Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream. Four layers of light and fluffy vanilla cake with homemade blackberry lavender jam, and white chocolate buttercream. This cake is nothing short of delicious. Every bite is layered with fresh berries, hints of lavender, and sweet vanilla cake. The perfect berry filled cake for any and all occasions.

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As if you could not tell from Tuesday’s blueberry galette, I am really excited about the arrival of berry season. I have decided that this is the summer I will embrace fruit based desserts. You guys know I am all about chocolate, but right now I’m loving fruit based sweets, and having a lot of fun creating recipes using my favorite fruits.

Plus, after sharing mostly chocolate desserts over the last five and a half years, I think it’s time to branch out…at least a little. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing chocolate next week!

Anyway, I’m very excited about this cake and so happy with how it turned out. I was nervous when I set out to make this cake, as layer cakes can be a little intimidating. Fortunately, not only did this cake turn out pretty, it’s also really good. Some layer cakes can be dry and flavorless, especially layer cakes of the non-chocolate variety, but trust me, this cake is soft and bursting with flavor.

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A layered naked cake has been on my list of “must make recipes” for a while now. I actually made a strawberry naked cake back in March (have you guys made it? It’s another favorite and a must make if you happen to have extra strawberries lying around). But this blackberry lavender cake is totally different. It has the look of a more classic naked cake with its split layers and a light coating of frosting on the outside.

It’s over the top, and the perfect cake to make over the weekend for Father’s Day, or really any time this summer.

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Some of the details.

The vanilla cake is pretty standard, but my secret is to use a mix of buttermilk and Greek yogurt to keep the cake extra moist. I swear, simply by using these two ingredients in all of my cake recipes, it makes for a perfect cake that’s never dry.

While the cake itself is good, it’s not really the star flavor. Nope, what this cake is really all about is the blackberry lavender jam. If you’re new to baking with lavender, you have to give it a try. Pairing lavender with blackberries is a favorite combo of mine. The flora hints of from the lavender compliment the sweetness of the blackberries and when mixed together in a jam?

It Is. So. Good!

I highly recommend doubling the batch of blackberry jam because smearing a generous amount on a piece of buttered toast, is the most delicious morning treat…

Just saying.

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OKAY. So that’s the jam. Once you have that made, the cake comes together pretty easily. The trickiest part is slicing the cake layers in half, which I know might sound scary, but you guys can do it.

A few things.

One, don’t stress too much about creating a perfectly even cut. As you can see, my layers are nowhere near perfect, but all turned out OK.

Two, use a long serrated bread knife to cut the cake in half. This helps so much with making an even cut all the way through.

Three, make sure the cake is completely cooled before slicing.

Bottom line, don’t stress about having to cut the cake layers in half. It’s not as scary as it may seem and once everything is layered together the cake is going to be beautiful no matter what. And, if you do have trouble and the cake crumbles a bit, don’t worry, those crumbs make for a delicious snack.

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I will not lie, this cake is a bit more time intensive than some of my other cakes, but I’ve decided sometimes recipes like this cake are fun…and needed. Sure, for the most part we all want quick, simple, and easy recipes, but If you’re anything like me, you can also enjoy spending a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday in the kitchen baking away. Perfect cake to make on a rainy summer Sunday afternoon.

Sometimes I get stuck in this one track mindset of creating recipes that are do-able for any day of the week, but it’s also really fun for me to create recipes like this cake. And while you might not make this cake on a regular basis, it’s still a great cake to share with family and friends or put out at a special occasion. It’s nice to have a few slightly challenging recipes on the site. They keep my mind thinking creatively get me excited to keep creating and developing new recipes for you guys!

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Hoping you will all be inspired to jump up and spend a couple of hours in the kitchen baking this cake, because not only is it fun and pretty, it’s also addictingly good. I mean, again, four layers of vanilla cake, homemade blackberry lavender jam, and white chocolate buttercream?!?

Simply the best.

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The Recipe

Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

By halfbakedharvest

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: layer cake, white chocolate cake

Four layers of light and fluffy vanilla cake with homemade blackberry lavender jam, and white chocolate buttercream. This cake is nothing short of delicious. Every bite is layered with fresh berries, hints of lavender, and sweet vanilla cake. The perfect berry filled cake for any and all occasions.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 servings
Calories 383 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Blackberry Lavender Jam

  • 6 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried lavender

White Chocolate Buttercream

  • 3 sticks salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.

    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-held mixer) beat together the canola oil, yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and buttermilk. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined. 

    3. Pour the batter among the cake pans and bake 30-35 minutes, until the tops are just set and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool five minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack. Cover and let the cakes cool completely before assembling.

    4. To make the jam. Add the blackberries, honey, lemon juice, and lavender to a medium size pot set over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, once boiling use a potato masher or fork to break down and mash the berries. Continue to cook for 5-8 minutes or until the jam has reduced and thickened by 1/3. Remove from the heat and let cool. Should thicken as it cools. 

    5. To make the buttercream. Add the butter and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat the butter and powdered sugar together until the butter is light and fluffy. Add the melted white chocolate and beat until combined.

    6. To assemble. Using a large serrated knife, carefully cut each cake in half horizontally. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1/4 of the buttercream over the cake and layer with about 1/4 cup of jam. Repeat with the remaining 3 cake layers. Be careful not to over fill your layers or the cake will be hard to slice. Lightly frost the outside of the cake. Chill 30 minutes. Serve or store in the fridge for up to 1 day. 

Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 38g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Vitamin C 9.6%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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