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Blackberry Buns

Blackberry Buns
Blackberry picking is in full swing here in North Cornwall. We always seem to be a few weeks behind the rest of the country which baffles me as it's so mild here. Anyway, we're lucky to have a bank full of blackberries in our garden and also many more in the field behind us, so yesterday after a lot of 'I'm bored' moaning, I sent the kids out with a pot each to collect some. Lowen and Rory came back with their containers brimming with blackberries. Heidi on the other hand came back with an empty pot and a very purple mouth!

These easy blackberry buns (or fairy cakes if you prefer) are super quick to make. In fact you can be eating one a mere 20 minutes after you decided to make them. There's something so comforting about these little sponge cakes and a sign that Autumn is well on it's way! As much as I love summer, I think Autumn has to be my favourite season. Bonfires, quiet beaches, woodland walks, casseroles, baking, apples - love it!

Blackberry Buns


  • The blackberry buns can be made with frozen blackberries as well as fresh ones. 
  • Spice them up by adding half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture.
  • You could use other berries in these too - raspberries and blueberries would work really well, or a combination of all three.
  • These little sponge cakes make quick and easy puddings for the kids if you serve them warm with custard.
  • They also make great after school snacks for the kids.

Related - Apple and Blackberry Crumble

Blackberry and Apple Crumble


  1. Blackberries are delicate so wash them very gently under tap water.
  2. Air dry by placing them on a tea towel or cloth. Pat them with kitchen towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
  3. Line some large baking trays with baking paper then lay out the washed and dried blackberries on them. Open freeze overnight.
  4. Transfer the frozen blackberries to freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 year.

Blackberry Buns


Blackberries are packed full of calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. In fact, just 1 cup of raw blackberries has 30mg of vitamin C, which is over half your daily recommended intake.

Blackberries are also full of antioxidants and count towards your 5- a-day. So why not get your walking boots on, grab a large container (a walking stick is also handy for the big juicy out of reach blackberries at the top of the hedge) and get picking! It's a great free activity to do with children too.

Wild Blackberries


Baking, Blackberry Buns, Fairy Cakes
Yield: 12 cakesPin it

Blackberry Buns (Fairy Cakes)

An easy blackberry fairy cake recipe using foraged blackberries. Yummy served warm with custard or as an after school snack.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins


  • 100g Butter, softened
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 100g Self Raising Flour
  • 75g Blackberries
  • 1 TBSP Demerera Sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°fan) and line 12 hole bun tin with paper cases.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract then fold in the flour. 
  4. Gently fold in the blackberries then place heaped tablespoons on the batter into each paper case.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then sprinkle with dememera sugar whilst they are still warm.


Calories and nutrition information is for 1 bun.
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Blackberry Buns


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Beth Sachs
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