begins to boil, after about 8 to 12 minutes, use a pastry cutter or fork to mash 1/2 of the berries. Leave the rest whole.

2. Stir in the cornstarch and continue to cook at a boil, allowing the juices to cook down and thicken. The compote is ready when the liquid coats and completely sticks to the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat. Let cool to room temperature.


1. Clean your stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment. Beat the cream cheese on high speed until it begins to thicken and become fluffy.

2. Turn your mixer down to low speed and carefully add the confectioners’ sugar. Once the sugar is fully incorporated, turn your mixer speed back up and continue whipping. Add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Continue to whip until the frosting is smooth, light, and fluffy. Refrigerate the buttercream for 30 minutes to firm it up.


1. Once the layers are completely cooled, place 1 layer on a serving plate. Spread just the top with 1/3 of the frosting (please refer to the Basic Frosting Instructions on p. 18). Add 1/3 of the compote over the frosting. Using a butter knife or skewer, swirl the compote into the frosting. Add the second layer and spread with another 1/3 of the frosting. Add 1/3 of the compote, swirling the compote into the frosting again. Add the final layer, bottom-side up, and top with the remaining frosting. Add the rest of the compote and repeat the swirling process. Do not frost the side of the cake. Garnish with the whole blackberries. Serve at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator.

Grandbaby Note: The cake layers can be quite tender, so feel free to refrigerate them (20 to 30 minutes should do it) to firm them up and make them easier to work with when frosting.

Reprinted with permission from Grandbaby Cakes by Jocelyn Delk Adams, Agate Surrey, 2015.

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95 Responses to “ Red Velvet Cake with Blackberry-Cream Cheese Frosting + Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook Giveaway ”

  1. Favorite dessert: icebox lemon buttermilk pie

  2. Pie! Any kind of pie!

  3. Key Lime!

  4. Favorite dessert? White chocolate cheesecake with raspberry swirl.

  5. My favourite dessert is homemade cake!

  6. Walnut Raspberry Torte

  7. Chocolate cake

  8. Warm peach and blackberry cobbler with candied pecans and a giant scoop of cold vanilla bean ice cream <3

  9. I love fresh out if of the oven peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream!

  10. Pecan Pie!

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  14. Brownies, any kind of brownies :)

  15. Strawberry Shortcake Trifle.

  16. Hot apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream!

  17. Cupcakes!

  18. Red Velvet Cake!!

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  27. Bananas Foster Bread Pudding!!!

  28. Brown sugar pavlova topped with marscapone whipped cream and limoncello macerated berries

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  37. My mom’s Rhubarb pie

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  44. Anything my Grandma made when we visited her house! She always had the counter covered with homade cobblers, pies, and cakes! My favorite probably was her peach cobbler!

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  51. “Knock You Naked Brownies”

    The bottom layer is brownie dough, then you press oreos into the dough, layer more brownie dough on top, then pour melted caramels all over the top.

    It is the most luxurious and decadent dessert, and combines all of my favorite things!

  52. My favorite dessert is German Chocolate Cake! It’s a must have for my birthday each year!!

  53. Creme brûlée

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  55. That’s too hard to answer! I love pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, peanut butter pie…I guess pie!!! :)

  56. Lemon meringue pie made with tangy home grown lemons.

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  80. One of the absolute best desserts I’ve ever put in my mouth was from this incredible bakery in the Liberdade (Japan Town) neighborhood of Sao Pablo, Brazil called Itirike! It was so hard to choose one sweet but I went with this beautiful chocolate bowl filled with whip cream, some kind of magic sauce, strawberries, malt balls, and more chocolate. It was amazing and now I’m craving it. If I could post a photo here I would because my description just doesn’t do it justice. It was magical. I just love anything with ice cream or whip cream.

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  95. Cheesecake!

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