Vanilla Iced Double Berry Coffee Cake Recipe #FlavorStory

Article brought to you in collaboration with McCormick. Recipe and opinions are my own.
Vanilla Glazed Double Berry Coffee Cake

When I think back of the desserts my mother made during my childhood, most of them prominently featured vanilla, McCormick vanilla extract to be exact.  She made sugar cookies, cream puffs, rice & tapioca puddings and often coffee cake… while my brother & I greedily watched.

Vanilla Iced Double Berry Coffee Cake

My paternal grandmother was also quite the baker, and her little hand scrawled cookbook is a bit of a family heirloom now. One of the recipes she was known for was her own blueberry cake.  This Vanilla Iced Double Berry Coffee Cake is sort of an homage to both women, as well as my daughter’s love of blackberries.


As I didn’t happen to have the aforementioned recipes on hand, I took used a blueberry coffee cake recipe from Cooking Light as a starting point.  I swapped out the baking powder in the recipe for a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar, reduced the butter just a tad & topped it off with a simple vanilla icing to counter the slight tartness of the blackberries.

double berry coffee cake batter

Vanilla Glaze
The results were moist without being soggy and the sweetness was spot on for my taste anyway. As this cake does not have the sometimes dry and bland middle of some coffee cakes, it is great with or without coffee.  It would certainly make a great choice for a Mother’s Day brunch.
Blackberry-Blueberry Coffee Cake

This year, McCormick is celebrating their 125th anniversary and all of the products that have brought them to where they are today, including Vanilla Extract.   McCormick’s Pure Vanilla Extract has been one of America’s essential baking ingredients for more than a century, and for generations, vanilla extract has been a key ingredient in recipes passed down from moms, aunts, grandmas and more.

You could even call the flavoring extract iconic of American baking at this point.

Vanilla Iced Double Berry Coffee Cake Recipe #FlavorStory
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  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp creme of tartar
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp McCormick pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1⅓ cup low fat buttermilk
  • 4 oz. fresh blueberries
  • 4 oz. fresh blackberries
  • shortening or cooking spray to coat pan
Vanilla Glaze
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectionery sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or coat with cooking spray 9" cake pan. Flour the pan.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients.
  3. Add butter, vanilla, egg and buttermilk. Mix well.
  4. Pour ½ the batter into the pan. Distribute ½ the blueberries and ½ the blackberries over the batter. Add and spread out the remaining batter, then top with remaining berries.
  5. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, just until pick pulls clean from center.
  6. Allow to cool a few minutes, then remove to rack to cool further.
  7. Mix the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cake, then serve.


Vanilla Iced Double Berry Coffee Cake Recipe

In 2014, McCormick marks its 125th anniversary by celebrating the role flavor plays in all of our lives, inspiring flavorful conversation, and giving back to communities around the world. McCormick’s Flavor of Together program is a yearlong initiative to share 1.25 million stories about how flavor both unites and defines people across the globe. For every story shared on any of McCormick’s brand websites or social channels, McCormick will donate $1, up to $1.25 million, to United Way to help feed those in need. All are invited to join the conversation at where they can share their flavor story and discover globally inspired dishes, videos, news articles and more. Stories can also be shared on social using #flavorstory.

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  1. says

    Wow, that looks divine! I want a slice right now!

  2. says

    I’m on a diet but that looks absolutely fantastic!

  3. says

    This coffee cake looks amazing and is perfect for fresh berry season.

  4. kim says

    The best thing my mom made as a child was a italian cookie called Todall we would generally only have them at christmas but the primary flavor in this cookie is Anise. And since the recipe was handed down from generation to generation my mom was always going by a pinch of this and a pinch of that and some years the cookies would come out perfect and sometimes she would put way to much Anise Extract in them but they are my favorite and a great memory! #flavorstory

  5. says

    I can’t believe how incredible this cake looks! I LOVE coffee cake, it’s one of my faves, especially to make when I have company. This would knock their socks off!

  6. says

    My mom is an awesome pie baker as was my grandma. I remember grandma making the BEST lemon meringue pies. No matter how hard I try I cant recreate the same taste. I think some of it is a memory flavor and since grandma isnt here the flavor just isnt the same. I still keep trying though. Some day I will master her pie. Btw, McCormick is always in the kitchen cabinet. It’s what grandma and mom used when teaching me to bake and it’s a tradition I continue. #FlavorStory

  7. says

    Visiting from Saturday Night Live. I love simple cakes like this with yummy glazes, this look really good. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would for you to stop by and share these and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  8. says

    Your Vanilla Iced Double Berry Coffee Cake looks so moist and delicious,I can’t wait to make this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. deana c says

    My favorite flavor for as long as I can remember is cinnamon. Love to add it to so many things. I especially like to add it to my coffee grounds when brewing coffee. #flavorstory

  10. Michele C says

    My grandmother use to make the most amazing apricot pies before she passed away. Unfortunately, she didn’t pass down her recipe to anyone. I’ve never had another apricot pie that even remotely came close to hers. It was such a special time to sit down, watch her create the pies from scratch (using apricots from her own tree!), and being able to “taste test” her goodies! #flavorstory

  11. Diane Baum says

    Perfect timing to find this recipe, as I just bought 3 pints of berries this afternoon.

  12. Debra Hall says

    peach coobler ##flavorstory

  13. Lorena Keech says

    My father made amazing penuche, a wonderful brown sugar candy that I have never been able to replicate. #flavorstory

  14. alyce poalillo says

    #flavorstory-I was raised German so have carried many of these flavors into my cooking as an adult but I love Italian food so I cook a lot of this. I have tried recently to add other flavor profiles from Mexican and South American to my cooking. This coffee cake looks awesome!

  15. Hesper Fry says

    My grandma used to make the most wonderful pumpkin bread. I always use McCormick spices and it tastes great everytime! #flavorstory

  16. Peggy Rydzewski says


  17. Karrie Millheim says

    I try different spices to give regular meals and boost #flavorstory

  18. Jennifer Reed says

    My own unique flavor story is a recipe we make for the holidays every year that is a beef brisket with a rich beef, red wine vinegar, and mushroom gravy that is just divine. #flavorstory

  19. tina reynolds says

    This looks so good. Would be a hit with my three kids

  20. Rebecca Lock says

    My kids each have a special treat that they like me to make and I enjoy making those special treats for them. #flavorstory

  21. Angela Ash says

    I have started growing many different herbs in my garden to mix up the #flavorstory of my food. I have tried and true recipes but mostly like to try new stuff for variety.

  22. Ellie W says

    My mom was not a great cook or baker, and she freely admitted it. But she did make these great little pineapple tarts. They were my favorites as a child. That and blackberry Jello with Cool Whip. #flavorstory

  23. Joan Kubes says

    My mom used to make homemade bread almost every day, ah the smells. #flavorstory

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