Blackberry Crumb Cake

I have noticed that I don’t usually tend to bake unless there’s a special occasion, event, holiday or birthday to bake for — but the other day I came across a recipe for this blackberry crumb cake, and it looked so divine–I just had to make it for no reason at all; other than I wanted to eat it! I have mentioned before how my little ones are obsessed with berries… to the point that they’d choose blackberries over candy, so I knew they would LOVE this cake–but my daughter Gemma just picked off the delicious crumb topping and ate the blackberries and left the actual cake! My husband loved the crumb topping so much too–that I decided to double the crumb topping in the recipe, because we all know it’s by far the BEST part! I put light sour cream in the cake itself, and I did start yoga a few days ago…. so I feel totally justified here! ;-) This cake is every bit, if not even more, delicious than it looks! I need to bake for no reason more often if i’m going to discover recipes like these! {Or NOT!!}

Ingredients: {recipe from thydeandthyme}
{for the crumb topping}
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp lime zest
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup sliced almonds

{For the cake}
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups fresh blackberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 defF.  Lightly grease and flour and 10-inch springform pan.  To make the crumb topping, combine the flour, sugar and lime zest in a small bowl and mix to combine. Pour in the melted butter and mash with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

To make the cake, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  In a 2-cup measuring cupl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until well blended. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid ingredients.  Fold together gently until evenly combined and no streaks remain, being careful not to over mix.  Pour the  the batter into the prepared pan in an even layer.  Dot the top of the batter with the blackberries. SONY DSCSprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the berries. Sprinkle sliced almonds over the crumble.

Bake until the topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 38-42 minutes.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes.  Remove the sides of the springform pan.  Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into wedges.
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The original recipe was pretty amazing, so with double the crumb mixture–it’s pretty darn near perfect!
Enjoy guys,
<3 Sarah