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Berry Vanilla Cake

Celebrate berry season with this simple Berry Vanilla Cake. Use your favorite mix of berries or just one kind. A perfect go-to dessert for the season! - Bake or Break

It’s been more years than I like to admit since I was in school looking forward to summer break, yet I still find myself wanting to take a long break and fill my days with all the fun things I’ve been tabling in favor of getting more work done.

But the reality is that isn’t happening, so I find ways to simplify instead and make a little extra time for myself. If you’re in favor of that plan, too, then you’re going to love this cake. It’s a simple way to enjoy fresh berries with a good dose of vanilla. And it’s so pretty that it doesn’t need a frosting or a glaze. Just add a little whipped cream!

Celebrate berry season with this simple Berry Vanilla Cake. Use your favorite mix of berries or just one kind. A perfect go-to dessert for the season! - Bake or Break

While this cake doesn’t need a topping, I just can’t resist adding a sprinkle of sanding sugar to the top of it before baking. It’s such an easy way to add a little bit of sparkle and an extra sweet bite. It’s completely optional, but frequent BoB readers will know that it’s one of my favorite extra touches.

The cake itself is a version of a traditional white cake. It uses egg whites instead of whole eggs for a lighter color. And I like to whip the egg whites and fold them into the batter for a little fluffier texture.

Celebrate berry season with this simple Berry Vanilla Cake. Use your favorite mix of berries or just one kind. A perfect go-to dessert for the season! - Bake or Break

You can, of course, use your favorite mix of berries or just use one kind. You can let the flavors change as the season progresses and other berries become available. If you use larger berries like strawberries, I recommend quartering them so that they’re about the size of smaller berries like raspberries.

This lovely cake is just the dessert for celebrating berry season. It’s full of such amazing flavor and beautiful color! And it’s simple enough to whip up that you may find that it becomes a staple dessert of the season.

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Berry Vanilla Cake

Yield 18 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Celebrate berry season with this simple, delicious, and delightful Berry Vanilla Cake.

Berry Vanilla Cake made with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 & 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 cups assorted berries*
  • sanding sugar, optional
  • sweetened whipped cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9"x 13"x 2" baking pan.**
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the flour in 3 portions, alternating with 2 portions of milk. Mix just until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. Gently fold into the cake batter.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Scatter the berries over the top of the batter. If you like, sprinkle sanding sugar over the top of the cake and berries.
  7. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cake has browned and a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before serving.


*Cut larger berries like strawberries into quarters. **If you'd like to remove the entire cake from the pan instead of serving from the pan, line the pan with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over the short ends by a couple of inches. Grease the pan and parchment paper. Once the cake has cooled, use the overhanging paper to lift the cake out of the pan.

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    13 Comments on “Berry Vanilla Cake”

  1. Love this! I go crazy buying berries in the summer and I LOVE to use them in desserts – I can tell myself it’s a healthy dessert then 🙂 Thanks for sharing – looks great!

  2. Hi Jennifer!
    This looks like another delicious cake…..all of your recipes are great! Do you think this cake could be made with a crumb topping? I won’t be able to take whipped cream to the place I’m bringing it so I was just wondering.
    Hope you’re having a great summer!

  3. I added rhubarb in place of Strawberries (allergy), and it was a success.

  4. Wonderful recipe!! It was a hit with the whole family especially the teens. Is it ok next time to use frozen berries?:) thank you!

  5. Jennifer!   I Just made the berry vanilla cake my July 4th dinner tomorrow. Well you just know I couldn’t wait till tomorrow to taste it, so I sliced off a long skinny piece at one end, added a little whipped cream, and I am in heaven. I did not need to grease the parchment paper. It worked perfectly without it, and Next time I would  use even more more berries.   I had to order sanding sugar online, because my local grocery, Publix, does not carry it. Excellent recipe moist, fluffy, beautiful cake.   You are my hero Jennifer. I love your recipes. 

  6. not to be that person on a recipe blog, but I made it with wild blackberries, changed the vanilla to about a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, and used about a half cup less of sugar (because I forgot to write down how much sugar there was and guessed wrong) and it turned out amazing

  7. I made it for the first time and all of my best fellow condo dwellers really enjoyed it. It reminded my next door neighbor of a cke that her mother use to make. Thanks for the recipe.

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