I thought it’d be appropriate to wrap up this week with a cake. (It’s Friday after all, and I’m down for any reason to celebrate. How about you?) So, with visions of spring and summer already dancing in my head, today I’m serving up Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake.

This Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake makes the perfect warm weather dessert.

What’s a “shortcake cake” you may ask? Well, it’s all the things you love about shortcake served in cake form. Like this…

Classic shortcake gets an upgrade with this Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake


Make sense?

Not only does it look beautiful, but I find it so easy to serve this way. Normally, you need to prepare individual shortcakes just before serving. With a shortcake cake, all you do is slice, serve, and enjoy!

Blackberry Lime Shortcake - Dessert with a taste of summer!

Although the recipe may sound a bit complicated, you’ll find it’s easy to make. First, prepare your shortcake. What’s nice about this method is that you bake the entire shortcake in one pan instead of having to roll out and cut individual circles of cake.

How to Make Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake

How to Make Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake

While the cake bakes, you can put together the blackberry lime filling. If you’ve never had blackberry and lime together, you are in for a treat. The flavors play off each other deliciously. Plus, if this winter is dragging you down like it is me, the flavor pairing may give the taste of summer you need.

How to Make Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake

In addition to blackberries and lime, I amped up the traditional whipped cream element of shortcake by adding cream cheese. (A little cream cheese never hurts, right?) Not only does it bring a tangy richness to the flavor, but it also gives the filling body that helps support the cake when assembling.

How to Make Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake

How to Make Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake

With all the elements prepared, you just need to assemble them. Slice the cake in half horizontally and evenly spoon a layer of filling and some blackberries on the bottom half. Then place the top half back on. For a decorative detail, I piped more of the filling onto the top of the cake and garnished that with blackberries and lime zest curls. So cute!

This Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake make the perfect warm weather dessert.

This serves nine, so I added the topping and garnishes in such a way that each cut piece would be as pretty as the next.

Blackberry Lime Shortcake - Dessert with a taste of summer!

Let’s eat!

This Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake makes the perfect warm weather dessert.

Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake

Serves 9

Here's what you will need:

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coarse sugar

Blackberry Lime Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime zest (plus more to garnish)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups blackberries, divided
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray the paper with baking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a fork until just combined. Add the batter to the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and done. - A toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean.

Allow the shortcake to cool in the pan. Then remove and slice in half horizontally. Set aside.

Next, prepare the filling by whisking together the cream cheese, sugar, lime zest, vanilla and 1 cup of the blackberries. Do this in a mixer on medium spend until the mixture is creamy. This will take 1-2 minutes.

In a clean bowl, beat the heavy cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. (It should be fluffy but not too firm.) Then, using a spatula, fold in the cream cheese blackberry mixture until just combined.

To assemble the cake, spoon about 3/4 of the filling over the bottom half of the cut shortcake. Spread the filling out in an even layer; then top with the remaining blackberries, reserving 9 for garnish. Place the top half of the shortcake on the layer of blackberries and filling. Use the reserved filling to add 9 dollops to the top of the cake. (You can do this with a spoon or piping bag.) Garnish each with a blackberry and lime zest.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


This Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake makes the perfect warm weather dessert.

I don’t know about you, but as I write this post, I’m craving a slice of this Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake. When I was finished photographing this, I had to fight the urge to pick up the whole cake sandwich style and devour it in its entirety. It’s that good!

This Blackberry Lime Shortcake Cake makes the perfect warm weather dessert.

As always, enjoy your baking. I hope you also have something fun planned for the weekend!

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  • Karen Penner at

    Looks beautiful and delicious! What did you use to cut the slices so they stay pretty instead of looking squished?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Just cut slowly with a serrated knife. The filling contains cream cheese which (once refrigerated) helps it to keep it’s shape. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • A Pretty Happy Home - Annisa at

    So pretty! Has this cake lasted long enough to know 1) how far in advance you can make it (other than the one hour of chilling before serving) and 2) how long does it keep in the refrigerator? I’m assuming it needs to stay in the fridge if there are leftovers? That’s dumb. There probably wouldn’t be leftovers!! LOL! Does the filling make the shortcake mushy?

    • JessB at

      I’m sure you’re on limited time once you assemble it because the filling is going to seep into the cake and soften it.

  • Pat at

    Hi Michael!
    I don’t comment that often, however, you’ve hit the jackpot with this luscious cake! I’ve always loved blackberries and I love lime in anything. You always make your creations beautiful! I really am going to try this, however, I doubt it will be this beautiful.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Carole at

    This looks extremely yummy!

    Here in Oregon we have wild blackberries, which can be quite the nuisance. I’ll have to pick a few this summer to make this cake with, or buy some before then. I love cake. 😉

  • JessB at

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING!! I never make shortcake but I love it. This will definitely be happening once berries are in season. Keep doing what you do and don’t worry about what anyone thinks. I love your blog.

  • Sabrina at

    I’m in! Yes, so much easier than individual shortcakes, like the lime blueberry too, thank you for this!

  • Vanessa at

    This looks amazing and heavenly. I am going to give these a try.

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